The busy nature of our non-stop day-to-day lives, coupled with the fact that popular foods are not as naturally nutritious they should be, leaves one very raw truth: That most of us do not get the nutrients we need from our diet.
Thank goodness, then, for the growing organic supplements market.
It has been stated that more than half of the population currently take some kind of vitamin, but with increasing numbers leaning towards a more natural way of life, it’s time to ask whether we should be swapping synthetic for organic – the buzzword that has become increasingly synonymous with healthy living.
Helping to plug the nutritional gaps in our diet, there is no question that a multivitamin is a necessary companion. But before we delve into whether organic multivitamins work, we must first look at how they work – especially in comparison to their artificial counterparts.
What’s the difference between synthetic and organic nutrients?
Also known as isolated nutrients, because they don’t contain the necessary phytonutrients (natural compounds and trace minerals) that should accompany them, synthetic nutrients are – as their name suggests – made artificially in a lab. Organic nutrients, on the other hand, are obtained from whole food sources – either plant or animal-based. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that organic nutrients better mimic what is missing from the diet, although both do deliver some benefits – especially for certain groups of people.
The commonly accepted view is that synthetic supplements are almost chemically identical to those found in food, however, the process which gets them to that point is very different from the way plants and animals create them naturally, meaning your body may react in kind.
It is also unclear how well synthetic nutrients perform once ingested, with research showing that a natural form of Vitamin E is absorbed twice as efficiently as a synthetic version. In short, your body will better recognize an organic multivitamin quicker than a synthetic one because you simply cannot replicate the complex structure of whole foods in a lab.
The first difference you’ll see when shopping for multivitamins is in the cost: Yes, organic is going to come with a heftier price tag, but there’s a good reason for that.
How do organic multivitamins perform?
While studies into synthetic multivitamins have given mixed results – and with eyebrows raised over their safety – there is no question of the efficiency of organic multivitamins.
That’s because the process of creating them could not be closer to the real thing. In what is, essentially, a direct replica of a natural garden, a set of highly advanced processes – from collecting and combining only the finest, purest ingredients to cultivating them over time in an au naturel environment – organic multivitamins are, quite simply, the end product of a system engineered by Mother Nature herself.
The benefits of organic multivitamins
- Contain trace minerals, such as enzymes, minerals, lipids protein and other nutrients
- Are better absorbed, retained and utilized by the body than synthetic multivitamins
- Will be excreted by the body as efficiently as food – unlike synthetic vitamins which are stored in the liver until they can be processed with the right nutrients
- Always come in the right quantities
- Are never treated as toxins by your body
As such, your body will feel the positive effects almost immediately, having been fed exactly what it needs.
Of course, nothing can beat the goodness gained from a diet, but the evidence is clear: If you’re going to take a multivitamin, make sure it’s organic. Your body knows the difference and will thank you for it.