Synthetic Vitamin Scam

Are Your Vitamins Safe? Are Your Vitamins Synthetic?vitamins

F.A.Q. Synthetic Vitamins

1. What’s wrong with synthetic vitamins anyhow? Dr. H. Dulay explains: “A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of a simple version of the real thing. In the plant, the vitamin/mineral lives with many other vitamins, minerals and nutrients – the “cofactors” the body needs to absorb and use it. Read entire “What’s wrong with synthetic vitamins?” article.

2. What are synthetic vitamins? Synthetic vitamins are in many vitamin bottles. To see a list of them, visit vitamin report card.

3. Does ‘laboratory tested’ vitamins mean they are safe? A big pink multi-vitamin bottle states: Formulated for Pregnant or Lactating Women” inquality big letters at the top. “Quality Assured” and “Laboratory Premium Tested”.

The “Laboratory Tested” protects you from fraud about what’s in the bottle and in the pills: it means what’s inside is what it says is inside. So far, so good. Now the bad news:

“Laboratory tested” on the Vitamin bottle does not protect you from ingredients that have been found to be at best useless and possibly dangerous.

Here are three things (on this Vitamin bottle label) of concern:

1. All the vitamins listed (under Supplement Facts) are isolated synthetic vitamins. This is not a good thing, see here.

2. The first ingredient listed in Supplement Facts for these Vitamins is synthetic Vitamin A. This is more bad news. Here’s why:

a. The New England Journal of Medicine reported in 1995: 22,000 pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A. The study was halted because birth defects increased 400%. – New England Journal of Medicine, 1995.

b. The prestigious Cochrane Library’s massive review of the vitamin literature (published with great hoopla last month) noted that “Vitamins A, C and E are ‘a waste of time and may even shorten your life’” See here.

(Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration, a well known international organization which evaluates healthcare research.)

3. This bottle, ‘formulated for pregnant or lactating women’ includes artificial food coloring: FD&C Yellow #6 Lake.(!) (Artificial food coloring is known to be toxic and detrimental to children, among others. See here for references.)

First Natural Health Tip: Laboratory tested, while a good thing, is not sufficient. It does not mean safe. READ THE LABEL. Just because it’s tested and directed at pregnant women (as these were) doesn’t mean it’s safe, sorry.

To protect yourself:

On the labels of any vitamins you buy, check for two things:

1) artificial food colorings. Words like Yellow #6 Lake or Blue #2 Lake.

If a company puts that in a VITAMIN for pregnant women, how concerned are they with the woman’s health or that of her baby?

2) all or mostly synthetic vitamins, especially vitamin A. Use the list in the free report, Are Your Vitamins Safe?

Second Natural Health Tip: Buy whole food supplements. Either here, Whole Foods store or other health food stores.

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