The Organic, Probiotic Alternative
Whole-Food, Multivitamins for Men & Women
Healthy Living Article by Ken Babal, C.N.
Does anyone still need a reason to take a multiple
vitamin-mineral supplement? Even if you eat a near-perfect diet,
you’re probably not receiving optimal amounts of essential vitamins
and minerals. One reason is that food is only as good as the soil it’s
grown in. And studies show that the mineral content of our soils has
steadily been declining due to erosion and chemical farming
techniques. Still need another reason? How about stress, pollution,
excessive sugar and caffeine consumption and medications? All of these
factors tend to deplete the body of key nutrients like vitamins B and
Everyone knows there are a lot of multivitamins to choose from.
However, an organic, probiotic, whole food supplement tailored to a
man’s or woman’s needs is an excellent choice. This type of
high-quality supplement contains a complete spectrum of essential
vitamins and minerals needed for energy, repair, immune function and a
healthy metabolism. Furthermore, the vitamins and minerals are
uniquely transformed by biofermentation.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTIC NUTRIENTS?
Most vitamin companies formulate their products with pure USP
vitamins. However, one innovative company believes in the natural
complexity of biofermented whole food extracts rather than the mega
potency, isolated vitamins found in conventional, pharmaceutical-type
New Chapter Probiotic Nutrients are cultured in
organic soy and whole foods using nature’s most studied probiotic
organisms, Lactobacilli acidophilus, bifidus and rhamnosus, and
Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The process creates biotransformed vitamins
and minerals like what you would find in cultured foods such as
yogurt, miso and tempeh.
BIOTRANSFORMATION OF NUTRIENTS
New Chapter’s culturing process is a two-step technology that begins
with a “superbroth” consisting of a whole plant protein-carbohydrate
complex and bioflavonoids mixed with baker’s yeast, USP nutrients,
organic whole soy and purified water. This initial culturing process
converts indigestible, inactive soy compounds into digestible active
isoflavones. Culturing also generates fermentation metabolites and
bacteriocins that are immune supportive, cell protective and suppress
unhealthful microbes and yeasts such as Candida albicans.
At this point, plant enzymes are added to break cell walls, deactivate
the yeast and improve digestibility of the cultured whole food broth.
The broken cell walls yield a myriad of valuable accessory nutrients
including beta glucan, superoxide dismutase (SOD), phospholipids,
branched chain amino acids, lipoic acid and glutathione. These
substances promote normal functioning of the immune system, stress
adaptation, blood sugar balance and liver detoxification.
To complete the culturing process,
New Chapter adds probiotic
bacteria. These friendly organisms are powerful transformers that
assist in binding the vitamins and minerals to proteins and
carbohydrates. Finally, a proprietary, low heat spray-drying process
is used to preserve the vital probiotic nutrients in preparation for
In summary, what the company has done is create a bioconversion
process that integrates lifeless vitamins and minerals into organic
food complexes called glycoproteins that are recognized by the body as
food. As one might expect,
New Chapter’s Probiotic
Nutrients are easy to digest and may even be taken on an empty
DO YOU HAVE A SPICE DEFICIENCY?
We all know something about the health consequences of vitamin and
mineral deficiencies. But is it possible to have a spice deficiency?
Culinary herbs and spices are believed to be key factors in
traditional diets of healthy populations and are lacking in the
typical American diet.
New Chapter believes that nutrients work best
when delivered with time-tested herbs, spices, superfoods and tonic
In many countries, it is traditional to eat cultured foods with
supportive herbs. In Japan, for example, it is customary to drink
green tea and eat ginger and wasabi along with miso. In Indonesia,
people enjoy ginger and turmeric along with tempeh. And in India,
people feast on teas and spices along with yogurt and cultured rice.
Ginger, one of the world’s favorite spices, contains compounds that
inhibit pain and inflammation. Its blood-thinning properties are said
to be comparable to drugs prescribed for that purpose. Ginger is an
ingredient in curry powder, as is turmeric. Almost on a daily basis,
studies on turmeric’s cancer-fighting qualities are published in major
medical journals. Many of these studies were spurred by the
observation that India, where spices like turmeric form an important
part of the diet, has a rate of colon, breast, prostate and lung
cancer that is 10 times lower than that of the U.S. Click here for
New Chapter’s Ginger products.
New Chapter grows ginger and turmeric on their own organic spice farm
in Costa Rica. It is a world model for organic sustainable farming in
the rainforest, and demonstrates their commitment to environmental
preservation and nutrient-enhancing growing practices. Organic whole
foods deliver the ideal form of essential micronutrients and the
infinite wisdom of nature that allows us to thrive. Organic farming
reduces the burden of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides on the
environment. New Chapter stands out as the first company to
voluntarily have its probiotic multivitamins reviewed and approved as
organic by a USDA-accredited, third-party certifier. According to the
Organic Trade Association, organically grown plants have shown 30
percent higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown. Also,
see Gingerforce and
Every Woman® and
Every Man® multivitamins from New Chapter are
formulated with gender-specific nutritional needs in mind, but they
share some distinguishing features. For example, both formulas contain
a flash freeze-dried 10x concentration of spinach and blueberry.
Blueberries are notable for their brain-specific antioxidants, and
studies suggest they slow age-related brain deterioration. One study
was performed on rats with beta-amyloid plaque, a feature of
Alzheimer’s disease. A researcher stated, “Our data indicate that for
the first time it may be possible to overcome genetic predisposition
to Alzheimer’s disease through diet.”
Spinach is a source of a yellow-orange carotene called lutein, which
population studies suggest may protect against macular degeneration, a
common cause of blindness in the elderly. There is evidence that
lutein may also protect against cataract formation and coronary artery
disease because of its antioxidant effects.
I like the fact that the formulas include reishi, shiitake, maitake
and cordyceps. These exotic mushrooms have been revered in Asia for
centuries for enhancing energy, deterring aging and supporting overall
health. They are considered so valuable that at times their use was
reserved only for the Emperor and royal families. Research in the last
25 years indicates that the mushrooms are antiviral, antibacterial,
anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and may be the most effective
substances on the planet for enhancing cellular immunity.
Every Woman delivers 23 different nutritive and energizing probiotic
vitamins and minerals, superfoods and spices and organic cultured
herbs, including extracts of chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), maca,
artichoke, red clover, raspberry and nettle. These herbs are favored
for their ability to support hormone balance and digestion. You will
also find astragalus, elderberry and tonic mushrooms for immune
support. The addition of supercritical ginger and turmeric extracts
maximizes bioavailability and efficacy.
Every Man provides nourishing power and protection for men. It
delivers 22 probiotic nutrients as well as organic cultured herbal
extracts and superfoods and spices. It provides the balancing and
energizing benefits of schizandra and maca combined with the digestive
support of artichoke and fenugreek. Schizandra is a tonic herb used in
China to promote vigor and alertness. Although recommended for both
men and women, men will appreciate its traditional use as a sexual
tonic, adaptogen and detoxifier.
Ken Babal has a nutrition counseling practice in Los Angeles and is
author of several books including Good Digestion: Your Key to Vibrant
Health (Alive Books, 2000).