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Vitamins Or The Real Thing?

I used to think vitamins would improve my health.  I took the usual multi-vitamins, vitamin C when I was fighting a cold, and honestly, all seemed well.

Now I know, it’s a matter of time before your body has had enough.

With hubby’s anticancer journey, I learned so much.

For every vitamin, I now look for the herbal equivalent.

For instance, for vitamin C, I use amla berry.  Camu camu is another option.

To fight colds or things in the air, I use amla berry, also, a home-made tincture of Goldenseal Root, Echinacea Angustafolia, Yarrow and Lobelia.  (This recipe is posted under Recipes.)

Colostrum is another good immune booster (separate post for this too).

Liver strengthening herbs. ( – I capsulate the powdered herbs into veggie caps.

Kidney strengthening herbs. ( – I capsulate these too.

System cleanse tea. ( – I also capsulate these.

See links and extracts below for quick understanding.


Synthetic vitamins are produced in laboratories. Natural vitamins are present in whole food sources such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables. Under controlled conditions synthetic vitamins work just like the natural ingredients. But we don’t live in a perfect world.

Naturally occurring vitamins in foods contain nutrients that are not available from synthetics. Synthetic vitamins replicate only one of perhaps dozens of beneficial nutrients. It’s somewhat like imitating one ingredient that is contained in an apple. You miss all of the related nutrients that work synergistically. Our holistic approach to nutrition leads us to believe that our bodies need a broad base of natural nutrients for optimum health.

Your body is designed to extract the vitamins and minerals from whole foods. How your body uses nutrients is based on genes that are thousands of years old and depended on food, not pills. There is however research to support higher than normal intakes of whole foods including grains, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables can aid specific disease prevention or treatment.

See references to : Harvard Medical School Study : Fruits & Vegetables Help Lower Risk Of High Blood Pressure, Stokes & Cancers.


What is a Standardized Herbal Extract? It is not a Herb!

What is the difference between a “Standardized Herbal Extract” and a “Herbal Extract”? There is allot of confusion between the two terms “standardized herbal extracts” and “herbal extracts”.

A “herbal extract” is sometimes also referred to as a tincture, or liquid herbal extract. This is a preparation where a whole herb is steeped in alcohol, water or a combination.

A “standardized herbal extract” is a measurable marker substance that is extracted from the herb.

NOTOCHEMO’S CONCLUSION: No more synthetics!


August 26, 2009 - Posted by | Healthy Alert

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