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.
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:
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