A walk through any supermarket or health store is likely to take you past dozens of different vitamin supplements on sale. From vitamins to minerals, antioxidants to enzymes, there appears to be a supplement for any form of deficiency. While this initially seems like great news, the reality is quite different.
Did you know that around 95% of vitamin supplements sold in stores are synthetic? It is cheaper to produce supplements from synthetically manufactured vitamins and minerals, rather than their plant-based counterparts. With such products there is no guarantee of the origin of the vitamins, and neither is there evidence to suggest that they are as beneficial as they first seem.
The origins of food supplements date back to the early 1930s, several decades after scientists had first ascertained that certain substances within our food are required for the healthy functioning of our bodies. Fast forward to the 21st Century and Australians are consuming more supplements than ever before, with the industry valued at a huge $1.5 billion in 2013, growing some 380% over the past four years.
Although changing attitudes to health are no doubt inspiring this change, it is also likely that the inexpensiveness of synthetically produced vitamins is also playing a part. Unfortunately, organisations like The Organic Consumers Association of America have highlighted the body’s inability to recognise these synthetic vitamins like their natural equivalents, and this potentially encouraging statistic becomes rather more concerning.
Much like refined or processed foods, synthetic vitamins lack the naturally occurring micronutrients which accompany plant-based vitamins and are essential for good health. On top of this, many of our naturally-produced enzymes are unable to bind onto the altered molecular structure of synthetic vitamins, meaning less efficient digestion and an upset stomach.
Just like refined foods, the frequent or excessive ingestion of synthetic vitamins can lead to imbalances. As most multivitamins will contain your entire daily vitamin allowance in a single tablet, synthetic vitamins would appear to be less convenient and beneficial than we may have first thought.
This is not the case with plant-based vitamins. These supplements are sourced entirely from natural plants, meaning that they are as beneficial and digestible as the natural foods which we all consume. Unlike synthetic vitamins, plant-based supplements are not isolated. Alongside the vitamins themselves, we will also find complex structures containing enzymes, antioxidants, coenzymes and trace elements all working together in their naturally-occurring composition.
Plant-based vitamins like Flightamins are easily digested with no additional requirements from the digestive or excretory organs of the body. In powder form, plant-based vitamins can be easily consumed with water, offering a quick and convenient way to stay healthy and rejuvenated.
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