Nature intended us to consume foods in whole form because the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants are all right there. They work synergistically to give your body the nutrition it requires to support good health.
Research suggests that nutrients from whole, raw food may have a valuable “holistic,” effect that allows key vitamins and minerals to work more effectively. This could be because the vitamins and minerals in foods are also influenced by other components of the food, not just the “active ingredient.” Whole food supplements contain the full array of nutrients, in particular phytonutrients, provided by raw foods. Each plant’s phytonutrients are essentially the plant’s immune system and they offer immune support to humans as well.
The term “bioavailability” generally refers to the ease that any particular nutrient can be accessed and absorbed by your body. You get optimal bioavailability from nutrients found in whole food. Unfortunately, accessing and eating all the right whole foods may be a challenge. Busy schedules get in the way. Supplies are limited and many foods are seasonal.
Dr. Rob Parker explains the differences of the Three Categories of Vitamin Supplements.
And to learn more about Whole Food Supplements, enjoy this article.