Kitchen Table Medicine did a great write-up about why they chose The Pops™ as Best Multivitamin of 2008.
Following is an excerpt:
"Do I need a multivitamin?"
Everyone that doesn't eat perfect, or is under stress, or has a chronic disease should be on some form of a multivitamin. First of all, our soil is not as nutrient dense as it once was. Second of all, I don't know anyone that eats perfectly every single day, and at every single occasion, and is never under any form of stress.
Drinking alcohol, stress, and eating white refined foods actually depletes our bodies of vital nutrients.
Most importantly though a high quality whole foods multi is a great "insurance policy" that all of our necessary vitamin and mineral cofactors are always topped off for optimal biochemical functioning.
For most patients I recommend a standard wellness program that includes a whole-food multi, Omega 3 oils, enzymes, probiotics, and glucosamine for older and more active folks.
The nice thing about The Pops™ whole-food multi is it comes complete with enzymes and probiotics, so my wellness program just got that much simpler. I don't know about you, but I hate taking pills, so prefer efficiency when at all possible.
Without vitamins and minerals, our bodies can't do the work they need to do each day. Most people aren't actually deficient in one or two nutrients, most people are deficient in a myriad of nutrients. What they're really deficient in is nutrition, and that deficiency of whole food nutrition is compounded by the fact that most Americans are not properly digesting (absorbing) their nutrients.
Why are The Pops™ a great choice?
- Potent antioxidants. The formulators of this product have smartly taken all of nature's finest superfoods and placed them in to two blends. In the morning, an energizing/weight loss/antioxidant herbal blend or Purple Pops. In the evening, a calming herbal food blend found in the Green Pops. Antioxidants are the foundation to every healing and anti-aging program.
- What The Pops™ don't have: No food coloring. No sugar. No synthetic product stabilizers. No binders (easily avoided by purchasing only capsules). Regardless of what multivitamin you choose to use, you should never be taking a daily dose of these artificial chemicals.
- Natural vitamins. These are not synthetic vitamins, or even vitamins isolated from foods. These are whole-food nutrient concentrates, brought to us by nature's finest superfoods. They're in the form that nature intends that we take them. With that being said, be sure to take this supplement with food so that the vitamins and minerals can be properly digested and utilized.
- More than just vitamins. Do you get confused about the latest new hot nutrient that scientists have "just discovered"? Well these nutrients have existed in nature for centuries, and just because a scientist discovers them in a lab, doesn't mean we need to suddenly start taking them in a high dose supplement. We should be taking these healing plant pigments, cofactors and coenzymes in our food on a daily basis. If we don't eat perfectly, we should supplement with a whole-food multi, not one containing only the vitamins scientists are currently capable of recognizing. Twenty years ago, we only recognized about twenty vitamins and minerals as "essential". The best way to ensure you have everything in your system that is "essential" is to take a whole-food multivitamin, or start juicing. Or if you really want to feel awesome-BOTH!
- Enzymes aid digestion. You aren't just getting whole-food nutrients, you are getting plant enzymes that will help you digest, break down, and absorb your food better.
- Probiotics. Acidophilus helps us digest our food, metabolize hormones and vitamins, and is killed off by antibiotic use. Most cooked and processed foods we eat are deficient in probiotics. It is vital to our health that we supplement them daily or consume in yogurt, kim chee, sauerkraut, kefir and other fermented foods.
- You Need Greens! Have you had 2-3 servings of leafy green vegetables today? Greens are important because they are rich in magnesium. The chloryphyll molecule is shaped just like the hemoglobin in our red blood cells. The only difference is an iron molecule sits in the middle of the hemoglobin ring, and magnesium sits in the center of a chlorophyll ring. This is why all green foods are particularly healing to those on the Standard American Diet (SAD). The SAD diet is deficient in minerals such as magnesium found in green foods.
- You Need Purples! If you peruse all of my treatment plans, you will see a cup of frozen blueberries a day is recommended pretty consistently throughout. Blueberries are a featured food on the anti-inflammatory diet. In addition to fighting inflammation, purple plant pigments known as proanthocyanins are especially healing to the skin, blood vessels, and cardiovascular system. Be sure to eat a cup of purple/red/blue foods everyday!
- Capsules NOT Tablets: To form tablets, natural ingredients have to be attached to binders and mechanically pressed in to a tablet. This may alter their molecular stability and thus efficacy. Avoid tablets and take capsules. You will have to take a couple more capsules to equate what is super-compressed in tablets, but it is well worth it.
- Great Company Business Model. You know something is good when you ask to try it for free and the company sends you free samples. A company confident in their product knows you will become a customer, and they were right. This is the multivitamin I have chosen to take myself every day. I also signed up for their mailings, and couldn't agree more with the great advice from the Harvard grads that put The Pops™ together. I typically find companies that oversell annoying. However, the weekly newsletters from the founders of Whole Food Nation™ are clearly designed to educate. A good product sells itself, and the formulators of this whole-food multivitamin are smart enough to know that.
So are you ready to become a Pops customer? Then let's get started.