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Doctor insights on: All Natural Vitamins Vs Synthetic

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Which are better--foods, natural source vitamins or synthetic vitamins?

Which are better--foods, natural source vitamins or synthetic vitamins?

Bioavailability vs..: Bioavailability may vary depending on the source of your vitamin supplement. Potency and purity however play significant roles in the efficacy of the supplement, regardless of source. Find the cheapest vitamin that approaches 100% rdu (recommended daily allowance) and save money over "natural source" ones. There are of course significant benefits from eating healthy foods in general. ...Read more

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How are synthetic and natural vitamin C distinguished from each other?

How are synthetic and natural vitamin C distinguished from each other?

Same chemical but...: Both natural & synthetic vit. C are the same chemical, ascorbic acid, so most feel there's no difference but most synthetic is from gmo corn, which i feel is wise to avoid. Natural c usually has beneficial flavonoids too. See http://vitamincfoundation.Org/naturalc.Htm for the argument that there is essentially no difference & see comment for link to the argument in favor of natural vit c. ...Read more

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Synthetic vs Natural Plant based multivitamin, which should I take and which is better? Is synthetic harmful?

Synthetic vs Natural Plant based multivitamin, which should I take and which is better? Is synthetic harmful?

Whatever works for u: Though there is allot of controversy on this subject your body does not know the difference between ascorbic acid (vit C) from orange juice or one made on the lab. Choose what you feel comfortable with . Good Luck ...Read more

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How are all the added extracts in natural cosmetics made?

How are all the added extracts in natural cosmetics made?

Extraction process: The extraction process depends on the desired product as well as the chemical state (aqueous, oil). Some processes are as simple as crush and filtering whereas others may involve complex distillation steps. ...Read more

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Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Chemistry: Any thing, vitamin, drug, rock, is a chemical substance with a distinct structure That structure can occur naturally or be made in a lab or factory. Vitamin C is still Vitamin C. However, taking vitamins does not seem to make up for a bad diet lacking in fruits and veggies. It is better to get vitamins in the proper foods because more than the just adequate vitamin intake is involved in fitness. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between natural and synthetic vitamins (exept vitamin e)?

Is there any difference between natural and synthetic vitamins (exept vitamin e)?

Yes: There seems to be but many varying opinions on the efficacy. I would check reviews and research the product to hopefully get some answers. ...Read more

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Do all fortified foods contain cyanocobalamin or do some contain methyl or hydroxo, and which natural sources of b12, are the most bioavailable?

Do all fortified foods contain cyanocobalamin or do some contain methyl or hydroxo, and which natural sources of b12, are the most bioavailable?

Most cyanocobalamin: No way of knowing if "all" have the cyano form but I believe virtually all have that form as it is the least expensive and most widely available. But methylcobalamin is the optimal form for supplementation- see http://tinyurl.com/h7scsna Some foods contain higher concentrations of B12 but the form found in food is hydoxycobalamin so all equally bioavailable. See http://tinyurl.com/j7npwg3 ...Read more

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What herbs, vitamins and natural fiber are healthy to take?

What herbs, vitamins and natural fiber are healthy to take?

This question has...: ....Too many answers! supplementing with vitamins is often unnecessary if you eat a good and varied diet. Many vegetables and grains are great sources of fiber. Lots of herbs are good, either as food, flavoring, or medicine depending on the herb and what you're using it for. ...Read more

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What foods are natural GABA alternatives?

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What foods are natural GABA alternatives?

Food with GABA: Some are almonds, bananas, beef liver, broccoli, brown rice, halibut, lentils, whole grain oats, citrus fruits, rice bran, spinach, walnuts, whole wheat, whole grain. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between synthetic and natural betacarotene?

Is there any difference between synthetic and natural betacarotene?

Yes.: Despite the overlap between natural and synthetic forms, natural beta-carotene may possibly have activity that is distinct from the synthetic form. For example, the natural form has antioxidant activity that the synthetic form has been reported to lack in both animals and in people. ...Read more

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Does thorne basic prenatal contain any synthetic materials?

Does thorne  basic prenatal contain any synthetic materials?

Yes: Here's the link to the thorne page where you can find a list of ingredients: http://www.Thorne.Com/products/womens-health/prd~vmp.Jsp i suggest you call the company (800-228-1966) if you have specific questions. ...Read more

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Is vitamin C natural occurring or synthetic?

Is vitamin C natural occurring or synthetic?

Vitamin C: Vitamin c is naturally occuring but is available as a synthetic also. ...Read more

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What negative effects of synthetic vitamins are there?

What negative effects of synthetic vitamins are there?

There are none!: They must meet purity standards. That said, some naturally extracted vitamins come with other factors that make them superior. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "sweetleaf" and "slimtevia" ? These are 2 different companies brand products made from stevia.

What is the difference between "sweetleaf" and "slimtevia" ?
These are 2 different companies brand products made from stevia.

Hard to be sure: Sweetleaf and slimtevia are a couple of the stevia-containing sweeteners on the market. On the web, it is written that sweetleaf has stevia and inuline; and that slimtevia has fructose, magnesium, and a stevia extract. Because each of these are not medications and are not well regulated nor scientifically studied, one cannot be sure what effects or side effects such products have, if any. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use to 100% natural products? (like products which claim to have coconut & other plant-derived ingredients instead of synthetic ones)

Is it safe to use to 100% natural products? (like products which claim to have coconut & other plant-derived ingredients instead of synthetic ones)

Natural products: can lower the probability of illness but are no guarantee against health problems. Please think holistically. Look at your lifestyle. Do you exercise, get enough rest, etc. All of this helps. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take a multi vitamin? And is true that some synthetic supplements like folic acid are better in synthetic form than from greens?

Is it recommended to take a multi vitamin? And is true that some synthetic supplements like folic acid are better in synthetic form than from greens?

Depends on?: If you are having a healthy balanced diet and you do not have any deficiencies , you do not need any vitamin supplements. Certain vitamins are needed to take if you are deficient in a specific vitamin. For good health i recommend omega 3 and antioxidants, they have many benefits. ...Read more

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What are some natural sugers vs processed sugars and side effects?

What are some natural sugers vs processed sugars and side effects?

Bottom line: There's still subscience & questions. Some sugar peddled as "better" is simply refined differently for the gullible. The real effects are in the psychology -- which are you most likely to overeat? Very few people get obese eating grapes or apples; cake and candy are fattening not because the sugar is processed (if that's the term) but because there's much more and folks will gorge on it. ...Read more

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What are the natural supplements of vitamin D3 and B12 for vegans?

What are the natural supplements of vitamin D3 and B12 for vegans?

Vitashine, all B12: The only certified vegan form of d3 is vitashine: http://vitashine-d3.Com/ most other d3 is derived from lanolin from sheep's wool but the sheep aren't harmed so some vegans consider regular d3 acceptable. All B12 is manufactured from bacteria (see http://link.Springer.Com/article/10.1007%2fs00253-001-0902-7). Methylcobalamin is superior to other forms of B12 like cyanocobalamin. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of taking oral bio identical progesterone relative to cream?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of taking oral bio identical progesterone relative to cream?

Oral progesterone: is metabolized by the liver to pregnenolone which helps with sleep. This is both a pro and a con- Sleep is very important ,and I think outweighs the negative effect of the liver metabolism. ...Read more

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Is ultra source of life multi vitamins are natural vitamins and good for you?

Is ultra source of life multi vitamins are natural vitamins and good for you?

Yes: While it's best to get nutrients from diet, the vast majority of americans have vitamin & mineral deficiencies. Even the ama advises all adults take a multivit!there are wide variations in quality but this one's a good choice.The vits & mineral are in well-absorbed forms & i like that it has superfoods, herbal extracts & enzymes. Take the form with iron if premenopausal & without if postmenopausal. ...Read more