You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency Dr Linus Pauling 

Synthetic vs Natural Vitamins: the Difference

Approximately 65% of all adults take some form of vitamin mineral supplement (VMS) either daily or on an occasional basis. The most popular vitamins taken by Brits is Vitamin D and Vitamin C. Multivitamins are taken by around 51% of VMS users.

Clearly, people are taking vitamins regularly, yet there remains a lack of understanding regarding the forms of nutrients in the wide variety of VMS available.

Consumers are typically not fully aware about synthetics versus natural VMS. This blog intends to provide consumers with the necessary information needed to make an informed decision on the difference between synthetic versus natural supplements to corrects the common misconceptions in the field.

“Supplements don’t do anything, they’re a waste of money!”

Science doesn’t lie. There is so much scientific evidence to show that VMS can provide your body with such a wide variety of health benefits. Further, studies that claim that supplements are bad for you have continuously been quashed.

“I can get these for a fraction of the price in the supermarket!”

Synthetic vitamins are very popular in the dietary supplement industry, largely due to their low retail price. So, it is understandable why some people typically reach for the cheapest option on the shelf because it is easy to assume ‘they all do the same thing’. However, this is not the case.

The main difference between the cheap supplements and high quality, premium supplements is where they come from. If you are spending less than £6 on a supplement from your local supermarket, it is likely that they will contain synthetic ingredients. The source of your supplements can dramatically affect how they impact our health. Here at Native Nutrients, we take pride, that all our supplements are affordable and of premium grade. You will be buying a natural, supplement that will impact your health in a positive way.

“Just eat more healthy food and save your money!”

Whilst it is possible to achieve your daily VMS requirements with your diet alone, the chances of achieving this every single day are very unlikely. So, that is why we recommend taking a natural multivitamin daily to work synergistically with your healthy balanced diet. Here are other reasons why supplementing are important.

  • Nutrients, like selenium and magnesium, are lacking in our soils now.
  • The loss of gradual nutrients, from the time of transportation, to when they reach the shelves of our supermarkets. We don’t have the luxury of picking fresh food and eating in on the day.

Key differences between synthetic and natural VMS

Synthetic VMS

  • Usually made artificially and industrially. They are commonly known as isolated nutrients that mimic the structure of real nutrients.
  • Your body is likely to react differently to synthetic compounds because they may not contain the necessary components to facilitate absorption and may be excreted as waste. The bottle may claim to provide 100% Vitamins and Minerals’, but you may only absorb a small percentage when taken with food.
  • Ascorbic acid is actually synthetic vitamin C. It is produced from d-sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that can be obtained from various feedstock such as corn, cassava, and wheat. Sorbitol is commonly used in the industrial manufacturing of toothpaste, toiletries, and food.
  • Like most products, the cheaper the alternative the lower the quality.

You get what you pay for!

 Natural VSM

  • Come from whole food sources which is why the body can recognise the food components of unprocessed food and the co-factors within these foods, which help facilitate the absorption and distribution of nutrients. The active vitamin is fed into the most suitable plant matter with the enzymes to digest it fully. As an example, citrus pulp used for vitamin C, and carrot pulp for Beta Carotene, just to build a picture for you.
  • Natural VMS have a higher bioavailability than synthetic VMS, and twice as efficiently absorbed.
  • For premium VMS, spending a fraction more increases the quality of the natural ingredients. Invest in your health!

How do I know what to look for when buying a VMS?

The market is full of varied brands, and it can often be quite overwhelming. When you next check a supplement bottle, look to see if it has one or all of these:

  • 100% Natural
  • Certified Organic
  • Whole Food
  • Food Sourced
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • 100% Plant/ Animal Based

We recommend Native Nutrients as your go-to VMS supplier, because in every supplement capsule you will find all the components and cofactors within these foods to help with the distribution of nutrients. Not only do we have an amazing multivitamin, which is suitable for most, but we also specialise in specific VMS for various health related concerns, including age, and gender. And a nutritionist at hand to help you choose the most appropriate supplement you need at that time. Complete this form if you need any help choosing from our range.

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