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3 Whole Food Supplements that Go Beyond Multivitamins
Barbara Minton | Natural Society
There’s no denying that multivitamins can have a positive effect on the human body (just make sure they actually contain the vitamin, food, or herb advertised). But the problem is that most multivitamins are a collection of isolated nutrients selected and combined by the company making the product. Many natural health authorities have pointed out that when nature does the selecting and combining, the end product is a whole food with a much better nutritional profile.
Why Whole Food Supplements are Better
Across the spectrum of the natural health world, one thing is agreed on by virtually everyone – eating whole foods is better for health than eating processed foods. Could it be any different with supplements? Most multivitamins are the supplement equivalent of processed foods, being comprised of isolated, refined, processed, and often synthetic nutrients combined in a capsule.
Like processed foods, processed vitamins have been stripped of their wholeness and integrity, which includes synergistic and balancing nutrients, enzymes, and co-factors. In their refined state, they can act more like drugs in the body. Processed minerals can act like crushed rock, and often very little is digested and assimilated.
Small amounts of nutrients in whole food form are several times more effective than larger doses of isolated nutrients. Food forms are slowly digested and absorbed, and their nutrients become available over a several hour time span. Much of a large dose of isolated nutrients is lost because the body can use only a small amount at one time.
Dr. Joseph Mercola puts the difference between isolated nutrients and nutrients from whole foods this way:
“The perfect example of this difference can be seen in an automobile. An automobile is a wonderfully designed complex machine that needs all of its parts to be present and in place to function properly. Wheels are certainly an important part of the whole, but you could never isolate them from the rest of the car, call them a car or expect them to function like a car. They need the engine, body and everything else.”
Going Beyond Multivitamins
Here are 3 fairly inexpensive whole food supplements that can provide the depth of nutrition most health-conscious people are seeking. If you have a closet full of isolated nutrients that have cost a fortune, one of these three may be able to replace them all and provide a better outcome.
1. Bee Pollen
This is the food bees make to feed to their young, and it is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods. Bee pollen has been used around the world to improve vitality and endurance for many generations.
Bee pollen contains more than 96 nutrients needed for life, including an abundance of antioxidant carotenoids such as beta carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, the complete B and E complexes, along with vitamins C, D, as well as protein. It’s one of only a few foods containing vitamin D, and it has a wealth of trace minerals that include iodine, magnesium, and selenium. Linoleic acid is READ MORE: http://naturalsociety.com/3-whole-food-supplements-go-beyond-multivitamins/#ixzz3QsxWQS3y