The word 'natural' in food has become a buzzword. We've all seen it on many products, especially anything that's supposed to be healthy. But what if it isn't natural? Does that mean it's not good for you?
Natural supplements blend substances the body recognizes and absorbs better than synthetic ones. These are the best way to go; you need to know why! Let us tell you:
Your body recognizes natural supplements.
The main thing to remember is that when it comes to supplements, you should always go with natural over synthetic. Why? Because your body has no idea what synthetic means or where that substance comes from.
The word artificial means "artificial" or "man-made," so your body can't recognize it! What happens is that your body works to break down the synthetic substance, but during its breakdown process, it can damage your cells.
On the other hand, your body recognizes natural supplements and its cells know exactly what to do with them. Your body doesn't need to break them down, and there is no "breakdown," period. The nutrients are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, making them much more efficient and effective.
They're easier to digest
A natural supplement will break down your body to its most basic form. A synthetic supplement, on the other hand, often won't break down at all. Or, it will break down into other substances that your body might not recognize.
That means synthetic substances that don't get broken down will sit in your stomach and intestines until they get flushed out. They won't be absorbed by your body at all, so they're useless! This can cause bloating, cramping, and feelings of discomfort.
You might even feel sick or have to run to the bathroom if the synthetic substance sits in your stomach for too long. The only things that synthetic supplements are good for are clogging up your system and giving you an upset stomach!
They have more nutrition in them.
Synthetic ingredients cannot be more nutritious than natural ones. But you'd be surprised! Natural ingredients are organic – they grow naturally, as they are meant to be.
But synthetic ingredients are inorganic and made in a lab! They don't have the same amount of nutrients found in natural ingredients, so they aren't as effective.
Early humans weren't taking synthetic melatonin supplements to help them sleep, and they were eating melons! And they weren't taking synthetic vitamin C tablets to keep them healthy — they were eating oranges.
It's easy to see how only eating oranges would be much more nutritious than taking a vitamin C pill that doesn't even have the same amount of ingredients! The same thing goes for synthetic melatonin.
You know what's in them.
If a company is trying to sell you something "blended with natural ingredients," what exactly are those natural ingredients? It's hard to know for sure!
You don't know what that synthetic "blend" is because it doesn't have to be specified on the product label. There could be a whole bunch of different synthetic substances in there, and you wouldn't know.
Natural supplements have a title, too — but they must list everything they are made of. You can see exactly what is in your supplement, and you'll know it's all-natural, too.
They have no fillers or additives.
Let's say you've already decided to go with a synthetic supplement. Now what? Is there anything else in there that you don't want? You have no control over what synthetic supplements are made of.
Even if the company uses natural ingredients, it could add artificial additives. You need to find out what else is in there and what your body is getting. With natural supplements, you know exactly what's in them.
You can even look up the ingredients online and see their benefits. Naturally, there might be variations in the exact ingredients of different batches of the same brand. But studies have shown that even small changes don't affect their effectiveness.
Now that you know the facts, it's time to break out the blender and start making your natural supplements! Whether trying to get more energy, improve your sleep, or stay healthy, you can create blends at home with natural ingredients like fruits, veggies, or herbs.
The best part is that you can tailor each combination to your needs. For example, if you want to stay healthy, add a vitamin C-rich orange to your greens and lemon juice. Or, if you're going to sleep better, you could add melatonin-rich cherries to your favorite tea!