What is a Vitamin?
A vitamin is an organic substance, a molecule that helps you and your body respond well to life. The only way you can absorb vitamins is as energy from the sun, from natural and organic foods, and from nutritional sources – i.e. natural and organic vitamins.
A compound is called a vitamin when an organism cannot produce or store sufficient amounts of the required compound and therefore must ingest it through diet in order to stay healthy. Vitamins are required for the normal growth and cellular development of any living organism. Deficiencies in certain vitamins may be the result of either poor diet and lifestyle or, on a more concerning note, the result of some disease in the body which prevents the absorption of particular nutritional bodily requirements. For any of these, supplementation with nutritional vitamins and supplements has been proven effective over time.
The erosion of organic soil and the highly processed food diets of modern North American have resulted in epidemic levels of vitamin deficiencies for many people. Even once we are fully grown, vitality and good health are maintained by proper diet, exercise and getting all the vitamins our bodies require to live well.
Other modern factors which support the daily use of vitamin supplementation include stress, pollution and environmental factors. These days a good, natural-sourced multi-vitamin is considered the bare minimum recommended daily vitamin intake for all children and adults.
There are big discrepancies in the types and kinds of vitamins available. The biggest difference is between natural and synthetic vitamins. Synthetic vitamins are mass produced or chemically processed in laboratories. Such synthetic products may be good for profit and shelf life, but they over stimulate the body, can be toxic, and cannot be used by the body for health.
What is a Supplement?
A supplement will often have vitamins in it, but will also likely contain a variety of minerals, enzymes, amino acids or even herbs. Supplements tend to be more complex formulations which are designed to meet the needs of particular ailments or nutritional deficiencies.
We can supplement our diets with vitamins alone, or, as most of us do, we can supplement our diet with vitamins and the other biological needs our body has.
Whole food supplements are exactly as the name describes them. Derived from whole foods, which research has proven to be beneficial to the human body, whole food supplements deliver high does of vitamins and minerals. A popular example of this is phytoplankton supplements derived from marine algae, which most of us would never eat, but has been proven to dramatically increase well-being in the body.
It’s all food for thought!