In this comprehensive reference, clinical nutritionist and health researcher Judith DeCava explains the profound differences between natural and synthetic nutrition. Each major vitamin receives an entire chapter with detailed information regarding its historical discovery as well as its full composition. (Natural vitamin C, for instance, is not just ascorbic acid, like synthetic vitamin C is, but rather it is a complex of compounds, including ascorbic acid, that work together to deliver a nutritive effect.) She also lists symptoms associated with a deficiency of each vitamin complex as well as how the different complexes work together synergistically within the body.
DeCava, backed by solid scientific research, also explains why synthetic supplements do not and cannot simulate the actions of true vitamins but instead behave more like pharmaceutical drugs in the body. And she also discusses why and how we have been misled to believe that unnatural, synthetic supplements (i.e., almost every “vitamin” you find in the health food store) are identical to the nutrients found in real, whole food.
Says acclaimed health expert Mark R. Anderson, “For more than twenty-five years, Judith De Cava has been a voice of sanity, science, and salience in her writings on nutrition. She has fought through the hype and clamor that overwhelms so much of the field of nutrition and natural therapeutics. Her guiding principle—that whole foods make whole people—always informs her research and writings, working to expose a food industry that has deceived the world for more than a hundred years. She knows her history and illuminates the distortions of fundamental fact that have created the unhealthiest civilization in history.”
From Amazon Customer Reviews:
“This book was well researched and very informative, and contains information that I think would benefit many people. To be honest, I bought the book because I’ve noticed for years that I don’t feel well when I take vitamins. I also notice that nowadays, it seems that hoards of people are taking loads of vitamins, and they are often recommended in books about nutrition that I read (which has made me a little suspicious, to be honest). I have the feeling that vitamins have a bit of a “halo effect” in our society. The author explains, however, why it is far better to eat whole foods for nutrition rather than synthetic, fractionated vitamins. One of the many problems is that vitamins function very differently in the body when they are isolated; whereas in real, whole foods, various vitamins, minerals, enzymes and co-factors work together in a synergistic fashion. In other words, isolating single vitamins, as is done with pills, can cause major imbalances in the body, with even more problems than a low-grade deficiency of that vitamin would have caused.
The author also explains how the body is naturally able to take the vitamins it needs from whole foods and excrete the rest, whereas when vitamins are fractionated and separated from all the other elements and co-factors (as they are when they appear in the form of vitamin pills)- the body is unable to do this efficiently. In fact, the body reacts to synthetic vitamins as if they were a toxic substance, and tries to excrete them as quickly as possible! I learned a lot by reading this book. It is well researched, well written, well explained and easy to understand.”