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Pet Vitamins Martinsville IN

From holistic websites to nutritional seminars, messages bombarding consumers and the profession argue that “natural” vitamins are better than “synthetics” and often espouse the “more is better” line for orthomolecular or megavitamin therapy.

Animal Hospital-Martinsville
(765) 349-7387
392 S Main St
Martinsville, IN

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Neuter Scooter
(812) 332-7525
3789 E Bethel Ln
Bloomington, IN

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Cox, Mary Alice, Dvm - Bloomington Veterinary Hosp
(812) 339-6115
115 N Smith Rd
Bloomington, IN

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Foley, Sarah, Dvm - College Mall Veterinary Hosp
(812) 334-1400
4517 E Morningside Dr
Bloomington, IN

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Good Shepherd Veterinary Services
(317) 422-8448
250 S State Road 135
Bargersville, IN

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Country Critters Veterinary
(317) 996-2727
125 S Chestnut St
Monrovia, IN

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College Mall Veterinary Hosp
(812) 334-1400
4517 E Morningside Dr
Bloomington, IN

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College Mall Veterinary Hospital
(812) 334-1400
4517 E Morningside Dr
Bloomington, IN

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Williamson Emily Dvm
(317) 422-5255
751 N Road 700 W
Bargersville, IN

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Towne & Country Vet Clinic
(812) 332-1429
3140 N Smith Pike
Bloomington, IN

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Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins

From holistic websites to nutritional seminars, messages bombarding consumers and the profession argue that “natural” vitamins are better than “synthetics” and often espouse the “more is better” line for orthomolecular or megavitamin therapy.

Skeptics counter this by insisting that “with minor exception, molecules made in the ‘factories’ of nature are identical to those made in the factories of chemical companies.” 1 They maintain that a good diet should supply all necessary nutrients.

The true story builds a much more complex picture. With respect to the argument in favor of food-based vitamins, even natural sources of vitamin A in unnatural quantities produce problems like metabolic osteopathy in cats, a species with particularly high susceptibility to vitamin A toxicity. 2 For precursors to vitamin A, the carotenoids, as many as nine factors influence their bioavailability when ingested in food. These variables include:

  • Their type, diversity and quantity.
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  • The host’s nutrient status, genetic makeup and digestive health.
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  • The integrity of the plant substrate when carotenoids are ingested in food. 3 , 4

The carotenoid lycopene, which lowers prostate cancer risk, illustrates this last point. Cooking improves lycopene bioavailability because heating and homogenizing lycopene-rich tomatoes into paste disrupts the fibrous plant cell walls, releasing the lycopene for absorption. 5 Partnering carotenoids with certain fats maximizes their...

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