I'm super passionate about this subject and as a pharmacist I've been asked this question thousands of times over the years...
'What's the difference between this medication and that medication, what's the difference between this supplement and that supplement?'
It really is a fair question especially in the world of supplements, because there can be a reasonable difference in the prices that you pay for the supermarket volume produced synthetic vitamins/supplements and high quality, highly effective pure supplements.
In just about every case it comes down to the source and purity of the raw ingredients and then the manufacture process and 'other ingredients' or 'excipients' used to deliver you the final product.
You see you may not be aware but very few supplements/vitamins come from a pure source and most are synthetically engineered to replicate the natural pure version. The easiest way to explain this to you is the example of the process behind manufacturing the humble, good old Vitamin C tablet that we see adorning the supermarket and pharmacy shelves.
But Vitamin C is Vitamin C right?
WRONG! - All but a very small percentage of vitamin C on the market is synthetically manufactured from fermented corn syrup, which is imported from China and may or may not have been genetically modified before being manufactured into Vitamin C. The corn syrup is then treated with several solvents such as acetone, sulphuric acid or sodium hydroxide to extract the ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C molecule) then also has excipients added or 'binding agents (glues)' to extend shelf life and cheapen and speed up the manufacturing process. The end result is an artificial or 'synthetic' form of Vitamin C lacking pure dietary sources and bioavailability and is less effective than a pure organic natural Vitamin C supplement.
My advice to you is to bypass these synthetic C supplements and find yourself C's that are manufactured from their natural organic form, that are full of dietary value, bioavailable and will give you the results you are looking for. A good example of this is Pure C which is derived from the alma berry and is a pure, potent natural form of Vitamin C that has not undergone chemical extraction and has no binders, fillers or nasty toxins added to make the manufacturing process cheaper. These pure natural forms of vitamins are slightly more expensive however they also have far more health benefits for your body and the results are far greater, which is why you are taking them in the first place.
What are 'excipients' (binders and fillers)?
While we are on the subject of binders and filler or 'excipients' as they are known in the manufacturing world, I have prepared this video for you, to really explain what binders and fillers are and I've included a practical demonstration of the differing breakdown of pure supplements v's cheap supplements full of binders and fillers that are added in the manufacturing process.
I've also written another article that goes into depth about the binders, fillers and the toxins that you need to look out for (I've listed the most common ones in the article) that are manufactured into the common supplements sitting on your supermarket shelves.
Be clued in to what you are actually buying and digesting when purchasing health products, check for pure sources of the vital ingredient, look for organic where possible, as these are the purest form of the supplement and find brands that are 'binder and filler free' and avoid potentially harmful toxins that are added during the manufacturing process.
Be wise to be healthy!
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