Whole food supplements are made by extracting nutrients from fruits, vegetables, herbs, or other natural food sources. These supplements aim to provide a range of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and enzymes that are naturally present in the whole food.
Synthetic vitamin supplements are artificially produced in laboratories, isolating specific vitamins or minerals and synthesizing them into concentrated forms to replicate their chemical structure.
Whole Earth and Sea by Natural Factors focuses on providing whole food-based supplements sourced from Natural Factors' certified organic farms called ‘Natural Factors Farms.’
The Whole Earth & Sea supplements utilize a concept called ‘Farm Fresh Factors.’ This means that the nutrients in these supplements are derived from raw, whole foods grown on Natural Factors Farms. The aim is to capture all the vibrant energy and nutritional profile of fresh, organically grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Synthetic vitamins are often listed by their chemical names (e.g., ascorbic acid for vitamin C, dl-alpha-tocopherol for vitamin E). If the label lists isolated vitamins or minerals, it suggests that the supplement is synthetic. In contrast, whole food-based supplements typically mention specific fruits, vegetables, or whole food sources from which the nutrients are derived.
The product description or marketing materials may also provide information about the sourcing and manufacturing process. Look for terms such as ‘whole food,’ ‘whole food-based,’ ‘food-based,’ ‘raw,’ or ‘derived from real foods.’ These indicate whether the vitamins are likely sourced from whole food ingredients or not.
A whole food supplement is a type of dietary supplement that is sourced from actual whole foods or food concentrates. Unlike synthetic supplements that isolate specific vitamins or minerals, whole food supplements offer a broad spectrum of nutrients found naturally in whole foods.