I don’t know about you but I really get upset when people treat me like a fool trying to get me to buy this or that. I know most of you think about the sleazy sales person, but guess what?…it is still happening without that “performance” and we are being fooled big time!
I’m talking about the supplements we buy. We are giving away money and we don’t even know what we are getting. Last year The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves. The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies. How about that for a taste of reality?
But I want to focus on the one thing everyone seems to be “popping” like candy these days to avoid getting sick and that is Vitamin C. Synthetic vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is not found in nature. It does not grow naturally in plants or trees and cannot be grown on a farm. It can only be made in a lab. Contrary to popular belief, ascorbic acid and vitamin C are not the same thing. Ascorbic acid is not a complete vitamin, but really only the outer layer of the complete complex known as vitamin C. The complete complex of vitamin C as found in natural food sources is composed of many elements: Rutinbiofavonoids (vitamin P) factor K, Factor Jfactor P Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen ascorbic acid (Source: Natural health News)
All of the above elements must be present in order for the body to absorb and benefit from the vitamin complex. Since synthetic ascorbic acid does not contain the full complex, your body must either gather the missing components from the body’s reservoir, or simply eliminate the ascorbic acid from the body through the urine without benefit to the body. Talk about a waste of money and energy!
You’ll find ascorbic acid in all sorts of products, from vitamin C supplements to bottled tea drinks and fruit juices such as apple and orange juice. And to make matters worst, ascorbic acid is synthesized from corn syrup. So not only do we need to be concerned with its lack of benefits, but with its potentially disastrous GMO corn-based origins. These days, if you cannot verify that any corn-based food that you consume is certified organic, you risk ingesting GMO corn.
Naturally-occurring vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables. But if you’re thinking about drinking more orange juice wait! Vitamin C has the curious habit of breaking down when heated. This means that when food is heated, the vitamin becomes useless. Since pasteurization is a form of heating (boiling to kill bacteria), any pasteurized beverage therefore becomes void of natural vitamin C complex.
So what should you do? Consume foods high in vitamin C like the ones listed bellow. But knowing we already eat less than the recommended amount of veggies this can be hard. So if you perhaps fall short of eating the amounts you need, chose concentrated whole food, non pasteurized complementary nutrition.
Now you know what to do: go shopping for these fruits and veggies and get the real thing instead of giving your money away to the chemical supplementation industry. You body will respond to it!
Vitamin C shopping list
- Berries, specially strawberries (frozen when not in season)
- Citrus fruit
- Bell peppers
- Acerola berry (powdered when not available fresh)
- Amla berry (powdered when not available fresh)
- Camu Camu powder
- Cruciferous like Brussels sprouts and broccoli
- Greens like Kale and Chard
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