Natural vs. synthetic nutrients - a comparison

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More people than ever are regularly taking nutritional supplements to complement their vitamin and mineral intake. The market for these types of products has grown accordingly.

Those who spend a little more time on the subject will quickly realise that more than 90 percent of the products currently on offer contain synthetically manufactured nutrients. The question that therefore arises is whether there is a difference between supplying the body with synthetic vitamins and minerals compared to those of natural origin.

To answer this question right away: Natural nutrients are miles ahead of their synthetic counterparts. But why is that so?

Bioavailability of natural nutrients

Natural nutrients have a significantly higher level of bioavailability, which means that the body can absorb them much better.

The following table illustrates the different levels of bioavailability using magnesium as an example.

It is clearly evident that natural magnesium derived from sea water, as contained in our Natural Magnesium supplement, is superior to all other forms of magnesium.

The same applies to all other vitamins and minerals. The natural form is always superior to its synthetic counterpart. But why is that so?

In nature, nutrients are always grouped. Let’s take the example of Vitamin C. Products with synthetic Vitamin C almost always contain just one isolated substance, ascorbic acid.

In natural Vitamin C, on the other hand, ascorbic acid is just one of many components. Next to it, Vitamin C also contains bioflavonoids and other secondary plant substances that complete Vitamin C. These substances help the body absorb and utilise the vitamin.


Tolerance of natural nutrients

Natural nutrients are much more tolerable for people, which also means that they have fewer side effects. Man is part of nature and our bodies evolved to subsist on natural foods. Up until around 70 years ago, there were only natural foods. In the bigger picture of human evolution, 70 years isn’t much time at all.  

Because synthetic nutrients are individual substances and not complete vitamins and/or minerals, the body lacks the co-factors that it requires in order to process the nutrient.

The body must then subtract these co-factors from other metabolic processes, where they are then missing or, in the worst case, no longer at the body’s disposal at all. As a result, synthetic nutrients may not get utilised and are excreted by the body.


Allergic reactions to synthetic nutrients

In the past 50 years, the number of people with allergies has increased significantly. In the same period of time, the proportion of industrially manufactured foods and nutrients has increased at a similar rate.

Scientists have long established a correlation between the changes in our dietary habits and the increased occurrence of allergies.

Natural nutrients are usually not associated with allergic reactions.



Natural nutrients are superior to their synthetic counterparts in all respects and should always be favoured.

In the past, one particular problem has been the fact that natural nutrients could be significantly more expensive, which is why many people opted for more affordable alternatives despite the fact that these products weren’t always worth their price.

At Surpresa Natural, we offer a large selection of nutritional supplements made with natural nutrients at a very competitive price.  


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