Are Isolated Vitamins Toxic and Not Recognized By The Body?
Below is long-time nutritional medical expert Dr. Jonathan Wright's answer to the silly statement that one should avoid "synthetic" pure, isolated vitamins because the body doesn't "recognize" them.
Over 200,000 Studies Show They Work
This silly Orwellian statement is promoted by advocates of so-called "whole-food-grown-type" vitamins, who market their products as if they are more natural than pure isolated vitamins. They further promote the lie that synthetic isolated vitamin are toxic and not usable by the body. Isolated vitamins are synthesized in labs (using natural ingredients) to exactly replicate the structure of vitamins in food and duplicate their activity in the body. Over 200,000 published studies confirm how that they work in our bodies, improving human health. As well, these studies are the basis for the "structure/function" sections we see in natural food stores.
Potency Determines Effectiveness
The important consideration is that isolated vitamins can be taken in the potencies that work, where "whole-food-grown" vitamins are generally only available in low potencies that are proven to be too low to produce the optimal possible beneficial effects of vitamins.
And to be clear, "whole-food-grown" vitamins are made with the same isolated vitamins the companies that make them try to denegrate. They are only different in that "whole-food-grown" vitamins are isolated vitamins mixed with food materials in a laboratory process, that also could be described as "synthesis." The companies claim that mixing them with foods makes them more natural, but that's just marketing nonsense.
"Whole-food-grown-type" vitamins are really not "more natural," yet they cost 8 to 14 times more for the potency you get than the isolated vitamins they compete with in the marketplace. Don't let marketing liars win your heart or your pocketbook with silly nonsense.
Should you avoid synthetic vitamins?
Q: I read an article by another alternative medical doctor who claims that the body only recognizes vitamins made from natural resources. Is that true?
Jonathan Wright, MD.: The body recognizes just about any substance you put into it. The real question is what's best for you.
Ideally, I would tell you to take vitamin supplements and other nutrients concentrated only from natural sources. Vitamins (and minerals) in nature are almost always found in conjunction with other vitamins, minerals, and metabolic co-factors -- vitamin C with a variety of flavonoids, for example. Since there's considerable "unity in nature," if vitamins are found with other nutrients in their natural form, it's very likely that they all work together in your body.
But unfortunately, our world is far from ideal, so, while the naturally concentrated forms of vitamins might be the best option, you shouldn't totally avoid synthetics. In many instances, they're the only sources of the higher doses your body may sometimes need.
Michael's Note: The definition of synthesis is to combine two or more things to create something else. You can take two or more natural ingredients and put them through a laboratory synthetic process to create another natural ingredient. You can also take ingredients that have never occured in nature (not natural) and make something else that is not natural.
There's nothing wrong with the process of synthesis. However, what materials you use and what you create can be either natural or not.
With only a few exceptions, all the vitamins sold in the United States have been synthesized using natural ingredients to create a perfect replica of the vitamins found in food, whether they are marketed as "whole-food-type" vitamins or not, they all come from the same large vitamin raw material suppliers.