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I eat organic, healthy foods everyday, so why do I need whole food supplements?
If you eat a perfect diet, kudos to you! If it’s not so perfect, but you still eat organic, healthful foods every day, then you are way ahead of the curve. And you understand the importance of nutrition in health, healing and prevention. This is great, but it’s often not enough.
The human body is rhythmic, going in and out of balance. Even if you eat a great diet, your body still goes through phases of getting sick, having pains, being stressed, being influenced by the seasons and coming under the assault of toxins from our environment. During these periods, whole foods can supply the much-needed nutrients and substances your body demands to regain its balance.
I heard the phrase “whole food” used a lot - what does it actually mean?
The term “whole food,” in reference to supplements means a food that is (with the exception of water) in its entirety. It is most common for supplement companies to produce chemicals and substances FROM foods wherein most of the original food does not end up in the final product.
For example, a supplement called Vitamin C ascorbic acid is not the same as a cherry, an orange or an apple. Instead it is actually a chemical made to approximate natural vitamin C. Another example is vitamin A palmitate, a commonly found Vitamin A supplement that is not the same as eating liver, spinach, carrots or fish.
Drug companies now own almost all vitamin and supplement companies. They make a lot of money creating products that are not foods, but rather chemicals and mixtures of chemicals. But these products are no substitute for nature’s foods because they do not contain any of the thousands of ingredients that foods have. Manmade chemicals are not alive, contain no enzymes, microorganisms, fiber, helper nutrients, phytochemicals, flavors, pigments and other ingredients that our bodies require for good health.
Only whole foods offer complete, well-rounded nutrition. Anything less is an attempt to fool the body or give it insufficient support. Your body knows the difference.
How is NutriPlex different than all the other whole food companies?
NutriPlex is unique for a number of reasons:
First, we are a small company, so we do not have a bureaucracy. We are not indifferent and we take pride in what we do.
Second, we are personally invested in natural health care. This means the principals and employees of NutriPlex Foods live a natural lifestyle, eating organic foods, exercising regularly, avoiding toxins and maintaining a clean environment. We are the types of people you would like most to be in charge of your supplements. We care down to our very core.
Third, other whole food companies follow the corporate model. We are not some big conglomerate focused more on sales and cost reduction than quality. Because we are personally driven for better health we understand that what we put into our products needs to be the best it can be. We are always looking to improve, even if it means slightly altering one of our current formulas to make it better.
Fourth, our research is fresh and leading-edge. We keep current. Several companies pride themselves on having a founder who made some discoveries about whole foods eighty years ago. While this is commendable, things continue to evolve, new research emerges and new resources become available. Because our researcher and formulator works every day studying new scientific findings and sourcing ingredients, NutriPlex does not become stagnant.
Can whole food supplements harm me? Are they dangerous?
Whole food supplements are foods, so they are the safest kinds of supplements you can take. For most of the western world, our supplements are safer than the food you buy at the grocery store or eat at a restaurant. Our ingredients are high in quality and nutrient value. The same cannot be said of most food that people eat these days.
While people will always have allergies to various foods, we go through a careful process of ruling out the most problematic foods that go into our formulas. When doing our formula research our nutrition goals are guided foremost by the adage “first do no harm.”
Since starting our company more than a decade ago, we have never had a complaint that our foods caused any health problems. In fact, they are designed, intended and researched to heal and prevent illness by feeding the cells of the body. They therefore benefit the body rather than harm it. The same cannot be said of drugs or vitamin pills which continually solicit many side effects.
Even the herbs we use go under great scrutiny for their safety as well as their effectiveness. If an herb is potent yet proven to have considerable side effects we won’t use it in our products.
NutriPlex Foods whole food supplements are health-building nutrients.
Can I take these supplements if I’m on prescription medications or undergoing treatment?
Most Americans are taking some sort of prescription drug. When you are taking your drugs, your doctor does not tell you to stop eating food altogether. Consider our products foods, because that’s what they are. Even if you are taking drugs, your body still requires nutrition, because obviously you cannot survive on drugs alone. Drugs are created mainly to suppress or stimulate a bodily function. They have no nutritional value, so you still have to eat. Our products are real foods, so they offer your body the building blocks of health, healing and prevention.
Many of our products are helpful to boost your medical doctor’s program to help you recover.
For instance, if you undergo surgery, your body is in need of foods to get through inflammation and to health tissues. Certain whole foods do just this. Or, if your doctor gives writes a prescription for cardiovascular problems, our products offer nutrients needed by blood vessels and heart. The prescription will not build these tissues, so while they are used to manage your health problem, our products are used to offer nutritional support.
Which supplements should I be taking?
Figuring out which of our whole food supplements are right for you is relatively easy. All you do is read the description under each product and see if it’s appropriate for your particular health needs.
Due to the wonderful nature of real, whole nutritious foods, each of our products offer a multiplicity of benefits. For instance, our BFood Complex not only offers nutrients that create energy, but also support the emotions, hormonal system, digestion, sleep patterns and heart.
How many supplements should I take?
On each bottle of supplements, and on our website we offer suggested usage — how many tablets or capsules, or how much powder to take. These suggestions are not specific to each individual case, so you may want to adjust the dosage to your own needs. This can be done once you start taking our products and seeing how you feel — whether you need a little more or a little less or need to take the supplements more frequently.
Why don’t you list milligrams on your supplement bottles?
This is perhaps one of the most consistently asked questions we have received over the years.
Milligrams, high potency, and pharmaceutical grade are all terms used by drug and vitamin companies, but are not applicable to whole foods. Our entire philosophy is built on the whole food principle in which the entire food offers myriad benefits even above and beyond the specific quantity of vitamins or minerals in a food. The cofactors, or helper nutrients, that are within nature’s foods are more important than the vitamins alone. Listing milligrams does nothing to account for the marvelous synergistic and often subtle effects of ingredients.
With each food there is a different measurement of vitamins. In other words, one carrot will have a different amount of beta carotene than the one sitting right next to it in the bunch. So goes nature. Vitamin companies have created a standard that is unnatural but great for their sales and marketing. They want to show that more is better and, since nature’s foods do not offer excessive amounts of vitamins, they increase the vitamin count with higher milligrams of manmade vitamins.
We don’t do this because it’s just not natural. The vitamins, minerals, amino acids, flavonoids, carotenoids and other nutrients in our products are in their natural amounts. They are assisted by other nutrients within the foods to make them effective in health, healing and prevention.
Supplement companies — even other whole food companies (but not ours) — usually standardize the milligrams of vitamins, minerals or other component in their supplements. But they are not using truly natural vitamins; instead they are chemical isolates. Once adding them to a food they claim their product is high in a specific vitamin. But it’s not natural. We don’t try to improve on nature by spiking our foods with manmade vitamins.
Where does the food research behind your products come from? How do you actually know they work?
Natural foods, grown under the sun and in rich soil are miraculous in the benefit they offer the human body. Real foods are part of nature’s cycle of life and ecosystem.
There are two main categories of ingredients we use in our products because they have proven to be beneficial. We take the best of both worlds into consideration when creating our formulas. The first category includes traditional foods and the second includes scientifically researched foods and their ingredients.
Traditionally used foods and herbs have proven themselves effective in the world laboratory. Consistent use over thousands of years by healers from a wide array of cultures has shown certain foods to be reliable healing agents. Literature abounds on such foods as apples, berries, organ meats, grapes, fish oils, yeast and thousands more.
Thanks to scientific research, we can now see inside of nature’s foods to identify ingredients that make them so effective. Now, for instance, scientists can look into a grape seed and find that an ingredient called resveratrol makes them effective in fighting heart disease, cancer and the process of aging. The result is a merging of old and new — a traditionally eaten food that is studied to reveal its nutritional value.
The research we used for our formulas is based upon studies from the nation’s leading universities, research from pioneers in food-growing, organic farming concerns and associations, independent scientists and other similar sources around the world.
I noticed you have glandulars in your products. What are these for?
In some of NutriPlex’s products, we utilize glandular ingredients. Because of the low quality and standards of USDA animal products, we procure our glandular ingredients from organic, sustainable and/or drug- and chemical-free sources. Other supplement companies use porcine (pig) glandulars in their products. This is a practice we are outspokenly against. Porcine organs are repeatedly shown to be unreliable regarding quality and cleanliness.
One of the most disturbing facets about glandulars — sources that we refuse to use in our products, which include USDA beef and porcine — is that they come from animals that have been injected with antibiotics, steroids and other hormones that have been proven to have a negative health effect on the consumer.
Our glandulars come from New Zealand and/or Argentinian, drug free sources from animals fed on chemical-(pesticide and fertilizer) free feed, free range on farms.
NutriPlex’s supplements incorporate whole glandulars that are not processed in any way other than to remove the water content. Other supplement companies have been known to use isolates, concentrates, PMGs and other altered materials. The value we’ve discovered in whole glandulars include a host of important nutrients that benefit a wide array of tissues that require unadulterated proteins and amino acids.
What is your policy on genetically-engineered foods? Do you use them in your products?
At this point, there are lax regulations regarding whether it is mandatory to list GMO (genetical modified organism) ingredients in supplements and foods. Since we are environmentalists and interested in healing, we are staunchly against genetically engineered ingredients. None of our ingredients or products contain them, but this is not true of most other companies unless they state their policies to be otherwise.
Why is sugar cane in a couple of your products? Is it raw or the processed kind?
Very small amounts of raw sugar cane are used in a few of our supplements (less than 10mg). While refined sugar is toxic, we use the whole, raw cane, which has been used as a food for centuries. Several of our products contain foods that are very bitter and the sugar cane helps offset the taste. Sugar cane also contains certain valuable nutrients (not found in refined sugar), including calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. It also contains iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B. Lastly, cane sugar has the ability to pull certain nutrients out of specific herbs used in our products, making them available for the body to use.
Do mushrooms and yeast cause yeast problems?
There are a number of practitioners who are giving out wrong information, telling their clients that eating yeast or mushrooms cause or contribute to yeast infections and other ailments. This just isn’t true unless you happen to have a rare allergy. Even the most celebrated writer on the subject, William Crook, MD, in is groundbreaking book The Yeast Connection, clearly writes that eating yeast does not create a yeast infection. But people continue to misinterpret his words.
All yeasts are not the same. Yeast infections are from a strain called candida albicans, which is not fueled by, let’s say, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, primary yeast or brewer’s yeast. However, if you have a sensitivity or reaction to yeasts, this is another story. Such a problem can result in certain health issues, but it is still not contributing to yeast overgrowth in your intestines.
Consider the fact that brewer’s yeast is a highly nutritious food that consists of a type of yeast that is no longer alive. You wouldn’t want to avoid brewer’s yeast and forego the benefits of B vitamins due to faulty information. Nor would you want to avoid highly beneficial mushrooms such as Maitake or shiitake, both of which are powerful immune system builders.
If you are avoiding yeast and mushrooms because you’re afraid they will exacerbate (make worse) your yeast infection, then think again. The main culprits in fueling yeast infections are antibiotics, birth control pills, sugar and alcohol. These are the main substances to avoid.
If you have problems with yeasty foods or an allergy to mushrooms, it would be wise to avoid these foods. But scientific researchers have shown that these foods have nothing to do with creating what is commonly called a “yeast infection.”