What’s in your Vitamins?

That’s a big question to start a post on, am I right?

so….. do you have any clue? I’m a huge advocate for taking Vitamins, but what’s just as important as taking the Correct Kind of Supplements, is taking the Right Type Vitamins! You’d be surprised at, when asked, how many people tell me they take the ‘yellow cap’ or ‘whatever’s on sale’.

Here’s some FYI’s

Some manufacturers of commercial vitamin and mineral supplements add synthetics to vitamin products, typically to increase the vitamin’s potency, but many synthetics are made from derivatives of coal tar – a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke. This is only one of the reasons why it is important to talk to your doctor before taking any new supplement.

5 Steps To Identify The Ingredients On A Vitamin Label

Step 1


Look for the words “100 percent natural” on the product’s label. Some product labels may contain the words “natural,” but manufacturers can claim “natural” on their nutritional products if at least 10 percent of the product comes from natural food sources. The Organic Consumers Organization recommends looking for products that contain “100 percent plant-based” or “100 percent animal-based” on the product’s label.

Step 2


Find the “food source” list on the products label. If the product’s label does not contain a list of natural food sources, then the product is synthetic. Look for food sources such as yeast, fish, vegetable and citrus.

Step 3


Identify whole foods in the ingredient list instead of the particular nutrient. Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist with his own radio show, says to look for foods on the list of ingredients that contain a certain vitamin, such as “acerola cherry powder,” which contains vitamin C. If you can identify “vitamin C” in the ingredient list, Kim says you can almost guarantee that the vitamin is synthetic.

Step 4


Look for salt forms on the product label, a synthetic added to supplements for increasing the stability of the vitamin or mineral. Some of the salt forms to look for include acetate, bitartrate, chloride, gluconate, hydrochloride, nitrate and succinate.

Step 5


Learn how to read the product’s label by looking for keywords that indicate the supplement is synthetic. Words that end in “ide” or “ate” indicate that the product contains salt forms, which are synthetics. 

For instance, if you see chloride, hydrochloride, acetate or nitrate on the list of ingredients, the manufacturer used synthetics for the product.

Additionally, the letters “dl” that appear before the name of an ingredient indicates the supplement is synthetic. As an example, look for “fish oils” when buying a vitamin A supplement. If the product’s label states “palmitate,” it is a synthetic vitamin A supplement.

Common Synthetic Vitamins to Avoid


  • Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
  • PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Biotin: d-Biotin
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic.

(The above list taken from: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/synthetic-vs-natural-vitamins/)

spoon of pills

Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
Biotin: d-Biotin
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic.

Tips and Warnings

Talk to a professional before purchasing a vitamin or mineral supplement. A health coach or nutritionist can identify a natural or synthetic vitamin supplement, & help you learn to identify them yourself. Many Health Coaches are even partners with great Supplement companies 🙂 (like ItWorks!)

It’s usually better to talk to your health coach first before taking a new vitamin supplement without.

(find out more about what vitamins do & how to get them naturally in the ‘Lets Get Focused’ section of this page up at the top)

A few of my Favorite Books!

Here is a list of some of my Favorite Books. I don’t read a lot of books, they’re usually from the ‘self help’ section, fitness section, cooking section or philosophy section. When I find a book I LOVE, when it’s a book that does good things to my Mind, Body &  Soul, I keep it. I keep it & read it over & over & over again.

Here are some of the ones I LOVE (& a favourite quote or two from each of them)

 

 

The Greatest Secret of All ~ Marc Allen

~This book is along the same idea as ‘the secret’, in speaking about our dreams Marc writes …”learn to set those doubts & fears aside…. we’ll deal with them later…. learn to set aside even our realistic thoughts, & let our inner dreamer, our inner visionary, be free to imagine possibilities. Look at it (our dream) as a worthwhile experiment”.

80~20 Principle ~Richard Koch

~This is an eye~opening & inspiring book that shows how we can do more in less time & less energy. “It is very difficult, & always wasteful, to achieve something worthwhile without enjoying it”.

Eat To Live ~ Dr. Joel Fuhrman

~Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a Practicing Dr in the USA, who’s diet & lifestyle stories are nothing short of amazing. When writing about dis~ease & cancer he says… “we are on an incessant search for the impossible~to~find cure, when in fact removing the causes is the only way to win”.

Eat, Pray, Love ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

~One of a small group of ‘fun’ books I’ve read & enjoyed. “you must be polite with yourself when you are learning something new”. & “pick your thoughts with as much intention as you pick your clothing”.

Grow Younger, Live Longer ~Deepak Chopra

~Nearly everything Deepak Chopra says is incredible, here is just one such thing… “when you become clear that the reason you want to live to a hundred or more years is so you can express your full creative potential, you change your chemistry & physiology. When you identify your unique talents & commit to using them in the service of others, you strengthen your immune system. When you decide that exercising regularly or preparing a balanced meal is an enjoyable experience, you improve your circulatory health & lower your blood pressure. Your perceptions, interpretations & expectations influence every aspect of your mental & physical health. Shifting your perspective & making new choices provide you with powerful tools to change your life”.

Whole Foods to Thrive ~ Brendan Brazier

~ a great source of information on why it’s in our best interest to eat responsibly. Information about how eating Animals is hurting the Earth more than we could ever imagine.

The Kind Diet ~ Alicia Silverstone

~also an amazing book about eating Mindfully. The recipes will leave you in Love with food. Try the Lentil Stew on page 171, you won’t regret it!

Grail Springs ~ Madeleine Marentette

~Among the amazing & delish detoxifying recipes, is this quote I like (& totally agree with)…. “Food is probably the one area where most people will have to make the biggest change & perhaps have the most resistance”.

The Little Prince (not shown, we packed it up for our move, again)

~Just an overall great book you need to have in your library. If you’ve never read it, go buy it now! A memorable quote to me is…. “It is such a secret place. The land of tears”.

 

It’s not just books that I love to read (over & over again), But Magazines too! I hate the thought of paying so much for them every month, but there is just so many cool new things every month!

Here are a few that I like to pick up. I don’t get them all every month, but I probably get more than I need!

It’s funny. I don’t buy many, if any cooking magazines (maybe because I follow so many cooking blogs or because I pick up every Vegan, Raw & Healthy CookBook on the market?) It’s mostly fitness, yoga & nutrition Mags. My newest & most favorite ones have to be the specials put out by “vegetarian times” (a best of farmers markets), & one from the publishers of “Vegetarian” (all about supplements). A no fail, pick up every month is “Alive”. Always has great stuff (& I always get it free at the Supplement store when I do my shopping)!

 

What are your favorite monthly Magazines?

Do you have any favorite quotes from books you love?

Do you have any books you can recommend?