You see me use the term whole food supplements in conjunction with Nazim’s and my work, which we call the Art of Wellness Collection, quite often as I continue to make the distinction for you between for example, a highly touted and advertised type vitamin pill, which is for my money a toxic way to dupe yourself into thinking you are doing something healthy every day, such as by taking “Centrum Silver,” in comparison to taking whole food complexes, AKA a phytonutrient, that which doesn’t isolate a particular compound from its matrix and or synthesize it, such as the difference between ascorbic acid (now made from GMO corn sugars) and a whole food complex, such as the way nature supplies vitamin C naturally in an orange for example, which includes its enzymes and naturally occurring co-factors from the orange itself. See the difference? And seeing is believing because if you look at the images below I have shared you can see how artfully nature assembles its phytonutrients rather then what we get in a vitamin bottle. Nature paints the whole picture, with color, texture, smell, etc to appeal to us on our sensory levels. Only problem is nature has been usurped by greed hungry corporations who have created that monster known as GMO and Big Agra which uses toxic pesticides and chemicals to farm stripping the soil of its 72 trace minerals and replacing that soil with only 4 synthetic ones .
Here is a good definition so that you get the full picture of why I am so excited about Simply Young, who is giving us organic, non GMO, vegan (foods with plant intelligence) that are gluten free, chemical and pesticide free without fillers or excipients but rather in whole food complexes, that come easy to use, daily drink mixes in powder form, which can be mixed with whole foods, like freshly cold pressed juices, nut milks, etc.
“The dictionary defines a vitamin as ‘an organic compound naturally occurring in plant and animal tissue and that is essential in small amounts for the control of metabolic processes.’ A simpler definition is that vitamins are coenzymes whose primary role is to help your body’s enzymes do their job. For example, the enzyme responsible for breaking down alcohol, alcohol dehydrogenase, uses vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) as its cofactor. When vitamins are available in limited amounts, enzyme reactions are inhibited. Phytochemicals are the hot ‘new’ discoveries in nutritional science. They include things such as sulforaphane from broccoli, resveratrol from grapes, and lycopene from tomatoes. You can think of phytochemicals as vitamins, plant-based hormones, and antioxidants in the process of being discovered. This is not necessarily a quick process. It wasn’t until fifty years after it was discovered that vitamin E was declared a vitamin.
You would think that supplementation of vitamins and minerals would be pretty easy. Figure out where people are likely to be deficient, then make a pill that supplements for those suspected deficiencies—you know, a one-a day multivitamin kind of thing. Determining the best supplement to take would then be a simple job of reading the label. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. There are actually two problems.
Natural and synthetic vitamins are not necessarily the same thing.
In nature, nutrients do not exist in isolation but rather in nutrient complexes. And as it turns out, our bodies require the complexes, not the isolates.
Actually, most vitamins in isolated form are toxic to the body, and like all toxins, they have to go to the liver to be detoxified. The liver does this by combining the isolates with a protein in a process called conjugation. The problem with conjugation is that you only get the benefit of as much of the vitamin as the liver can manage to conjugate; and every time you force the liver to conjugate vitamins to detoxify them, you’re putting additional stress on the liver.”
~ Jon Barron “Lessons from the Miracle Doctors”
Please explore this exciting way to obtain phytonutrients and vitamins, minerals and co-factors the way nature assembles and delivers these components to us at http://www.artofwellness.simplyyoung.com