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Natural Vitamins Versus Synthetic Vitamins, Is There Really A Difference?


By Dr. Keith Lewis
May 21, 2008

A vitamin is a complex mechanism. It is actually a working process of biological wheels within wheels of functional, interrelated, and independent components. A vitamin consists of not only the organic nutrients identified as the vitamin, but also enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and trace element activators. Since enzymes are proteins, they must contain amino acids and trace minerals. In fact, every mineral needed by every living cell in our body is commonly found in a natural assemblage of vitamin concentrates. These activators or coenzymes may include trace elements such as manganese, cobalt, zinc, copper, molybdenum, selenium, vanadium, and so on. These components are effective only when in proper organic state. 

A vitamin supplement then cannot simply be an individual chemical or several chemicals.  Supplements must be food concentrates, intact, integrated with their vitamin complexes incorporated so as to retain their functional and nutritional integrity. They must contain all the factors indigenous to the food that make up the vitamins' organic unity in entirety. There are two general points of view when it comes to vitamin supplements.

1.  One, is the vitamin factors, as the parts can be made which could be synthesized, manufactured,          and should be prepared in a chemically pure form in a high concentration or high potency. The              result is a crystalline pure chemical, hardly resembling the original intricate vitamin complex. This is      the principle followed by the drug or the pharmaceutical companies and most supplement                      companies. Unfortunately, most contemporary biochemical researchers and nutritionists believe          and accept this fact the current published way of thinking that there is no difference between natural      and synthetic vitamins that the body knows not to know the difference.

2.  The other point of view, the natural vitamin point of view, is that vitamins are just like other food              factors. They exist as extremely complex groups of associated substances of a synergetic nature          and that if the complex is taken apart or fractioned, it no longer is capable of producing its normal          nutritional and metabolic effect or function. In fact, these vitamin and mineral elements are so                  complex and multiplexed that their nutritional importance has been invariably discovered only by          investigating the symptoms of physical degeneration and functional failures in animal and human          subjects who are supplied with food, lacking some of these essential elements.

In summary, nature produces that which man cannot duplicate. Even when the chemical analysis is the same, there is still a difference that makes one alive, functional, and the other dormant, inactive, and basically dead. Synthesized vitamins and synthesized vitamin fractions are mirror image duplicates of just a portion of the real biologically active complex vitamin. Synthetic products of vitamins differ from natural products or vitamins in two basic ways. The synthetic product may resemble the natural product in one or more ways, but it is deficiency and definitely not the same thing. It is a false imitation. The synthetic product is always simple, isolated, chemical substance while the natural product is a complex mixture of related and similar and interdependent materials.