Often, the best way to start consuming the necessary vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients is from whole foods in your diet. However, what happens when you cannot get sufficient levels through what you eat? If you are like most people, you turn to dietary supplements. From there, you can choose to purchase synthetic nutrients or natural ones derived from whole foods.
Here’s the difference between natural and synthetic nutrients:
-Natural nutrients: These are obtained from whole food sources in the diet.
-Synthetic nutrients: Also referred to as isolated nutrients, these are usually made artificially, in an industrial process.
The majority of supplements available on the market today are made artificially. They can be taken in pill, capsule, tablet, powder or liquid form, and are made to mimic the way natural nutrients act in our bodies.
To figure out if your supplement is synthetic or natural, check the label. Natural supplements usually list food sources or are labeled as 100% plant or animal-based, organic and/or non-gmo in a dehydrated form.