Although many debates that a balanced diet is the most effective method for obtaining the vital nutrients, use of dietary supplements is a prime requisite nowadays. One out of every 3 persons considers taking supplements to boost their diet. But, supplements can be made from natural or synthetic sources and the debate about their effectiveness will always be there.
Food vs Formula
As per many nutraceutical studies, foodstuffs have the power to cure. Brown rice is known to cure symptoms of vitamin B1 deficiency. In the early 19th century scientists labeled milk, fruits and vegetables as a treatment for many diseases.
Manufacturing synthetic supplements have become a booming business nowadays. Scientists now have the ability to convert unusual starting materials into useful end products. Now how does natural supplements fair against synthetic ones? The answer is just here.
Why choose synthetic?
Considering the growing demand of supplements, bulk production of synthetic vitamins has become a prime requisite now. Plenty of natural vitamins fall short of meeting the volume, quality and consistency standards as they are sensitive to factors such as heat and light. So, the desired concentration and biological activity might not be optimum. These problems can be corrected in synthetic techniques. Moreover, every product needs to have a trusted potency as well as purity and shelf life. Such factors are easier to achieve in a synthetic formulation than a natural variant.
In spite of such proven results, you will always find takers for the natural supplements. Brewer’s yeast (rich source of vitamin B), cod-liver oil (fat-soluble ingredients, vitamin A, D and essential fatty acids) have found equal acceptance among the masses. Although it is believed that synthesized vitamins are similar to those found in foodstuffs, there is a chemical difference between two. For example natural vitamin E has been found to be twice as active as synthetic vitamin E. Carotenoid is another example where the natural form is more active than the synthetic form.
Taking the call
Most manufacturers consider the synthetic form a cheap and acceptable alternative to the natural supplements. But before you take the call, it is always better to ask a nutritionist.