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Vitamins, Supplements And GMOs

Posted On: May 29, 2019


Are There GMOs in Your Supplements?

There’s no shortage of emphasis in healthy communities like Vancouver on eating local, organic vitamins and supplements and avoiding GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).

What Are GMO’s? (And Why Is It Important to Know What They Are?)

As previously stated, GMO stands for genetically modified organism. It also goes by the names GE (genetically engineered) and GM (genetic modification). A GMO can be an animal, yeast, bacteria, virus or plant that has undergone gene manipulation to undertake changes in their genetic make up at the cellular level.

The scientific procedure is designed to alter an organism’s DNA at the cellular level.  This then creates an ideal outcome of a species that doesn’t exist naturally. It may sound as though GMOs could indeed produce positive results while GM supplements may considered harmless.

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Why Should You Avoid GMOs?

 As human beings, we don’t fully understand how these organisms operate. We simply cannot understand all there is to know about the DNA of a tomato or a fish. Yet regardless of our lack of knowledge, we continue to alter various forms of DNA. As a result, we go against the way nature intended life forms on earth to exist.

The development of GMOs is a very new process, having surfaced in 1980. The safety of genetically modified organisms on human health is unknown. In fact, the FDA doesn’t even require testing of GMOs. So no need to claim they contain the same substances “found in regular food or organic supplements and vitamins“.

Based on the observations that have surfaced since the introduction of GMOs, we have a reason to be concerned. The insects and fish that have been exposed to GMOs are being born with birth defects. Then, higher cancer rates have resulted from the introduction of GMOs to our food supply. Aside from birth defects and cancer, infertility has become another speculation of the harm GMOs can cause in the body.

Can GMOs Be Found in Your Supplements?

GMOs are mostly present in our non-organic produce supply. You’re not exempt from ingesting GMO’s even if you choose to only purchase organic food or vitamins. Sadly, many supplements now contain genetically modified organisms, too.

The most common GMO crops we’re exposed to are those in high demand, such as rice, corn and soy. Many supplements also contain binders and fillers derived from corn or yeast.

Choosing a non-GMO supplement can become even trickier, despite knowing which ingredients to look out for. Any supplement ingredient that has been derived from a “food found in nature”  still allows the formulation to be labelled as “natural”.

To avoid ingesting GMOs, be sure to purchase organic produce wherever possible and use caution when choosing your supplements. It’s always better to contact the manufacturer and confirm your formulation is non-GMO before adding it to your diet

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