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90% Of Vitamin C And Most Vitamins A, B12 And E Are Made In China. Are They Safe?

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:37pm
I was surprised to learn that China is one of the largest exporters of many common drugs and vitamins. About 90% of all Vitamin C sold in the US is from China. China also produce 50% of the world's asprin and 35% of acetaminophen (Tylenol) as well as most Vitamins A, B12 and E.

Since the United States does not require country-of-origin labels for any of our drugs, foods or supplements, there is no telling where that vitamin you are taking came from.

Hot on the heels of the poisoned pet food scandal, and reported instances of toxic food and toothpaste, all eyes are now turning toward the Chinese vitamin market. How safe are they?

The industry in China appears to be split between top-notch operations and bottom-of-the-barrel producers. China also suffers from the same conflict of interest that we are seeing here in the United States.

The Seattle Times June 3, 2007

How do you know if the vitamin you take is safe?
Don't take synthetic vitamins, no matter where these are produced they have shown in studies to cause harm in some people. Try a whole food multivitamin. Whole Foods stores and Health Food stores carry these, ask for them or try these from Whole Food Nation.

Supplements can be helpful; however, it's always best to try to get the majority of your vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. You can’t “make up” for a poor diet by simply adding vitamin supplements. Processed foods are sorely lacking in nutrients, but eating plenty of raw organic foods, farmed locally (or as nearby as possible), can supply you with most of the vital nutrients that you need.
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