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5 Reasons to Avoid Synthetic Vitamins

Synthetic vs. Natural Vitamins: What's the Difference?

Synthetic and natural vitamins are fundamentally different. Natural vitamins exist within complex structures in food. While isolated natural vitamins are better than synthetic versions, there are specific instances where synthetic vitamins may be temporarily useful.

When Synthetic Vitamins May Be Used:

  • Short-term detox programs: May sometimes include synthetic vitamins.

  • Benfotiamine: A fat-soluble form of vitamin B1 (thiamine) with minimal side effects.

Why Natural Vitamins Are Usually Superior:

  • Safety: Synthetic vitamins have a higher potential for toxicity and can even cause deficiencies.

  • Structure: Synthetic vitamins are isolated fractions, lacking the natural components of whole-food vitamins.

  • Absorption: Natural vitamins are more readily absorbed and utilized by your body.

  • Cofactors: Natural vitamins come with essential cofactors, enzymes, and trace minerals that enhance their function.

Spotting Truly Natural Vitamins:

The best way is to examine the ingredients list:

  • Natural/Whole-food: Look for terms like "herb-based" or "concentrated food."

  • Synthetic: Ingredients will list individual vitamins with identical dosages (e.g., B1 - 100mg, B2 - 100mg, etc.).

A Note on Liver:

Liver pills are an exception, but excessive consumption (whether food or pills) can lead to iron or vitamin A overload. 

Last updated: Mar 05, 2024 16:08 PM