What’s In Your Supplements?
By Neenah Payne
Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.
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Good supplements are critical because the Standard American Diet (SAD) typically supplies only 17 of the 73-90 essential nutrients the body needs every day. Even organic foods supply only about 17% of the nutrients they did in the early 20th century.
Do you know what to look for in supplements? Are you taking supplements that are not bio-available – ones your body doesn’t know how to use? Are you taking synthetic supplements that rob your body of much-needed nutrients?
The 2017 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements shows that 76% of Americans are taking dietary supplements, up from 64% in 2008. Women and men report similar reasons for taking supplements, with overall health/wellness benefits at the top of the list for both. More males (33%) cite energy while more females (28%) cite bone health. Vitamins/minerals are the most commonly consumed supplement category, consistent with previous surveys.
Information You Need About Supplements
Earlier this year, I purchased $300 worth of Vitamin B supplements. Since I subscribed, I was scheduled to receive $400 more of the vitamins this year – for a total of $700.
However, after watching the Organixx podcast Episode 2: Synthetic vs. Whole Food Supplements & Delivery Systems (see below) I checked the Vitamin B supplements and realized they were synthetic. That was confirmed when I called the company. Since I made the discovery within the refund period, I received a full refund. Had I not watched this podcast, I would have not only wasted hundreds of dollars on supplements that weren’t helping me, but the synthetics could have caused me considerable harm.
Yet, this critical information about supplements is not widely available. So, millions of Americans are making mistakes like the one I made. Fortunately, the weekly Organixx podcasts are providing much needed information on what to look for in good supplements – and how to avoid bad ones! In addition, Organixx is providing an unprecedented level of quality in its supplements.
Jonathan Hunsaker was the producer of The Truth About Cancer docuseries in 2014 and founded the Organixx supplement company in 2016. TeriAnn Trevenen is the Organixx CEO. My article The Fascinating History of Supplements! reviewed the Organixx podcast Episode 1 in which Dr. Daniel Nuzum explained that herbal remedies were the medicine throughout the world for thousands of years. He said that “Eclectics” in the 1700s in America used herbal remedies that were based in large part on Native American medicine and did some surgery. That approach was maintained until the 1950s.
Dr. Nuzum discussed the impact of The Flexner Report— a study of medical education in the United States and Canada written by Abraham Flexner and published in 1910 by the Carnegie Foundation. Many aspects of the present-day American medical system stem from The Flexner Report. After the report, the focus shifted from things that help you heal naturally like exercise, good sleep, and good nutrition. Instead, the focus shifted to drugs and surgeries to suppress symptoms.
Dr. Nuzum explained that Dr. Royal Lee, the pioneer of whole-food based supplements, is considered the “Father of Holistic Nutrition”. Dr. Lee founded Standard Process Laboratories (SPL), a division of Vitamin Products Company (VPC), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1930s.
Dr. Nuzum is the author of Detox for Life: How to Minimize Toxins and Maximize Your Body’s Ability to Heal and is the lead formulator of Organixx supplements. He is an NMD, a naturopathic physician, mechanotherapist, naprapath, medical massage practitioner, tui na practitioner and Native American healing practitioner. He has been formulating supplements for more than 17 years, and is one of the leading researchers of fulvic and humic acid. His website is at: https://www.drnuzum.com.
Why Good Supplements Are So Important links to a video in which Jonathan explains the levels of supplements. In the Organixx Episode 2: Synthetic vs. Whole Food Supplements & Delivery Systems, Jonathan and TeriAnn again interviewed Dr. Nuzum who explained that not all supplements are created equal. He said probably the worst synthetic supplements are those made from petroleum waste products! However, synthetic supplements can be made from food products. For instance, a lot of Vitamin C supplements come from genetically-modified (GMO) corn. So, you get a concentrated toxin!
Dr. Nuzum discussed mineral supplements and warned that there can be a lot of lead in calcium supplements that are extracted from limestone or oyster shells. He said that if the supplement contains calcium carbonate, you can be sure it was made from rock. Calcium lactate may be higher quality, but Dr. Nuzum said he wouldn’t take that either.
Matter that is not of biological origin (i.e. rocks and salts) is inorganic and unorganized – and the body often treats it as a toxin. Most mineral supplements use inorganic minerals or mineral salts. Your body can’t utilize carbonates, oxides, or chlorides. So, those supplements may cause toxicity.
Whole Food Supplements
Dr. Nuzum pointed out that the best place to get nutrition is from food! Matter that is living or was once living (i.e. fossils) is organic and is easily used by the body. The bitter taste of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and many green leafy vegetables comes in part from alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium. Broccoli and kale have massive amounts of calcium.
However, there are also varying levels of whole food supplements in the following order.
1 – One Powdered Vegetable: Starting at the low end with supplements made from vegetables that may not be organic. These supplements just have to past heavy metals tests. They are ground up and put into capsules. A beet root or ginger root supplement may be made that way.
2 – One Organic Juiced Freeze-Dried Vegetable: A very big step up is a supplement made from an organically grown beet that is juiced and the juice is freeze dried. These are high-quality organic whole food supplements that have more concentrated nutrition because you can get a lot more beets into your system by juicing them than by eating them.
3 – Multiple Organic Juiced Freeze-Dried Vegetables: However, if you juice and freeze dry multiple organic vegetables like apples, carrots, celery, ginger, beets, then you have a salad in a capsule! You get all that nutrition packed into one source.
4 – Sprouted Organic Nuts or Seeds: You can also sprout organic nuts or seeds like chia seeds, flax seeds, and even almond seeds. One walnut can grow an entire walnut tree. So, all the nutrients, all the information to grow that entire tree is concentrated in that walnut. When you sprout that walnut, you unlock all that nutrition.
Wheat grass seeds sprouted 4 or 5 inches have more nutrition than the entire wheat stalk when it is full grown. So, when that grass is cut, juiced, and freeze dried, you have massive amounts of nutrition. Sprouting the seeds unlocks 100 to 1,000 times more nutrition than just using the seeds. When the turmeric root is sprouted, the curcumin is extracted. That is just one of the 300+ phytochemicals in the turmeric root.
Adding the sprouted nuts or seeds expands the nutritional profile exponentially. Instead of adding massive amounts of each individual nutrient, more nutrients are added for a wider spectrum. A little bit of many nutrients is better than a lot of one nutrient because each serves a different function in the body.
5 – Fermented Supplements: Dr. Nuzum explained that fermentation predigests foods to make the nutrients easier to assimilate. He gave as an example the Organixx Collagen supplement. Your digestive system would have a hard time breaking down undigested collagen. However, when the collagen is pre-digested (fermented), your body can easily pick up those nutrients. For more information, see the Organixx podcast Episode 15: Collagens Hype or Healthy below:
Jonathan asked Dr. Nuzum to discuss the fermentation process with herbs like those in the Organixx Turmeric 3D My article Why Good Supplements Are So Important! explains that Turmeric 3D quickly restored my knees! See the Turmeric 3D video testimonials and podcast Episode 5 Inflammation & Turmeric (Do’s & Don’ts).
Dr. Nuzum explained that Turmeric has been used for thousands of years. He said the reason East Indian households put Turmeric in the curry sauce they use daily is that it is a primary preventive medicine for the population. Because East Indians get massive exposure with every meal, Turmeric powder works well for them.
However, since Americans don’t eat Turmeric every day, we need a Turmeric extract. Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, is a flavonoid –it gives Turmeric its flavor. However, it is a very large molecule that can’t easily pass through our gut wall. It is also a very sticky, gummy substance. Nevertheless, when it is fed to a microbe that shrink wraps the molecule, it becomes small enough to pass easily through the gut wall. Since Turmeric 3D goes through three different processes, when you consume it, you are consuming three different extracts.
Jonathan pointed out that some advice on the internet says to consume black pepper with Turmeric to make it easier to absorb. That is fine if you use Turmeric for a few days, but it is detrimental to the gut microbiome in the long term and can cause inflammation in the gut.
Delivery Systems For Supplements
Dr. Nuzum explained that there are four basic delivery systems for supplements: liquids, powders, tablets, and capsules. Liquids and powders get into the digestive system faster than tablets or capsules. Micronization is used to pulverize and shrink powders. Gel capsules dissolve easily with water. A tablet is harder to break down in your system and may be used to get an ingredient past the stomach acid.
However, whole food supplements use capsules rather than tablets. Various compounds may be added to make the supplements more bioavailable – more easily absorbed and used by the body rather than just passing through. Dr. Nuzum said that fulvic and humic acids are his favorite ingredients because they are organic compounds. He has been working with them since 1998.
Humic acid is extracted from a soil compound called “humic shale”. If you composted the biomass of a rainforest over two to four thousand years, the result would be humic compounds. All of the nutrients and phytochemicals would be concentrated in the humic substance. Phytochemicals are the medicinal components of an herb, fruit, or vegetable. They are not just basic vitamins and minerals, but are the active ingredients that provide the medicinal traits of that plant.
Humic acid is extracted from the humic substance. It is a further concentration of all those substances. Fulvic acid is extracted from the humic acid and is an even more refined substance. Fulvic acid has 60 receptor sites that other nutrients can be plugged into. So, if you take an organic, sprouted, fermented whole food supplement and plug it into fulvic acid, it fills up the receptor sites and basically “shrink wraps” the supplement and makes it easier to pass into your system.
Standard American Diet (SAD)
Dr. Nuzum explained that good nutrition is our front line of defense against toxins. Yet, the Standard American Diet (SAD) typically supplies only 17 of the 73-90 essential nutrients the body needs every day. Everywhere you are missing a nutrient, you have sprung a leak in the “dam” and toxins seep into your body. The dam is not going to function correctly until you plug up all the holes. So, it’s important to get consistent doses of all 90 nutrients.
Organixx Introductory Video
In his welcome video below, Jonathan says he founded Organixx in 2016 to provide high-quality supplements as well as information to inspire people to live healthy lives through the Organixx “8 Pillars of Health”. Jonathan explains that there are several levels of supplements – and why Organixx supplements are at the highest level.
The Organixx INSPIRED Health Library has videos about the Organixx “Eight Pillars of Health” which focus on Inflammation, Nutrition, Supplements, Physical Exercise, the Immune System, Rest, Emotions, and Detoxification.