Vitamins – Which product should you choose? Is there a difference and how do you know?
Vitamin supplements have become very popular today. People are recognizing that they may not be getting all the nutrients from their diets and are looking for ways in which they can meet the daily requirements they need for a healthier body. An article under WebMD cites that the NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) indicates that approximately 40% of men and women take a daily multi-vitamin.
So today the vitamin supplement business has become very popular and now anyone can find vitamin sections in the grocery store or drug store as well as other locations.
But with all the selections, it can be confusing on what to choose or to know if you are getting what you need.
Which product should you choose? Is there a difference and how do you know? Let’s answer the last questions first.
1. Is there a difference? Synthetic vs Natural
The first thing to consider is the difference between synthetic vitamins and natural vitamins.
Back in 1915, Dr. Shaklee developed a product for his patients that he called “Vitalized Minerals” and thus one of the first vitamin supplements was produced. The scientists at Shaklee Corporation have continued to develop supplements based on Dr. Shaklee’s on the philosophy that supplements should be as “close to nature as possible.”
As the U.S. culture became more industrialized, synthetic vitamins were made. These are made from coral, limestone, oyster shells and even petroleum and coal tar derivatives. Mankind can make products look and taste like the real thing.
Take a look at the pictures of the apples. Which one is real and which one is plastic? Which would you choose to eat?
The one on the right is the real apple. Of course, you would not choose the plastic apple if you knew the difference. But even the juice can also be made to taste like the “real thing” but you would not get the nutrients from it as you would from a real apple.
Under the microscope their nuclei can be made to look similar to nutrients from food.
While you may get a short burst of energy from taking a synthetic vitamin, there have not been any studies to show that the long-term use of synthetic vitamins can produce the health for which the person is buying them for. In fact, there have been some side effects. So, if they are not building your health and may possibly cause other unwanted side effects, in the long run they are a pretty expensive purchase!
Why were synthetic vitamins made? Very simple, synthetics are cheaper to make. When is the last time you purchased something because it was the cheapest price rather than the highest quality?
Natural, organically grown food contains a life-giving element that man has never been able to duplicate in the chemistry lab. Our bodies require different types of natural, nutrient-rich foods in balance in order to function properly. Given the right “fuel,” the body has remarkable preventative abilities and healing properties. A person can be healthy and energetic well into the later years of life. We not only need to look for these qualities in the food we choose, we also need to look for the same qualities in a natural vitamin supplement. It is important to get the most natural supplement possible. This type of vitamin supplement can help you to build the health and energy for which you are expecting from your purchase!
2. How do you know?
You decide to go with a natural supplement – but how can you tell if your vitamin is made with synthetic or natural ingredients?
Test your multi-vitamin in 2 ways: the water test and the burn test.
Water Test – place your vitamin in about ½ cup of water. It
should break apart within a relatively short period of time. The nutrients that rise are absorbed in your upper digestion track and the ones that stay on the bottom are absorbed in your lower digestion track. There are many popular
vitamins that I have tested this way that never broke apart and some I had to scrape off the bottom of the glass.
Burn Test – Place your multi-vitamin on tin foil in a 450
degree oven. Be sure your windows are open because for it may make a real stink. Vitamins that are synthetic or that are in a synthetic base will be gooey and sticky. Natural vitamins will become ash, much like when you burn a log in a
3. Which product should you choose?
Become familiar with the company! Look at the research behind the product and the company.
A company that has a natural product and a good track record will promote it! They will have certifications on the label.
I did a brief Internet search because I wanted to find out if there is a list of vitamin supplements from the stores that are considered synthetic. I could not find direct list (please send me a link if there is). I also did a search about one of the most popular vitamins in the stores, Centrum. Here is information I saw on their website: under their FAQ’s they indicate that Centrum Vitamints contain artificial color Blue 2 Lake and artificial sweetners. I also checked out a link on their site that explains “What’s Inside.” I have often been told that Biotin is an important nutrient to include. When I clicked on “Biotin” it shows that there is a range of 10% to 167% in their products. While they do make a claim to be non-gmo and gluten free there are no other certifications to support their product or their organization.
What does the website of your vitamin supplement say about their research and their products?
Here is a partial list of some pretty impressive things you can find about Shaklee and their products.
• Shaklee conducts over 350 tests on every single new botanical ingredient for heavy metals, pesticides, or any of hundreds of other harmful contaminants. They also conduct over 80,000 quality tests annually to guarantee the purity
and safety of the product.
• Research is done to ensure bioavailability. $250 million has been invested in clinical testing and research. Their scientists have published over 100 scientific papers, 90 of them published in peer-reviewed journals, that prove the effectiveness of Shaklee products.
• The Landmark Study showed a significantly lower incidents of chronic illnesses in people who took Shaklee supplements over a 20 year period.
• Shaklee supplements are Kosher certified. This certification is given based upon the purity of ingredients and the cleanliness of processing. I am not aware of any other
vitamin supplement that has this certification.
- They are the product choice of over 54 Olympic Gold Medal winners.
The final proof and real test of which products you should use is how you feel and the results of your medical checkups after taking them over a period of time. Are you showing improvement in your health and energy?
While no one will live forever, people who eat right and take a natural supplement have a higher quality of life. They are more resistant to colds, seldom become ill, and have lower incidents of major illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
Shaklee products have helped thousands of other people to achieve the health and energy they were looking for and I am one of them. When I was first introduced to Shaklee, I had some serious health problems. I have now taken Shaklee supplements for over 35 years. All the health problems I once had as a young person are gone. Now that I am in my senior years, I continue to have outstanding health and energy, excellent medical checkups, and I do not have to take any prescription or non-prescription medications.
If you are not getting these types of results from your vitamin supplement, why not try Shaklee? Take a 30-day challenge to see if they make difference in your health and energy.