FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.
Synthetic vs Natural Nutrients. Which is Best?
Synthetic nutrients are dietary supplements made artificially in a laboratory setting or industrial process.
Natural nutrients are obtained from whole food sources in the diet. Synthetic nutrients are also referred to as isolated nutrients, these are usually made artificially, in an industrial process. Synthetic nutrients do not include “whole food supplements,” which are made from concentrated, dehydrated whole foods. The majority of supplements available on the market today are made artificially. These include vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids, among others. Research consistently shows that synthetic nutrients are no replacement for a healthy, balanced diet. Getting natural nutrients from whole foods is always a better option. However, if you are truly lacking in a specific nutrient, then taking a synthetic nutrient supplement can be beneficial. Taking large amounts of synthetic nutrients can have harmful health effects. Results from many clinical trials show that synthetic beta-carotene, vitamin E, and possibly high doses of vitamin A can increase the risk of premature death. Other studies have linked synthetic multivitamin use to increased cancer risk, and synthetic iron supplements can be harmful for people who don’t need them. synthetic folic acid is more harmful than the natural folate in foods. It may build up in the body and raise the risk of cancer.