Research Born in Nature
We make functional claims regarding the benefits of SOS powder. Each is supported by science and research. Here are a few of the articles and websites that provide substantive data. We are constantly updating this page with new and compelling studies. We are deeply dedicated to scientific evidence that supports our products.
American Diet Deficiencies
Multiple studies have shown that American eating habits have been in decline over the past several decades and are currently at a level of nutritional crisis. From the following Journal of Nutrition study on 16,000 Americans, findings show that only:
• 20% of people eat a sufficient amount of fruit
• 3.9% eat enough greens
• 2.5% eat enough orange vegetables
• 3.9% eat adequate amounts of legumes (beans)
In combination with inadequate consumption of healthy fruits, vegetables, and legumes, 95.5% of people exceed the recommended daily allowance for empty calories from alcohol and added sugars and fats.
These unhealthy eating habits have led to epidemic levels of obesity and multiple chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Synthetic vs Whole Food Nutrition (Vitamin C)
Many vitamins are available in an isolated synthetic form and can be conveniently taken as an inexpensive pill or powder. The body can react poorly to synthetic vitamins resulting in unhealthy outcomes. Vitamins in whole-food form provide a full complement of phytonutrients for the highest bioavailability and positive health impact.
Most vitamin C is synthesized from corn starch by breaking it down with heat, enzymes, acetone, and hydrochloric acid to make ascorbic acid. Isolated ascorbic acid is poorly utilized by the body. Naturally occurring vitamin C is a biological complex of multiple plant nutrients and cofactors that facilitate the full vitamin C activity.
A study published by Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal associated synthetic ascorbic acid supplementation with increased early atherosclerosis. However, the study demonstrated arterial protection from the ingestion of vitamin C in whole-food form.
Synthetic Beta-Carotene & Increased Cancer
Beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, holds significant promise in protecting individuals against lung cancer. As a potent antioxidant, beta-carotene combats the harmful effects of free radicals in the body, thereby reducing oxidative stress on lung tissues. Additionally, beta-carotene aids in maintaining the integrity of lung cell membranes and supporting their repair mechanisms, crucial factors in preventing the development and progression of cancerous growths.
Many studies suggest that a diet rich in beta-carotene, primarily found in colorful fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach, may lower the risk of lung cancer by neutralizing carcinogens and promoting overall lung health. However, multiple studies of synthetic beta carotene suggest a radically different outcome, with the synthetic version actually increasing lung cancer risk.
The following 2022 meta analysis study of 167,141 subjects showed that supplementation with synthetic beta carotene actually increased lung cancer by 16% and was statistically significant.
Natural Antioxidants (Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Beta-Carotene) and Reduced Lung Cancer
Dietary antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene play crucial roles in protecting against lung cancer by neutralizing harmful free radicals and reducing oxidative stress in lung tissues.
Vitamin C, abundant in citrus fruits and berries, acts as a powerful scavenger of free radicals, preventing cellular damage and bolstering the body's natural defense mechanisms. Similarly, vitamin E, found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils, acts as a lipid-soluble antioxidant, protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage and enhancing immune function. Beta-carotene, abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables, serves as a precursor to vitamin A and exerts potent antioxidant effects, shielding lung cells from DNA damage and inhibiting the progression of cancerous growths.
Together, these dietary antioxidants work synergistically to fortify the body's defenses against lung cancer, emphasizing the importance of a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-dense foods for optimal respiratory health and cancer prevention.
Multivitamins and All-Cause Mortality
Multivitamins are widely taken in an effort to “cover the bases” nutritionally. However, this analysis of 21 previously published studies demonstrates that multivitamins have no effect on risk of mortality. The study involved 90,000 people over the course of several years.
Multivitamins may contain 20 or more isolated nutrients that have been manufactured in a lab and concentrated many times beyond what is found in nature in order to make a compact pill. The human body can struggle to process synthetic vitamins and may receive little to no benefit from them.
In nutritious foods, vitamins exist in a natural complex of phytonutrients and cofactors. Our bodies are elaborate biological systems that are optimized to absorb and utilize vitamins in their whole-food form for maximal nutrition.