Many are convinced that it is better to drink a course of multivitamins than to eat apples and peaches, which are quite likely grown with the use of chemistry. But are artificial drugs really a worthy substitute for natural vitamins?
Vitamins created in laboratories became widespread in the 80s of the last century. Then numerous studies proved that people who regularly eat fruits and vegetables are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular and oncological diseases. Inspired by this discovery, scientists began to develop and popularize synthetic vitamin complexes in every possible way, believing that this would help people get rid of diseases.
However, the miracle did not happen. In most cases, the intake of such vitamins passed completely without a trace: they did not cause harm to the body, but there was no benefit from them either. The fact is that synthetic vitamins have several significant differences. Firstly, in natural conditions, the vitamin molecule is never alone. It is always associated with ballast molecules, which just affect the properties of vitamins, their digestibility and transport. When a vitamin is synthesized in the laboratory, its molecule is devoid of such important components. At its core, it represents a “dead” crystal, since it ceases to be active. She needs other components, but the human body does not know how to synthesize them, so the ingested vitamins become an ordinary dummy, which the body seeks to remove.
Secondly, scientists have thoroughly studied the molecular composition of vitamins, but it is still not possible to recreate their spatial location (confirmation) in laboratories. Imagine: a person has traveled half his life in a car in which the steering wheel is located on the left. But suddenly he gets into a “right-hand drive” car and has to drive all over the city, including complex transport interchanges. The same thing happens in the body. How exactly such “wrong” vitamins will behave in the body – it remains only to guess. But the main danger lies in the fact that these isomers are very similar to a real molecule and, “rubbing into trust”, block the receptors, after which they no longer respond to the correct, natural, molecules. This leads to blocking of some chemical reactions.
Attention, synthetic drugs!
For several decades, scientists continued to investigate the effect of multivitamins and came to disappointing conclusions. It turned out that synthetic drugs not only do not prevent the development of diseases, but on the contrary often provoke them. Artificial vitamins A and E showed particularly poor results . They increased the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and smokers increased the likelihood of lung cancer. Especially dangerous is the combination of vitamin A with beta-carotene: studies have shown that the risk of bowel cancer increases by 30%. In the course of many years of research, it has been proven that artificial vitamin E increases the number of brain hemorrhages by 20%. Let me remind you that we are talking only about synthetic vitamins that are not derived from products.
Many people’s favorite vitamin C in tablets and pills also did not please the researchers. It turned out that it reduces the production of insulin and inhibits the activity of the pancreas. In addition, artificial forms of vitamin C reduce the rate of transmission of nerve impulses, which leads to impaired coordination of movements and muscle fatigue. Elderly women were subjected to separate studies. Scientists have identified a stable pattern between their use of synthetic vitamins E and C and the deposition of calcium salts in blood vessels. More than 30% of the subjects had more such deposits on the walls of blood vessels. Only 14% of the subjects felt a slight improvement. For 50% of women, the situation has not changed in either direction. Accordingly, this once again confirms the idea that synthetic vitamins are just a dummy, sometimes bringing more harm to the body than good.
Reactions to vitamins can be clearly traced in pregnant women. Most expectant mothers take widely advertised multivitamin supplements designed specifically “for pregnant women”. In fact, the difference between these drugs from the usual ones is only that the dosage of some vitamins is slightly reduced in them. Many pregnant women who started taking these complexes had severe nausea and vomiting. Most of them refused the drug. But some, either not tracing this connection, or regretting the money spent, still finished the drugs. I would not recommend doing this. As soon as you see some side reaction, you should immediately stop taking it, and this applies not only to expectant mothers.
As a result of a study conducted by employees of Boston University, sad conclusions were made: the use of an artificial form of vitamin A in the early stages of pregnancy can lead to defects in newborns. In the USA, there was even a campaign against adding this component to multivitamins for expectant mothers. However, vitamin A is still present in almost all vitamin complexes for pregnant women.
It is worth mentioning separately about allergic reactions. They are partly related to the wrong chemical structure, as I described above. But more often it’s about flavors and dyes identical to natural ones, which are generously added to vitamin complexes. Pharmaceutical companies are especially trying to produce vitamins for children. Babies often have severe allergic reactions to such syrups. And even for those who have never suffered from allergies at all.
Do I need vitamins for pregnant women
Of course, we need them. In the body of the expectant mother, the number of biochemical reactions increases, therefore, the consumption of vitamins, minerals and trace elements increases. Often a woman comes to pregnancy with a deficiency of all these necessary substances, and their lack is especially felt by the expectant mother. Problems with teeth, hair falling out, brittle nails – all this clearly indicates a lack of calcium and certain vitamins. Therefore, doctors recommend maintaining a certain interval between pregnancies so that the body has time to restore the reserves of these vital substances. In order to prevent such conditions and not undermine health, taking vitamins is mandatory. However, it is important that these are natural vitamins, not synthesized in the laboratory, and that they are prescribed to you by a doctor.
Where to get natural vitamins
Vitamin C. Most of all vitamin C is contained in rosehip. In order to preserve this vitamin when brewing dry rosehip, it is necessary to monitor the water temperature. It should not be higher than 75 degrees. Another leader of the rating is red pepper. Contrary to popular opinion, all kinds of citrus fruits are in the last places of the top ten. Vitamin C in its natural form is necessary for our body. It really supports the immune system and helps to cope with colds. Deficiency of this vitamin negatively affects a large number of biochemical reactions. With his assistance, the body assimilates iron. As for ascorbic acid, it is exactly the same vitamin synthesized in the laboratory.
Vitamin A (retinol). The most delicious source of this vitamin is freshly squeezed carrot juice, which must be served with cream or olive oil. Animal food is also rich in vitamin A — butter, sour cream, liver. Retinol is necessary for vision: if it is not enough, there is a risk of impaired twilight vision, this condition is otherwise called “chicken blindness”. Vitamin A is also responsible for the condition and immunity of the skin and mucous membranes. With its deficiency, inflammatory diseases can easily develop.
Vitamin E (tocopherol). It is important for a good pregnancy. That is why it is prescribed to all expectant mothers to prevent the threat of miscarriage. In addition, it increases the elasticity of the skin, and therefore prevents the appearance of stretch marks. Pregnant women are prescribed it in the form of red capsules. Synthetic vitamin E and natural vitamin E are identical in composition, but, for a number of reasons, they differ in properties. Therefore, in order to receive only benefits from it, it is better to use it in its natural form. Sources of vitamin E are primarily plant foods: bran, sprouted wheat, vegetable oils and all kinds of cereals.
Folic acid (vitamin B9). “Folium” is a “leaf”. B9, or otherwise folic acid is a vitamin found in leaves. Lettuce, parsley, dill, celery, vegetable tops, currant leaves, rose hips — all this is a good alternative to artificial drugs. Meat, eggs, and dairy products also contain this substance. Eat more greens, and it will definitely benefit. It has been proven that taking folic acid, especially at the stage of pregnancy planning, reduces the risk of malformations in the fetus. Therefore, expectant mothers definitely need to eat more greens.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D not only comes to us with food, but is also produced by our body under the influence of sunlight. If there are few clear days in your city, then there is no need to hope for a second source: you need to get this vitamin with food. This is especially true for children who are in a period of active growth. You can take fish oil — a natural source of vitamin D, and you can buy an oil solution of vitamin D at the pharmacy. Water is not suitable, since this vitamin is fat-soluble. Be careful with the dosage, as this vitamin accumulates in the tissues and is hardly excreted from them.
Vitamin D deficiency is a ubiquitous phenomenon. Most of the Russian population suffers from it. I recommend carefully monitoring the level of vitamin D, as it has a tangible effect on human health. The deficiency must be replenished by taking vitamin D year-round with a break of no more than 1-1.5 months at the end of summer.
Natural vitamin preparations
As we have already found out, the best source of vitamins is fresh and high-quality products: vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat, cereals, fish, oil. But sometimes vitamins coming from food are not enough. This happens when a person is forced to follow a strict diet or if his menu is very meager. Vitamin deficiency often overtakes us in the off-season. Pregnant women face the same lack of vitamins. In this case, it is worth paying attention to natural vitamin complexes that can be purchased at the pharmacy.
First of all, read the composition. Natural multivitamins are often labeled “100% natural.” Also, look at the names of the components. Instead of “vitamin A” or “retinol acetate” (synthetic vitamin), “retinol palmitate” should be written on natural vitamins, etc. Of course, during the production of such vitamins, the addition of various substances, for example, fillers, is also inevitable. Allergies or some other individual reaction may occur to some of these components, so the selection of vitamins is a purely individual matter. However, first of all, I still recommend focusing on your menu and including as much good and healthy food as possible.
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