The Truth About Vitamins

Truth about vitamins, absorption nutrition animals depend plants nutrition. Molecules earth ionic bond from plants covalent bond we can absorb.I want to get right to the point here.   There is a basic law of nature when it comes to the absorption of nutrition in human or animal digestive system.   We as humans and all animals for that matter, depend completely on plants like corn, lettuce, apples and so on for our nutrition.   To try to sidestep that law is to imperil our health.   We cannot take a shovel full of dirt and create a tomato; no one can; only nature through God can do that.   Yet, there are company's who make vitamins under our government's control that violate that law completely.   A number of these vitamins you and I have known about through advertisements since we were children.   These vitamins are a complete waste of time and money.   You would feel better if you gave the money to charity rather than buy these vitamins.   You will get very little nutrition from these vitamins, as they are impossible for us to digest.

How could that be you may be thinking?   Here is what is wrong with those vitamins.   It is the connection between the molecules.   We can get little nutrition from a handful of dirt because the molecules are too tightly bound together called ionic bonding.   A tomato plant draws these nutritional elements from the ground and through photosynthesis creates the tomato we can eat and absorb as nutrition.   That plant changed the ionic bonding to covalent and those loosely bound molecules that make up that tomato we can absorb as food.

Sadly, the majority of vitamins on the market are chemical synthetics and have more to do with a shovel full of dirt and very little to do with food.   Look at the comparison chart below, and you will see vitamins made from everything but food.    Then see the absorption chart comparing the absorption of food grown vitamins to USP isolates; a powerful argument.   Then look at the pictures of the physical differences and you will see the obvious.

I have just given you a very simplistic view of the difference between food and synthetic vitamins.   If you want a much more detailed and complete picture of what I just said I suggest you read Dr. Robert Thiel's article listed below.   This is where I began.  Reading that article changed my whole concept of nutritional supplements.   Go to to find the complete article.  

Below the photos comparing food and synthetic vitamins, see Dr Thiel's full article on the difference between food and synthetic minerals       

Synthetic Vitamins Versus Food Grown Vitamins
From Dr. Robert J. Thiel, Ph.D., N.M.D., The Truth About Vitamins in Supplements, American Naturopathic Medical Association Monitor, June 2003, vol. 7 No. 2#


Food Nutrient*

'Natural' Vitamin Analogue & Some Process Chemicals

Vitamin A/Beta carotene


Methanol, benzene, petroleum esters; acetylene; refined oils

Vitamin B-1

Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Coal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid; acetonitrole with ammonia

Vitamin B-2

Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Synthetically produced with 2N acetic acid

Vitamin B-3

Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine; ammonia and acid

Vitamin B-5

Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Condensing isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde

Vitamin B-6

Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Petroleum ester & hydrochloric acid with formaldehyde

Vitamin B-8


Phytin hydrolyzed with calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid

Vitamin B-9

Broccoli, rice bran

Processed with petroleum derivatives and acids; acetylene

Vitamin B-12

Nutritional yeast

Cobalamins reacted with cyanide

Vitamin 'B-x'

PABA Nutritional yeast

Coal tar oxidized with nitric acid (from ammonia)


Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Ethylene and ammonia with HCL or tartaric acid

Vitamin C

Acerola cherries, citrus fruits

Hydrogenated sugar processed with acetone

Vitamin D

Nutritional yeast

Irradiated animal fat/cattle brains or solvently extracted

Vitamin E

Rice, vegetable oils

Trimethylhydroquinone with isophytol; refined oils

Vitamin H

Nutritional yeast, rice bran

Biosynthetically produced

Vitamin K


Coal tar derivative; produced with p-allelic-nickel

Most vitamins in supplements are petroleum extracts, coal tar derivatives, and chemically processed sugar (plus sometimes industrially processed fish oils), with other acids and industrial chemicals (such as formaldehyde) used to process them.   Synthetic vitamins were originally developed because they cost less.   Most synthetic, petroleum-derived, supplements will call their products 'vegetarian not because they are from plants, but because they are not from animals.   Also beware; they will use the words 'Food Based' another trick.   It means they added a green product to the synthetics such as algae.

Vegetarian FOOD Nutrient

Compared to USP/Mineral Salt



Vitamin A

More complete, as scientists teach that vitamin A is not an isolate [13]

Vitamin B-9

More utilizable above 266mcg (Recommended Daily Intake is 400mcg) [14]

Vitamin C

Over 15.6 times antioxidant effect [15]

Vitamin D

Over 10 times the antirachitic effect [16]

Vitamin E

Up to 4.0 times the free radical scavenging strength [17]

Vitamin K

Safer for children [18]


7 times as effective in raising serum ionic calcium levels [19]


Up to 25 times more bioavailable [20]


Non-constipating, better absorbed [21]


Better absorbed and retained [22]


Nearly 2 times better retained [23]


Better absorption, better form [24,25]

Numerous university studies have concluded that supplements containing food nutrients are better than USP isolates. Food nutrients are better because they contain important enzymes, peptides, and phytonutrients CRITICAL to the UTILIZATION of vitamins and minerals which are not present in isolated USP nutrients. Published research has concluded that food vitamins are superior synthetic/USP vitamins.

Electronic photos demonstrate that isolated USP vitamins have a crystalline appearance compared to vitamins in foods which have more of a rounded appearance (see table 3).

Table 3. Physical and Structural Differences

Food Vitamin C

Ascorbic Acid

Food Vitamin B1

Thiamine Hydrochloride

Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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