By reading this article, you’ll be able to recognize why using whole food supplements are recommended by many health professionals. You will learn what whole food nutritional supplements are, the effects they have on the body, including a synergistic effect. You’ll also understand the rationale behind the bioavailability of these vitamin supplements and the benefits of their use compared to synthetic supplements. You will see how whole food supplements can help pave the way to your increased health and nutrition.
Whole food vitamin supplements are simply what they say they are. They are made from concentrated whole foods. Most of these contain enzymes, coenzymes, phytonutrients, chelated amino acids, and antioxidants (found in the phytonutrients).
These supplements do not include additives such as fillers, coatings or lubricants. They are actually combined with pure nutrients and are not heavily manufactured, which leaves most of the nutrient in place.
Phytonutrients are simply organic compounds that come from plants. They are often called Super Foods. These super foods are naturally high in antioxidants and are believed to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and also address macular degeneration (eye disorder that causes degeneration of the retina where you are not able to focus on small items).
Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and soy products fall into this category. For some of you, you will be happy to know that phytonutrients have also been known to slow the aging process!
The bioavailability of a supplement is its ability to be absorbed. Often, certain store-grade vitamins and minerals are only absorbed at the rate of 15 to 20%! One aspect that does help with absorbtion rate is to include concentrated whole foods with the supplement.
It is a fact that whole foods are absorbed more readily than synthetic vitamins, so it is quite obvious why supplements made from whole foods will be absorbed into your system much more easily.
Have you ever taken a vitamin supplement and felt nauseous soon after this? It could be the chemicals and fillers placed in the synthetic vitamin supplement.
Whole food based vitamin supplements do not have nearly the potential for upsetting your stomach since they are food based. Most of these should be taken with your largest meal of the day because they become synergistic with other foods. They enhance the effect of each other. However, many people are even able to take these supplements on an empty stomach!
Synergy is defined in the Thesaurus as being "used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two". What does this mean? When I used to teach health in high school, many years ago, and we would talk about the effects of legal and illegal drugs and the dangers of these, especially as it pertained to the synergistic effect. The easiest way I found to explain this was to give the example of 2 + 2 = 5. We would visit about this and talk about the dangers of drinking alcohol while taking a prescription drug, such as a depressant or muscle relaxer.
The synergistic effect also holds true regarding whole food supplements. When these supplements are in their "whole" form, they include concentrated forms of food, or organic compounds, that naturally have a synergistic effect. They compound the effect of each other! However, this effect is lost when these vitamins are isolated and manufactured synthetically.