A study done by Boston University School of Medicine and published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that synthetic vitamin A given to pregnant women increased the risk of birth defects, including such defects as cleft lip, cleft palate, heart malformations and nervous system damage.10 No such defects were noted from ingesting whole foods that contain vitamin A. Fractionated vitamins actually produce a drug-like reaction in the body. They stimulate increased activity of nerve cells and increase blood sugar pickup. This brings a feeling of euphoria and can create a temporary increase in energy but long term damage to the body.
One of the latest studies was on Vitamin C as synthetic ascorbic acid. It was found to thicken the walls of the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. Researchers from the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention found that of the 573 men and women studied, those who regularly took vitamin C pills as Ascorbic Acid alone developed an inner artery wall layer 2.5 times thicker than that of people who did not take synthetic supplements.11 With all this evidence to support whole food vitamins, why do you think companies continue to make and market the “cheap imitations”? The answer: Because they are cheap. However, while these companies may save money and make more profit, there is no way the synthetic forms can match the effectiveness and health promoting qualities of a whole food vitamin. The human cell recognizes and can use for fuel, repair and function, only natural, whole food complexes.