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Warning: Major Supplements Openly Contain GMO Vitamin Sources

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Genetically modified organisms have permeated much of the crop industry, absolutely infesting the processed food market, but are many 'health' supplements free from the presence of GMOs? As it turns out, major supplement producers actually will openly admit that they derive many of their formulas from GMO crops - consumers just aren't really paying attention!

If you know much about Monsanto or the prevalence of GMOs, you are likely aware that a large majority of corn (about 80-95% of the entire crop in the US, if not more, depending on what research you follow) is genetically modified. Being responsible for 90% of the US GM seed market, Monsanto has done its very best to create a genetically altered monopoly on the food supply. This is where the supplement factor comes in.

As you may or may not be aware, wildly popular substances like vitamin C are usually extracted from corn - one of the leading GMO crops in the US. It is from this that the question immediately comes into focus: could supplement makers be using GMO corn to create vitamin C supplements? What about the countless other formulas that can extract from GM foods as a source. And when you consider GMO-containing 'food' can legally be labeled as 'natural' under current regulations, what 'natural' supplements could be based on Monsanto's GMO crops?

As it turns out, this is indeed the case. While it is impossible to compile a full list without a large amount of financial investment for testing every brand, what we do know is that major producers have explained how they usually will list 'Non-GMO' on their GMO-free options. In other words, chances are vitamin C may be extracted from GMO corn unless it is stated to be organic, non-GMO, or specifically not extracted from a non-GMO source. In reality, many reputable supplement companies have already begun listing their high quality products with the 'GMO-free' label and other quality re-assurances.

Some, however, continue to source GMO or 'potentially GMO' corn. If you're like me, this is a gamble that you are not willing to take.

NOW Company: 'Our Vitamin C Derived From Standard Corn, Many Products Contain GMO Derivatives'

An investigator researching for this piece actually got in contact with NOW, a leading supplement producer. They asked about how they extract their vitamin C products when considering the high percentage of GM corn that currently supplies the industry. Concerned for their health and the health of consumers, worldwide, they wanted to know if they were swallowing GMOs - or at least vitamins derived from GMOs. In response to their inquiry, a NOW team member replied:

 "All of our C is derived from standard corn not certified to be non-GMO  Many products [in the industry at large] contain soy or corn derivatives which are generally GMO'd. We are motivated towards non-GMO-sourced products."

The NOW Science & Nutrition Group rep then included some information from their Technical Director Michael Lelah, which talks about how NOW is generally opposed to genetic manipulation of the food supply but does not specifically use non-GMO sources for all of their products. The excerpt from Lelah which the rep said was copied from a blog 'Natural Is Better', reads:

 "Genetic Modification: NOW is opposed to genetic modification, because there are real and unknown harmful effects. Unfortunately, much of the world's supply of corn and soybeans is genetically modified which is why we continue to offer more products that are certified GMO-free."


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