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When it comes to vitamin supplements its often

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When it comes to vitamin supplements, it’s often assumed the natural forms of vitamins, including whole-food sources, are automatically better than their synthetic
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counterparts. Some supplement companies even claim that synthetic vitamins are harmful to sell you on their naturally sourced products. There is some truth to these claims, but they don’t apply equally to all molecules. Not all natural vitamins are better than synthetic forms, and not all synthetic forms are harmful. There are notable examples of natural vitamins having unique properties that synthetic forms do not, such as vitamin E, and notable examples of synthetic vitamins outperforming the natural ones, such as synthetic folic acid being better absorbed than folate from natural sources. 68 Supplements that brag about only using only natural vitamins are preying on our tendency to assume they’re automatically healthier or better, and those that also demonize all synthetic vitamins are simply lying and hoping you don’t know any better. Multivitamins often offer little more than the poorly formulated collection of essential micronutrients. In some cases, multivitamins include nothing else at all in terms of ingredients, but many multivitamins do include additional substances beyond just vitamins and minerals. The normal practice, however, is to jam each serving with proprietary blends of as much stuff as possible to create a long, “impressive” nutrition facts panel. These extras are often claimed to do all kinds of things like increase anabolism; optimize hormones; provide the body with vital antioxidants; aid in digestion and nutrient absorption; support the liver, immune system, and bones and joints; improve cognitive abilities; and more. While all of these things sound great, and we’d love to believe they’re true, when you look into the ingredients and dosages, they tell another story—a story you’re well familiar with by now. In some cases, there’s little or no scientific evidence that such substances can confer the benefits claimed, and in others, there’s good science to support the substances used but the dosages administered in the clinical research were 5, 10, or even 15 to 20 times higher than what’s in the products. It’s the same old scam. The truth is that for many, multivitamins are just an extremely unscrutinized “faith buy,” which is something that does not have any noticeable benefits over the short term. If any noticeable benefits do occur over the long term, it’s hard to attribute them to the supplement. While you know that caffeine works soon after ingesting it, something like Bacopa monnieri has no acute benefits, and you just have to trust that the benefits seen in scientific studies will occur over time.
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