Why wholefood supplements?
Two types of supplements are available: one is made from chemicals extracted from food or is made synthetically which are called vitamin and minerals. The other is supplements made from concentrating whole foods. If these foods have good benefits, then a supplement made from them is a good way to improve a poor diet or for someone not eating enough of these foods. They can also enhance a good diet with the benefits they provide to make the diet better.
The majority of studies, to date, have studied extracted chemicals which is the first group: vitamins and minerals. Some have shown a benefit.
More recently academic attention has turned towards the study of concentrated whole food supplements, particularly foods rich in polyphenols and other phytochemicals such as herbs, spices, green vegetables, teas and colourful fruits which have appeared to be beneficial in environmental studies.
Pomi-T capsules is an example. So far, it has been the centre of the largest trial analysing phytochemical-rich food extracts. This study combined four different food types (pomegranate, green tea, broccoli and turmeric) in order to provide a wide spectrum of synergistically acting nutrients, whilst at the same time avoiding over-consumption of one particular phytochemical which may happen. eg if you take a full strength turmeric capsule the body response will be different than the level of tumeric provided in Pomi-T.
In the UK, the Institute has plans to include Pomi-T supplement into another study.
Reference. Hercberg S , et al. The SU.VI.MAX Study: a RCT of the health effects of antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Archives of Internal Medicine 2004;164(21): 2335-42.