We Need Whole Nutrients, Not Just Parts of Them!
Many supplement companies, food suppliers and scientists want us to believe that our bodies don’t know the difference between synthetic vitamins, the parts or components of real vitamins, and true whole nutrients available only in real, healthy food.
Phytonutrients are natural chemicals or compounds produced by plants. They keep plants healthy, protecting them from insects and the sun. And phytonutrients contain many of the vitamins and minerals the human body needs to thrive.
Reductionist scientists believe that everything in nature can be understood if all the components are understood. Holistic scientists find that the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts. In other words, it’s best if we ingest the whole food.
It’s a Vitamin Jungle Out There
The reductionist view of the popular supplement Vitamin C is that oranges are good for us because they contain ascorbic acid. So they take the orange and extract only ascorbic acid or chemically manufacture ascorbic acid and they press it into a pill or a powder that can be used to fortify a processed food.
The holistic view takes a look at the nutritional value of the entire orange. Ascorbic acid is always found with a multitude of other nutritious compounds such as rutin, flavonoids, amino acids, and more. The way the body uses nutrients depends on what nutrients are ingested with it.
And then there is Vitamin E. Real Vitamin E contains four tocopherols, four tocotrienols, selenium, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and sulfur-containing amino acids. What’s usually called ‘Vitamin E’ is only alpha-tocopherol, isolated from food or synthetically manufactured. Studies that indicate a link between Vitamin E levels in the blood and lower incidence of heart disease don’t test an isolated part but rather the complex form of Vitamin E that comes directly from healthy food.
It’s a vitamin jungle out there – a jungle where you could really use an experienced guide to help you identify supplements that can truly help your body heal and rebuild from the inside out.
At Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we offer the leading line of whole food nutrients, Standard Process, which is only available through doctors.
And the best way to know exactly what you should be supplementing is through Nutrition Deficiency Testing (NDT), a non-invasive means of testing the body to determine the underlying cause of health issues.
Call our office for more information and to make an appointment to get started on your personal wellness journey!
What’s the difference between Dr. Charlene Thorburn and other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.