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I want to get right to the point here. There is a basic law of nature when it comes to the absorption of vitamins and nutrition in the 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 companies that 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.

Complete Picture

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.

VitaminFood Nutrient*‘Natural’ Vitamin Analogue & Some Process Chemicals
Vitamin A/Beta caroteneCarrotsMethanol, benzene, petroleum esters; acetylene; refined oils
Vitamin B-1Nutritional yeast, rice branCoal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid; acetonitrole with ammonia
Vitamin B-2Nutritional yeast, rice branSynthetically produced with 2N acetic acid
Vitamin B-3Nutritional yeast, rice branCoal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine; ammonia and acid
Vitamin B-5Nutritional yeast, rice branCondensing isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde
Vitamin B-6Nutritional yeast, rice branPetroleum ester & hydrochloric acid with formaldehyde
Vitamin B-8RicePhytin hydrolyzed with calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid
Vitamin B-9Broccoli, rice branProcessed with petroleum derivatives and acids; acetylene
Vitamin B-12Nutritional yeastCobalamins reacted with cyanide
Vitamin ‘B-x’PABA Nutritional yeastCoal tar oxidized with nitric acid (from ammonia)
CholineNutritional yeast, rice branEthylene and ammonia with HCL or tartaric acid
Vitamin CAcerola cherries, citrus fruitsHydrogenated sugar processed with acetone
Vitamin DNutritional yeastIrradiated animal fat/cattle brains or solvently extracted
Vitamin ERice, vegetable oilsTrimethylhydroquinone with isophytol; refined oils
Vitamin HNutritional yeast, rice branBiosynthetically produced
Vitamin KCabbageCoal tar derivative; produced with p-allelic-nickel

Petroleum Extract?

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’ as another trick. It means they added a green product to the synthetics such as algae.

Vegetarian FOOD NutrientCompared to USP/Mineral Salt
Vitamin AMore complete, as scientists teach that vitamin A is not an isolate [13]
Vitamin B-9More utilizable above 266mcg (Recommended Daily Intake is 400mcg) [14]
Vitamin COver 15.6 times antioxidant effect [15]
Vitamin DOver 10 times the antirachitic effect [16]
Vitamin EUp to 4.0 times the free radical scavenging strength [17]
Vitamin KSafer for children [18]
Calcium7 times as effective in raising serum ionic calcium levels [19]
ChromiumUp to 25 times more bioavailable [20]
IronNon-constipating, better absorbed [21]
MagnesiumBetter absorbed and retained [22]
SeleniumNearly 2 times better retained [23]
ZincBetter absorption, better form [24,25]

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We all know that the best way to consume those vitamins is from nature. But sometimes you cannot actually eat everything to get the vitamins from them. This is one of the best supplements to help you with that. Get yours here!

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 that are not present in isolated USP nutrients. Published research has concluded that food vitamins are superior to synthetic/USP vitamins.

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The truth about vitamins is a topic we’re passionate about at Here’s how our website and this subject intertwine:

  1. Vitamin Vortex: We provide in-depth information about different vitamins, their benefits, and sources.
  2. Herbal Sources: Our site offers insights into herbs rich in essential vitamins.
  3. Supplement Safety: We guide you on how to use vitamin supplements safely and effectively.
  4. Health and Wellness: Our focus is on promoting overall health and wellness, and vitamins play a crucial role in this.
  5. Community Sharing: Connect with others who are interested in vitamins and share your experiences.

So, whether you’re a health enthusiast wanting to learn more about vitamins or just curious, is your trusted guide. Remember, health is wealth, and vitamins are the currency!


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