At the end of the day, in an ideal world, we would get all of our essential nutrients through our diets.
And although hundreds of studies have shown that organic food has substantially higher concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients than non-organic foods, sometimes, buying organic all the time and incorporating everything we need isn’t always possible. Whether this is because of financial reasons or just availability, we all have downfalls with our food, and sometimes, we must resort to micronutrition to keep up the incredible balance in our bodies. With that said, we also cannot overlook the impact of stress and how cortisol eats away at the gut wall, further minimizing our absorption of nutrients.
Supplements can be incredible, but some brands have sneaky, not-so-great ingredients that tend to be in the “AVOID” section when it comes to nutrition.
The most important thing to remember is that supplements are not a replacement for eating well. The definition of a supplement is; ‘A thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it’, remembering that no supplement in the world can help you if your diet is full of inflammatory foods, sugar, and coffee, and your life is overflowing with stress.
- 95% of all supplements are synthetic,
- Natural supplements have a 36% higher potency than their synthetic counterpart does.
- Synthetic multivitamins are just that, synthetic. They do not occur in nature and therefore, their chemical compounds are technically not meant for us.
So yes, if you go into a store, see a multivitamin, and think to yourself ‘this price is too good to be true’, you are probably right. It is worth splashing out on a good multivitamin to not only reap the benefits but also avoid some of the mild to severe effects of synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Here are some things to look out for that indicate that a multivitamin has been cheaply made, and their preferable substitute in reputable brands from FDA or TGA approved facilities.
|Folic Acid||Folate, (preferably Methylated (5-methyltetrahydrofolate)|
|Vitamin B12 cyanocobalamin or adenosylcobalamin||Vitamin B12 methylcobalamin|
Magnesium stearate: a form of stearic acid which forms a biofilm in your intestines,
preventing the absorption of nutrients. This chemical suppresses your body’s
natural killer cells, harming your immune system.
|Magnesium in the form of citrate, glycinate or malate.|
|Binders and synthetic colorants:|
Magnesium oxide & zinc oxide (reduce bioavailability and absorption of vitamins.)
Titanium Dioxide (colorant)-carcinogenic and linked to autoimmune disorders.
|No binders or colourants!|
|Calcium only (no co-factors)||Calcium with magnesium, vitamin D3 and K2.|
|GMO’s (especially if you have an autoimmune disease or inflammation), Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Corn, Sugar.||Non-GMO ingredients, free from gluten, soy, dairy, corn & sugar.|
|Non vegetarian capsules made from gelatine (animal by-product)||Vegetarian and/or vegan capsules made from vegetable cellulose. Actually has incidental prebiotic effects.|
|Pesticides (cause leaky gut and other adverse health effects), food irradiation and GMO||Organic ingredients|
|Allergens and fillers (avoid any known triggers and inflammatory ingredients e.g. corn-derived fillers)|
|Hidden sugars (connected to inflammation, insulin resistance, leaky gut, and obesity)|
|Carrageenan (avoid if you can) it is a vegan thickener derived from red seaweed, but it can contribute to GI stress and inflammation.|
Vitamin A: Retinyl Palmitate
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B2: Riboflavin (not natural)
Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate
dl-form of any vitamin
|Sodium selenate and sodium selenite(Can|
contribute to reproductive and developmental problem)
|Carnauba wax: This is a chemical used in car wax and shoe polish|
|Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): This is the classic toxin disguised as “natural flavours” in supplements|