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For the past 25 years, vitamin labels would say the words inactive ingredient. There is no such thing as an inactive ingredient! Now some of these labels say other ingredients.
“Dyes” “Fillers” “Binders” “Flowing Agents” “Preservatives” “Disintegrants” “Lubricants” “Flow Enhancers” “Compression Aids” “Colors” “Sweeteners” “Preservatives” “Suspending/dispensing agents” “Film formers” “Coatings and Glazes” “Flavors” “Printing inks”
“Magnesium Stearate” (aka Stearic Acid): a poisonous flowing agents “Stearic Acid” “Sodium Benzoate” “Potassium Sorbate” “Flavors or Natural Flavors” “Silicon Dioxide” “Titanium Dioxide” “Colors” “Lactose” “Cellulose” “Gelatin” “Sodium Glycolate” “Talc” “Sucrose” “Calcium Stearate” “Palmitate” “Hydroxy Propyl Methylcellulose” “Ethylcellulose” “Glaze” “Shellac” “Starch”
Did you know that Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of vitamin B12 made from Cyanide? Unknown to most consumers, cyanocobalamin is found in a wide range of vitamins, including children's vitamins and foods as a synthetic additive.
These ingredients are found in most mass-marketed vitamins and membership stores.
Learning what brands to use will eliminate the need to research and read all labels.
“Stearic Acid inhibits T-cell dependent immune responses. Plasma membrane integrity is significantly impaired, leading to a loss of membrane potential and ultimately cell function and viability.” Cell death induced by stearic and palmitic acid.”
Tebbey PW, Buttke TM, “Molecular Basis For The Immunosuppressive Action of Stearic Acid on T cells”, Immunogy, 1990 Jul; 379-86
There are some incomplete studies about plant source stearic Acid. Therefore, until further notice we feel they may be safe. (11/5/2012)
PMID: 12562519 (PubMed) Ulloth, JE, Casiano CA, De Leon M. Department of
Microbiology and Immunology, East Carolina University School of Medicine. PMID: 6333387 (PubMed)
These excipients can be accumulative and have negative effects on the liver and kidneys.
Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate are used as preservatives in most of the liquid vitamin products sold in health food stores or by multi-level-marketing distributors.
Some preservatives have been shown to cause respiratory or other health problems. Children exhibited increased hyperactivity after consuming drinks containing sodium benzoate or artificial food color and additives. Some vitamins can cause hyperactivity in children.
Natural versus Synthetic, Tablets versus Capsules, Active versus Inactive, Cold versus Heat Processing, Synergistic, Bioavailable-Absorption, Balanced Formulas, Extraction Process, Manufacturing
Most vitamins work best if they are natural, but there are some that work better in the synthetic form.
Some vitamins must be in tablet form to work their way past the stomach, but most vitamins absorb better in capsule form. There are a few manufacturers that have mastered the tableting process without toxic adhesives and have studies available on the disintegration rate. These manufactures have patented their process.
Our liver is responsible for converting the inactive form of vitamin to the active form. However, liver weakness and deficient Cytochrome P450 function makes it difficult for many people to convert these vitamins. Therefore, when possible it is best to use the active forms.
Heat can destroy the raw materials; so it is best to use supplements that are cold processed.
All vitamins work best when the ingredients are synergistically balanced. Many ingredients do not absorb or activate properly without other ingredients.
Many vitamin ingredients are not bioavailable to the body without other ingredients added for absorption.
In nature, nutrients in food are naturally balanced through the growing process. Manufacturers must add specific ingredients to balance the formula and do their best to mimic nature.
The extraction process can be done using different solvents. There are also solvents and cleaning solutions used in the cleaning and sanitizing of the manufacturing equipment. Some of these solvents can end up in the vitamin supplement. It is best if the manufacturer uses natural non-toxic solvents and cleaning solutions.
Manufacturing starts with purchasing the correct raw materials. The age of the materials, location, time of year, and storage are taken into consideration when purchasing these materials.
You take vitamins to improve your health, so why take chances.