Most vitamins are made from non-animal or non-plant sources and are considered synthetic. Organic vitamins that are certified organic are free of man-made pesticides and fertilizers. Synthetic vitamins are made from man-made ingredients, coal tar or wood pulp and are void of phytonutrients that assist your body in absorbing and using the vitamins.
Co-factors are the phytonutrients available in food that aid your body in using vitamins. According to author and physician Dr. Gabriel Cousens, vitamins don’t occur in nature as a single unit, but exist with co-enzymes, phytonutrients and enzymes that work together to participate in chemical reactions in your cells. These co-factors and enzymes help your body absorb and utilize vitamins and increase their potency.
Organic vitamins are derived from animal and plant sources. The strictest guidelines are given to organic labeling, which certifies that natural pesticides and fertilizers are used on sources of vitamins. Organic vitamins state the source for the vitamin. Synthetic vitamins contain a chemical name, while organic vitamins state brewer’s yeast, lemon grass, micro-organism fermentation or the organ of the animal used to obtain the vitamin. One little-known fact about organic farming is that commercial farms that have been sold for organic farming only receive a two-year break before farming starts again. According to the Institute of Science in Society, organically grown foods’ nutritional content can equal that of traditional commercial farming. Thus, organic foods, supplements and vitamins don’t necessarily have a higher nutritional value or better utilization by your body.