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How To Read Labels

Item:

If Source Given Is:

It is:

 

Vitamin A

Carrot (root)

Acetate

Palmitate

If source not given

Natural

Synthetic

Synthetic

Synthetic

Vitamin B Complex

Nutritional Yeast

If source not given

Natural

Synthetic

 

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

 

Yeast

Thiamine Mononitrate

Thiamine Hydrochloride

Natural

Synthetic

Synthetic

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Yeast

Riboflavin

Natural

Synthetic

Pantothenic Acid

Yeast, Rice Bran, or Liver

Calcium D-Pantothenate

Natural

Synthetic

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

Yeast

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Natural

Synthetic

Vitamin B12

Liver

Micro-Organism Fermentation

Cobalamin Concentrate

Natural

Co-Natural

Co-Natural

PABA

Yeast Para-aminobenzoic Acid

Aminobenzoic Acid

Natural

Synthetic

Folic Acid

Yeast or Liver

Pteroylglutamic Acid

Natural

Synthetic

Inositol

Inositol

Reduced from Corn

Natural

Co-Natural

Choline

Choline Bitartrate

Choline Chloride

Natural

Synthetic

Biotin

Liver

d-Biotin

Natural

Synthetic

 

B3 (Niacin)

Yeast

Niacinamide

Niacin

Natural

Co-Natural

Synthetic

 

Vitamin C

 

Mushroom (best), Acerola Berries

Ascorbic Acid

If source not given

Natural

Synthetic

Synthetic

 

Vitamin D

 

Milk Powder

Irradiated Ergosteral

Calciferol

Natural

Synthetic

Synthetic

 

Vitamin E

 

Peavine (best), Wheat Germ Oil

d-alpha or dl-alpha tocopheral

mixed tocopherols

Natural

Synthetic

Synthetic

Vitamin F

Flaxseed, Wheat Germ, Liver

Natural

Vitamin K

Buckwheat

Menadione

Natural

Synthetic

Calcium

Calcium Lactate

Calcium Carbonate or Bicarbonate

Natural

Synthetic

Many consumers are confused by the labels. Many labels say "Natural" or "Food Based" or "Organic". "Natural" is a term used very loosely. Many things are natural (e.g. oyster shells) but they may not be ideal for human consumption. Food based simply means that it started with a food product (such as a carrot) but the rest of it was synthesized in a lab. And if the carrot was organic, then they can also add the word "Organic" to the label. One way to tell if a product is synthetic is to use the word potencies. In reality, high concentrations have nothing to do with potency. A 10000 mg capsule of Vitamin C may not necessarily be potent at all! Remember, you will never see those concentrations or combinations in nature. They simply do not exist like that except in a bottle manufactured in a lab. Eat food, not chemicals.

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"All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the challenge of science is to find it."
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