Friday, March 8, 2013

Are Your Supplements GMO too?

Most people reading this site or any site that provides information or incubates thought on degenerative disease, nutrition or a healthy life style has heard of genetically modified organisms (GMO) which are  organisms whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques and used in developing crops for our food supply.

There are a multitude of sources from scientific institutes to academia that state there are serious health risks associated with GM food, including accelerated aging and degenerative disease, immune problems, insulin regulation problems, and changes in major organs including the gastrointestinal system.

Before the FDA (our friends!) decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. The article below came from Secrets of the Fed and articulates the dangers in the use of GMO's in the manufacture of nutritional supplements. I personally believe that we all need to take nutritional supplements to provide our bodies with the necessary nutrients for optimal health as we cannot get these nutrients, in the required levels, from today's available food, but the  bottom line, in my view, is let the buyer beware. If you have no idea on the quality of supplements you are taking, then you assume many risks.

Genetically modified organisms have permeated much of the crop industry, absolutely infesting the processed food market, but are many ‘health’ supplements free from the presence of GMOs? As it turns out, major supplement producers actually will openly admit that they derive many of their formulas from GMO crops — consumers just aren’t really paying attention!

If you know much about Monsanto or the prevalence of GMOs, you are likely aware that a large majority of corn (about 80-95% of the entire crop in the US, if not more, depending on what research you follow) is genetically modified. Being responsible for 90% of the US GM seed market, Monsanto has done its very best to create a genetically altered monopoly on the food supply. This is where the supplement factor comes in.

As you may or may not be aware, wildly popular substances like vitamin C are usually extracted from corn — one of the leading GMO crops in the US. It is from this that the question immediately comes into focus: could supplement makers be using GMO corn to create vitamin C supplements?

What about the countless other formulas that can extract from GM foods as a source. And when you consider GMO-containing ‘food’ can legally be labeled as ‘natural’ under current regulations, what ‘natural’ supplements could be based on Monsanto’s GMO crops?

As it turns out, this is indeed the case. While it is impossible to compile a full list without a large amount of financial investment for testing every brand, what we do know is that major producers have explained how they usually will list ‘Non-GMO’ on their GMO-free options. In other words, chances are vitamin C may be extracted from GMO corn unless it is stated to be organic, non-GMO, or specifically not extracted from a non-GMO source. In reality, many reputable supplement companies have already begun listing their high quality products with the ‘GMO-free’ label and other quality re-assurances.

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