Most people looking to promote their overall health and well-being find themselves, at one point or another, scanning the shelves of their grocery stores’ nutritional-supplement aisle. There, they find a gigantic selection of multi-vitamins, ranging in prices and promises.
Unfortunately, though, just about all multivitamins on the market have two commonalities:
- They comprise isolated and synthetic nutrients (even when they claim to be “whole food”)
- They will cause side effects
If a multivitamin supplement contains isolated or synthetic vitamins or minerals, it will cause side effects.
Here’s the short answer: For vitamins and minerals to be useful to the body, they must be accompanied by their cofactors — other vitamins and minerals that naturally exist with them in food form. Because isolated or synthetic nutrients don’t have cofactors, the body must steal nutrients from other parts of the body to serve those roles. This creates deficiencies, since those stolen nutrients were needed elsewhere, and deficiencies lead to health problems — a.k.a. side effects.
The key to finding a multivitamin formula that doesn’t cause deficiencies/side effects is to make sure it’s really whole food.
This is where it gets tricky: “Whole Food” has become a buzzword in recent years — a term marketers have picked up and begun plastering all over packaging, regardless of whether the products are truly whole food or not.
Here’s how to tell if a product is truly whole food:
To see if a product is actually whole food, look at its nutritional information. If you see a chemical name on there with a milligram quantity listed beside it, the product contains isolated or synthetic nutrients. An isolate or synthetic can be measured exactly, every time; in real food, the amount of a nutrient varies from one of a kind to the next (e.g. no two apples are the same, so their nutrient amounts will differ slightly) — thus, it’s impossible to measure it and record the result on an ingredient panel.
NutriPlex Formulas’ Whole Food is a powerful nutritional supplement that packs in a long list of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, flavonoids, and so forth — in whole food form, which is why you’ll find nothing on the Whole Food ingredient list but foods.
But, just for reference, check out our infographic for an impressive (but by no means comprehensive) list of nutrients contained within Whole Food‘s ingredients.
Whole Food was formulated to provide the body a dense supply of nutrients and to benefit every body system — from tissues to organs to glands. Often, it’s used in place of a multivitamin, as it’s safer and more effective than just about anything else on the market.