"A working biological complex consisting of the nutrient, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants and traces mineral activators." Selecting a Quality "Whole Food" Supplement
There are many different kinds of supplements on the market, and it can be very confusing to determine the true value of a supplement. Understanding the label will help you know if you are taking a quality supplement. To be effective, don't I need to get at least 100% of the daily value? We often think that more is better when choosing supplements, quality is far more important than quantity. A small amount of a vitamin in whole food form is far more effective in the human body than a large dose of an isolated vitamin, that is just a fraction of the whole. Where do the ingredients come from? Manufacturers who grow many of their ingredients have the unique ability to control the quality of the ingredient from seed to supplement. Certified organic farms further enhance the quality of these ingredients When are ingredients processed? Different foods reach their peak nutrient value during different times within the growing season. Pea vine, for example, is at its peak during the flowering stage. Once harvested, food begins to lose its value. If there is a delay of hours, days, or months from when an ingredient is harvested to when it's processed, many of its very delicate phytonutrients are lost. Are the ingredient's vital factors retained? Each ingredient has its own set of rules in relation to how to best extract and package its vital life. The manufacturing process needs to retain the vital nutrients within the ingredients. Too much heat will destroy enzymes and phytonutrients. Good Organic Farming Techniques
Seeds All of the seeds are untreated and free of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Irrigation Irrigation water is supplied from a naturally occurring artesian flowage over 500 feet below the farm's surface Weed Control Organic weed control standards are strictly adhered. The main methods of weed management include: Cultivating Mowing Hand weeding Cover crops - used for weed prevention and as a source of nitrogen and organic matter Crop flamer - used to eliminate the last flush of weeds before vegetable emergence Composting By-products from the farm will be composted and then returned to the land for a monitored land-spreading nutrient management program. Environmental Buffers Farm is surrounded on all sides by environmental buffers to minimize the impact of non-agricultural land and chemical inputs from traditional farming practices.
American Journal of Natural Medicine (Sept. 2002) "The assumption that human technology could improve on the wisdom of Nature has become a primary cause of disease in the modern world. We dissect food, take out the most glaringly obvious parts, attempt to recreate them in a laboratory, and label them as 'active ingredients.' In fact it is the symphony of nutrients working synergistically that provides the quantum healing power of whole foods." -Patrick Quillan, PhD Nutrition News and Views (Vol.3, No.3) "Nature dows not produce vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, or any other food components in concentrated or segregated forms, but merges and blends them - synchronizes them - for the body's needs. The idea that "if a little is good, more is better" leads to ingestion of mega doses of "high potency", refined, separated "nutrients", dismantled, disassembled, or artificially manufactured chemical supplements. This will "work" for a short time - pharmacologically stimulating or suppressing. Eventually, this method backfires and causes complications, imbalances. The body works to eliminate the excess and what it perceives as foreign, non-food. It attempts to combine the isolated chemical and other members of the complex, which normally appear in food, taking rather than giving. Such supplements do not contribute to health, they only disrupt it. Balance and function - not quantity - are the keys." -Judith DeCava, C.C.N., L.N.C Author of "The Real Truth About Vitamins and Antioxidants"