Synthetic VS Non-Synthetic Multivitamins Pro & Con
I am often asked which multivitamin is better. I am here to inform you that there is no such thing as better vitamins. There is only difference between Synthetic and Non-Synthetic version of vitamins.
If you are comparing all Synthetic vitamins than more or less they would be the same.
The same goes for if you are comparing between non-synthetic vitamins version of vitamins.
Both Synthetic and Non-Synthetic Vitamins have their Advantage and Disadvantage. Proteinlab will look into the Pro and Con of Synthetic Multivitamins and Non-Synthetic Multivitamins before we dive into the type of the Multivitamin which is available in Malaysia market.
|Comparison Points||Scitec MultiPro Plus|
|Scitec Vita Greens & Fruits|
|Synthetic Vitamins||Yes, However some natural item would would be fish oil.||Mostly Vege and Fruit blend with minimal synthetic Vitamins.|
|Natural Occurring Vitamin||No.||Yes.|
|Claims Proven?||Statment and claim authorized by the European Food Safety Authority.||Statment and claim authorized by the European Food Safety Authority.|
|Price wise||Synthetic is usually cheaper.||Non-Synthetic is usually more costly.|
|Fiber||Usually Synthetic Multivitamin does not contain fiber.||Since they are mostly blend from fruits or vegetables.|
|Ease to obtain||Easily found over pharmacy counter.||Hard to get or purchase|
So a lot of pharmacists will say: Synthetic vitamins are also vitamins. So it is the same and cheaper. The answer to this would be Yes and NO.
So below we will use the most common vitamin which is Vitamin C to understand the issue better. Yes, if you are buying Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) you indeed do still get Vitamin C which will still help you cure any deficiency of Vitamin C disease.
However, some direct selling personal, multi-level marketing company or organic company will say that Synthetic Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is harmful to your body and it is bad. The answer to that is NO! Synthetic Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is not immediately harmful to the body just because it is synthetically made.
If we don't get ascorbic acid from food every day, after a while, we feel bad - like the seafarers, as a human cannot make Vitamin C themselves, but they need them to survive. After understanding this, you now will say wow! then it is extremely important for us and we will need more of it! However, the synthesis of vitamin C is different and depends on whether it takes place in the laboratory or in plants. The synthesis process in nature is carried out by enzymes, while the synthesis in the industry is solved differently. One of the reaction steps is carried out by yeast fermentation, which is as natural a reaction by enzymes as the reaction in plants. BUT the molecule that is created is always the molecule: ascorbic acid.
Vitamin C from natural sources is not the only molecule that is ingested when eating fresh fruit and other foods. It is not pure. In contrast to vitamin C produced in most nutritional supplements.
There are many bioflavonoids or polyphenols in acerolas or citrus fruits that have an antioxidant effect. These are also good for us. There is a balanced interplay of different plant trace element components of the basic and secondary plant substances of the respective plants.
Both are healthy because both are central to the molecule that protects our body throughout physical exertion, strengthens the immune system and thus keeps us vital. It is the same vitamin C transporter key if the specific, biochemical reactions are the key. However, over the long run, you need to know that Synthetic Vitamin C is not a complete Vitamin C and it is only a part of Vitamin C as a whole complex Vitamin C will contain not only ascorbic acid but also other compounds such as Ascorbigen, Bioflavonoid Complex, Tyrosinase, P-Factors (Rutin), K- Factors and J-Factors. Know that Synthetic Vitamin C is indeed helpful to get rid of deficiency, but a large dose of Synthetic Vitamin C may cause other trace minerals to be lacking as they need to pull those out in order for your body to be able to utilize Synthetic Vitamin C.
Now we know what the different between Synthetic Vitamins and Non-Synthetic Vitamins. Below are 2 choice of vitamins which is authorized by the European Food Safety Authority and their differences.
Scitec Vita Greens & Fruits contains a range of natural active ingredients, vitamins and minerals from 18 vegetables and 8 fruits to ensure optimal health and high level sports performance. The product does not contain milk, lactose, GMO, gluten and is suitable for vegans
Vita Greens & Fruits is a premium formula containing a range of natural active ingredients, vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients for optimal health and high level sports performance. Many people struggle eating all their veggies and fruits due to various reasons (e.g.: dislike of taste, lack of time, you name it!), but now here’s some help!
Vita Greens & Fruits contains nutrients from 18 different vegetable and 8 different fruit sources in one serving. The product also includes enzymes to improve digestion which we is Scitec patented AstraGin®. AstraGin® is a patented, 100% natural compound that increases absorption of many vital nutrients promoting a healthy gut environment, below would be some information what make Scitec Vege and Fruits supplementation even better with the inclusion of AstraGin® compound.
Increased Nutrient Uptake
AstraGin® supports increased absorption of a wide range of nutrients from amino acids, to omega-3s, to creatine, to even CBD.
Gut Barrier Integrity
Promotes healthy gut lining and tight junction functioning, ultimately leading to associated effects like reduced inflammation in the intestinal lining.
Whether it’s our food or dietary supplements, how do we know we’re absorbing and getting the most out of what we’re consuming?
Even more, gut health can be affected by a number of factors. High-stress levels, lack of exercise, poor sleep habits, poor diet, antibiotics, and artificial sweeteners can all contribute to an imbalance in healthy gut microbiota.
A Foundation for Healthy Gut Functions
The human gut has a huge impact on the entire health of our body and interestingly enough, our mind.* Overall, a healthy gut leads to better absorption of your foods, a strong immune system, healthier weight levels, and may also help improve sleep and mood.*
Nutrients in your foods, once eaten go through your stomach and into your intestinal tract. There we absorb all the beneficial nutrients — usually through a passive mechanism. But many nutrients such as amino acids, require active transporters inside our intestines to transport them from the gut and into our bloodstream.
These active transporters are activated by mRNA, an enzyme. A lot of gut health related issues such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are often related to an improper transport of nutrients and/or increased inflammation in the gut.
The Science Behind AstraGin®:
Associated Effects of AstraGin® Based on Research Findings
AstraGin® has shown in 16 in-vitro and 8 in-vivo studies that are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and Scientific Reports to:
- Increase the absorption of peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and phytonutrients by up-regulating the absorption specific mRNA and transporters, such as SGLT1, CAT1, and GLUT4.*
- Rejuvenate ulcerated and damaged intestinal walls and reduce intestinal submucosa inflammation.* AstraGin® was shown in a hematoxylin-eosin stain and an MPO assay to reduce ulceration and unclear surfaces of intestinal epithelial cells and submucosal edema in TNBS-induced colitis rats.
- Support the digestive system by maintaining a healthy microbiota population by mending ulcerated and damaged intestinal epithelial cell surfaces for the microbiota to populate.*
- Helping support stronger immune functions by mending ulcerated epithelial cells and reducing the inflammation in intestinal mucosal lamina propria that hosts the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT1), T cells, plasma cells, mast cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages.
The Scientific paper can be view in the link here:
1) 16 in-vitro and 8 in-vivo studies (Published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Molecular Nutrition & Food Research)
2)Astragaloside II promotes intestinal epithelial repair by enhancing L-arginine uptake and activating the mTOR pathway
3)Effect of Ginsenosides on Glucose Uptake in Human Caco-2 Cells Is Mediated through Altered Na+/Glucose Cotransporter 1 Expression
4) A gut microbial metabolite of ginsenosides, compound K, induces intestinal glucose absorption and Na+/glucose cotransporter 1 gene expression through activation of cAMP response element binding protein
Vita Greens & Fruits also contains the necessary amount of adaptogenic plants. Wheatgrass and spirulina help control body weight by reducing the feeling of hunger. Reishi mushroom contributes to natural immunological defenses, while barley grass protects cells from oxidative damage.
In addition, Vita Greens & Fruits provides the body with a complex of B vitamins, vitamin C, as well as essential minerals such as selenium and zinc.
Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune and nervous systems, it also reduces fatigue and exhaustion. Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle and immune system function, as well as the digestion and absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin K2 promotes blood clotting and bone health. Zinc helps to improve fertility, maintain normal levels of testosterone in the body, as well as the metabolism of macronutrients. Magnesium contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system: neurotransmission and muscle contraction including heart muscle; also to normal protein synthesis and to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. Selenium contributes to normal spermatogenesis, to normal thyroid function and to the maintenance of normal hair, nails.
- Reduces tiredness and fatigue and improves energy levels
- Helps to maintain the normal function of the immune system
- Replenishes vitamins and minerals lost during sweat and respiration
- Easy to access complete and reasonable price multi-vitamins
This product contains all the vitamins both water-soluble and fat-soluble, most of the minerals and a bunch of other health promoting ingredients such as grape seed extract, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Multi Pro Plus is designed specifically for athletes with more potent dosages of key vitamins and minerals lost during exercise. Athlete's tend to have a higher rate of depletion of these essential vitamins and minerals, so Scitec Nutrition have ensured to use effective dosages to keep levels constantly topped up. In addition, Multi Pro Plus is fortified with nutrients that support positive mood and overall feeling of well being. By using this product you will maintain optimal health, mood and vitality.
MULTI PRO PLUS is a high-level multi-vitamin and mineral formula in a packet of several capsules and a tablets/capsules that’s based on our MEGA DAILY ONE PLUS multi-vitamin caps.
MEGA DAILY ONE PLUS is our advanced multi-vitamin and mineral formula that has 25 ingredients itself (plus the extras of MULTI PRO PLUS)! It features a high-dose Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C, plus essential minerals including Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune and nervous systems, and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It also helps to maintain the normal function of the immune system during and after intense exercise (the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg in addition to the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C)!
Vitamin B2 contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and normal red blood cells. Folate contributes to normal amino acid synthesis.
MULTI PRO PLUS has 240% of the Nutrient Reference Value of Vitamin D3! Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle and immune system function, and to the normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus.
Zinc contributes to normal fertility, reproduction and to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood, and also to normal macronutrient metabolism.
Magnesium contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system: neurotransmission and muscle contraction including heart muscle; also to normal protein synthesis and to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
Selenium contributes to normal spermatogenesis, to normal thyroid function and to the maintenance of normal hair, nails.
MULTI PRO PLUS additionally has an Omega-3 and Lecithin softgel, Co Q10, Polyphenol rich Grape Seed extract and it’s fortified with Lutein as well!
As you can see, unlike natural vitamins, the advantage of majority enhance Synthetic Multivitamins is that they can be easily provide with the whole spectrum of vitamins and minerals which your body needed. Especially in time of extreme sport and workout as you will either sweat them out or depleted of it as they act as your body protection from cell damaging activities.
Below would be a complete list of Scitec Multipro ingredients, and you can see each of them is color coded. You can easily pick high is needed over the day and keep the one which is not needed on the particular day. Synthetic Vitamins is indeed easy to be use by more advance athletic which they know which vitamins that they are lacking in.
2 multi-vitamin capsule ingredients (Grey capsules): Calcium Carbonate, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Bovine Gelatin, L-Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Nicotinamide, Riboavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Puried Water, Ferrous II Fumarate, Pyridoxine HCl, Rutin extracted from Sophora japonica ower (86%), Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate, Choline Bitartrate, Anti-Caking Agent (Magnesium Stearate), Retynil Acetate, D-Biotin, Manganese Sulphate Monohydrate, Hesperidin extracted from Citrus aurantium fruit (93%), Sodium Selenite, Inositol, Cyanocobalamin, Colors (Titanium Dioxide, Black Iron Oxide, Indigotine), Cholecalciferol, Copper II Sulphate Pentahydrate, Pteroylmonoglutamic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Molybdate, Glazing Agent (Shellac)
Vitamin C capsule ingredients (Green capsule): L-Ascorbic Acid, Bovine Gelatin, Anti-Caking Agent (Magnesium Stearate), Colors (Titanium Dioxide, Copper Complex of Chlorophyllins)
Calcium-Magnesium tablet ingredients (Yellow tablet): Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Gluconate, Anti-Caking Agents (Magnesium Salts of Fatty Acids, Talc), Stabilizer (Polyvinyl Alcohol), Humectant (Polyethylene Glycol), Saower Powder, Color (Titanium Dioxide), Bulking Agent (Cross-Linked Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose)
Extras capsule ingredients (White capsule): L-Ascorbic Acid, Vitis vinifera (Seed) 20:1 extract, Calendula ocinalis (Flower) 5:1 extract, Bovine Gelatin, Coenzyme Q10 powder, Color (Titanium Dioxide)
Fish oil softgel ingredients (Yellow capsule): Fish Oil, Bovine Gelatin, Antioxidant (Natural Tocopherols), Glycerol
Lecithin softgel ingredients (Brown capsule): Soy Lecithin, Bovine Gelatin, Humectant (Glycerol), Emulsier (Soybean Oil), Water
A synthetic multivitamin is always easier to obtain at a fraction of the price with complete vitamins and minerals profile. However, I would advise if you are going for synthetic multivitamins in the long run, always eat a lot of other fruits and vegetable along with it as well. Natural vitamins are a better choice to go to if you have the budget and able to get your hand on one. Another way like how I (Kevinn Khoo) would love to do is get both types and swap 1 day for synthetic and 1 day for naturals as I hate to eat vegetables. This would also keep my budget from exploding.