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Feed Your Health with Whole Foods
BY ANN ALLWORTH, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered why most multivitamin labels state, "Take with ameal?" Or thought about why it should even be necessary to do so? The answer is really quite simple. Human beings are designed to get their nutrition from food. Therefore, if your supplement does not contain food, you are directed to consume it with food so there's a chance your body will use the nutrients your supplement contains.

The very interesting part of this is that if you want optimal use of the supplement's nutrients, the meal you take it with should contain foods rich in the supplement's constituents. For example, the typical multivitamin and mineral will usually contain at minimum the following vitamins: A, all Bs, C, D, E, and K, as well as the minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. If you expect your body to recognize each of these constituents, your meal must include protein chaperones—components to give the synthetic counterparts their necessary nutrient carriers. These chaperones include fish liver oil, freerange eggs, or raw carrots for vitamin A; tuna for niacin; brown rice, brewer's yeast, or a cup of oats for thiamine; black currants, lime, or red pepper for vitamin C; salmon or Shiitake mushrooms for vitamin D; and broccoli for vitamin K, which also acts as a carrier for calcium.

If you choose eggs to "carry" the vitamin A, then your riboflavin, biotin, Pantothenic acid, and B12 carriers will be acquired. If not, add sea scallops, wheat germ, or bananas for the riboflavin and B6, then peanuts, avocado, and tempeh for the biotin, Pantothenic acid, and B12. Consider also adding lentils or spinach for folic acid. If you choose wheat germ for B6, then you'll meet your vitamin E requirements, otherwise add sunflower seeds. Next, add bran flakes for iron, unless you choose spinach for folic acid.We still have the foods rich in magnesium and zinc to consider! Adding almonds and oysters will do that and we complete the meal—provided the supplement you take includes only the items listed above.

By now, you are likely thinking you will never eat all this in any meal, much less a meal you need to prepare every day to be sure you're assimilating your supplements. Clearly, this is far from being a practical solution and is, for most of us, out of the realm of possibility. Yet scientists have shown that the factors in food are absolutely necessary for the body to be able to use nutrients.

BACKED BY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

In 1999, Gunter Blobel, a cell biologist at the Rockefeller Institute, was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology. His nearly 30 years of work led to the understanding of how proteins act as chaperones. He showed that all proteins have an "address tag" inherent within their linear array of amino acids. It is this address tag which gives the protein its sense of where to go, which cells to bind to, as well as which cell membranes to cross within the intracellular matrix. Proteins provide the nutrient intelligence for vitamins and minerals. When altered from their natural state, however, vitamins and minerals become foreign to human digestive physiology. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, the Nobel laureate who isolated ascorbic acid, made clear recommendations that vitamin isolates would never have the activity of the whole food from which they were derived. Moreover, the "vitamins" in most supplements are not even isolates from food, but rather synthetic chemical substitutes. For example, pyridoxine hydrochloride or dl alpha tocopherol are not derived from either a plant or animal form, and thus not a part of the natural food chain.

The fact is that these and most common supplement components are not food and your body will not know what to do with them unless you ingest them with a meal rich in the vitamins and minerals they have been synthesized to mimic. However, there is a much easier solution: Take either a foodbased or whole food supplement. When you do this, you eliminate the need to provide the food because the food is contained within the supplement.

MegaFood™ manufactures 100% whole, unaltered food supplements. The company's philosophy is based on the collective findings of Nobel Prize-winning scientists who have shown that food is vital for vitamin activity. It's not necessary to take these supplements with food.

NUTRIENT INTELLIGENCE

The word vitamin was coined by Dr. Casimir Funk, awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the first vitamin, thiamine, in 1911. Over 10 years later, after several other vitamin fractions had been identified, Funk wrote "Synthetic vitamins … are highly inferior to vitamins from natural sources."Why? When you remove the nutrient from its natural state, you remove the body's ability to recognize it. MegaFood's Food State® nutrients solve this problem, by giving the nutrients intelligence, just as nature intended. Moreover, many MegaFood formulas contain additional constituents, such as whole herb extracts, antioxidant-rich phytonutrient foods, and nutrient potentiators (or carriers).

MegaFood provides a variety of multivitamin and mineral formulas, some which accommodate everyone, such as Daily Foods™ One Daily™. Other formulas are carefully designed to meet the specific needs of men or women of different age groups, such as Men's and Women's Daily Foods, Men over 40, Women over 40, and Kids & Us. Balanced B Complex and Blood Builder were created to help with issues of daily stressors and anemia, respectively. Importantly, all MegaFood products possess nutrient intelligence. This is because all ingredients are either FoodState nutrients or whole food constituents, easily recognized by the digestive system. Thus, they are completely assimilated and used by your body.

So make the most of your supplements by choosing whole food-based formulas. Whole foods will see your nutrients make their way safely and healthfully home—to your cells.


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