B-Complexes: The Worst Dressed, Best Dressed, and Fairest of Them All
people purchase supplements believing that the nutrients in them will benefit
their health. Many do not know where the nutrients originate or about other ingredients
lurking in those tablets and even in many powders and capsules. There appears
to be so many choices on the store shelves, but are there really? Before we look
in on our three B-complex supplements, let’s take a look at what these supplements
consist of and what the choices really are.
Most vitamin supplements found in drug and health
food stores do not contain vitamins that are truly natural, but are synthesized
predominantly from petrochemicals and less frequently from plants. These are manufactured
by six companies that are the sole producers of all the raw materials, which end
up in the vast array of synthetic dietary supplements seen on store shelves. Also,
only a small number of supplement companies, about 3%, actually manufacture their
own products. The raw materials are purchased and a super assembler assembles
the formulas for them.
are three basic types of supplements: synthetic, crystalline, and whole food.
These are available in numerous variations and combinations.
vitamins are those that have been developed the laboratory. They are isolated
chemical versions of vitamins. Crystalline vitamins originally had a natural food
source, but have been extracted and isolated by processes that may have involved
substances such as chemicals and solvents and high levels of heat. The crystalline
vitamins, in the end, are much like the synthetics. "Whole food" vitamins
are those that have been carefully processed and unaltered in any way that would
change the molecular structure or biochemical combinations and actions of the
supplements claim to be "natural," but what does this really mean? To
earn the right to be labeled "natural," supplements need only to originate
from a natural source and/or be as little as 10% natural. Many supplements that
are called natural have a food base but the primary ingredients are USP or synthetic
vitamins. These would contain some co-nutrients that may assist the body in assimilating
the vitamins in them.
are companies who "grow" their vitamins in a "thick soup"
of yeast and whole foods but the "nutrients" that are grown in this
manner actually start out as USP (synthetic) vitamins. Nothing is going to change
them from synthetic to whole and natural. Even supplements derived from natural
sources such as herbs, yeast, foods such as rice bran, liver, berries, or bone
can be dead and useless due to heat, pressure, or other processing techniques
that destroy their enzymes. The way in which the materials are processed is extremely
important in preserving the integrity of the nutrients contained therein.
natural and synthetic vitamins are identical. The same ingredients are contained
within the molecules but they are arranged in a different fashion. When a beam
of polarized light passes through a natural vitamin it will always bend to the
right, due to the molecular rotation of the natural substance. The letter "d"
seen on some supplement labels represents dextro or "right." This indicates
that the vitamin is the natural form.
a beam of polarized light passes through a synthetic vitamin it splits into two
parts, one part bending to the right and the other to the left. The synthetic
supplements may be represented by the letters "dl" preceding the vitamin
name. The "d" for dextro and the "l" for levo or left. This
demonstrates that the molecular rotation of the synthetic is not identical to
the natural form. The biological activity of synthetic vitamins can be 50% to
70% less than nutrients in natural, whole food supplements.
vitamins are not generally referred to in conjunction with these letters but the
difference in molecular structure between synthetic and a truly natural substance
applies to them as well as any other nutrient.
food supplements and some "natural" supplements will give foods as sources
for the nutrients they contain. If a supplement is synthetic it will usually show
the following as sources:
complex – no source listed
– thiamine mononitrate or thiamine hydrochloride
– calcium D-pantothenate
– pyridoxine hydrochloride
Acid – pteroylglutamic acid
is much controversy concerning the body’s reaction to synthetic vs. natural vitamin
supplements. Many believe that the small differences between synthetic and natural
are of no consequence. However, clinical evidence and several studies indicate
that the body detects the difference and that natural forms of vitamins including
A, B-complex, C, D, and E are more absorbable and assimilable by the body and
have a more profound effect on deficiencies and disease than synthetics. This
question comes to mind: Isn’t it possible that this could be true for all nutrients?
Also, it has been shown that sensitive individuals who have reactions to the synthetic
vitamins can take the truly natural forms with no problems.
are some very real problems with synthetic vitamins and most supplements containing
them. Not only are they synthesized, but are also isolated components completely
removed from the family of micronutrients that accompany them naturally in whole
foods. They are not intact with their co-factors such as enzymes, co-enzymes,
vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, proteins, phytonutrients, and
essential fatty acids as they would be in whole foods or properly manufactured
whole food supplements. They cannot possibly have the synergistic, nutritional
effect of the whole food vitamins.
about it! How can a dead, isolated, chemical supplement have the same action in
the body as a live, whole, food concentrate? The human body was designed to recognize
and utilize whole, live food not isolated chemicals. It is obvious however, that
the synthetic supplements do have an effect on the body and even appear to be
beneficial, at least initially.
synthetic isolates will draw the accessory nutrients needed to assimilate and
metabolize in the body, from the body’s stores. It is possible for this anomaly
to create deficiencies of other nutrients, or if a person is already deficient,
synthetic isolates may further deplete the body and eventually cause larger and
more serious imbalances.
is not logical to expect a chemical to build the body in a nutritional sense.
It is my belief that synthetic vitamins have a pharmaceutical or medical effect
and whole foods, super foods, and natural whole food supplements have a nutritive
effect and help to build the body’s cells nutritionally. There may be times when
either may be useful, however, for the long term a truly natural supplement would
is some debate concerning whether the synthetics or the naturals work better for
severe deficiencies or conditions where a quick therapeutic result is needed.
There have been reports of good results and poor results with both, but according
to Dr. Richard Murray synthetic vitamins fail time and time again when put to
the scientific test in human feedings. Over 200 studies have proven the superior
efficacy of whole foods and whole food supplements as compared to the synthetics.
made from whole food concentrates will often have lower nutrient amounts listed
on the label. Due to the fact that more of the nutrients will be available to
and utilized by the body from this type of supplement than from the synthetic
supplements, I don’t believe that this is of principal concern in most cases.
I consider as natural in the fullest sense of the word are those supplements concentrated
from whole foods and processed in a manner that keeps all nutrients intact with
all the co-factors and preserves the life of the enzymes in the concentrates.
This type of supplement is generally more costly and difficult to manufacture,
so consequently they are often extremely hard to find.
take a look at some of the ingredients that are included in vitamin supplements
aside from the nutrients.
The term "excipient" refers to materials used in tableting
or encapsulation of nutritional supplements for any purpose other than its physiological
effect. These range from natural and harmless to chemical and potentially problematic,
particularly for sensitive individuals. In other words…some of these do have physiological
effects even though that is not their intended purpose.
These are used to increase the volume of material in a tablet or capsule to
aid in easier processing. Tablets and capsules are generally made in only a few
sizes so fillers are added to take up space in the molds or capsules.
of the common non-food fillers used are talc or silicon. These may cause problems
with digestion and absorption. Food grade fillers include cornstarch, lactose,
cellulose, sorbitol and calcium phosphate. There is a possibility that these may
cause allergic reactions or sensitivities.
Binders are various compounds that are used to adhere all the components of
tablets together. They are the base of many supplement tablets and include lecithin,
honey, sorbitol, gum arabic, and cellulose. Gum arabic has caused asthma attacks,
rashes, and allergies in some individuals.
These are added to many supplements to aid in the disintegration of the tablet
within the gastrointestinal tract by swelling and breaking the tablet apart. Most
of these are made from cellulose.
Agents: The use of lubricants aids in the release of tablets from molds and
ensures unrestrained movement through the tableting machinery, making the manufacturing
process smoother. Lubricants and flow agents such as magnesium stearate, calcium
stearate, and stearic acid may be used that increase the time tablets take to
dissolve thus, may reduce the bioavailability of the nutrients in a supplement.
Other common flow agents are vegetable stearin and silicates such as silica.
agents: Sweeteners commonly found in supplements are sucrose,
fructose, maltodextrin, sorbitol, and maltose. Usually sweeteners are used in
liquid, powdered, chewable, or sublingual supplements. Stevia may be found in
a small number of supplements but will not be labeled as a sweetener due to FDA
regulations prohibiting its use as a sweetener in foods or other products. Artificial
or natural flavoring may also be added to supplements.
Agents: A pleasing and uniform appearance is the motive for adding these to
supplements. Some of them are derived from beets, carrots or chlorophyll, but
others are synthetics, which are often questionable as far as consumption and
health are concerned.
Materials: The reason these substances are used is to mask unpleasant odors
and flavors, aid in swallowing the tablet, aid in preventing tablets from breaking
apart and to protect them from moisture. A commonly seen coating material is listed
on labels as pharmaceutical glaze, confectioners glaze or natural glaze is actually
shellac. A supplement coated with shellac cannot be broken down or assimilated.
protein coating (zein), which is derived from corn and Brazil wax is sometimes
used as well as a coating made from palm trees.
There are companies that use natural preservatives such as vitamin C or E
in their tablets. Tablets do not need added preservatives if they contain these
or vitamin A, cysteine, methionine, or the minerals sulfur and selenium as they
are all natural preservatives.
can be made without the use of excipients but are not always excipient free. Capsules
are usually made from gelatin and are an animal by-product. There are some vegetarian
gel caps available that are made from potato extract, however these are used by
only a small number of companies.
interesting angle to think about. Some companies actually make tablets, crush
them to a powder, and then encapsulate them. In this case you could still be getting
some of those excipients inside the capsule! Powders may also contain excipients
such as flow agents, sweeteners, colors, and/or preservatives.
let’s take a close look at three different B-Complex supplements. The first two
were chosen from what is available at drug and health food stores and the third
is available only through health professionals. In all fairness it should be noted
that tablets couldn’t be made without the use of some excipient material. Judge
for yourself what is excessive and which would be the best for you.
Cost: $5.69 for 100 tablets
Each tablet provides:
(Vit B-1) 10mg
(Vit B-2) 10mg
(Vit B-3) 10mg
Acid (Vit B-5) 10mg
Thiamin Mononitrate (B-1): This is not the most commonly
used form of B-1 used in supplements. Thiamin hydrochloride is the form of vitamin
B-1 that is used in most dietary supplements.
(B-2): Vitamin B-2, or simple riboflavin. Interacts closely with thiamin.
(B-3): Vitamin B-3 in the form of nicotinamide.
Pantothenate (B-5): The most common synthetic form of vitamin B-5 or pantothenic
acid. The most active and useful form is panthethine.
Hydrochloride (B-6): A synthetic form of vitamin B-6 that is often used as a coating
in the manufacture of supplements to mask taste and odor.
Acid: Available as folic acid or folinic acid. To utilize folic acid the human
body must convert it to tetrahydrofolate then add a methyl group in order to form
folinic acid. Supplying the body with folinic acid would bypass this process.
(USP Method 2) (B-12): This is the most common form of vitamin B-12 but is not
an active form, nor the best form to use. Methylcobalamin is the most beneficial
synthetic form of B-12.
(USP Method 2): This is the isolated form of biotin. Biocytin, a biotin complex
from brewer’s yeast is also available.
Acid: PABA is a member of the B-vitamin family and is part of the folic acid molecule.
PABA is said to aid in the assimilation of pantothenic acid.
Carbonate: An insoluble form of calcium found in nature as calcite (in limestone,
marble, or chalk), aragonite (pearls), and in plant ashes, bones, and many shells.
It is often used as a binder in supplements. It is not absorbable by the human
body and may cause constipation.
An unfermentable sugar obtained by the hydrolysis of cornstarch. It is used for
flavor, as a texturizer and bulking agent. Maltodextrin may contain free glutamic
acid (MSG), which occurs as a result of processing.
Methylcellulose: This excipient is a vegetable gum, which is commonly used as
a main ingredient in artificial tear solutions. It is resistant to bacterial decomposition
and is used as a disintegrant and emulsifier in this supplement. At this time
there is no known toxicity.
Starch: A starch made from plant material that is used as filler, binder and disintegrant.
Starches processed from corn contain free glutamic acid (MSG), resulting from
Sodium: This material is a distintegrant derived from vegetable fiber.
Starch Glycolate: A disintegrant that is made from potatoes, maize, wheat, rice
or tapioca starches. It is used in tablets containing insoluble ingredients such
as magnesium stearate to help them break apart. If processed from corn, this starch
will contain MSG.
Dioxide: Silica, a transparent, tasteless, powder that is practically insoluble
in water. It is the main component of beach sand and is used as an absorbent and
flow agent in supplements. It is also used in ceramics and scouring and grinding
Cellulose: A vegetable gum commonly used in opthalmic applications. It is used
as a disintegrant and emulsifier in supplements.
40 Lake: An insoluble pigment used in food, drug, and cosmetics applications.
The National Cancer Institute reported that p-credine, a chemical used
in the preparation of Red No. 40, was carcinogenic in animals (Consumer’s Dictionary
of Food Additives, Ruth Winters, M.S., pg.185).
Glycol 3350: This excipient is used as an emulsifier, binder, and surfactant.
It improves resistance to moisture and oxidation. Polyethylene is a polymerized
ethylene resin and glycol is a dihydric alcohol.
Stearate: This commonly used excipient can be made from animal or vegetable sources.
It is used as a flow agent and surface lubricant. It is insoluble in water and
said to be non-toxic but may hinder the absorption of nutrients.
Resins are used as binders and aid in water resistance. They may be of plant or
synthetic origin and are used in lacquers, varnishes, inks, adhesives, synthetic
plastics and pharmaceuticals. Synthetic forms include polyvinyl, polystyrene,
and polyethylene. Toxicity is dependent on the ingredients used in the manufacture
of the resin.
Phosphate: A mineral complex of calcium and phosphorous that is commonly used
as a tableting aid, filler or bulking agent. Phosphates can induce the same symptoms
as MSG in those who are extremely sensitive to MSG.
80: A non-ionic surfactant that is a polymer containing oleic acid, palmitic acid,
sorbitol, and ethylene oxide and is formed by microbial fermentation. It is used
as an emulsifier, dispersant, or stabilizer in foods, cosmetics, supplements and
Dioxide: An inorganic, white, opaque pigment made from anatase (from minerals)
that is often used in supplements as a whitening agent. It is also used in paints
and coatings, plastics, paper, inks, fibers, food and cosmetics. Titanium Dioxide
is an oxidant.
PVP is a synthetic polymer used as a dispersing and suspending medium.
Glaze: Shellac used by some manufacturers to coat vitamin tablets. Shellac is
insoluble in stomach acid and supplements coated with shellac are difficult for
the body to break down and assimilate.
for use: Take one tablet daily with a full glass of water, preferably after a
is very inexpensive but it isn’t even worth its modest price.
nutrients in the YourLife B-Complex are isolated synthetics and some of
them are the least useful and/or least absorbable forms of the vitamin. All the
amino acids and minerals that are needed to assimilate the nutrients that are
in the tablet will be taken from the body. By the time the body deals with this,
the fact that some of the forms used are not the most bio-available, and the various
excipients in the tablets, some of which impede absorption, only miniscule amounts
of the vitamins will be available to and assimilable by the body.
levels in this supplement, though they do exceed the RDA, are very low if they
are to be taken per label instruction. With these levels it would be better to
take a tablet 3 to 5 times a day.
YourLife B-Complex contains 18 different excipients and only 8 nutrients.
This is a very lopsided picture. One would be ingesting more excipients than nutrients
if taking this supplement. The pills are glued together with binders and coatings
then have disintegrants that are supposed to disintegrate the tablet from inside
out once consumed. Some of the excipients may cause allergenic responses in sensitive
people and who truly knows what the long-term effect of ingesting them are.
1976 the Journal of Food Science carried an interesting report. When rats
were given three different additives, one at a time, they stayed well. When they
were given two additives at the same time they became ill. With a three additive
combination they all died within 14 days.
if many of these excipients have been tested for toxicity, they have generally
not been tested over long periods of time, nor have they been tested in combination.
Aside from this, everyone is unique in how his or her body processes chemicals
and responds to them.
B-Complex contains no co-nutrients such as amino acids, vitamin C or magnesium
to aid with the absorption of the nutrients. It does contain some PABA, which
may help in the absorption of pantothenic acid.
Naturals, Coenzymate B-Complex
Orange Flavored Sublingual
(sale price) for 60 tabs
Two tablets provide:
Vit B-1 (Cocarboxylase) 20mg
Vit B-2 (Flavin Mononucleotide) 15mg
Coenzyme B-3 (Nicotinamide 10mg
B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) 25mg
Vit B-12 (Dibencozide) 1,000mcg
C (Niacinamide Ascorbate) 22mg
(Inositol Hexanicolinate) 3mg
This nutrient is part of the B vitamin complex and is found in lecithin. It acts
as a mild lipotropic agent in the body, helping to emulsify fats.
Q10: There are 10 types of CoQ and CoQ10 is considered to be the main active one
in humans. Ubiquinone is an electron carrier and is extremely important in the
cell mitochondria, where it assists in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphatase)
and ultimately helps to generate energy.
supplement’s base consists of Mannitol, Sorbitol, natural orange & licorice
flavors and sodium citrate.
supplement is suitable for vegetarians and is hypoallergenic. It contains no yeast,
dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy, wheat, sucrose, starch, preservatives, artificial
color, flavor or fragrance.
A sweet alcohol that occurs naturally in beets, celery and olives and is also
synthesized from hydrogen and glucose (corn sugar). Mannitol is used primarily
as a thickener, stabilizer and sweetener.
Sorbitol is a natural sugar that is found in fruits such as berries, pears, plums,
apples and cherries, and sea vegetation. It can also be synthesized from dextrose
(corn sugar). Sorbitol is used for many applications: it is a thickener, humectant,
texturizer, sequestrant, stabilizer, and sweetener.
and Sorbitol are generally considered as safe, but there are some things to consider
before using products containing them.
is contraindicated for diabetics. Also, Earl Mindell, in his book Safe Eating,
claims that Mannitol can cause irritation to the intestinal tract such as cramps,
bloating and diarrhea when taken frequently, in large quantities or in those with
combination of the two can increase tooth decay by promoting the growth of Streptococcus
mutans, a bacterium that sticks to the teeth. The bacteria are usually harmless
but when combined with Mannitol and Sorbitol it promotes tooth decay. Brushing
the teeth after taking this supplement will solve that problem.
Naturals states that there is a very small amount of Mannitol and Sorbitol in
their enzymated B-complex.
orange and licorice flavors: These are natural flavorings and will not generally
present any problems. However, it is possible for them to contain small amounts
of MSG as a result of processing.
Citrate: This excipient is extracted from citrus fruit or can be made by fermenting
crude sugar. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee, apricots,
peaches, pineapples, and some berries. Citric acid has been used for many years
and is considered as a safe food additive, however, it is possible for it to alter
urinary secretion of drugs making them less effective or more toxic. It is used
to enhance flavor and add a tangy taste to products as well as being used as a
buffer and sequestrant.
Use: 2 to 3 tablets daily or as recommended by your health care professional.
Place tablet under the tongue and allow to dissolve slowly, altering the position
of the tablet to avoid prolonged contact with the same area.
B Complex is a fairly expensive supplement. Let’s take a closer look at it.
formula contains the B vitamins in their coenzyme forms; this means that they
are already attached to the amino acids and mineral cofactors needed to make them
biologically active. The body, specifically the liver, doesn’t have the task of
converting the nutrients to their active form before they are available for use
by the body.
supplement is sublingual so the nutrients go into the bloodstream immediately
as they are dissolved under the tongue. Because the tablets do not go through
the digestive process, where much of the nutrient value of a supplement can be
lost, a greater percentage of the nutrients are available to the body. With the
coenzymate form of the B vitamins, you’ll need to take only half as much as you
would of a standard B vitamin (Julia Ross, The Diet Cure, 1999).
B-Complex also contains Vitamin C and CoQ10, which helps with the absorption and
assimilation of the B vitamins in the tablet.
2 to 3 of these tablets a day will provide ODA’s (optimum daily amounts) for B-12
and folic acid, two nutrients that Americans are typically deficient in. B-12
is in excess of the ODA, which would be excellent for those deficient in B-12,
vegans and those who eat animal products in minute amounts. Others may find one
tablet a day to be enough. The formula includes all the B vitamins, which is important
because they work together and need each other to perform their individual, specific
tasks in the body.
nutrients in this B-Complex are synthetic but the supplement has been shown to
be effective and is recommended by a number of people including Julia Ross, MA
who practices at Recovery Systems, a California clinic. Because Coenzymate B-Complex
can’t be used by diabetics and some people may be sensitive to Sorbitol, an alternative
recommended by Ms. Ross is Country Life Coenzyme B-Complex capsules.
still remains that this is a synthetic supplement and its effects will be that
of a synthetic and not of a whole food supplement.
is important to note that supplement manufacturers are not required to list all
excipients of a product on the label. It may be necessary to contact the manufacturer
to find out what is in the supplement aside from the nutrients if the other ingredients
are not listed.
manufacturers are willing to answer questions about their products, however some
may be uncooperative. Such was the case with Source Naturals. I spoke to a customer
service representative who was very uncooperative. She didn’t want to take the
time to answer questions and told me that the company did not send out full disclosure
statements, monographs, certificates of analysis, research abstracts, or technical
sheets to anyone, even health professionals.
asked, she did tell me that they made most of their own supplements right there
and that "of course, they tested all substances when they came in, and tested
lots during and after manufacture." She seemed rather defensive about this.
She did offer to send me some standard information of their enzymated B Complex,
which she did.
Fairest of Them All
NutriPlex Formulas, B Food Complex
for 250 tablets
Food Complex proprietary blend 300mg
cellulose, vegetable stearate and silica
There are many types of calcium and it would be better if this was clarified on
vegetable stearate, and silica have all been described above.
product contains no corn, dairy, soy, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
NutriPlex B Food Complex is reasonably priced and of good quality. It is truly
what it claims to be…a whole food concentrate.
label is quite different from what we are used to seeing; there are no separate
vitamins or milligram amounts listed. This is because the supplement is made from
concentrated whole food and not isolates or chemicals. The nutrients in this supplement
are an entire B complex, which includes all the B vitamins intact with all the
other nutrients that are with them in nature. You are getting 300mg of a complete
B complex in each tablet.
spoke to Vic Shayne, PhD, who founded NutriPlex
two years ago. He and his wife, seeing the rarity of properly manufactured, truly
natural whole food supplements, made the decision to develop their own. Dr. Shayne
was friendly and helpful, freely answering my questions. He assured me that their
products are chemical free and that care is taken to use those excipients that
are less likely to inhibit the dissolution rate of the supplement or hinder the
assimilation or metabolism of the nutrients by the body. Proper manufacturing
processes insure that the enzymes in the products remain alive and intact.
supplements are made from organic (both certified and non-certified) vegetables
and any animal products used are acquired from New Zealand cattle that are not
given antibiotics, pesticide laden food or growth hormones.
product contains glandulars so would not be acceptable for those who are strict
vegans. Vitamin B-12 is not readily available from vegetable sources so this leaves
a choice to be made: Take synthetic B-12 or take natural supplements containing
B-12 derived from animal products.
clinical results obtained with the use of NutriPlex supplements have been encouraging
and many people have benefited from their use. These supplements provide a way
of obtaining concentrated whole food nutrition that the body recognizes and can
easily utilize. B-Food Complex provides all natural food sources of the complete
vitamin B complex and its synergists including enzymes, coenzymes, minerals trace
minerals, and amino acids.
supplements can be taken indefinitely and without concern for toxicity, which
is often a consideration with long term and/or high dose usage (over the therapeutic
doses) of many synthetic vitamins.
B vitamins are vitally important in supporting the brain, maintaining proper function
of the nervous system, endocrine system, digestion and elimination, enzyme systems,
and the liver, heart, kidney and other organs. They assist in blood sugar regulation,
protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, building red blood cells, hormone regulation
and production, the maintenance of mucosal, epithelial and eye tissues, normal
growth and development, and more.
whole food B complex makes available to the body an excellent and recognizable
form of the B vitamins, which will be of great nutritional benefit in supporting
the aforementioned functions and systems.
Use: 2 to 4 tablets daily or as directed by a health care practitioner. Some of
the literature recommends chewing or breaking up the supplements for best results,
though this is not stated on the product label. They don’t taste bad either!
The extreme importance of responsible, healthy
food choices and eating a diverse properly balanced diet as a number one priority
must be emphasized here. The next step would be to address juicing and booster
foods including products such as green foods (barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella,
spirulina, etc.); Living Food, bee pollen, kelp, nutritional yeast, and stabilized
rice bran to add needed nutrients to the diet. Then as necessary, supplements
should be added to the protocol. It is difficult to get all the nutrients needed
from food alone, particularly in the case of a deficiency, condition, or disease
state where food and even booster foods cannot provide enough nutrients to produce
the needed therapeutic effect.
is important to remember that health will never be optimum if an unhealthy diet
is consumed and lots of supplements taken with the idea that the supplements make
up for eating poorly.
are no completely perfect vitamins out there so we must choose from the myriad
of choices that ironically, offer so few choices and learn to distinguish the
"worst dressed" from the "fairest," and make decisions concerning
what is best for us and our health. Remember…a supplement is only as good as its
here to see a chart which shows the various daily requirements for the
B vitamins. Obviously this does not apply to the NutriPlex or other natural, whole
Research, contacting manufacturers and reading books can help in choosing
a quality supplement.
are some helpful books that may be of interest.
Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, Ruth Winters, M.S. (A new edition
is scheduled to be released in August, 1999.) This book includes the additives
that are in supplements as well as foods.
Mindells’ Supplement Bible, Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D
of Nutritional Supplements, Michael T. Murray, N.D.
Real Vitamin and Mineral Book, Shari Lieberman, Ph.D
NutriBase Nutrition Facts Desk Reference, Dr. Art Ulene (This book contains
the nutritional content of over 40,000 different foods.)
Nutrition, Dr. Edward Howell (This book, though not specifically about supplements,
will open your eyes concerning how important enzymes really are.)
following book is not available at Amazon:
Real Truth About Vitamins and Antioxidants, Judith DeCava, PhD
information about this book and NutriPlex supplements, contact Dr. Shurtleff at
"All Nutritional Supplements Are Not Created Equal"
Robert PhD., Food Chemical Sensitivity Garden City Park, NY, Avery Publishing
Group, Inc., 1986
Robert, "Mastering the Clinical Use of Nutritional Supplements" Designs
for Health Institute, audio cassette series
Al, reprinted from Alternative Medicine Review,
Facts = All the Facts: What the New Label Does and Doesn’t Disclose" Townsend
Letter for Doctors & Patients, July 1999, #192
Ida G. Ph.D., The Harper Collins Illustrated Medical Dictionary New York,
New York, Harper Perennial, 1993
Elson, Staying Healthy with Nutrition Berkley, CA, Celestial Arts, 1992
Judith, MS, LNC, The Real Truth About Vitamins and Antioxidants Columbus,
GA, Brentwood Academic Press, 1996
Michael T., N.D., Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements Rocklin, CA,
Prima Publishing, 1996
Lee, "What’s In This Pill" Vegetarian Times, 03/98, p90
Julia, M.A., The Diet Cure New York, NY, Viking, 1999
MSG and Truth in Labeling"
Rense with Jack Samuels, Radio Broadcast from May 30, 1999 (Archived Shows) 6/12/99
Jean M., Ph.D, CNC, "Selecting High Quality Dietary Supplements" Santa
Cruz, CA, Nutritional Solutions, 1998
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