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intraMAXFood Based Supplements are Best

by Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

(The Best Years in Life) A reader from the UK asked the following questions which gives me the opportunity to tell you about why I prefer food-based supplements.

“I see that you recommend multivitamins made by ‘Grown by Nature’ which is very similar to the ‘Animus’ products in the UK. Would you explain in one of your newsletters the difference between these products and the typical products we have used for many years which have much higher dosage.”

Animus products are exactly the same as Grown by Nature. I visited the Grown by Nature plant in New Jersey several years ago and I’ve never seen a more efficient and hygienic operation. In fact, Grown by Nature offers my readers a 20% discount on your purchases. At checkout, just enter the code: gbn123.

Here’s their manufacturing process. The active vitamin or mineral substrate is “fed” to one-celled plants in enormous vats. In most cases saccromyces cerevisiae or lactobacillus acidophilus are used. Saccromyces is a once-celled bakers or brewers yeast and all cell wall components are thoroughly removed when the process is complete.

Citrus pulp is used to create Vitamin C, because it is naturally high in this vitamin. Carrot pulp is used to produce Beta Carotene. And alfalfa allows the plants to make Vitamin K. The enzymes naturally present in the plants integrate the vitamins or minerals so thoroughly, that they are fully incorporated into a food matrix.

Then, the vitamin and mineral products are harvested, freeze dried and tableted, following a strictly monitored procedure, to ensure that nothing, (e.g. heat, or pressure during manufacture), can interfere with their availability to the body’s natural digestive processes, thus providing the body with a superior bioavailable form of supplementation.


I prefer these supplements because they contain the whole supplement complex. For example, Vitamin C is not just ascorbic acid. It’s a complex of a dozen natural chemicals. When I take Vitamin C I want the whole enchilada, not just the ascorbate. The same goes for the B complex and the E complex.

Food-based nutritional supplements made in this way incorporate other food nutrients that are necessary for proper absorption within the body. In contrast, standard vitamins are lab-synthesized chemicals not recognized by the body as food. In order to get any effect from synthetic supplements, the dose often has to be very high to force receptors to accept the imposter. On the other hand, the body accepts Food State supplements with open arms. It’s about quality, not quantity.

See also:

UK Data Finds Prescription Drugs 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You Than Supplements

The True Risks of Supplements Revealed by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Forget the Headlines - Keep Taking Your Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements

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About the author

Dr. Carolyn Dean

Dr. Dean's not only a medical doctor, but also a naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, lecturer, consultant, author. Dr. Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years. Click here to read more about her work experience.

She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1978, holds a medical license in California and is a graduate of  The Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine – now the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. She served on the board of Governors of the CCNM for six years. For more information on her education click here.

Dr. Dean has authored or coauthored over thirty books, including How To Change Your Life With Magnesium, Future Health Now! Encyclopaedia, Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions, The Magnesium Miracle, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, IBS for DUMMIES, IBS Cookbook for DUMMIES andHormone Balance. For a complete listing of her published work click here.

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