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study on the risks of synthetic vitamins was published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association, Vol. 297 #8. The researchers
pointed out that the test subjects they examined only used synthetic
supplements. The study did not compare natural products like those we
use in the Nutri-West and Standard Process lines. They also did the study with single
nutrients only. Sometimes too much of one nutrient will increase the
demand for others and cause a selective deficiency. That is why almost
all of the products I have formulated are TOTAL PRODUCTS. They contain
the synergistic blend of nutrients, energetics, and cofactors just like
nature. Many of the vitamins and supplements that people buy at drug
stores (Walmart, Walgreens,
etc.) may be costing them health and not adding years to life and life
to years. If you ask your patients you will find nearly 100% are
taking supplements of some kind from somewhere.
It is our obligation
as physicians to know and understand
would like to go back to the studies alluded to at the beginning of
this article. When the testing was accomplished on the synthetic
nutrients they found that synthetic vitamin A increased death risk by
16%, isolated and synthesized, non-whole-food source
overall conclusion of the study was that synthetic source beta
carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase mortality risk, but
vitamin C needs further study. I have seen dozens of studies that show
vitamin C, both natural and synthetic, to be healthy in all ways tested.
spokesperson for the synthetic and mega-dose multi-vitamin provider
industry said the research was "flawed" because it included studies
conducted on people who were already sick. There were several parts of
the study that may have given a slant to the outcome. It is important
to look at the studies and how they are conducted if one is going to
hang their opinion on the research.
In my view, a significant finding from the study is that increased may be a result of using single antioxidants, where using them in tandem gives a protective effect.
Because of the drastic difference between whole food and synthetic supplements, I always encourage people to take whole food synergistic compounds. For that same reason is why some researchers claim that vitamins can actually be harmful.