Food Sourced vs Synthetically Sourced Vitamins and Minerals, Dr Erik Reis


Welcome back to the integrative health
series, my name is Dr. Eric Ries and I’m excited to have you here.
Malnutrition has become the number one cause of disease, disability, and death in
the world today. All of the wars, terrorism, and natural disasters combined
don’t come close to the devastation caused by malnutrition. Almost 6 million
children die each year from malnutrition related issues. Malnutrition is defined
as the lack of essential vitamins and minerals in your diet that are required
to keep your body functional and able to resist disease and while we may have
linked it to starvation in the past the face of malnutrition has radically
changed over the last twenty to thirty years. Today as a result of the major
nutrient deficiencies and our modern diets there are more malnourished,
overweight, and obese people in the world and malnutrition starving people
according to the World Health Organization. It is shocking to realize
that in the US, the wealthiest nation on earth, nearly our entire population fails
to get adequately nourished through diet alone, according to a recent study
published in the Journal of Nutrition two major factors contribute to this
phenomenon first ninety cents out of every dollar spent on food in the u.s.
buys processed food which is overwhelmingly deficient in essential
nutrients second modern commercial farming technologies are all designed to
grow fruits and vegetables faster and bigger than ever. The results of
commercial farming is that our most popular foods have lost significant
levels of their vitamins and mineral content.
Studies show that you would have to eat eight oranges to get the same level of
vitamin A that our grandparents got from eating just one orange 50 years ago. This
is why the United States Department of Agriculture has changed their
recommendations from 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per
day to 7 to 11 servings per day. Here’s a good question “who complies with
that recommendation?” the answer.. practically no one. So the obvious and
easy solution to properly nourishing ourselves in the 21st century is to
simply take a multivitamin and mineral supplement. In fact over 50% of all
Americans do that on a pretty regular basis, and as a result we’re the
healthiest people on earth… Right? Wrong, the U.S. practically leads
the world in the incidence of diet related diseases. So why is that? The answer could
lie in the fact that 95% of all vitamins sold in the world are synthetically made
from petroleum and coal tar and come in the form of what’s called a chemical
isolate.That means that they are similar to the chemical structure of natural
vitamins but in a purified and isolated form. Vitamins in nature are bound to
other nutrient co-factors, and when I say co-factors, I’m talking about trace
minerals, lipids, amino acids, and a whole array of other phytonutrients. These are
part of what we call a food matrix and vitamins in this whole food form provide
the best nourishment to the human body, because the body can actually digest,
process, and absorb the vitamins rather than just pass them through. All of these
co-factors are necessary for the optimal uptake, retention, and utilization of
essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins, even when formulated into food products
like meal replacement shakes, nutritional bars, and breakfast cereals are still
chemical isolates in the body. They are easily absorbed by the body but
difficult to use. The body must leech the same type of co-factors from its bone,
tissues, and fluids and bond them to the isolates for proper uptake and
utilization this is very inefficient and as a result many of the isolates are
simply excreted. That’s why for decades the medical community referred to
vitamin supplements as nothing more than “expensive urine”. Unused, fat soluble,
chemical isolates like vitamin A, vitamin E, and beta carotene gets stored in our
fat cells and at high doses have been shown to actually increase our risk of
disease and death! Imagine taking vitamin supplements and meal replacement
products that can actually increase our risk of poor health. Minerals are
different. Minerals are rocks. Plants uptake minerals from the soil, predigest
them, and bond them into a food matrix which makes them more soluble and easier
to absorb. A mineral can be 20 times more soluble inside of a plant than outside.
Typical mineral supplements are in the form of mineral salts or ground up rocks,
not food. By the way, RDA’s/ “Recommended Daily Allowances” were
established by the United States Department of Agriculture to identify
the amount of vitamins and minerals from the food sources, not
synthetic sources, required to keep us healthy and fight off disease. The most
cost-effective and nutritionally sound way to supplement food sourced vitamins
and minerals is through a process called fermentation. Fermentation is the world’s
oldest form of food stabilization. The fermentation process works like nature
it can facilitate the uptake and creation of nutrients into single-cell
organisms like yeast or bacteria that then bind those nutrients with the
cofactors I mentioned earlier into a complete food matrix. Whether in a
supplement, food, or meal replacement product; fermentation can provide whole
food nutritional support. A major advancement over the inexpensive
synthetically made vitamins and minerals that now proliferate our most popular
enriched foods and products. The equation is simple, it takes high doses of
synthetically made nutrients to achieve therapeutic effects in the body, and high
doses can compromise your health.. Or you can supplement normal amounts of
vitamins and minerals from whole food sources that will build and protect your
health; in the end it’s your choice.

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