I know personally of a few cases where health food-minded patients, suffering from a heart condition, tried to protect their hearts and avoid a heart attack by taking vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols. Some of them paid with their lives for their experiment. You see, Dr. Wilfred Shute recommends up to 1,600IU of vitamin E for heart cases. If a heart patient is taking 1,600 IU of vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols he may be getting only 400 IU or less of the active alpha-tocopherol a day – and, thus, actually endangering his life.
The intelligent solution to the controversy synthetic vs. natural vitamins seems to be as follows:
The isolated and synthetic vitamins and minerals in large doses have their rightful and indispensable place in the short term treatment of acute conditions or severe deficiency diseases, or where only the isolated fractions of a vitamin complex are needed for specific therapeutic purposes. But those who do not suffer from any specific disease or deficiency, but are interested in food supplements and vitamins mainly for preventive purposes – that is, to protect their health and to prevent disease and premature aging – should use natural vitamins in form of food supplements, such as brewer’s yeast, rose hip concentrate, kelp, bone meal, fish liver oil, vegetable oils, etc. In these supplements all the vitamins and other nutritional substances are present in their natural, balanced combinations which are essential for better assimilation, synergistic action and maximum biological effect.
For those who are confused as to which vitamins are synthetic and which are natural (as even most health food stores carry and sell both) we advise reading the labels. As a rule, if the formula on the bottle does not say that vitamin is natural or is derived from natural source, it is synthetic. Manufacturers of natural products are always eager to advertise their natural source. We must note, however, a disgraceful fact that there is a growing number of vitamin companies who sell their products in health food stores and use 100% synthetic vitamins, but have words “natural” and/or “organic” on their labels. Actually, there are only a very few B-complex products available that are made completely from natural sources. Often, fancy chemical names are used which the consumer doesn’t understand, and, thus, cannot make an intelligent choice. Also, some manufacturers try to mislead you by clever wording, or even by colorful pictures of fruit or berries, to make you believe that theirs is 100% natural product, when it is actually not. For example, if the label reads “Vitamin С – Rose hips”, it does not necessarily mean that the product is made from rose hips, it only may mean that ascorbic acid has an added rose hip concentrate with it, perhaps 95% ascorbic acid and 5% rose hips. You have to be expert label reader, even in a health food store!
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