Megafood VitaminsMegafood, maker of yeast-based (fermented) vitamins, partners with Dr. Andrew Weil, which should come as no surprise. Why don't they feature pictures of the rotting yeast on the label instead?

We are constantly asked by readers which vitamins they should use.  For years, we have recommended that people choose food-based vitamins, because they have the potential to be much safer, and much more readily absorbed in the organic form.  However, we recently re-evaluated the multi-vitamins that are available, and came to the depressing realization that things have drastically changed since our original research. The changes in the supplement industry happened at a very fast pace.

The food-based vitamins that are currently available are actually worse than their synthetic counterparts.  Almost all of the food-based vitamins that we recently evaluated were fermented in yeasts and bacteria.  Usually these were genetically engineered yeasts and bacteria to make them toxic enough to accelerate their pathogenic life processes.  This manufacturing is a way to cheat using bacteria and yeasts to break the foods down instead of using chemicals.  In actuality, neither the process nor the end product is natural or food-like.  The biotechnology industry found a way to trick us all into making genetic engineering a part of our "natural" supplementation.  We wrote this report because we have had repeated calls from people who were having allergy problems or sicknesses that increased with increased multi-vitamin usage.  In every case, it was caused by one of the multi-vitamin products that was allegedly food-based, but which was not actually made from foods.  A diet of yeast will, in fact, attack the immune system to make both allergies and illnesses worse.  These so-called "multi-vitamins" are worse than no vitamins at all.

"The food industry has used genetically engineered bacteria and yeasts for more than 20 years to produce vitamins and nutritional supplements."

-- Agricultural Biotechnology, The University of California

People are actually ingesting rotten vegetable matter that is produced with biotechnology assistance, for health benefits.  Of course, the companies have not studied whether this fermentation process produces toxic byproducts, as most fermentation does, because the priority is profit.  Such studies would actually make them more liable, because until they have evidence that demonstrates harm, they can simply claim ignorance.  The few food-based multi-vitamin products which did not contain yeast had other questionable ingredients, such as oyster extract, various algae, and seaweeds.  These items should never be considered foods, and especially not health foods. The real foods in the "food based" supplements have been replaced with non-food bottom feeders from the oceans, and pond scum, which are known for a huge variety of toxins. Some of these vitamins will prove deadly for people with shellfish allergies, and the cause of death will never be traced to the vitamins.

We must reverse our prior recommendations about supplements, and we are now recommending synthetic vitamins instead.  In the past few years, a lot has changed in manufacture, and it is obvious that the biotechnology industry has made in-roads into supplement manufacture.  We previously recommended food-based multi-vitamins on the basis that synthetic vitamins are much harder for the body to absorb, and there is a chance of simply causing stressed kidneys when using high quantities of them.  However, there is no good choice for supplementation anymore, so it has become a matter of choosing the lesser of evils.  The current situation is that if one does not use the vitamins from the chemical industry, then he must instead use the "food" vitamins from the biotechnology industry, which are considerably worse.  While we hope and expect that this will one day change, this is the current deplorable situation.

The fact that we are reversing our position should help to explain why we are usually so careful not to make specific supplement recommendations.   Any recommendations that we make can become invalid weeks or months after making them, and hundreds of thousands of people could have read and acted upon those recommendations.

The most important long-lasting recommendation is to read the ingredient labels, and learn to spot the dangerous ingredients.  The following is a list of common vitamin ingredients that should always be avoided:

  • Yeasts, including brewers yeast.
  • Algae, such as spirulina and chlorella.
  • Mushrooms and other fungi.
  • Organs, such as liver and kidneys.
  • Seaweeds. Kelp is a common addition.
  • Titanium dioxide
Megafoods Ingredient Label Notice that most Megafood "nutrients" are actually bread yeast? They are actually selling bread yeast as various supplements and charging people inflated rates for it.

Brewer's yeast and so-called nutritional yeast feed candida, which is the bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract that is responsible for allergies, frequent headaches and mood swings. When there is an excess of candida, the body becomes unable to properly absorb nutrients from foods. So, there is an incredible irony when yeasts are added to supplements, only to prevent proper nutrient absorption. We discussed nutritional yeast in episode 26 of our audio reports.

We cannot recommend multi-vitamins, which seems to be the worst category. A good dietary supplement should provide a nutrient that heals a known condition, or corrects a likely imbalance, but multi-vitamins provide a shotgun approach to supplementation that has become increasingly dangerous. This is especially true now that most companies are getting ingredients from China. For what you do not know can kill you, slowly and horribly. Whenever a person takes a vitamin, he is making a gamble that the vitamin will help him more than it impairs him.  Multi-vitamins pose an irrational level of elevated risk, for minimal convenience. With multi-vitamins, it is especially hard to find a company that is willing to trace where it obtained every ingredient, and whether it was from a disreputable country that has a history of poisoning us, such as China.  The risk of multi-vitamin contamination is much higher than for regular supplements.

People who want (or need) to get extra nutrients daily can achieve that by using hemp protein powder as a natural source for all of the amino acids and dietary fiber. Another option is to mix fruits and vegetables together in a blender to make juices. Such natural approaches do not come with the same level of risk as unnaturally extracted nutrients, and the purely organic nutrients work much better.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is necessary for good cognitive function, and mental alertness.  It can only be found naturally in meats, so it is always lacking in vegetarian and vegan diets, but it is sometimes lacking even in those with fairly balanced diets.  Cyanocobalamin is the most common type of vitamin B-12 added to supplements, but it is very poorly absorbed.  Its manufacturing process is cheaper, so it is preferred by the less-ethical supplement manufacturers, which are most of them.  Methylcobalamin is much better absorbed, and its absorption is improved if it is held in the mouth and allowed to dissolve into the mouth tissues, instead of through normal digestion.  Most of the ethical companies that sell methylcobalamin B-12 supplements provide them in a lozenge form for maximum absorption, which we likewise encourage.

Supplements / Substitutes

The best vitamins are always those from foods as God made them.  There is no pill substitute for a good diet.  Supplements are able to somewhat "supplement" a diet that is lacking in a specific nutrient, but they will never be able to replace good nutrition.  The reality is: No one has been able to identify all of the nutrients that are in our foods, so any attempt to replace a good diet with supplements is both futile and foolish.  The people who choose to eat processed foods and then take supplements to compensate are likewise on a fool's errand, because their overall gastrointestinal health is typically too impaired to properly absorb and utilize the nutrients from the supplements.

When attempting to improve the diet, be aware that organic foods have a higher density of nutrients.  In addition, they do not contain pesticides that weaken the immune system, cause diseases, and make it more difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. Organic foods are not 'enhanced' by the biotechnology industry either.


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Ellen Wedding
# Ellen Wedding 2010-04-12 22:49
Trying to find a good multi over the web. Im looking thru They have lots of the some brands that local health food stores have.
Could you email a list of brands.?That are food based???
previously bought one Dr Blaylock recommended "encore" by Vitamin Research brand
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2010-11-04 02:47
We generally avoid endorsing brands, because it brings our journalistic ethics into question. People would assume that we are being paid for our opinions.

The recommendation by Blaylock makes this case something of an exception. If Dr. Russel Blaylock reports that those vitamins are good, then you can count on it.

He is a hero of the growing alternative medicine community, and a great Christian man.
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Diahann Moyler
# Diahann Moyler 2013-05-27 00:04
Wow! This is shocking! I have an entire cupboard full of supplements provided by a Nutritionist and DOM. I just paid a heap of money for them and I feel like I've been wasting my time and hard-earned money trying to stay healthy. I also get the feeling that you guys are overwhelmed and things have gotten really bad. Are we losing this battle? No one seems to care what's going into their food, as long as it tastes good. I try to provide knowledge when I can but it seems no one is interested. I feel like I should just give it up and prepare myself to die. :-(. What gives?
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2013-05-27 03:49
Yes, we are overwhelmed. In addition to finishing up the book and running our site, we are dealing with a victim of a U.S. bio-weapon. Apparently, about 15 doctors have already been told to shut up about the whole situation. The secrecy is even worse than we encountered with Lyme Disease, which is also a bio-weapon, by the way. Would you believe that this is a fairly typical day for us? Of course, we also get the periodic threats from various companies who tell us that if we don't stop saying bad things about their products, their lawyers will destroy us. We have furthermore been targeted by a team of psychiatrists from the Rockefeller Institute who play various psychological games, and they don't think that we know about them. Since we don't want to leave anyone out, we would like to issue a friendly shout-out to all of the F.B.I. readers that we have acquired over the years.

To top it all off, we asked for help, and most of the respondents asked us to show them the money before they were willing to help in any way. So yes, it is bad. It is down-right shameful. But there are still a few good people out there, and it is always darkest before the dawn. The best advice that we can give you is for you to volunteer to join us in our work. You won't feel so powerless if you are actively working to make a difference, and when it is all over, you won't be one of those people who looks back on your life with regret about what you could have done. Very few people have any grasp of how painful that is going to be for them, when they finally realize that they had a life that didn't matter.
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Diahann Moyler
# Diahann Moyler 2013-05-27 07:20
Would love to volunteer but don't know what I can do short of Facebook status updates and speaking to friends. I have no real knowledge other than what I read, and most of that cannot be trusted. I refer many to your site even my Naturopath. (After I told her about the Krill oil, she removed it from my list.) what can I do? I will donate what I can when I can. And thanks so much for the hard work you guys put it. You guys are Davey in a big, huge Goliath drama! I thank you so much for improving my health.
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Alane White
# Alane White 2013-05-27 18:48
This is shocking. It leaves one not knowing what to do. I thought recently on one of your audio files, you stated that liquid chlorella was a great product. I assume this included in the reversal you state you had. I've been using chlorella for some time. Would you explain what you learned about it that now deems it as a product to avoid? I am curious to find out.

When you mention brewers yeast would that include nutritional yeast? I always thought this was loaded with b vitamins and was so good for you.

I mostly rely on good quality food for the bulk of my nutrition but some of the things you mentioned just shocked me.

Thanks for all you do.
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2013-05-27 22:31
I can promise you that we have never recommended pond scum as a food item. You're confusing us with Mike Adams ( Please don't do that. It really hurts. For now, just read the article about his "nutritional advice" (in the link) to save us a lot of trouble explaining. We really don't have the time now.

There really is no such thing as "nutritional" yeast, because that nutritional part is all marketing. You can find vitamins in horse manure too, but that doesn't mean that you should be putting it into your mouth. Would you buy horse manure from us if we called it "nutritional manure"? Would you give it to your kids as a... gasp... health product? Yeast is what makes foods poisonous, as in 'food poisoning'. It's not a health product, and it's not a food. It never has been, no matter how much money scammers make off of it. Fungal yeast is bad for the long-term health, and it's like taking a diet of antibiotics -- for the sake of being organically healthy no less. Somehow, I feel that Mike must be laughing at all of us.

Look around at the damage that guy has done to us and the movement. We need all of you to get the word out. People need to know that health comes from a balanced diet of REAL FOODS -- not pond scum and fungus. People need to know that God knew exactly what he was doing, and there are consequences to ignoring his design.

If you want to know who you can trust, then consider this. Our opponents have you eating pond scum and fungus, and believing that it will make you healthy. They've made fools of you.
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2013-05-27 23:58
Alane may have confused chlorophyll with chlorella. While chlorella does contain chlorophyll, we would never recommend eating it. Chlorophyll is found naturally in all green plants, and it can be purchased as a liquid concentrate. It is what is responsible for the color of green plants. Healthy individuals are already getting some chlorophyll through their consumption of green vegetables. In addition to having a multitude of benefits, chlorophyll is the only safe way to orally supplement with copper. We have an article about it here: You Should Consider Chlorophyll Supplementation ( I recommend reading about it, because chlorophyll offers some surprising benefits that no other supplement does.
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Alane White
# Alane White 2013-05-28 07:00
Thanks Sarah. You are right. I mistakenly confused chlorella with chlorophyll. Did some research. You are correct of course. There is a big difference between the two.

Tom - I have been a skeptic of Mike Adams for some time but your article was confirmation for me. I have not gone to Mike Adams site for information for some time. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other sources that seem legit that I'm finding probably are not. I am learning much from staying tuned to your site.

What you expose lets me know I have not been doing my research properly. I'll definitely have to spend more time researching any supplement I'm interested in.

Again, thanks for all the info on your site and the education you provide us all.

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marie davis
# marie davis 2013-12-08 19:04
I love this place, it's a safe place....;-)
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Karen Testagrose
# Karen Testagrose 2014-04-14 11:06
Any suggestions about the best selenium supplement to take? Currently, I have "SelenoCell" "a natural form of selenium in a 100% organically bound form." The label on the back says "Selenium 200 mcg as SelenoExcell High Selenium Yeast". After reading your article, I'm worried about that "yeast" part. I am going to buy zinc orotate, so I want to know the right type of selenium to obtain. Thank you for your abundance of great info!
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Benoit Deschamps
# Benoit Deschamps 2015-11-27 14:28
Brazil nuts. :-)
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Dan Tobias
# Pond ScumDan Tobias 2014-12-11 23:18
I have seen you refer to Spirulina, Chlorella and other seaweeds as "pond scum", and a dismissive comment above which refers us to the article on Mike Adams, but I saw no scientific data in the Mike Adams article supporting your assertions that Spirulina and Chlorella are dangerous and unhealthy.

Can you please explain why these products are so unhealthy, and provide the scientific data to support your assertions?

How is calling Spirulina "pond scum" any different from calling spinach "mud slime":-?

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Carole Sweasey
# China--vitaminsCarole Sweasey 2015-10-27 13:04
Some of the supplement websites have American flags on them and brag about the fact that they are manufactured in "America" BUT
some of their ingredients are sourced from China.

If you brag about making a cake from scratch but use an inferior ingredient
you have nothing to be proud of.

Still looking for a supplement site
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Benoit Deschamps
# What about what they call dead nutrional yeast?Benoit Deschamps 2015-11-27 14:25
A vegan friend told me that Nutritionnal yeast is good for supplementing B12.

So I told him about the negative effects of yeast and candida. He told me that this yeast was "-)ead". Not sure about that.

And also, feeding my body dead yeast is not really something I would want to eat.

Any comments?
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gail peters
# The Synergy Companygail peters 2016-02-27 01:58
This info made me sick to my stomach. The the past couple of years I have been purchasing the expensive supplements from The Synergy Company thinking I was doing my body a favor. But I actually don't feel as well as I used to. The last four years I have been eating mostly organic and living a healthy life style. It never occurred to me that the supplements might be the problem. I guess now all the supplements get to be fed to the compost pit I have in my organic vegetable garden. If anyone knows anything about this company, please share. Thank you Thomas and Sarah for sharing the knowledge you have with us.
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