Ever wonder why whole, plant-based foods are best. This study shows that multivitamins do "not reduce major cardiovascular events ... after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up." In other words, multivitamins don't prevent heart attacks and stroke (or any other ailment for that matter). Why not? Isolated, inorganic nutrients. You see, whole foods are complicated little creations. They not only include vitamins and minerals but trace minerals, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and many other compounds science has yet to discover. And they work best together. Separate one from the other and it's like taking steering wheel off of the car and claiming that the steering wheel alone is the same as the whole car. It just doesn't work. Multivitamins are like the lone steering wheel. They include only isolated nutrients, not all of the synergistic co-factors that make a particular vitamin perform as it does in a naturally-occurring food. Not to mention, most bottled vitamins are created in a lab (synthetic) and most minerals in multivitamins are inorganic. Now, inorganic does not mean "grown with pesticides." The terms inorganic and organic when speaking of minerals refer to where the mineral occurs in nature — in the soil or in the plant. Minerals in the soil are called inorganic, meaning they come from a non-living entity like a rock. Minerals derived from living sources (plants) are called organic, meaning they come from something that is living. The human body cannot absorb inorganic minerals (or synthetic vitamins, for that matter). Your body can't use them and may even develop problems if ingested. Only natural vitamins and organic minerals can be used in the human body, and both come from living things, especially plants. In fact, only plants can convert an inorganic nutrient into an organic nutrient. For these reasons, whole food supplements are the way to go. The opposite of an isolated nutrient, whole food supplements still contain the co-factors that make them work like they're supposed to.