There is no doubt that we need vitamins and minerals in our body, and the right nutrition is the key for that. Though sometimes it is hard to achieve it due to a busy lifestyle or the budget, that is why we source to fill our nutritional gaps thru multivitamins and supplements.
But is your multivitamin really working for you the way you see it on ads? Before we answer that question, let us see what the media has portrayed to us:
On July 2016, BBC News publish an article called “Pregnancy multivitamins ‘are a waste of money’”, yet, in the same article they emphasize the need of Folic acid and vitamin D supplementation on pregnant women. Or in 2013, we saw headlines such as “Case Closed: Multivitamins Should Not Be Used” (Forbes) and “New studies dispel multivitamin myths” (NBC), using bias reports as the evidence for that.
What is really going on?
The answer may shock you: Big pharmaceutical companies pay for studies and publications to be posted to mislead you, for you to lose any hope in natural supplementation and nutrition. You see, natural medicine or natural supplementation is a threat to Pharma industry.
According to News Target : “a long-standing double standard exists in the medical industry. Scrutiny is reserved solely for nutritional supplements, while quack medicine, junk science and pro-pharma propaganda, despite lacking proof of their effectiveness, remain untouched.
For instance, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever, that chemotherapy prevents the progression of cancer or that Statins enhance lifespan.
Yet, all these drugs continue to be heavily pushed onto the unwitting masses by certain medical journals and the mainstream media.”
The motive: They want you to rely on drugs, not multivitamins.
But, is your multivitamin really helping you?
If something has to be said about all this controversy is one thing, many multivitamins are not working the way they are marketed to you. In fact, almost all of the multivitamins sold over the counter are not doing anything to your body. Here is the explanation:
On the BBC News article that we quoted at the beginning, the main goal is to undermine the use of multivitamins but at the same time promote the use of synthetic Folic acid and synthetic Vitamin D on pregnant women. It is very contradicting don’t you think? The reason is that folic acid and vitamin D have shown to be somewhat effective in a synthetic form, and the marketers of those components are the makers of synthetic drugs.
Synthetic = no real food source = cheap
And why the other components of a normal multivitamin are not being promoted in that article? Because studies show that synthetic isolated vitamins have little to no effect in your body because, as they are synthetic material, your body rejects them.
For example, the reason your body enjoys the benefits of vitamin C from the orange is because the vitamin is not alone but comes with an orange. There are other components or “code factors” in the orange that make your body absorb the vitamin C.
Similar to folic acid from Broccoli or Vitamin D from Mushrooms.
According to Dr. Josh Axe’s explanation “Each food comes with a code factor embedded into it that tells the body all about that food, its nutrients, and when and how to best use it. When vitamins are synthetic they’ve been isolated from the food source thereby eliminating the vital code factor so important to the body.”
Are there natural multivitamins that can help you nourish your immune system?
It all is about understanding whole food and natural supplements. There are multivitamins that are made from food sourced ingredients or that contain real food components. You wont find them in pharmacies and they are not the ones that your favorite tv star is promoting. Remember, anything that you put in your body is an investment for your future health, therefor is always good to do some research before buying your multivitamin.
What should you look for in a multivitamin?
For it to really do the job in your body, you want to check that it contains:
- Whole Foods,
- fatty acids,
- digestive enzymes,
- Vitamins and Minerals, and last but very important,
Read the Labels!
- Avoid mainstream brands that do not show you the “other ingredients list”, you might not want to put that in your body.
- Artificial Colors
- Fillers and Binders
- Allergens such as dairy, gluten, and soy.