Vitamins - Natural or Synthetic

Real Deal

This area is new for me and I don't understand much about it, as I'm not a Biochemist. I read vitamins from a natural source are more potent and better for ya, but its not based on clinical trials, so I have little proof. The supplement industry doesn't help. It churns out millions of pills each year, mostly in synthetic form but provides little data on the quality or efficacy of its products. They probably care little, as long as sales continue.

There are no regulatory controls on quality or potency other than the daily RDA. Supplement manufacturers get away with what they can, often making unsubstantiated claims in their marketing.

I did some research, but most is anecdotal, with little science to support it. There are claims that natural source vitamins are more beneficial than vitamins from a synthetic source, but its speculative.

My view is you should probably try to get your vitamins from their original source if possible. There are probably co-factors present in meats, fish, vegetables and fruits, that help with absorption and assimilation of vitamins.

Check the label to see if your vitamins are coming from a natural or a synthetic source.

Vitamins From Natural Source
Vitamin Source   Natural
Vitamin A

Fish Oils
Lemon Grass
Natural
Natural
Vitamin B1
(Thiamin)
Yeast Natural

Vitamin B2
(Riboflavin)
Yeast

Natural

Vitamin B3
(Niacin)
Yeast
Niacinamide
Natural
Co-Natural
Vitamin B5
(Pantothenic Acid) 
Liver
Yeast or Rice Bran
Natural
Natural
Vitamin B6
(Pyridoxin)
Yeast

Natural

Vitamin B7
(Biotin)
Liver

Natural

Vitamin B9
(Folic Acid)
Yeast or Liver

Natural

Vitamin B12
(Cyanocobalamin)

Liver
Micro-organism fermentation
Cobalamin Concentrate
Natural
Co-Natural
Co-Natural
Vitamin B?
(Choline)
Soy Beans

Natural

Vitamin C
(Ascorbic Acid)
Citrus, Rose Hips
Acerola Berries
Natural
Natural
Vitamin D
(Cholecalciferol)
Fish Oils

Natural

Vitamin E
(Tocopherols)

Veg Oil, Wheat Germ Oil
Mixed Tocopherols
d-alpha tocopherol
Natural
Natural
Natural
Vitamin K
(Phylloquinon)
Alfalfa

Natural


Vitamins From Synthetic Source
Vitamin Source  Synthetic 
Vitamin A

Acitate
Pacitate
No source given
Synthetic
Synthetic
Synthetic
Vitamin B1
(Thiamin)
Thiamine Mononitrate
Thiamine Hydrochloride
Synthetic
Synthetic
Vitamin B2
(Riboflavin)
Riboflavin

Synthetic

Vitamin B3
(Niacin)
Niacin

Synthetic

Vitamin B5
(Pantothenic Acid) 
Calcium D-Pantothenate

Synthetic

Vitamin B6
(Pyridoxin)
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Synthetic

Vitamin B7
(Biotin)
d-Biotin

Synthetic

Vitamin B9
(Folic Acid)
Pteroylglutamic Acid

Synthetic

Vitamin B12
(Cyanocobalamin)
Only available from a
Natural source
None

Vitamin B?
(Choline)
Choline Chloride
Choline Bitartrate
Synthetic
Synthetic
Vitamin C
(Ascorbic Acid)
Ascorbic Acid
No source given
Synthetic
Synthetic
Vitamin D
(Cholecalciferol)
Irradiated Ergosteral (Yeast)
Calciferol
Synthetic
Synthetic
Vitamin E
(Tocopherols)
* dl-alpha tocopherol

Synthetic

Vitamin K
(Phylloquinon)
Menadione

Synthetic

* The "dl" form of any supplement is synthetic