Where Do Multivitamins Come From?
by Garden of Life
Hint: They Didn’t Grow on Trees
Since Garden of Life was founded, we’ve always wanted to make a
multivitamin that was from real, nutritious organic foods. We’re not
alone in that goal. To understand why, it’s helpful to have a brief look
Birth of Synthetic Vitamins
During World War II, military doctors understood that armies living
on canned, processed rations for months at a time, and with limited
access to fresh fruits and vegetables, were especially vulnerable to
nutrient deficiency diseases. So, synthetic vitamins were created by
using the newly developed technology of making plastic from inexpensive
and widely available petroleum. They succeeded in isolating, fermenting
and synthesizing single-nutrient vitamins.
But what we have been missing in multivitamins is nutrients from
real, honest food—full of essential “co-factors” that help the body to
absorb, process and utilize vitamins and minerals.
Next Up: Reverse Engineered Nature
The industry spent the next two decades on a strange path of
invention. Rather than starting with real food and working all the way
down to a tablet, scientists reverse engineered nature—starting with
synthetic vitamins and finding a way to make them more like real food.
We credit Dr. Endre "Andy" Szalay, a Hungarian pharmacist, as the
first scientist to 'crack the vitamin code.' By combining a synthesized
vitamin with a plant in which it could grow (yeast), and introducing
growth agents (sugars) as well as specific peptides, Andy created what
we believe to be the first "cultured whole food vitamin." The new
vitamin C, for example, was more affordable, more convenient, and most
importantly, more concentrated that the vitamin C in am orange and it
contained some of the food factors that were present in that orange.
All of today’s leading “whole food” vitamin companies—including
Garden of Life—use cultured or grown whole food nutrients. Whether it’s
grown, cultured or complexed, all whole food vitamins begin with an
The "Holy Grail" of Multivitamins - Organic Whole Food Revolution
A few years ago, we began our relationship with an innovator who
holds multiple international patents for this novel process of
harvesting vitamins from organic fruits and herbs. His research meant
that we could now offer a rich concentration of nutrients that came from
real, honest, nutritious food! Finally, after years of progress, Garden of Life introduces Kind
Organics—a USDA certified, non-GMO project verified, purely whole-food
multivitamin free of isolates, binders, or fillers.
- Clean Whole Food Ingredients
- Certified USDA Organic (no toxic pesticides and residues)
- Non-GMO Project Verified Products (Ind. 3rd party certification)
- Innovative, science-driven formulas
Garden of Life's myKind Organics intelligent formulas are created with
you in mind, offering gender and age-specific multivitamins, as well as
targeted formulas to meet your specific needs. Each Kind Organics muliti-vitamin
formula is made from read food -- over 30 fruits, vegetables, and herbs
--making them rich in powerful plant-derived phytochemicals and
cofactors including: antioxidants, carotenoids, flavanols, isoflavones,
catechins, anthocyanins, polyphenols, vitamins, and trace minerals. Even
the vegan Kind Organics tablets use Garden of Life's patented Clean
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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food" - Hipprocrates
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informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to take
the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult
with your medical health care provider regarding any health concern or
health-related condition you may have.