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What’s In Your Supplements?

The truth is surprising and unfortunately effects 98.7% of all products on the market, including some that call themselves natural.

Most minerals in supplements are ground up rocks and industrial chemicals.

Most vitamins in supplements are petroleum extracts, coal tar derivatives, and chemically processed sugar (and sometimes industrially processed fish oils), with other acids and industrial chemicals (such as formaldehyde) used to process them.

“Read the label of any supplement to see if the product is truly 100% food,” suggests Dr. Robert Thiel, PHD, Naturopath and Researcher. “If even one USP vitamin analogue (synthetic) is listed, then the entire product is probably not food; normally it will be less than 5% food. Vitamin analogues are poor imitations of the real vitamins that are found in foods.”   

Here is Dr. Tiel’s table of common vitamins showing the corresponding food nutrient and their synthetic form:

Table 1. Composition of Food and Non-Food Vitamins [1-10]

Vitamin Food Nutrient* ‘Natural’ Vitamin Analogue & Some Process Chemicals
Vitamin A/Betacarotene Carrots Methanol, benzene, petroleum esters; acetylene; refined oils
Vitamin B-1 Nutritional yeast, rice bran Coal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid; acetonitrole with ammonia
Vitamin B-2 Nutritional yeast, rice bran Synthetically produced with 2N acetic acid
Vitamin B-3 Nutritional yeast, rice bran Coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine; ammonia and acid
Vitamin B-5 Nutritional yeast, rice bran Condensing isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde
Vitamin B-6 Nutritional yeast, rice bran Petroleum ester & hydrochloric acid with formaldehyde
Vitamin B-8 Rice Phytin hydrolyzed with calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid
Vitamin B-9 Broccoli, rice bran Processed with petroleum derivatives and acids; acetylene
Vitamin B-12 Nutritional yeast Cobalamins reacted with cyanide
Vitamin 'B-x' PABA Nutritional yeast Coal tar oxidized with nitric acid (from ammonia)
Choline Nutritional yeast, rice bran Ethylene and ammonia with HCL or tartaric acid
Vitamin C Acerola cherries, citrus fruits Hydrogenated sugar processed with acetone
Vitamin D Nutritional yeast, mushrooms Irradiated animal fat/cattle brains or solvently extracted
Vitamin E Nutritional yeast, vegetable oils Trimethylhydroquinone with isophytol; refined oils
Vitamin H Nutritional yeast, rice bran Biosynthetically produced

Food Research Supplements are 100% pure food. No ground up rocks or industrially processed synthetics. No pesticides or herbicides. No GMOs. No artificial binders or fillers. All of Food Research products are 100% natural and organic whole foods. Food Research fruits, vegetables, and herbs are wildcrafted or grown hydroponically in an FDA registered facility. Cold fused and low-temperature processing with meticulous testing and quality control ensures consistent superior quality.


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