Vitamins: natural or synthetic?

Vitamins are often the first choice when we run out of energy and weaken our immune system.

We have in mind, above all, an increased intake of vitamin C, a top antioxidant among vitamins and a champion in the fight against seasonal diseases. Does it really matter which vitamin C we choose?

Natural vs. artificial vitamins

Chemical science allows us to create vitamin molecules that are similar to those found in nature. However, synthetic or artificially created vitamins, although structurally identical, are not always exact copies of the vitamins found in plants, and this can affect the biological activity of synthetic vitamins.

DID YOU KNOW?

80% of users are not aware that the vitamins and multivitamin complexes they consume are mostly completely artificial.

The chemical structure of a vitamin can affect its ability to absorb, transport and store, as well as its breakdown, which of course affects the overall effect the vitamin will have.

There has already been a lot of debate about whether artificial vitamins are really the same as natural ones. The main difference is as follows.

Natural vitaminsare obtained from whole foods (for example, fruits, vegetables, herbs), they are introduced into the body through a regular diet or natural dietary supplements from concentrated, dried foods. Synthetic vitaminshowever, they are isolated and artificially created by various industrial processes.

Synergy with other nutrients

It is generally accepted that natural vitamins extracted from plants are not only biocompatible with human physiology, but are also present in combination with other natural ingredients in the original extract: polyphenols, coenzymes and the like. Those combinationsstimulate the synergy of active ingredients, present in the extract, in terms of equivalence of utility and expected physiological effects.

In a controlled clinical study, eight smokers aged 18 to 41 years received only ascorbic acid or lemon extract, which is naturally rich in vitamin C. Equivalence utility was assessed based on measurements of vitamin C levels in the blood. In this study, scientists found that natural ascorbic acid in lemon extract had a 35% higher equivalence of usefulness than taking synthetic ascorbic acid alone. *

The general opinion is that synthetically produced vitamins are chemically almost identical to those in foods. The fact is, however, that the processes of producing synthetic vitamins differ significantly from the way plants produce them. So, regardless of the similar structure, your body may react differently to artificial nutrients, and it is still not clear how synthetic vitamins are absorbed and used in the body. Some are easily absorbed, others are not. The reason for this is yeswe never take isolated vitamins when eating real food, but a whole combination of vitamins, minerals, coenzymes and enzymes that ensure optimal use in the body. Without these additional components, it will be difficult for the body to use synthetic vitamins in the same way as vitamins of natural origin.

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