A vitamin as it appears in nature is never a single chemical, but rather it is a group of interdependent compounds that form a ‘nutrient complex’ so intricate that only a living cell can create it. And just as no single component of a watch keeps time, no single compound in a vitamin complex accounts for the vitamin’s nutritive effect in the body. Only through whole, unprocessed foods can the synergistic effect of a true vitamin be delivered. ~ Mark R. Anderson
The Whole Food, and Nothing But the Whole Food
The natural health community has learned over the years that the human body is not designed to consume isolated nutrients and use them effectively. It must take in a full spectrum of supporting complementary nutrients as they exist in nature. For example, lycopene is one phytonutrient found in tomatoes that is well known to help prevent prostate cancer. But, in fact, if you take lycopene by itself, it’s not going to have nearly the positive effect of eating whole tomatoes or taking whole-food concentrates made from dried organic tomatoes. So getting these minerals in their full-spectrum natural ratios, or ratios as they’re found in nature, is very important.
It’s also important to consider the density of these nutrients. If you were asked to eat 10 fresh tomatoes at one serving, you probably wouldn’t be able to get through more than five or six without feeling full. That’s because tomatoes have a lot of water, and so you fill up quickly. So you wouldn’t be able to get much nutrition from those tomatoes if you tried to eat them raw. Certainly they’re good for you in their raw form and that’s the best way to eat them, but that’s not going to meet your nutritional needs.
It’s Time to Concentrate
In contrast, if you were to take these 10 tomatoes and dry them and then grind them up into a powder, you could easily eat those 10 tomatoes and enjoy all their nutritional benefits. It’s really all about the density of nutrients. Not that you shouldn’t eat raw tomatoes or other whole foods. Quite the contrary. Raw foods are good for calories, but getting outstanding nutrition requires consuming whole food concentrates.
Whole food supplements are really nothing more then high-density food.
Vitamin C Says “Goodbye”
Of course, an excellent way to get the natural form of C instead of ascorbic acid is to eat mostly raw, uncooked fruits and veggies. However Vitamin C is water soluble which means basically that it says, “Goodbye” to your body after just a few hours. So unless you are eating these foods multiple times per day, you can see why many say it is best to also use whole food Vitamin C supplements.
Also, because of the busy lifestyles and the standard American diet of most people, getting the proper amount of Vitamin C nutrition can be difficult. The answer? Concentrated whole food supplements, of course!
The Einstein of Nutrition
Dr. Royal Lee has been called the “Einstein of Nutrition.” He was a pioneer in the research on whole food vitamins vs. sythetic/man made compounds. We highly recommend reading this short exerpt from his lecture entitled, “The Truth About Vitamins” as it gives a better understanding of the topic.