Boost Your Vitamins’ Power Up to 9.5X!
How much money would you save in a year if your car got 9 times the gas mileage?
Let’s say you get 30 mpg … you drive 12,000 miles per year… and gas costs $3 per gallon. That means you’d use 400 gallons of gas and spend $1,200 per year for fuel.
But what if you could pay a little more for a car that got 9 times better mileage? You’d save a whopping $1,067 a year on gas. That would sure make spending a little more for the high-mileage car worth it, wouldn’t it?
Well, you’re not going to find that car any time soon. But you can get that result from your vitamins. And it’s pretty easy, too.
The secret is to take natural vitamins.
But wait, you may be thinking, I’ve heard your body doesn’t know the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins. I often hear that argument, too.
The truth is, very few people – even among doctors – are well trained in nutrition. (A national survey revealed medical schools require as little as 6 hours of nutrition education.) So, many health experts rely on “common knowledge.”
But this is one case where the common knowledge is wrong. Studies show your body apparently does know the difference between what nature provides and what man makes in the laboratory.
Take vitamin E, for example. A series of studies done by the National Research Council of Canada compared natural and synthetic forms of vitamin E. The researchers found that the natural form of vitamin E is about twice as bioavailable as the man-made form.1
These results were echoed by a multi-site study done on infants. Healthy babies were able to maintain the same levels of vitamin E in their system by taking only half as much of the natural form as man-made vitamin E.2
And vitamin E is hardly the only example.
A study team in Israel found natural Beta-carotene – which your body makes into the active form of vitamin A – is absorbed more readily than the man-made version.3 Another pair of Israeli scientists discovered that taking natural Beta-carotene results in lower levels of certain free radicals. They concluded this proves the natural form’s superior antioxidant power.4
The situation appears to be much the same with vitamin C, too.
An animal study from Nutrition Reports International found that natural vitamin C is about 48% more bioavailable than the lab-made version.5
And vitamin D? The studies suggest you can get up to 9.5 times the effectiveness from the natural form.
In a university study, a single large dose of natural vitamin D kept blood levels of vitamin D high for days longer than a dose of man-made D. In fact, the natural vitamin D reached its highest levels two weeks after the volunteers took it!
Based on its higher levels and long-lasting nature, the researchers calculated natural vitamin D is 9.5 times more potent than its synthetic cousin.6
The bottom line? All vitamins aren’t created equal. And if you want to get the most out of your supplements, choose the natural form of vitamins whenever possible.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Burton, G.W., et al, “Human plasma and tissue alpha-tocopherol concentrations in response to supplementation with deuterated natural and synthetic vitamin E,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1998; 67: 669-684.
2 Stone, W.L., et al, “Infants discriminate between natural and synthetic vitamin E,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. April 2003; 77(4) 899-906.
3 Levin, G. and Mokady, S., “Antioxidant activity of 9-cis compared to all-trans beta-carotene in vitro,” Free Radic Biol Med. Jul 1994; 17(1): 77-82.
4 Ben-Amotz, A. and Levy, Y., “Bioavailability of a natural isomer mixture compared with synthetic all- trans beta-carotene in human serum,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1996; 63: 729-734.
5 Vinson, J.A. and Bose, P., “Comparative Bioavailability of Synthetic and Natural Vitamin C in Guinea Pigs,” Nutrition Reports International. 1983; 27(4).
6 Laura, A.G., et al, “Vitamin D2 Is Much Less Effective than Vitamin D3 in Humans,” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Nov 1, 2004; 89(11): 5387-5391.