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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins

Hi all,
I wanted to share with the rest of you a letter I sent to someone who was taking some different vitamins and was experiencing all kinds of scary problems. He also wanted to know what the difference was between natural vitamins and synthetic.
Below is a copy of my letter to him. I hope it helps you all understand and hopefully avoid the same problems he encountered.


I came across this info while doing some research for someone else and it reminded me of what you told me about how you initially felt bad when starting your vitamin regime. Since we discussed natural vs. synthetic vitamins and what was the difference, I thought I would share with you what I learned.

Here is the difference between a natural vitamin and a synthetic one:

When you eat an orange for example, you get more than just the natural vitamin C. You get a whole range of vitamins including some nutrients that scientists do not know all what they are yet, but we know the body uses them. So though we haven’t yet learned what these nutrients are, we know they are in the orange for a reason and our bodies know how to utilize them.

Natural vitamins essentially use the entire orange. They basically remove the water and fiber, which is the bulk and what remains are ALL the nutrients which you then take. The body recognizes these nutrients and utilizes them as it needs them.

Synthetic vitamins are just that, synthetic versions of the real thing. For example, using the orange again:

Synthetic vitamins isolate just the Vitamin C compound in the orange and replicate it in a laboratory. Yes, technically it’s the same formula on paper, but without all the other “natural” compounds to go with it your body does not recognize it as Vitamin C. It looks at the chemical and says, “What’s this?” It then will either excrete it or on some occasions it will store it in your fat cells. And with some chemicals, that can lead to a buildup of toxins.

The other problem with synthetic vitamins is they always have other artificial ingredients used as fillers and binders, including artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. These additional “chemicals” often act as stimulants which can cause the problems you experienced – dizziness, light headedness, general poor feeling. Many people go on to feel heart palpitations, trembling and nausea. These are all warning signs that the body is reacting to the synthetic chemicals in the vitamins that were ingested.

These chemicals as you can imagine can prove to be ineffective and bothersome at the least and be quite dangerous at the worst. And since your body is trying to rid itself of these chemicals, you are basically wasting your money since you are absorbing very little of any nutrients.

When it comes to vitamins you truly get what you pay for.

Synthetic vitamins may be cheaper to buy because they are cheaper to make. They isolate the chemicals, synthetically reproduce them in a lab and then mass produce that chemical.

Natural vitamins take the whole food and provide you with the natural compounds found in nature. But with the natural vitamins, your body utilizes all the nutrients thereby making the initial investment payoff with better health and no side effects like with the synthetic.

I encourage you to view this short video of why I recommend these types of vitamins and how they merge the best of natural ingredients with the best of science on the best form of delivery to the body. They may not be the cheapest, but they are certainly the best and they have the science behind them to back up their claims. They also provide a 100% money back guarantee if you are ever unsatisfied. You can’t get that from a cheap drugstore vitamin.

View this video to learn more here: The ShakleeDifference

Your health is one area where you should never try to go cheap with. The initial investment may be higher than with the cheap synthetic versions, but you get a better payoff by using products that actually work.

I hope this helps with understanding of what the difference between natural and synthetic and why you may experienced some problems.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.
Take care.


P.S. Oh, I also forgot to mention that make sure you are not taking any vitamins with iron in them. Men and most menopausal women do not need to supplement their diets with iron and a buildup of iron in the system can cause problems including heart related issues.

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