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Startling Headline: Vitamins A, C and E are a Waste of Time and May Even Shorten Your Life

So said the headline published around the world:

From the newspaper article:

"Vitamins taken by around a third of the population do not extend life and may even cause premature death, according to a respected group of international scientists."

"After reviewing 67 studies involving more than 230,000 men and women, the experts say there is no convincing evidence that taking supplements of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E can make you healthier."

As you know from the "How Safe Are Your Vitamins?" report, this is only the most recent in a growing number of studies finding that synthetic vitamins (either from a lab beaker or isolated from a plant or animal) are worthless or even risky for a significant number of people. How can this be?

Here's a big reason:

These isolated synthetic vitamins are not absorbed and utilized properly by the body.

That's because - the main vitamin ingredient, (e.g. A, E, C, etc.) which is extracted by synthetic vitamin makers, does not include the chemical cousins and other ingredients that main vitamin comes with in its natural form. Apparently, the body needs these cofactors to absorb the main vitamin.

It's cheaper to extract just the main vitamin. Only it appears now the resulting synthetic vitamins are useless or worse.

What's the alternative?

Today there are real-food supplements. They put the whole food in the supplement (minus water and fiber), rather than isolated vitamins or minerals.

So that's the story.