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A Word About Whole Food Vitamins

Whole Food Vitamins1By Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Consuming foods in their whole form as nature intended provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that work synergistically to deliver the nutrition our bodies require.  Studies show that most of us do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day to support optimal health.  Much of our diet consists of poor quality processed foods devoid of nutrients. Even when we do eat a largely plant-based diet, unless we are consuming organically grown food, we may still be lacking the nutrients we need based on food grown in depleted soil, long transit times for delivery, overcooking, or stress induced digestive issues. 

Quality whole food-based supplements can improve our chances of getting the nutrients we need to achieve or maintain a better level of wellness.  Given proper nutrition, the human body has the amazing ability to heal itself.  Whole food supplements are made with concentrated foods harvested at the height of nutritional value in order to supply a multitude of the plant’s components. 

A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, a healthy diet and quality whole food supplements can work together to provide optimal nutrition for overall good health.  Here are some to try:

Zyflamend Whole Body by New Chapter – Zyflamend is a premier herbal supplement formulated to balance and promote a natural, healthy, well-functioning inflammation response for whole body wellness.  Non-GMO Verified.

Men’s Synbiotic Nutrients by Newmark –  Men’s Synbiotic Nutrients supplies comprehensive organic whole food vitamins, minerals and herbs specifically targeted to support men’s health.  This foundational supplement provides stress, cardiac, energy, immune, prostate and digestive support with multiple benefits for overall wellness. 

B-Complex by Innate Response Formulas –  B- Complex is a 100% whole food supplement formulated to provide a balanced ratio of B vitamins and their inherent co-factors in their most bioavailable food forms.  Non-GMO Verified. 

Every Woman’s One Daily by New Chapter Every Woman’s One Daily is a whole food formula specifically designed for active women under the age of 40.  Organic herbs and cultured whole food complexed vitamins and minerals work synergistically to promote calcium metabolism, support bone, hormonal and immune health and provide energy and stress support. Also available – Every Woman’s One Daily 40+ specifically formulated for women over 40.  Non-GMO Verified.

C-Complete Powder by Innate Response FormulasC-Complete Powder delivers essential nutrients with a therapeutic blend of rich organic whole food sourced bioflavonoids and vitamin C.  Naturally buffered to be gentle on the stomach, this premier biologically active formula promotes overall wellness and supports a healthy immune response. 

Barlean’s Greens by Barlean’s Organic Oils – Barlean’s Greens are formulated with nature’s most vitalizing plant-based ingredients to create a great-tasting premium superfood.  This product contains an optimal blend of green food concentrates, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, herbal tonics and herbal antioxidants in a 95% organic, gluten-free and non-GMO formula.

Kids Complete Multi-Powder by Innate Response –  Kid’s Complete Multi-Powder is designed with whole food nutrients and bioactive vitamins and minerals to fill in nutritional gaps and support healthy, growing children.  This great tasting formula provides immune supporting nutrients and provides foundational support for healthy development. 

PaleoReds by Designs for Health –  PaleoReds is a high quality, whole food powder formulated with nutritionally dense, brightly colored fruits, vegetables and antioxidant-rich extracts.  With over 70% organic ingredients, this great tasting product combines more than a dozen fruits and vegetables and their phytonutrients to help ward off free radical damage and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. 

Organics vs. Conventional Foods

Organic vs ConventionalBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

We make health decisions every day when we decide what we are going to eat, whether we are going to exercise, or how much sleep we need.  Think about this.  Everything you eat is either an investment in or a detriment to your health.  When it comes to food is organically grown food healthier, more nutritious or simply better for you?  A recent Stanford University study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that there is no nutritional difference between conventionally grown and organically grown foods.  Some consumer advocacy groups, fellow researchers, and environmental organizations cried foul, suggesting that the study had ties to conventional agriculture giant Cargill.  Lisa Lapin, a Stanford spokesperson, denied this stating that the money went to a department not directly involved in the research. 

Kirsten Brandt of Newcastle University published her study findings in 2011 with the opposite conclusion that organically grown food was indeed nutritionally distinct.  Brandt’s analysis showed that organic produce boasted up to 40% higher levels of some nutrients, such as vitamin C, zinc, iron, and polyphenols.  Given that these analyses came to different conclusions, we can assume that more studies will be done before we know the health impact of the nutritional differences of organics versus conventional.  We do, however, have enough information that extends beyond nutrients to make personal decisions about food we eat.

The Stanford study did address pesticide residue and antibiotic resistant bacteria, which were lower or nonexistent in organics compared to conventional foods.  Researchers noted that pesticide residues were found in 7% of organics and 38% of conventional foods.  The study did not take into account the quantity of each pesticide, if there were multiple pesticides found or whether they were more or less harmful types of pesticides.  They were quick to point out that all pesticide levels generally fell within federal guidelines.  Some would argue that any amount of pesticide is too high, especially when it comes to young children and infants. 

Pesticides are toxins and the majority of our pesticide exposure comes directly from dietary sources.  Measurable amounts of pesticides can be found in children’s urine.  Increasingly, studies suggest that even small amounts of pesticides can be detrimental to developing bodies and leave some scientists and researchers wondering if pesticides are the “next lead.”  The medical community has concerns about the health impact of pesticides on children’s underdeveloped immune systems, the disruption of endocrine functions and the toxicity to their nervous systems and organs, including the brain and liver.  Studies have shown pesticides to be noticeably reduced or eliminated after only 5 days of restriction from pesticide laced foods. 

While we may disagree over the nutrient content of foods, here is what we do know about organic farming.  Organic farming methods encourage soil and water conservation and reduce contamination of air, water, soil, food, and human bodies by avoiding antibiotics, hormones, synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  Genetically engineered (GMO) foods are prohibited from organic certification.  Organic farming methods rely on crop rotation, crop cycling and composting to nourish soil fertility.  Organically raised animals are given organic  feed and are not given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed animal byproducts.  Animals are given access to the outdoors which helps keep them healthy and allows them freedom to move.  Organic produce is grown with natural fertilizers such as compost or manure, weeds are controlled naturally by tilling, mulching or hand weeding and insects are controlled using natural methods such as traps or beneficial insects. 

For many of us, the decision of choosing organics over conventional products boils down to cost and convenience.  What amount of hormones, prophylactic antibiotics and chemical pesticides do you find acceptable in your foods or what you feed your children?   We know we need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day for optimal health.  We can take action to minimize our exposure by making the shift to eliminate the conventional varieties of certain foods known to contain the largest amounts of pesticide residues.  Known as the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15,” you may want to consider the following guidelines and take this list to the store with you.  One thing we know for certain, pesticides have adverse effects on human health.  If you want to improve or protect your health, reduce your amount of dietary pesticide exposure.

The Dirty Dozen (Plus)    The Clean 15 
Buy organic varieties if at all possible: Okay to buy conventional varieties:
1.      Apples 1.     Asparagus
2.      Celery 2.     Avocados
3.      Cherry Tomatoes 3.     Cabbage
4.      Cucumbers 4.     Cantaloupe/Watermelon
5.      Grapes 5.     Sweet Corn
6.      Hot Peppers 6.     Eggplant
7.      Nectarines (Imported) 7.     Grapefruit
8.      Peaches 8.     Kiwi
9.      Potatoes 9.     Mangoes
10.  Spinach 10.  Mushrooms
11.  Strawberries 11.  Onions
12.  Sweet Bell Peppers 12.  Papayas
13.  Kale/Collards 13.  Pineapples
14.  Summer Squash 14.  Sweet Peas
15.  SweetPotatoes

Men’s Multivitamin Certified Organics by Rainbow Light NutritionThis product delivers science-based nutrient potencies in a certified organic formula that’s rich in superfoods and targeted herbs.  Women’s Multi also available. 

Perfect Food RAW Organic Powder by Garden Of Life –  This product provides raw whole food nutrition with naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and dozens of phytonutrients.  Bursting with prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes to support healthy digestion and nutrient absorption, Perfect Food RAW is the convenient and sensible way to get your veggie juice every day.

Barlean’s Greens by Barlean’s Organic Oils –  New and improved at 95% organic, gluten free and non-GMO, Barlean’s Greens are a great-tasting, premium superfood, masterfully formulated with nature’s most vitalizing plant-based ingredients.