vitamin C: ascorbic acid versus natural is there a difference? And what do you need to know to not get hurt? Ascorbic acid is not the same thing as vitamin C and here's how this works.
Early research, nutrition genius royally found that in nature the things that they call vitamins is a working process. It's a complex, it's a machinery that contains nutrients, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and that it needs to be activated by trace minerals. So if any of these pieces are missing, then the whole machinery falls apart. So in the case of vitamin C for example, it contains something called ascorbate, bio flavanoids, rutin, tyrosinase, there's a factor JK and P. It has mineral cofactors and ascorbic acid in it.
So think about this as a clock if you will. A clock is mechanical or used to be a mechanical device, now it's more of an electronic. But think of it as a mechanical device back when they had lots of pieces. And it's something that tells time. You have all little cogwheels and all little pieces. And now someone comes up and they ask you which piece tells time. That's a ridiculous question because it's the pieces working together that result in the ability to tell time.
And that's how it is with nutrients that in nature nothing ever occurs in an isolated fraction form. But unfortunately, once they started studying nutrients they were more concerned about synthesizing nutrients. They wanted a cheap way of mass-producing something. So they said which one of these can we mass-produce? And they found for example the antioxidants in vitamin C was easy to mass-produce. So they said that's the ascorbic acid and we can turn it in. We can mass produce it from corn starch and glucose and sugar and hydrocarbons in doing that. They equated they said ascorbic acid is the same thing as vitamin C. But they were mistaken, and test after test has shown that pure ascorbic acid does not have the biological effects that the complex has. Ascorbic acid is important. It's the wrapper. It's a protective antioxidant is a preservative. It's there to preserve and protect the other nutrients from oxidative damage while they're still growing. The antioxidant is not a nutrient. It's the protector.
So if you just eat the antioxidant, it's like you're just eating the wrapper and throwing away the content. So what happens in the body is these things have a certain affinity for each other. They have a liking for each other they fit together and they attract each other over the course of the years. You have accumulated a certain amount of these in your body, you're using them. But you also have a certain amount.
Now if you eat a large amount of ascorbic acid by itself in its isolated synthetic form, then it will have a tendency to attract these other components. It will pull them to itself, It will fit in a certain way and by eating an excessive amount of ascorbic acid, you're depleting yourself of these other components. That's why it's so important to get all of these in a certain balance and in nature they always provide the right balance.
So isolated ascorbic acid is not vitamin C and it's not a good idea. So then there are some companies that called themselves Natural. They say we can do better than that.
So we'll take the ascorbic acid and then we'll take some natural things. It will isolate some bioflavonoids and some tyrosinase and we'll add it to the ascorbic acid.
So now it's natural again. we took these pieces and we just gave you more of all of them. So they changed the proportions maybe and thought that they had improved on something. But what they're really doing is they're taking the cogwheels, they're taking the pieces of the watch out. And they're saying I don't think that was so important. I think this is important. Nature puts things together in a certain order and it's the context that your body recognizes it wants the pieces in the order that they occur in nature. That's how they can be beneficial. That's how they sustain life nutrients come from things. That we're alive to keep things alive.
So what about antioxidants? Aren't they a good thing? Well, let's talk about what it means. Antioxidant means that something is under the influence of oxygen. So oxidation in the body means using oxygen to turn fuel into energy. That's how we get energy. We oxidize the fuel. That's why we need to breathe all the time. An antioxidant is something that interferes with that process. It makes it harder for the body to utilize the oxygen and turn fuel into energy.
So therefore and as you probably know oxygen is the most important nutrient that we have. And if you take large amounts of antioxidants. It is the same as suffocation therapy. You might just sort of take every other breath and try to conserve oxygen to get healthy. It's not gonna work.
So what about all these healthy foods? The vegetables and the berries have all those antioxidants. And they tell us that's why those foods are healthy, It's because they have a lot of antioxidants. And that's not true. They are healthy despite the fact that they have a lot of antioxidants. Blueberries for example have such a significant amount of nutrients in them that they need a significant amount of antioxidants to protect those nutrients. So blueberries are healthy for you. Despite the fact that they have antioxidants, not because of it. So eat whole food. Eat things that nature has produced. Eat lots of berries and plants and good quality meats. And stay away from anything synthetic, anything man-made, anything fraction, anything processed. Because when you change the perfection of nature. You make it worse.
It doesn't get better than what nature made in the first place. Supplements can still be a good idea. Because even with the best of diet. It can be difficult to get whole foods. Whole organic food that has all of the nutrients in sufficient quantities depleted soils, pollution, added stress means that a lot of us are still needing a little bit of supplementation.
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