Supplementing your diet with added nutrients has become mandatory to not only reach optimum health but to simply maintain health.
“...more than three billion people around the world suffer from malnourishment and yet, ironically, efforts to increase food production have actually produced food that is less nourishing.” - Eating Your Veggies: Not As Good For You? - TIMEMonoculture farming is the practice of growing a single crop over a large area for a number of years. It allows for larger harvests with minimal labor. The issues that arise with monoculture farming are many. The lack of biodiversity depletes the nutrients in the soil and the use of chemical fertilizers can interfere with the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients.
“The growing use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, today’s crops are being harvested faster than ever before. Quick, early harvests mean the produce has less time to absorb nutrients either from synthesis or the soil, and minerals like potassium (the "K" in N-P-K fertilizers) often interfere with a plant's ability to take up nutrients. Monoculture farming practice have also led to soil-mineral depletion, which, in turn, affects the nutrient content of crops.” - TIME Health & Family WebsiteAdding to the conundrum…artificial food ripening, which can lead to potential health hazards and may decrease nutrient content as well.
“Ethylene is the major ripening agent produced naturally within the fruits which initiates the process of ripening . There are multifarious uses of many ripening agents to release ethylene in order to speed up the ripening process. Chemicals like ethanol, methanol, ethylene glycol, Ethephon, calcium carbide are used to ripen fruits and vegetables artificially [13, 15, 23]. The use of calcium carbide is much widespread in many regions of south Asia including India, Bangladesh, Nepal and so forth for its cheaper market price despite its ban due to its harmful feats [4, 9, 20, 21, 24].” – A Critical Analysis of Artificial Fruit Ripening
- *Synthetic – Sourced from toxins, inorganic material, and genetically modified organisms.
- *Isolated – Compounds existing alone without co-enzymes, and factors needed to for completeness and effectiveness.
- *“Sourced from” – Natural vitamins/minerals “sourced from” organic, natural-occurring vegetation (taken out of its native environment) and “plant-based” in a non-native environment
- *Tableted multivitamins with excipients.
The Dance of Minerals, Vitamins and Co-EnzymesYou’ve heard the debates…studies for and against multivitamins. Many have taken a position on either side. As mentioned earlier, I was solely pro-multivitamins, after all, there is an obvious, serious lack of nutrients in our foods. With so many of us overweight, yet malnourished, the answer seems obvious…supplement with multivitamins and refrain from consuming artificial & processed foods.
I did not understand important concepts that would soon change my entire outlook on the multivitamin industry. One…how vitamins and minerals behaved. Two…how and where they are sourced, and three…High-quality nutrition can never come from the lab.
Understanding how vitamins and minerals exist naturally was the catalyst that changed my perception of multivitamin supplements and nutrition.
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“The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C. Real vitamin C is part of something living, and as such, can impart life. Your synthetic, fractionated chemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day, never was alive or part of anything alive. It’s a chemical, a cornstarch derivative, a sulfuric acid by-product. In your body it’s just another drug.”
Generally speaking, multivitamins often list synthetic (fractionated) vitamins on the label. However, many of us tend to trust the “explanation” in the brackets, which leads me to a vital label-reading tip…beware of bracketed information on ingredient labels. Here’s an example…
Plant-based & Naturally Derived Vitamins Are Not Much Better Than Synthetic Counterparts
Plant-based vitamins are not much better than their chemically-based counterparts. If any of the synthetic vitamins listed above are on a plant-based label, you’re basically taking synthetic vitamins in a more natural base...and even then, “natural” bases should be closely scrutinized for authenticity. They MAY provide some bio-availability, but just like their counterparts they are isolated, fractionated, born-in-a-lab and more importantly, not a true vitamin complex.
Manufacturers simply cannot mimic the native environment in which vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes etc. thrive in and produce a fully functional product that would have the same nutritional benefit as an apple. Understanding this, plant sourced or naturally sourced vitamins make little sense to me. I’m better off buying an apple from the supermarket for true synergistic nutrition. Naturally, that brings us back to the original issue of depleted nutrition in our vegetation. More on that later.
Putting It TogetherExcipients are found in just about every tableted product. Excipients are inert “inactive” substances such as starch, that provide a vehicle for the “active” ingredients. Excipients are binders, fillers, flowing agents that glue, provide a flow (for manufacturing process), flavor (artificially/naturally) and color (artificially/naturally) the products. Excipients can be genetically modified ingredients, synthetic, toxic or just plain inedible.
Some common excipients found on your multivitamin label…
- *Binders – Polysaccharides and derivatives (Starches, cellulose, HPC), Synthetic polymers such as PVP & PEG, toxic petroleum-derived substances.
- *Coatings – Shellac (synthetic polymer), Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, gelatin, corn protein zein.
- *Disintegrants (aids in the dissolution of the product) – Crossed-linked polymers such as polyvinylpyrrolidone (crospovidone) PVPP. PVPP is a highly crossed-linked version of PVP and is insoluble in water, yet it absorbs water rapidly, creating a swelling force.
- *Fillers – Such as vegetable oils and fats sometimes found in gel capsules. Whether these oils and fats are sourced from genetically modified crops remain a mystery and the fact that they may be hydrogenated is very likely. Synthetic Calcium Carbonate (typically made from inorganic substances like rocks), lactose, glucose and magnesium stearate are other common fillers.
- *Flavors – Flavors are typically used to mask unpleasant tasting active ingredients. Flavors are listed as artificial or natural. The problem with the “natural flavor” ingredient, is ambiguity. Personally speaking, the lack of transparency is enough for me to avoid using it. Artificial flavors, on the other hand, is much like the fragrance ingredient I spoke about in my last blog, a blanket ingredient that may contain a combination of many different chemicals as opposed to a single ingredient as implies. Smell, not taste, is the main determinant of a food’s flavor. Because taste is limited to seven basic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, savory and metallic) your food’s flavor can be created by the scent. This is where artificial flavors - created by perfumers or flavorists - come into play.
- *Colors – Artificial colors are another common excipient. They are used to improve the appearance of the product and allows for easy identification of medicine. FD&C colors are regulated and approved for use by the FDA. Certifiable color additives are sourced from petrol or coal. Unsurprisingly, they are created in labs. I have to assume it takes more than one chemical to create a color by artificial means, therefore, I assume artificial colors, much like “fragrance & perfume” is a blanket ingredient. Red dye #40 or Allura Red AC, has been the subject of many studies and has been found to cause hyperactivity in children. It is banned for use in Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland.
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What to Do?
- *Synergistic (combined effects greater than individual effects) Nutrition.
- *Synergistic Nutrition in its native food environment.
- *A variety of synergistic nutrition in its native food environment.
- *A variety of synergistic nutrition in its food native environment, that has been sustainably grown without the use of chemicals, and fully delivered without additives or preservatives.
Why Certified Organic?
Recognizing the Truth – Whole Food Will Always Be True Nutrition
certified organic raw unrefined cacao powder, dried coffee fruit extract, certified organic freeze dried pomegranate powder, certified organic freeze-dried goji berry powder, certified organic freeze-dried acai berry powder, certified organic freeze-dried blueberry powder, certified organic, freeze-dried raspberry powder, certified organic freeze-dried strawberry powder, certified organic, freeze-dried olive juice extractBerryRadical contains a wide spectrum of nature’s most powerful antioxidants: hydroxytyrosol,
zeaxanthin, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, anthocyanin, cryptoxanthin,
xanthophyll, epicatechin, quercetin, punicalagin and ellagic, chlorogenic, gallic, ferulic and
caffeic acids from organically grown chocolate, berries and fruits.
DeepGreen Alkalizing Superfood
DeepGreen is a wonderful combination of leafy greens and blue-green algae. My favorite of the whole is undoubtedly Spirulina. Spirulina by itself can replace a closetful of supplements. Spirulina is rich in protein, valine, leucine, isoleucine, omega-6, omega-3, vitamin B1, zinc, vitamin B2, iron, beta-carotene, manganese, copper, and more. Spirulina is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids. What I truly love about Spirulina is the abundance of GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid). GLA is hard to come by in the diet, which is a problem because our bodies can’t make it. It supports healthy hair (which I struggle with), skin and nails. I took supplements of GLA a few years ago (borage oil) but stopped, because it was too expensive to purchase a bottle of just GLA when I needed a combination of nutrition. Spirulina provided the solution to this because of its broad spectrum of nutrition! In addition to certified organic Spirulina DeepGreen has…
Blue-Green Algae: Certified Organic Spirulina, Certified Organic Aphanizomenon
Flos Aquae, Certified Organic Chlorella
Green Grass Juices: Certified Organic Freeze-Dried Alfalfa, Certified
Organic Barley, Certified Organic Kamut, Certified Organic Oat,
and Certified Organic Wheat Grass Juice Powders.
Leafy Green Vegetables: Certified Organic, Freeze-Dried Pure Vegetable Powders:
Certified Organic Kale, Parsley, Certified Organic Collard, and
Certified Organic Nettle.
We use grass juice powders instead of pulverized grass powder because grass cannot by digested by the human stomach. Additionally, DeepGreen has detoxing capabilities. So vital in this day and age of industrial chemicals in our land, water, air and food.
Other benefits include:
- *Extremely concentrated and dense - 1 teaspoon of powder is equivalent to over 60ml (2
Fl.oz) of fresh green juices.
- *100% RAW, VEGAN, and CERTIFIED ORGANIC.
- *A natural source of alkalizing minerals.
- *Formulated without fillers – no rice bran, no flax seed, no beans or legumes… just pure
InLiven Probiotic Superfood
The bacteria kingdom is the base of life. The root word biotic originates from the Greek word, bios meaning life. Pro means “for” essentially probiotics mean FOR LIFE. Out of the three nutritional keys suggested here, it is my honest belief that probiotics take a higher priority for wellness maintenance. Probiotics are responsible for making nutrients available to our bodies. They create beneficial compounds and essential nutrients such as lactic acid, B vitamins, digestive enzymes and more. Maintaining a balance of good and bad bacteria is essential. The ratio of good to bad should be 85% to 15%. When this ratio is out of order, Dysbiosis (putrefactive bacteria take control of the bowels) occurs and toxic material is released in the body’s environment. Our highly acidic, processed and artificial hormone-laden diet is lacking in naturally-occurring probiotics and it is essential to supplement DAILY to maintain a healthy ratio. Read more about Probiotics here. [The Raw Deal on Probiotics]
Beware of Misleading Information and Ineffective Probiotics or Bacteria Posing as Probiotics
Our cells are outnumbered by the bacteria in our gut by ten trillion, because of this, we are 90% microbial. The simple fact that we are 90% microbial is valuable to ponder upon because it questions the potential myth that probiotics are bio-individual. I completely reject this notion. Bacteria has been in existence, very possibly before humankind, considering it is the base of life. Many probiotics on the market cater to a specific condition. A condition-specific probiotic strain or product is a clue that it may be a proprietary strain because the patent law requires that a (1) strain cannot exist in nature prior and (2) must solve a common problem in order to patent, own and sell that strain. I believe that proprietary and engineered strains are the reason why there is a mixed consensus on whether probiotic supplements are effective. It should also be understood…currently, there is no legal definition of what a probiotic is…any manufacturer can engineer a bacteria and call it a probiotic.
Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph. D of USProbiotics.org states…
“As there is no legal definition for the term probiotic, products labeled “probiotic” on the market may not have been adequately characterized for content, stability, or health effects”She suggests the term “pharma biotic” be utilized instead of probiotics and explains that the key to the definition of a probiotic is that it must confer a health benefit. Also interesting to note is that Dr. Sanders’ PDF (link found at the end of post) states that “live cultures” should not be considered a probiotic.
InLiven is unique. It is the world’s first certified organic probiotic. Meaning the strains are naturally occurring and found in nature. It is not engineered, patented or altered. We do not “own” the strains. Furthermore, it contains the ENTIRE Lactobacillus family, a total of 13 strains. Many products that do have probiotic strains in them have a few, some I’ve seen with two at the most, but InLiven keeps the family together for synergy. InLiven’s strains come with its own food, twenty-six whole foods to be exact, to provide nutrients easily assimilated for weak digestive systems. It has…
1. Lactobacillus Acidophilus
2. Lactobacillus Brevis
3. Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
4. Lactobacillus Casei
5. Lactobacillus Caucasicus
6. Lactobacillus Delbreukii
7. Lactobacillus Fermenti
8. Lactobacillus Helveticus
9. Lactobacillus Lactis
10. Lactobacillus Leichmannii
11. Lactobacillus Pantarum
12. Bifidobacterium Bifidum
13. Bacillus Coagulans
Spores are activated in the acidic environment of the stomach
and begin germinating and proliferating in the intestine.
14. Saccharomyces boulardii
15. Saccharomyces cerevisiae
- *The first certified organic probiotic. ALL 13 strains are certified organic. Non-GMO bacteria.
- *Batch-tested to ensure live bacteria counts
- *InLiven contains the complete Lactobacillus family of 13 strains combined with 26, 100% RAW, organic, whole foods for three weeks prior to bottling. During the preparatory phase, the formula is predigested (fermented) by the Lactobacilli making the nutrients instantly available for assimilation upon consumption.
- *The Lactobacilli bacteria used in InLiven is the result of over 20 years of hand-cultured research by Czerral, the formulator of InLiven. Czerral Wheeler is well known for introducing Spirulina to the world market in 1979. He also, coined the term “Super Foods” in the early ‘80s, a reference to organic foods with a broad spectrum of nutrients.
- *The Lactobacilli bacteria used in InLiven have been subjected to a large number of stressors (heat, cold, chlorine etc.) resulting in a “Super Family” of very strong Lactobacilli, unlike any others found in the world today.
- *The bacteria in InLiven is hand-cultured from fruits, vegetables or grains; not fast tracked from fecal matter.
- *With Czerral as a formulator, InLiven naturally contains organic Spirulina, one of the most single richest, complete sources of organic nutrition in the world. Along with Spirulina, organic Alfalfa Grass, Rolled Oats, Brown Rice, Wheat Grain, Pearl Barley, Linseed, Kidney Beans, Mung Beans, Adzuki Beans, Red Lentils, Chick Peas, Beetroot, Sweet Potato, String Beans, Zucchini, Cabbage, Silverbeet, Spinach, Chinese Cabbage, Asparagus, Broccoli, Malt Liquid, Molasses and yeast strains; Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae
You can improve the quality of your nutritional intake with the Miessence Superfood line with one teaspoon of each, BerryRadical, DeepGreen & InLiven daily. All products offered by Miessence are made FRESH, every 30 days and shipped directly to consumers. They are manufactured in a wind-powered manufacturing facility, with carbon negative shipping…raw, no heat processing.
Learn more about the Miessence Vitality Program.
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Allow me to close with a few “common sense” tips I personally use to wade through the onslaught of labels…I hope you’ll find these helpful.
Tips & Clues Your Multivitamin Supplement may be Synthetic
- *Overdose warning. – Your body engages in selective absorption of synergistic, whole food nutrition. Your intelligent body knows what it needs. It selects the missing nutrients from the whole food and allows the rest to pass. The metabolism of chemical vitamins can lead to the imbalance of the body’s chemistry because the body doesn’t recognize synthetic vitamins. Therefore, the amounts of synthetic “vitamins” need to be monitored, like iron, to avoid toxic overdoses.
- *RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowance) & DVs (Daily Value) – As mentioned, our bodies practice selective absorption of whole food nutrition. There is no way to “measure” or “count” vitamins in food. Synthetic vitamins are manmade, therefore easily measured to meet RDA and DV government-established requirements. Furthermore, whole food nutrition provides a broader spectrum of nutrients than those manufactured in a lab. RDAs are educated, and I use the term loosely, guesses that comprise of a one-size-fits-all scenario. It is important to understand that science has not documented every single vitamin & mineral in existence. I truly believe it is impossible for science to do so! As a matter of fact in 1925, there was only one known B vitamin. By 1975, there were ten. Vitamin B4, as an example, cannot be synthetically produced. Therefore, many doctors are unaware of its existence! This is very telling. Does marketing have an impact on “education”??? I absolutely believe so. We should also ponder this… if foods and nutrients that cannot be sold for monetary gain hold no value to companies, what else is out there that we’re unaware of?
- *Recommendation to “eat with food”. Often manufacturers recommend that you take their multivitamin supplement with food in an effort to increase bioavailability. Real food nutrition is based in its natural and native synergistic state, no need to “take with food” in order to promote bioavailability. Bioavailability in whole food is a natural phenomenon.