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Why vitamins do not work

by Sean Martu

Vitamins are essential to life, and a deficiency in them can lead to catastrophic disease and even death. But even though in our modern western society everyone is popping pills of vitamins daily, with the notion of ” all I need is a pill to be healthy”, disease is rife from vitamin deficiencies.

Why is that?

There are three main reasons why vitamins are not working, prime is because over 95% of the vitamins on the market are synthetic. Your body has no idea what to do with synthetic vitamins, and taking too much of them, such as GMO-derived synthetic ascorbic acid can be detrimental to your health.

See my article “Food-derived vitamins vs Synthetic“.

See my article “Why ascorbic acid is not vitamin c“.

Biochemical companies love to synthesize isolates, especially if they can be patented. These biochemical companies will discover compounds with health-giving properties and extract them from their natural chemical environment and package them for consumers. Vitamins do not work as isolates, much like ascorbic acid has limited health benefits compared with whole complex vitamin C, which works in collusion with phytochemicals, other vitamins, and minerals.

Phytochemicals are ordered into classes such as carotenoids, flavonoids, isothiocyanates, and many more. These nutrients can have effects that range from antioxidants to anti-inflammatory agents and properties that may be neuroprotective, provide immune support, regulate hormones, and many other health benefits to the body.

What Are Phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients are different than vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. They are found in fruits and vegetables, many spices, and even edible flowers.

Many of these phytochemicals give the foods their color or smell. Foods containing phytochemicals are often very colorful, but white foods such as onions, garlic, and even olive oil are high in these nutrients.

As far as function, these nutrients can be thought of as part of the plant’s “immune system,” as they offer protection against viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.


Having our gut bacteria in healthy proportion to candida populations is pertinent in relation to our body synthesizing vitamins.

In humans, probiotic bacteria, members of the gut microbiota, are able to synthesize vitamin K and most of the water‐soluble B vitamins, such as biotin, cobalamin, folates, nicotinic acid, panthotenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamine.

The production of B vitamins, especially folate and riboflavin, by probiotic bacteria has been extensively researched. Several lactic acid bacteria species exp. Lactococcus lactis, Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Bifidobacterium  produce these vitamins, often in large quantities, and are also found in fermented foods

So what should we do?

We need to ingest non-synthetic food-derived vitamins within their natural phytochemical environment, which means eating wholesome foods. This is near impossible in America and most super-modernized countries, as the commercial farm soils are almost in totality depleted of minerals. Fortunately, some vitamin supplement companies produce food derived vitamins still in their phytochemical complex.

But I’ve found the best way to ingest nutrition is to get non-synthetic vitamins, juice organic fruits and vegetables to get the phytochemicals, take probiotics, and consume superfoods high in vitamin C like Camu camu.

The vitamins will recombine with the phytochemicals to be in its whole complex form.

The links to the vitamins I use:

B complex

Vitamin D

Vitamin C



Vitamin E






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Sam August 25, 2023 - 10:00 pm

Sean, you have some excellent articles. And yes all want us to depend upon them and not ourselves. From the simple poorly trained Drs. to the Medical schools and EDU, to Insurance companies and all govt. levels, so yes, I quite suppose since much of our available vitamins and herbs are tainted with political mischief, all in the name of profits. I 1st learned about B-complex and Vit C when I got out of the service some 50 years ago and they tried to diagnose me with emotional and social problems. I read about Vit B’s and I simply started with double the does that was recommended. I felt very little change, felt better but little attitude change. Within a year I was (what was called then B-Complex 150) I took 3 to 5 of them at a time and I was an energetic happy camper all the time. As for the ‘C’ I have always taken 2 grams when I wake up, and if I feel ill, or under the weather I take another ‘C’ about every two hours until I see dirrhea, then I back off. Has worked consistently for many years, but I now notice in the last 10, not quite so much… thanks for the article… I have one of my own on Vitamins and herbs on WP samcrees… it was a few years ago, but it/they are there


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