Through our Activist, Rebecca Johnston, I learned about Pranin Organic. Their founder, Dr. David Wang, Naturopathic Doctor created the company because he saw a gap in the supplements market. He found that traditional supplements were causing his patients to experience weird side effects. As a result, instead of producing synthetic, chemically-derived nutrients, Pranin Organic makes 100% organic plant-based nutritional products that are compatible with complex pathways in the human body. Their site is full of great resources and well-researched blogposts with citations. They definitely know what they’re talking about!
Kari, Holistic Nutritionist, from the Pranin Organic team, and she taught me a lot about supplements!
Kari, can you tell me why someone would take supplements?
Shouldn’t we get all the nutrients we need from our food?
Nutritional supplements can play an important role in supporting your diet and ensuring you are getting all the nutrients you need, especially during times of chronic stress when the demand for nutrition is higher.
A couple factors to think about are the lack of nutrients in the produce that is available to us today. Our soil today is not the same quality or as nutrient-dense compared to a time before modern and conventional farming practices. Modern and conventional farming that uses mono-cropping techniques and the use of chemicals have left our soil depleted of vital organisms to support growing clean and nutritious produce.
These are some reasons to support organic farming because Organic farmers adhere to strict standards of production that prevents them from using synthetic chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or sewage sludge on their crops. To learn more about the ’7 Benefits of Organic Farming’, checkout our blog post. Also, due to globalization, many crops are picked early for transport around the world causing nutrients to be missing and or lost in transport.
Of course there are other reasons too, but the point is your body needs phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals to heal itself and to keep your immune system strong each and everyday.
What are the differences between organic supplements and conventional supplements?
What many of us aren’t aware of, is that not all nutritional supplements are created equal. Many contain synthetic vitamins produced from nasty, toxic ingredients like petroleum, formaldehyde, or coal tar, and minerals produced from things like ground limestone, rocks or other mineral salts. When vitamins and minerals are produced this way, they are often unrecognizable by the body, resulting in low absorption, and side-effects like headaches and nausea (and a waste of money!).
How does Pranin Organic make their supplements?
All of our products are made from 100% organic fruits, vegetables and superfoods and are in powder form. Simply, we take organic whole foods, dehydrate them and blend them into powders. As well, we do not add any additional ingredients like sweeteners, synthetic nutrients, or flavorings.
Each product is formulated by our founder, Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. David Wang, who has over 25 years clinical experience focusing on chronic disease and stress related conditions.
What are the benefits of organic supplements?
Choosing organic, for both food and supplements, is a crucial step in reducing your exposure to unnecessary pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), and synthetic ingredients which are found in many conventional whole foods and supplements.
Organic foods have also been found to be higher in health promoting phytochemicals. There is many phytochemicals found in the fruits and veggies we eat, many of which have been shown to play a role in helping us to reduce inflammation, and oxidative stress, as well reduce the risk of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
While we advocate choosing organic as much as possible, we realize the implications that might have on your wallet. The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘The Clean 15’ guides online are great references as a quick and easy way to choose the fruits and veggies you should always ensure are organic, and those that you can be a bit more lenient with.
Can you explain some of the science behind why they are so effective?
When nutrients come from real, whole foods, they contain the right combinations of micronutrients, cofactors, phytonutrients and enzymes that work synergistically together as a team in our bodies to support absorption and assimilation. When you split them apart in a lab to create synthetic isolated nutrients, you destroy their biological activity, effectiveness and ability to be absorbed.
Can healthy individuals benefit from taking supplements?
In our modern fast-paced lifestyles, it’s hard to eat well all the time, especially when we are traveling and mainly relying on eating out. Eating a nutrient-dense plant-centric whole food diet and incorporating a concentrated serving of key essential nutrients using quality organic pure food nutritional supplements will support your body’s ability stay healthy and strong as well effectively cleanse toxins.
Which Pranin product would you recommend?
We would recommend our PureFood Trio on a daily basis, which is our multivitamin (PureFood A-Z), B-complex (purefood B) and our whole food vitamin-c (C taking the purefood trio daily) would provide essential vitamins minerals an individual need day-to-day to support their overall health.
“Pranin Organics Iron Supplement has been a game changer for me this winter. I have always had a hard time with my iron absorption and suffer from low energy and being cold in the winter months. Adding a scoop of Pranin Organics Iron to my smoothies has really helped me with my energy levels and I don't get those chills anymore! I even found that my concentration has improved! I make a banana, strawberry, spinach, almond butter, almond milk smoothie and add my scoop of iron...YUM!” — Rebecca Johnston
If you are interested in trying out any of Pranin Organic’s products, Kari has offered our community a 10% discount on any of their products on your first order (before tax and shipping) with the code “KARMA” eligible ONLINE at www.pranin.com. For orders that are $75 dollars or more, Pranin Organic will also offer you free shipping in Canada and the USA!
Have you tried organic supplements before? Let us know how you like them in the comments!
Written by Carol Chan, Karma staff