When the first synthetic vitamin was created in a laboratory, it seemed that it would be enough to take a colourful pill once a day to supplement any potential insufficiencies of important for our health compounds. However, it quite quickly became clear that synthetically manufactured vitamins and macroelements are not able to replace their natural counterparts.
Studies on vitamins
The 21st century was devoted to studies, which aimed to provide the answer whether synthetic vitamins are absorbed by the human body in the same way as the natural ones. Until now, we are still unable to answer this question in a clear-cut way. The fact that vitamins contained in fruit and vegetables are not their only ingredients, may be a valuable hint. Usually fruit are also rich in other compounds which, in a significant way, influence better absorption of vitamins.
Scurvy - in other words - where did my teeth go?
Probably the history of the humankind would have gone in a different direction if the sailors, who had been exploring the oceans, hadn't fallen with serious diseases. After several months after leaving their mother harbours they started to suffer from fatigue and apathy. Later on, it was only getting worse. Their skin would become dry and harsh. Even the smallest wounds were difficult to heal. Their gums were softened and their teeth would start to move and fall out. Their hearts wouldn't beat in a regular way.
As it was found out later, all those ailments were caused by their diets, insufficient or even lacking vitamin C. Its absence led to serious diseases, which in some cases even caused death.
Instead pharmacy, go to the market
Considering possible problems connected with taking synthetic vitamins, it is worth to simply visit a fruit and vegetable market instead of going to a pharmacy. Apart from taste value of fruit, which is difficult to overestimate, you will also find natural vitamins and microelements in them.
Fruit and vegetables should be eaten several times a day. This way, our bodies successively receive natural vitamins, minerals and flavonoids. Properly balanced diet, including regular consumption of fruit helps in everyday care for our health. As some vitamins (e.g the previously mentioned vitamin C) cannot be stored in our bodies, this is the all the more reason, they have to be provided successively - by frequent consumption of vegetables and fruit, including berries.
What do we include in the category of berries?
The most popular berries are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. They are source of ingredients valuable for our bodies - they contain large quantities of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. At the same time, berries have low energy value (few calories). So what exactly do we find in them?
Strawberries are important ingredients of diets of active people, because they contain iron and phosphorus. They also contain large amount of vitamin C and many B vitamins, including B1, B2 and vitamin PP.
Raspberries contain organic acids and they are characterised by a particularly high content of dietary fiber (pectin) and they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals - with magnesium, calcium and iron on the top of the list.
Blackcurrants have a rich chemical content and they contain many pro-health compounds and vitamins, including large quantities of vitamin C, PP and E.
On the other hand, highbush blueberry is a source of macroelements such as: phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and iron. It is also a source of vitamin A, C, and antioxidants. It contains substantial amounts of sodium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.
If you don't want to share the fate of those unfortunate sailors from the past or to fall down with other diseases resulting from a poor diet, put vitamins on the top of your "how to care for health" list. You need to remember about children, who are especially exposed to insufficiencies of those ingredients. So, what's the best way to supply them? Naturally or synthetically? Ask yourself a different question - vitamin C contained in delicious blackcurrants or in a pill? The answer comes by itself.