Friday, June 7, 2013

Vitamin and Mineral Misconceptions 2

What's one thing all of these foods have in common: lemons, acerola cherries, amla, camu camu, oranges, spinach, grapefruit, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, and kiwi? They are all loaded with real vitamin C. High amounts of vitamin C is necessary for the body to function properly. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system.

The best way to ensure we get enough vitamin C is to have a wide variety in a highly plant based diet. While that may not be a surprise, perhaps what could be is the vitamin C we get from our food is not the same vitamin C that is in most supplements on the market, including "all natural" supplements.

Check the back of your multivitamin or vitamin C bottle. Does it says ascorbic acid? Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C. It is an isolate or a fraction of vitamin C. It is a separated portion of the whole food originally provided by our Creator, Yeshua the Christ. It is most often times synthetic, which means man made, from genetically modified cornstarch! Taking vitamins in isolate forms are dangerous to the body. These isolates because they are divided from their whole food form do not operate as they should.

Ascorbic acid, unlike whole vitamin C, actually does not support the immune system. It runs right through the body into the urine, not contributing any health benefit. What it does, however is increase the white cell count and deplete minerals from the body.

There are a select few whole foods sourced vitamins on the market. You always want whole foods sourced supplementation. We only take in vitamins and minerals from our food. My absolute favorite vitamin C on the market is Healthforce Nutritionals Truly Vitamin C Powder. I love powders because they are easy to regulate depending on your needs. It's made from real fruit! I always put it in my water and smoothies when I need an immune boost. I eat a plant based diet, so I don't supplement with it daily. This brand is a real food though, so it's completely safe.

Be a savvy supplement shopper. Know that superstores and pharmacies do not usually carry the best brands. Do not trust everything you read on a label either. Do your research. See if what something says is really true. Don't believe everything infomercials say or what doctors on talk shows say either. Use wisdom. I hope this entry was helpful. Feel free to ask questions at the bottom.

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