Raw is Good for Your Health,
Are Your Vitamins Raw?
By David Steinman – Healthy Living Article
Raw foods are good for us. Rich in enzymes and peptides, raw foods add
vitality to our health. Why have we ignored this concept when it comes
to our multivitamins?
Why, when it comes to nutritional supplements, do we suddenly go to
the laboratory and a world of extreme processing? Why do so many of us
unconsciously choose synthetic, isolated nutrients created from
Why do so many take beta-carotene or vitamin E made from petrochemical
starter stocks at a chemical factory in Germany or elsewhere in the
world when they can have a raw, whole food complex with synergistic
interactions? After all, if highly processed foods aren’t good for us
(and almost all public health experts and doctors worth their salt
tell us this), could processed vitamins be any different?
Do we always require irradiation applied to our herbs? Must they be
heat processed so many once-vital molecules are left lifeless?
Asking these questions means we’re looking at things differently
nowadays when it comes to our nutritional supplements. We are seeing
more consumers passing over the products with single, isolated,
chemically synthesized nutrients in favor of a more “wholistic”
The way to do this is with fermentation using the actions of
beneficial bacteria, whose digestion of plants and nutrients melds
them back together into their natural form. Vitamin C is no longer
ascorbic acid but rather delivered with potency-enhancing
bioflavonoids. Folic acid, part of the B vitamin complex, appears in
all its manifold variations. Antioxidants, which are compounds and
substances that inhibit oxidation and may deactivate free radicals,
work best within the fabric of the whole food.
Many studies show whole food vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals
from vitamin C to selenium and coenzyme Q10 work best when presented
with all cofactors.
But most run-of-the-mill nutrition formulas don’t bother to use
nature’s alchemy to recreate the natural whole food fabric. Very few
companies know how to do this or even know they could do this!
Not so with
Vitamin Code multivitamins and raw food singles. Garden of
Life continues to open up new categories and opportunities for health
and wealth within the nutrition field. What they’re doing now—and this
is very exciting—is creating an entirely new nutrition category called
whole food raw multivitamins, along with targeted singles formulas.
They’ve looked at the ecology of nutrition and found a way to bring
you this concept.
Vitamin Code Raw singles represent a huge breakthrough in how we think
about dietary supplements. As I mentioned, the notion that our
vitamins should be artisanally crafted with benefits from beneficial
bacteria (also known as probiotics) is basically a whole new category
for consumers and the industry, one to which only a few of the very
best companies can aspire at this time; but, it’s all part of a
healthy evolution of our understanding of how nutrients work best—and
they seem to work best within a collage of all their related compounds
or code factors.
Everywhere, people are seeking raw or fermented foods to improve their
Why are raw foods so popular?
People who care about their health realize that raw foods are rich in
enzymes and many other phytochemicals that processing and heating
destroy. People are learning about the link between enzymes and
longevity—that when enzymes in the body are depleted, health suffers.
The body can produce only so many enzymes endogenously (internally),
and people realize food enzymes are as necessary to health as any
vitamin. But all too often processed foods (and vitamins) lack such
enzymes due to heat and other processing.
These enzyme molecules are only produced when food is in its natural
state or fermented with beneficial bacteria. Fermented foods such as
yogurt, miso, and, yes, even coffee, deliver an incredibly diverse
supply of antioxidants, especially powerful enzyme antioxidants such
as superoxide dismutase and glutathione, due to the interaction of
beneficial bacteria with phytochemicals. In fact, this interaction
starts in the soil when a seed is planted. This is the wisdom inherent
in consuming raw foods.
Many people with chronic illnesses or allergies say their health
problems disappear after a month or two of eating raw foods. Others
say they experience improved vision and notable drops in cholesterol
and blood sugar. Raw is good.
Paul Nison, one of the world’s leading experts in raw foods as well as
an author of a half-dozen books, including a classic, The Raw Life:
Becoming Natural in an Unnatural World, fell in love with
raw vitamins when he first learned about them.
Paul’s journey toward eating raw started when he was 20 years old and
he found his health was compromised with severe digestive troubles.
Paul was living in New York City, rushing through a frenzied life as a
Wall Street trader, but his poor health caused him to rethink where he
was headed. He discovered that eating seemed to make him feel worse.
Wait a minute, he thought. If what I eat is causing my troubles…
So Paul started experimenting by eliminating foods that made him feel
ill. Gone were the cheeseburgers and fries, the “gut-bomb” burritos,
and the spicy nachos. As he simplified his diet, he discovered that
the only foods that left him feeling good— even vibrant and
healthy—were fresh organic fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and
seeds. But they had to be served raw.
“I finally realized that health doesn’t start with what we add to our
diet but with what we leave out,” he said.
When Jordan Rubin, the founder of Garden of Life, told him about the
exciting work being done to develop
Vitamin Code multivitamins and
singles produced with Raw Food-Created Nutrients, “I got excited about
the whole technology behind the Vitamin Code,” Paul says. “I’m
definitely looking forward to telling the world about these powerful
products because not only are they the only raw vitamins and minerals
I know of, but I also believe them to be of the highest quality. It’s
just taking what’s out there now to the next level,” he said.
“There are a whole bunch of people like myself who want to take
vitamins that aren’t missing enzymes because they’ve been processed by
heat,” he said. “The fact that Vitamin Code formulas are vegan is a
real plus for me, and I know a lot of people are looking for
food vitamins—even if they are not 100 percent vegan themselves.”
Vitamin Code Single Raw Vitamins
Each vitamin and mineral contained in the Vitamin Code singles
formulas is individually cultivated with beneficial bacteria within a
whole food complex of key fruits and vegetables, none heat treated
themselves, all certified organically grown for highest potency and
purity, resulting in a process that mimics plant activity. With a
certified organic raw whole food base consisting of the healthiest
foods such as bananas, parsley, strawberries, cucumbers, cabbage,
kale, cauliflower, bell peppers, and more, combined with beneficial
bacteria, perhaps the most potent vitamins and minerals in the world
are created, replete with plenty of code factors produced by the
action of beneficial bacteria on the vitamins and minerals and whole
raw plant base. This intelligent process expertly mimics nature.
And now in addition to the
Vitamin Code Raw Multivitamins, there are
raw whole food vitamin singles, which means shoppers can address their
individual health needs, such as antioxidants and immune, heart and
circulatory health with enhanced B complex support, non-heme iron,
full-spectrum vitamin E, vitamin A, and more.
Indeed, the big news is Garden of Life Vitamin Code’s newly introduced
line of singles, individual formulas that people take to supplement
their multivitamin. Somebody who would want to support anti-aging
would use their antioxidant complex, and people seeking heart health
extra support would use the
Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin E formula. Other
Vitamin Code Raw B Complex and non-heme iron
Vitamin Code Raw Antioxidants is a comprehensive whole
food multinutrient antioxidant formula with Raw Food- Created
Nutrients for targeted delivery of vitamin A complex, vitamin C,
vitamin E complex and selenium, as well as the powerful master
antioxidants glutathione and superoxide dismutase. These nutrients are
individually cultivated with their code factors intact, are naturally
recognized by the body and nourish as intended by nature for heart,
skin, eye, brain and immune support. For example, vitamin E recycling
in the body is intricately connected to other nutrients like vitamin
C, glutathione and selenium. Vitamin C is required to keep vitamin E
in its metabolically active form; glutathione is required to keep
vitamin C in its active form; and selenium helps to keep glutathione
in its active form. Vitamin A in conjunction with vitamin E and
selenium provides immune system support.
According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is one of
the most common nutritional deficiencies worldwide. The most severe
form of iron deficiency is iron-deficiency anemia. Vegetarians and
vegans are more likely to consume less absorbable iron and as a result
have reduced iron stores; planning meals carefully can be of help, and
iron supplements could assist for optimal iron intake.
Women of childbearing age require additional iron to compensate for
menstrual blood loss and for tissue growth during pregnancy and blood
loss at delivery and postpartum.
Recently, gastric bypass surgery has become more common as a weight
reduction solution and these individuals are susceptible to iron
Blood donors are also at special risk of low iron levels and are often
advised to supplement their iron intake.
Many athletes who undergo strenuous exercise report incidences of
Some cases of low hemoglobin levels can be explained by temporary
increases in plasma volume. However, others suffer from reduced iron
status and true iron deficiency.
Individuals with health conditions that cause blood loss or
malabsorption may become iron deficient.
Good sources of dietary iron include red meat, fish, poultry, lentils,
beans, leaf vegetables, chickpeas, and black-eyed peas.
Raw Iron is a comprehensive whole food multinutrient formula with Raw
Food-Created Nutrients for targeted delivery of vitamins and minerals,
particularly iron, vitamin B12, vitamin C and folic acid. Raw Iron
provides 22 mg of Raw Food-Created iron, 122 percent of the
recommended daily value.
Vitamin Code Raw singles also come in
Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin B12
(extra absorbability for vegetarians and vegans), and
Vitamin Code Raw
Vitamin C. Vitamin Code represents a breakthrough in purity, too. At
no point during the cultivation process are the vitamins and minerals
treated, adulterated or cooked. Also important is what you won’t find
on the label: no binders or fillers. With pure encapsulation, Vitamin
Code nutrients are 100 percent active, meaning that every ingredient
contained within them has nutritional value and purpose.
For more information about the Vitamin Code formulas from Garden of
Life, click here.
Vitamin Code book is a groundbreaking book that delves into the
myths and mysteries about multivitamins. The Vitamin Code is an
in-depth journey into one man’s passion to create effective vitamins
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