Have you seen recent advertising for ‘vitamin-enriched’ products and gotten excited about trying some?. If so, it may be time to re-think, do a bit of research, and learn that not all skin care, hair care, and organic health care products contain bioavailable naturally sourced essential vitamins that maintain our body and hair in tip-top condition.
Finding the Difference
In simple terms, naturally sourced vitamins are obtained from vegan or plant sources, whereas synthetic vitamins are manufactured in chemical labs and are often made from or contain petroleum byproducts such as coal tar and their derivatives.
Did you know? When researchers first manufactured vitamins C in labs, they weren’t aware of bioflavonoids and so the isolated ascorbic acid supplements never contained them. The truth is, in nature, Vitamin C is always accompanied by bioflavonoids and is a vital component for absorption of the former. Even now, science is discovering that you can’t fool Mother Nature! All vitamins and minerals need to be in their natural states inasmuch are possible.
Natural vitamins are biologically composed of several components, including enzymes, co-enzymes, and co-factors that work together to produce biological effects for optimal health. Synthetic vitamins, although closely related to the chemical formula of natural vitamins, are less active biologically and can give side effects which reduce the beneficial effects we are looking for. Synthetic vitamins also lack synergistic co-factors and transporters, which in their natural counterparts result in better absorption and replenishment of cellular components.
Common Synthetic Vitamins in the Ingredient list
When buying a product, look for the keywords in the list of ingredients. Formulas in the labels that ends with ‘ate’, ‘ide’ and others may indicate the source to be synthetic. Certain synthetics are added to processed vitamins to increase their stability, such as acetate, chloride, gluconate, bitartrate, nitrate, succinate and bichloride. So while checking the labels make sure it is devoid of these words, at the least.
Some of the common synthetic vitamins to avoid are:
Acetate and Palmate (Vitamin A), Thiamine Mononitrate and Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Calcium D Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Cobalamin (Vitamin B12), Nitrogen and Dehydro derivatives of L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Irradiated Ergosterol and Calciferol (Vitamin D), dl-alphatocoperol acetate/succinate (Vitamin E) and more.
What to Look for on Product Labels
Even if the label reads ‘natural’ it’s never a confirmation that these vitamins are derived from 100% natural or whole food sources. Moreover, a recent study showed that a serving of vitamin-rich natural food produced today (such as oranges, lemons, etc) contain 30% less vitamin content than what our grandparents used to get. Therefore, it becomes all the more necessary to obtain products that are natural, organic, 100% plant-based and grown in sustainable farm conditions, free trade and wild-crafted to reap maximum benefits. If you’re purchasing Skin Care or Hair Care which states “Vitamin Infused”, make sure and check the company website, research their main ingredients, and how they are sourced. This ensures you’re getting a meaningful concentration of vitamins that your hair, skin, and body needs, particularly for the price you are likely paying!
What to Expect from True Vitamin Enriched Hair and Skin Care Products
Companies like PuraVedaOrganics only used plant-based sources to extract natural vitamin components from them.
Some of the top sources of natural vitamins used in PuraVedaOrganics skin and hair care products are:
- Vitamin A – Spinach (229% DV / ½ Cup), Apricot (25% DV / ½ Cup), Milk (10% DV / 1 cup).
Helps in the reprogramming of cellular function. Prevents acne, rosacea, dryness, sun damage and aging. It also decreases clustering of melanin granules and sebum production, reducing dark spot and pigmentation and stabilizing kapha skin condition.
- Vitamin B2 – Mushrooms (14% DV/ ½ Cup) , Milk (26% DV / 1 Cup), Spinach (12% DV/ ½ Cup), Almonds (19% DV/ 1oz.)
Helps improve overall skin texture, making skin tauter, lighter and softer. Being a powerful moisturizing agent, B2 improves dryness and creates a stronger dermis. Vitamin B2 excels in diminishing hyperpigmentation via skin lightening and clearing away dark spots.
- Vitamin C – Blackcurrant (112% DV/ ½ Cup), Lemons (92% DV / 1 Cup), Papaya (97% DV / 1 Cup), Oranges (78% DV / 1 Cup).
Vitamin C is the number one ingredient in Antiaging Skin Care. Being a potent antioxidant and a pH balancer, it’s vital for collagen synthesis, helping rid your skin of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, dark spots, and UV induced sun damage.
- Vitamin E – Almond Oil (36% DV), Avocado (14% DV), Sunflower Seed Oil (37% DV) per 100g.
Rich in antioxidants, E helps in reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and premature skin aging, treats sunburn, lightens dark spots, reverses skin disorders like blemishes, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis, stimulates hair growth, repairs spilt ends and acts as an excellent moisturizer.