Whole Food vs Synthetic Nutrients

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

March 08, 2021

Throw your
vitamins in
the trash


Learn how to spot the difference.

Most big name vitamins brands, with nice looking labels, use the word “Natural” also contain synthetic vitamins from chemical substances. Dont be fooled. Natural vitamins can aso include synthetics & fillers & still be called natural.

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Most vitamins found today in pharmacies and health food stores are not whole food supplements. They are generally synthetic forms of the vitamins and minerals that are extracted using various chemicals and often lack the important cofactors and accessory nutrients required for the proper absorption and digestion of the vitamins & minerals. Good whole food supplements include all components, as they are found in nature. The body recognizes and uses the whole food supplement and all its phytonutrients as designed by nature. A good example of synthetic supplements is beta-carotene. Almost all of the beta-carotene available to buy in supplements form is an isolated synthetic compound made from acetylene gas. Beta-carotene is part of a family of anti-oxidants called carotenoids. It is never found alone in nature. For example, carrots and tomatoes have alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, cantozantheen, gamma-carotene, omega-carotene, etc. And although beta-carotene is a great antioxidant, cantozantheen is already known to be even more effective as an antioxidant.

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90% of vitamins are synthetic & include commercial fillers. Lower potency means they have lower nutrients & efficiency. When selecting vitamins be sure to compare “apples for apples”

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Natural vs Man-Made
Chemically similar, biochemically very different.

Synthetic vitamins can stimulate a cell’s metabolism,

but it cannot match the original cell’s superior elements.

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Natural Vitamin C
Whole food Orange

Jagged border and strong radiations, indicative of natural factors and vitamin & mineral activity.


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Commercial Vitamin C
Synthetic ascorbic acid

 Typical color and rings of ascorbic acid.
NO biological activity


It’s time you knew the truth. 

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A.K.A (Artifically Known As) synthetic, pathetic, artificial ingredients. Time to bust the myths!

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Acetate (artificially known as)
Synthetic Vitamin A 

Both retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate are synthetic isolates of vitamin A, or retinol. They are both manufactured in a laboratory and are not found in nature. Manufacturers combine fish or palm oil with beta-ionone, which is made from acetone (think nail polish remover), citrus and calcium oxide.

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Thiamine Mononitrate
Thiamine Hydrochloride
(AKA) Synthetic Vitamin B1

Synthetic vitamin B1 is typically made from ammonia, coal tar, acetone and HCL. This synthetic form of vitamin B1 has a crystalline structure and can cause digestive problems and joint pains.

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Riboflavin Pantothenic Acid (artificially known as)
Synthetic Vitamin B2 

Synthetic Vitamin B2 is made from acetic acid and nitrogen or from GMO bacterial fermentation.

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Pantothenic Acid(AKA) Vitamin B5

Synthetic Vitamin B5 is either pantothenic acid or calcium d-pantothenate. They are made from a gas similar to propane called isobutyraldehyde and formaldehyde (embalming fluid used for dead bodies) and is known to cause symptoms such as nausea, heartburn and diarrhea.

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Magnesium Stearate (AKA) Synthetic Filler (Cheap Dilutor)

Magnesium Stearate is a flow agent, a chemical that makes the supplements move faster in the production lines. While it cuts down production time and is more cost-effective, it’s not something you’d like to necessarily ingest. It can cause a lot of stomach irritation and decreases the absorption of whatever it coats, and surprisingly, is found in most supplements. It has never been tested in long term human studies to be safe for ingestion.

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Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol

(Artifically Known As)

Synthetic Vitamin D

Synthetic Vitamin D2 is the commonly used type of vitamin that is added to foods and is usually the prescription given by doctors. Irradiated ergosterol is derived from irradiation of fungi and Protozoa, and can cause eye irritations and digestive problems. Calciferol is another synthetic vitamin D that can cause constipation, bone demineralization and calcification in tissues other than the bones.

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Ascorbic Acid (AKA) Synthetic Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid is made by combining corn syrup, hydrogenated sugar, acetone & hydrochloric acid. Meaning, it’s totally synthetic & can actually do more harm than good. U.S. study showed that ascorbic acid sold as Vitamin C can actually make your artery walls thicker, increasing your chances of getting heart disease. Canadian study showed that even mega-doses of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) sometimes caused scurvy, the one disease thought to be cured by Vitamin C. Finally, a study in England conducted over five years showed no improvement in cardiovascular health when taking Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), yet just a slight increase (3 servings) of fresh fruit and vegetables led to a 22% decrease in stroke risk. Other studies have shown a link between synthetic Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) & genotoxins that can lead to cancer. These all confirm what I’ve always known, that the best & only way of getting nutrients is to get them from fresh produce or from whole-food supplements.

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Titanium Dioxide, TiO2,
Titanium White (AKA) Synthetic Whitener, Anti-Caking Agent

Recently banned in France (Jan 2020) Titanium Dioxide, TiO2 or Titanium White, is used in synthetic vitamins, processed foods, and can also be found in “natural” foods. This is because several health agencies classify Titanium Dioxide as both a natural coloring agent and synthetically prepared. Often used as a whitener, to refract light, prevent discoloration, prevent clumping, or for UV protection titanium dioxide can be found in things like paints, plastics, rubber, printing ink, high quality paper, waxed paper, cosmetics, sunscreen, coffee creamers, cakes & other baked goods, and vitamins & supplements. research has shown that during processing it is often broken-down into nanoparticles that CAN penetrate the skin. Recent studies have also shown links to not only to lung cancer (when inhaled) but increases in chronic inflammation and altered gut flora.

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Silicon Dioxide (AKA)
Synthetic Filler (Cheap dilutor)

Silicon dioxide naturally occurs within our earth’s crust; it is a combination of the mineral silicon and oxygen. Silica is also naturally occurring in animals and human bone compositions, plant foods and water sources. Silicon Dioxide as a food additive however, is a synthetically manufactured product. Silicon dioxide is added to supplements and some food items to be used as an anticaking agent, thickener, to preserve shelf life and as a flavor carrier. This allows the product to flow smoothly, have the right consistency according to recipes, and have a strong fragrance. But are these synthetic nanoparticles being absorbed into the body? No long-term studies have never been conducted to ensure safety for humans.

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