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Many people do not get enough vitamins and nutrients from just their diet alone. As a result, about half the U.S. population takes synthetic nutrients regularly or semi-regularly, namely multivitamins and other generic supplements.

There has been a heated debate over whether or not people should even be taking vitamins, or if they simply should be trying to eat better food. There is also now a debate over what type of vitamins people should take, if they do decide to take vitamins. Americans are becoming more health-conscious and are now paying more attention to what kinds of foods, nutrients, and supplements they are putting into their bodies. This is a step in the right direction!

There are two types of vitamins and supplements. These are: 

1). Nutritious compounds that are entirely plant-based and derived from the soil.

2). Nutritious compounds that are synthetic in origin.

We’ll look at both and discuss why natural, organic, and non-altered nutrients have more health benefits than synthetic supplements.

Synthetic Versus Plant-Based – What’s the Difference?

First, let’s define what is meant by “natural” and “synthetic” nutrients.

  • Natural, plant-based nutrients are obtained from plants that are grown in the soil. Natural nutrients come from farms, gardens, and the wild.
  • Synthetic nutrients are made in a lab, usually created through combining chemicals with plants or just combining chemicals with other chemicals. Synthetic nutrients are produced artificially in an industrial process.

Synthetic nutrients do not include whole food supplements, as whole food supplements are produced directly from plants grown in the soil, not in a lab. And while synthetic nutrients can be made more cheaply and generally cost the consumer less as a result, they rarely offer the same level of health benefits to consumers than naturally-occurring, plant-based material.

Unfortunately, most of the available supplements today are made artificially, i.e., made in a lab, not in a garden or on a farm. That includes vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids.

Chemically synthesized supplements generally appear in tablet form, and they usually have artificial fillers, additives, preservatives, and other compounds added to them. Chemical nutrients mimic the way natural nutrients function within our bodies. But because they are not natural in form or structure, they are not as easily absorbed by the body.

Remember, the human body is the result of millions of years of evolution, of humans eating plant and animal-based foods, not chemically synthesized foods. The result is a body that responds better to naturally occurring nutrients, not chemical ones. The body absorbs and processes natural, whole food, and plant-based nutrients better than it does artificial nutrients.

Expert Commentary and Real-World Examples of Good Nutrients

The health and nutrition community generally agrees that naturally occurring nutrients are better for the body than synthetic ones. This is not to say that synthetic supplements are necessarily harmful or detrimental, just that they do not offer as much health benefits as natural nutrients do.

Dr. Mary Jane Brown, a contributing columnist for Healthline, writes:

  • “It’s unclear how well synthetic nutrients are absorbed and used in the body. Some may be more easily absorbed, not others. This is because when you eat real food, you’re not consuming single nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins, minerals, co-factors and enzymes that allow for optimal use by the body. Without these additional compounds, synthetic nutrients are unlikely to be used by the body in the same way as their natural counterparts. For example, studies show that natural vitamin E is absorbed twice as efficiently as synthetic vitamin E. Natural whole foods may help manage and prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death. These benefits have been linked to the wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and fatty acids found in whole foods.”

From fruits and vegetables to fish, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, natural, 100% organic, whole foods offer a complex, intricate, and a long list of intertwined nutrients, enzymes, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, healthy fats, and more.

Again quoting Dr. Mary Jane Brown: 

  • “Research consistently shows that synthetic nutrients are no replacement for a healthy, balanced diet. Getting natural nutrients from whole foods is always a better option.”

And if you are looking for quick, easy, and affordable ways to get all-natural, plant-based nutrients on the go, we have four vegan and vegetarian-friendly supplements you can add to your daily diet!

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A paleo vegan best protein powder made from pumpkin seeds, Immune Solution’s Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder is made with superfoods and contains 33 grams of protein per serving! There are also 2.5 grams of a superfood blend in each serving, 3 grams of fiber, and only 2 grams of carbs and 180 calories.

Protein is the basic building block of life, vital to immune function, every aspect of metabolism, muscle growth and maintenance, and crucial for energy. Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder is made from organic, cold-pressed pumpkin seeds to ensure you are getting the healthiest, cleanest, most effective, and filling protein possible.

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Raw, organic beets have numerous benefits, so Immune Solution took organic beets, grown right here in the United States, harvested them, dried them, and ground them into a powder. We use a proprietary system of drying and grinding the beets in such a way to prevent oxidation during the delicate processing stages. The result? The best beetroot powder available.

Beets are rich in dietary nitrates, which the body converts to nitric oxide. Immune Solution’s Raw Organic Beet Root Powder (an easier and more convenient way to eat beets on the go) supports blood vessels, increases blood flow, increases male fertility, boosts libido, stimulates testosterone, and enhances stamina during any exercise or cardiovascular activity.

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The best wheatgrass available is Immune Solution’s Raw Organic Kamut Wheatgrass powder. This best-selling wheatgrass is grown right here in the U.S. in nutrient-rich, organic soil. The grass is watered from a nearby mineral spring, and it’s harvested at the peak of the grass’s nutrient composition. Kamut is non-GMO, non-crossbred, nutrient-dense, heirloom-seed Egyptian wheatgrass.

Immune Solution’s Raw Organic Kamut Wheatgrass offers a long list of potential benefits. It improves gut health by adding many different enzymes to the digestive system. The wheatgrass is also a prebiotic, meaning it feeds good gut bacteria. Raw Organic Kamut Wheatgrass also restores alkalinity in the body, and it acts as an anti-inflammatory. The wheatgrass is a potent detoxifier; it cleanses the blood and improves the health of the liver. Finally, the wheatgrass increases strength while at the same time cutting sugar cravings.

Natural Zinc – Boost Metabolic Function with Crucial Enzymes

Zinc is a vital mineral, a crucial nutrient that is necessary for bodily function. Immune Solution’s Natural Zinc supports immune function; it is a natural antioxidant, it helps restore sensory perception, soothes skin problems, and it can help combat baldness. Zinc helps speed wound healing, combats mental lethargy and sluggishness, improves libido, and works to enhance muscle growth. Zinc can also help improve testosterone in men, and it can improve mood, energy, and hormones in both men and women alike.

Questions? Contact Us!

Want to learn more about the difference between natural supplements and synthetic supplements? Curious about how Immune Solution health products can make your life better? Feel free to contact us! You can reach us at (727) 768-4688, or you can email us at sales@immunesolution.com, and one of our representatives will get in touch with you! You can also fill out out simple contact form, and our staff will reach out to you shortly.

Until next time,

-Ren Brabenec

Immune Solution Writing Staff

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/synthetic-vs-natural-nutrients#TOC_TITLE_HDR_4

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