There is a substantial difference between whole food vitamins and synthetic vitamins. Fruits and vegetables contain many important nutrients which are essential for our immune system, our body’s natural defense from sickness and disease. The pills can’t provide the other nutrients found in whole foods. Little or no processing for whole food makes them not only more nutritious but with a number of health benefits.\n\nThe best multivitamin has real food sources such as vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that still have all the nutrients in the real food – not just a blend of vitamins and minerals. The efficacy of many of these synthetic zinc supplements is questionable. We use only whole foods as a source of vitamins in our Optimal 2 Whole Food Vitamin • Mineral supplement.\n\nSynthetic minerals and vitamins are often not absorbable or usable by the body. Terpenes are highly present in foods such as green foods, grain and soy products and also in many herbs such as Gingko biloba. The production of synthetic vitamins is substantially cheaper than the production and cultivation of natural vitamins.\n\nDietary supplements and vitamins made from whole foods contain not only recognized vitamins and minerals, but a whole symphony of other micronutrients (phytonutrients or phytochemicals) that work in concert with vitamins and minerals to orchestrate a natural harmony in our bodies.\n\nThe best whole food vitamins will have enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, raw whole fruits, raw whole vegetables, spices and herbs. Nutrients are the fuel that drives the human body and are essential for a healthy, energetic lifestyle. Many of the ingredients will come from fruits and vegetables.