Real Food Vitamins vs. Synthetic Vitamins: How to Select the Vitamins Your Body Can Actually Absorb

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Vitamins are no substitute for a healthy diet, of course

Research shows that there is a huge benefit to eating whole foods as opposed to singular nutrient synthetic vitamins. “This is because eating a plant in its whole form includes consuming a synergy of several vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that work together to nourish your body,” says certified nutritionist Serena Poon.

The human body is a complex system and eating a diet rich in whole vegetables and fruits, legumes, and whole grains is going to be your best bet in terms of supporting overall health and longevity. “Foods rich in polyphenols and spermidine help our bodies with cell recovery and cell growth,” says Poon. That said, sometimes supplements can help. But if you decide to take a supplement, make sure you choose a high-quality one, Poon notes.

Making a change

One indicator of a high-quality supplement is that the ingredients are sourced from whole foods rather than from a synthetic source. “One way to tell if your supplement is made from whole foods is by reading the label,” Poon says. “Labels of supplements made from whole foods will list out fruits, vegetables, and grains in addition to a breakdown of nutrients.”

 

 

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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