Spokane Naturopathic Medicine | Doctor Lindsay Donahue
January 20th, 2018
It’s time to reach your health potential.

The Benefits of Whole Food Supplements


Organic Whole Foods Supplements

Micheal Pollan’s “In defense of food” discusses the history of American food, and the rise of nutritionism. Where a single nutrient is embraced as the embodiment of true health. Food is reduced to its known components: fiber, sugars, some select vitamins, and fats. Packaging on processed food containers spout health buzz words like “lowers cholesterol”. . .”fat free”. . . “gluten free” . . .”fortified”.

Science has brought many advances, however the scientific process is a reductionist system, reducing a whole to various parts before studying the parts in an isolated environment. But life doesn’t exist in isolation. For example, in a single carrot root there are over 200 known nutrients and phytonutrients. In a whole foods vitamin made with carrot all these nutrients are available. Despite honest effort, synthetically created nutrients are myopic in the larger complex and elegant design of life. Science is always finding new nutrients empowering the forward, but short sighted momentum of the American nutritionism movement.

Vitamins From Whole Foods vs Synthetic Vitamins

Vitamin’s synthesized in labs are often less expensive to produce, the chemical structure previously isolated from food and studied is created in it’s isolated form without the accompanying phytonutrients. Whole food vitamins side step the mistakes of nutritionism and the mechanistic-isolation of synthetic vitamins. Organic whole foods are carefully processed at low temperature’s that keep fragile enzymes intact. Whole food vitamins contain nutrients and vitamins that haven’t been discovered yet. Instead of isolated vitamins, the entire natural package is incorporated into the tablet, allowing less of the “active substrate” to be more biologically available. With Whole food vitamins “less is more.”