Do Designs for Health Products Contain Whole Food Vitamins?
Answering this question is a bit tricky and warrants explanation. There are 3 general types of products that are often referred to as whole food vitamins.
Type 1: Standard USP Vitamins Fused with Dried Foods and Herbs
This type is made by taking standard USP (United States Pharmacopeia) vitamins, which are manufactured in laboratories with biochemical processes, and putting them in tablets, or occasionally capsules, with dried foods and herbs (along with fillers and other additives used in production). Taking these vitamins is no different from taking standard USP vitamins with a meal (but a lot more expensive). Standard Process is a company that uses this process.
Type 2: Standard USP Vitamins Grown in a Yeast Broth
This variety of whole food vitamin is made by adding standard USP vitamins to a liquid broth containing yeast. As the yeast grows, the vitamins and minerals are incorporated into the cell structure of the yeast. The yeast is then killed in a drying process, and the residue is pressed into tablets with herbs, binders, and manufacturing additives. The companies New Chapter and Megafood use this type of process to make their products.
Because of the amount of space occupied by the yeast, products made in this manner are very low in potency. Even if absorption is superior, the low potency and high cost makes them very cost-inefficient for anyone wishing to take, say, 500 mg of vitamin C, or 400 IU of vitamin E on a daily basis. Another problem is that many people taking these yeast-based supplements are prone to developing yeast sensitivities. This is particularly true for those with a history of Candida, which is common in our carbohydrate-addicted culture.
Type 3: Dried, Whole Foods
The last general category of whole food vitamin is actually dried foods, often organic, pressed into tablets with the aid of manufacturing additives. Again, because of size constraints, these products are inevitably of very low potency (in terms of the amount of vitamins and minerals present); although some people feel they have potent effects. While they may be of excellent quality, they are very cost-inefficient. Taking these supplements might be compared to eating good organic foods…but in very small quantities.