Should Your Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Be Made from
If You Are
Not Taking FOOD Minerals, The Ones You Are Taking Are
BORIC ACID - is the rock known as sassolite. Used in weatherproofing wood, fireproofing fabrics, and as an insecticide.
CALCIUM ASCORBATE - is calcium carbonate processed with ascorbic acid and acetone. It is a manufactured product used as a "non-food" supplement.
CALCIUM CARBONATE - is the rock known as limestone or chalk. Used in the manufacture of paint, rubber, plastics, ceramics, putty, polishes, insecticides, and inks. Used as a filler for adhesives, matches, pencils, crayons, linoleum, insulating compounds, and welding rods.
CALCIUM CHLORIDE - is calcium carbonate and chlorine and is the by-product of the Solvay ammonia-soda process. It is used for antifreeze, refrigeration, and fire extinguisher fluids. Also used to preserve wood and stone. Other uses include cement, coagulant in rubber manufacturing, dust control of unpaved roads, freezeproofing coal, and increasing traction in tires.
CALCIUM CITRATE - is calcium carbonate processed with lactic and citric acids. It is used to alter the baking properties of flour.
CALCIUM GLUCONATE - is calcium carbonate processed with gluconic acid (which is used in cleaning compounds). It is used in sewage purification and to prevent coffee powders from caking.
CALCIUM GLYCEROPHOSPHATE - is calcium carbonate processed with dl-alpha-glycerophosphates. It is used in dentifrices, baking powder, and as a food stabilizer.
CALCIUM HYDROXYAPATITE - is crushed bone and bone marrow. It is used as a fertilizer.
CALCIUM IODIDE - is calcium carbonate processed with iodine. It is an expectorant.
CALCIUM LACTATE - is calcium carbonate processed with lactic acid. It is used as a dentifrice and as a preservative.
CALCIUM OXIDE - is basically burnt calcium carbonate. It is used in bricks, plaster, mortar, stucco, and other building materials. It is also used in insecticides and fungicides.
CALCIUM PHOSPHATE - tribasic is the rock known as oxydapatit or bone ash. It is used in the manufacture of fertilizers, polishing powders, porcelain, pottery, and enamels.
CHROMIUM CHLORIDE - is a preparation of hexahydrates. It is used as a corrosion inhibitor and waterproofing agent.
CHROMIUM PICOLINATE - is chromium III processed with picolinic acid. Picolinic acid is used in herbicides.
COPPER ASPARTATE - is made from the reaction between cupric carbonate and aspartic acid (from chemical synthesis). It is a manufactured product used as a "non-food" supplement.
COPPER (cupric) CARBONATE - is the rock known as malachite. It is used as a paint and varnish pigment; plus as a seed fungicide.
COPPER GLUCONATE - is copper carbonate processed with gluconic acid. It is used as a deodorant.
COPPER SULFATE - is copper combined with sulfuric acid. It is used as a drain cleaner and to induce vomiting.
DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE - is the rock known as monetite, but can be made from calcium chloride and sodium phosphate. It is used as a "non-food" supplement.
FERRIC PYROPHOSPHATE - is an iron rock processed with pyrophosphoric acid. It is used in fireproofing and in pigments.
FERROUS LACTATE - is a preparation from isotonic solutions. It is used as a "non-food" supplement.
FERROUS SULFATE - is the rock known as melanterite. It is used as a fertilizer, wood preservative, weed-killer, and pesticide.
MAGNESIUM CARBONATE - is the rock known as magnesite. It is used as an antacid, laxative, and cathartic.
MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE - is magnesium ammonium chloride processed with hydrochloric acid. It fireproofs wood, carbonizes wool, and as a glue additive and cement ingredient.
MAGNESIUM CITRATE - is magnesium carbonate processed with acids. It is used as a cathartic.
MAGNESIUM OXIDE - is normally burnt magnesium carbonate. It is used as an antacid and laxative.
MANGANESE CARBONATE - is the rock known as rhodochrosite. It is used as a whitener and to dry varnish.
MANGANESE GLUCONATE - is manganese carbonate or dioxide processed with gluconic acid. It is a manufactured item used as a "non-food" supplement.
MANGANESE SULFATE - is made from the reaction between manganese oxide and sulfuric acid. Used in dyeing and varnish production.
MOLYBDENUM ASCORBATE - is molybdenite processed with ascorbic acid and acetone. It is a manufactured item used as a "non-food" supplement.
MOLYBDENUM DISULFIDE - is the rock known as molybdenite. It is used as a lubricant additive and hydrogenation catalyst.
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE - is a crystalline substance consisting of potassium and chlorine. It is used in photography.
POTASSIUM IODIDE - is made from HI and KHC03 by melting in dry hydrogen and undergoing electrolysis. It is used to make photographic emulsions and as an expectorant.
POTASSIUM SULFATE - appears to be prepared from the elements in liquid ammonia. It is used as a fertilizer and to make glass.
SELENIUM OXIDE - is made by burning selenium in oxygen or by oxidizing selenium with nitric acid. It is used as a reagent for alkaloids or as an oxidizing agent.
SELENOMETHIONINE - is a selenium analog of metbionine. It is used as a radioactive imaging agent.
SILICON DIOXIDE - is the rock known as agate. It is used to manufacture glass, abrasives, ceramics, enamels, and as a defoaming agent.
VANADYL SULFATE - is a blue crystal powder known as vanadium oxysulfate. It is used as a dihydrate in dyeing and printing textiles, to make glass, and to add blue and green glazes to pottery.
ZINC ACETATE - is made from zinc nitrate and acetic anhydride. It is used to induce vomiting.
ZINC CARBONATE - is the rock known as smithsonite or zincspar. It is used to manufacture rubber.
ZINC CHLORIDE - is a combination of zinc and chlorine. It is used as an embalming material.
ZINC CITRATE - is smithsonite processed with citric acid. It is used in the manufacture of some toothpaste.
ZINC GLUCONATE - is a zinc rock processed with gluconic acid. Gluconic acid is used in many cleaning compounds.
ZINC LACTATE - is smithsonite processed with lactic acid. Lactic acid lactate is used as a solvent.
ZINC OROTATE - is a zinc rock processed with orotic acid. Orotic acid is a uricosuric (promotes uric acid excretion).
ZINC OXIDE - is the rock known as zincite. It is used as a pigment for white paint and as part of quick-drying cement.
ZINC PHOSPHATE - is the rock known as hopeite. It is used in dental cements.
ZINC PICOLINATE - is a zinc rock processed with picolinic acid. Picolinic acid is used in herbicides.
ZINC SULFATE - can be a rock (historically known as "white vitriol') processed with sulfuric acid. It is used as a corrosive in calico-printing and to preserve wood.
* DID YOU KNOW:
With the exception of chromium GTF (which
occurs in living organisms), two-word mineral descriptions
on supplement labels (i.e. calcium phosphate, magnesium
carbonate) are referring to some type of
industrially-processed rock and not a mineral form found in
food. Minerals in foods are in elemental forms with
protein chaperones (not chemically-bound like
How To Read Your Vitamin LabelsThe structural and chemical forms of Food and synthetic nutrients are normally different. Read the label of any supplement to see if the
product is truly 100% Food. If any Non-Food vitamin analogue is listed, then the entire product is probably not Food (normally it will be
less than 5% Food). Vitamin analogues are cheap (or not so cheap) imitations of vitamins found in foods.
* Note: This list is not complete and new analogues are being developed all the time. Also the term '(isolated)" means that if the word
"food" is not near the name of the substance, it is an isolate (normally crystalline in structure) and is not the same as the true vitamin
found in food.
What Is Your Vitamin, Really?
How To Read Your Mineral Labels
With the exception of Chromium GTF (which is the form in which chromium is found in food), if the minerals are listed using two words
(such as calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, chromium picolinate, magnesium oxide, or zinc chloride), then the minerals in your supplement are commercially processed rocks. Read inside for more information.
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.