Natural News, one of the most widely visited health information web sites in the world, has reported that a recent study has shown a high level of GMO food products inside of most popular vitamins. GMO – Genetically Modified Organism. If you have heard my GMO talk, you will be scared to death if you are taking a vitamin from a source other than trusted!
GMOs are truly “hidden” in vitamins because the GM-derived ingredients are so heavily processed that all DNA is destroyed in the process, thereby destroying any footprint of genetic modification. Genetic ID tests, in other words, require particles of the food to remain relatively intact so that PCR lab equipment can replicate genetic sequences. Heavily processed ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin and ascorbic acid have no genetic material remaining, thereby sweeping their origins under the rug.
This is one reason who so many vitamins sold today are formulated with GMOs. This includes virtually ALL the popular multivitamin brands sold at grocery stores and pharmacies, by the way.
Over the years we have written a number of daily sprouts on the toxicity of many vitamins. We have proven that you need to take one produced by a trusted source. But the first thing to consider, is why are you taking all of these synthetic garbage vitamins anyways? Usually, it is a result of being misled. You read an article that tells you it is good for your thyroid if you take a pill, so you decide to take it. Then another article that you can boost your energy with a b-complex, so you take it. And finally, you need to increase your whatever, so you take whatever.
I learned long ago that the over intake of processed garbage, is a great way to damage your GI tract, your liver and kidneys. All in the name of nutritional health! Advocare is a great example. The garbage put out by this company knows no end. Chemical laced garbage, followed by more chemically laced garbage. Usually this company is listed in the lowest categories for nutritional value (by third party studies), and it is one of the most expensive.
But this leads me one step further, why are you taking multivitamins, or individual vitamins at all? Do you know? An apple has about 300 identifiable compounds when you consider enzymes, co-enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phyto nutrients and glyco nutrients in their entirety. So why do you take a supplement that gives you 8-10 of these compounds? Why not get all 300? So a whole food supplement is the way to go.
Juice Plus is my best recommendation for whole food. There are others out there, but I have yet to find one that is low temperature processed, grown organically, and better yet, GMO free! You may have noticed the new Omega 3 product in our office… Pure Pharma. Why? Because we know that it is SUPER clean. We have had questions of whether or not there was any soy in the prior fish oil that we carried, and we couldn’t get definitive straight answers. So when I found Pure Pharma, and found the strong guarantees of no soy, I jumped in! Clean through molecular distillation, which means no mercury.
You should know that one of the key concerns of buying omega 3 from GNC, Publix, Costco, etc. Is that none of these products are distilled. Which means the reason why you don’t eat fish (mercury) is likely the number one reason why you shouldn’t eat these products. They are loaded with all the toxins from the sea.
So back to the GMO article –
The Non-GMO Project Verified website lists these ingredients as commonly harboring GMOs:
Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”)
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Yeast Products (such as yeast extract)
So how many of those ingredients are in your products? I have done plenty of research on products that have ingredients like these in them, as I like to know what the hidden ingredients really mean. It is kind of like I was teaching this past Tuesday night at the wine and cheese social. Because alcoholic beverages are protected by law and do not need to reveal their ingredients (look, you’ll be shocked, no ingredient list) you have to know what the company is doing on their end. Reputable companies can be more readily trusted (reputable means not large, and focused on healthy choices as a corporate culture).
So start considering what you should really be doing with your supplement choices. Realize that it must be researched, and that we are doing our best to do that for you! Be well and Be blessed! Dr. E