Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BEWARE of Magnesium Stearate!

What is Magnesium Stearate?
Magnesium stearate is a potentially toxic metal additive; however, FDA says that it is OKAY for us to consume it because a person's average intake is only 300mg or less . Now, I don't know about you, but would you feel SAFE consuming something that has severe and fatal outcomes in high doses?? (FDA Mag. Ste.) And this is just ONE of the many reasons I do not trust anything that the FDA has to say!!!

Magnesium Stearate and stearic acid are found in the coating of MANY pills/supplements.  Mag. Stearate helps lubricate the pill so that the substances do not stick to the machinery during production (seems like an easy fix on the production company's part to me). Stearic acid is the by-product of all of the hydrogenated oils that lubricate the machines, so stay away from this metal enhanced, fatty acid in your supplements as well. Although studies have shown that LOW levels of magnesium stearate, such as in your daily supplements, is OKAY I do not advise consuming this ingredient!

My advice is to AVOID this ingredient at all costs. Regardless if you are UNDER the fatal intake of mag stearate, overtime the more you consume the more potential health problems you will incur! CHECK YOUR SUPPLEMENT LABELS and get rid of anything with this in the ingredients! I found 2 supplements that I had purchased from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and they both had this ingredient in them! BEWARE even at the health food stores! FINISH UP YOUR VITAMINS/SUPPLEMENTS BUT START PURCHASING ITEMS WITHOUT THIS INGREDIENT IN THE FUTURE! 

This is another reason why I am a proponent of LIQUID vitamins!

This ingredient is yet another chemical added to the list of things that FDA approves being added to our foods and supplements!  And we wonder why we have so many more kids with autism, allergies, cancers, and other health related problems?????


Zinc (NSI OptiZinc):
Other Ingredients: Kosher gelatin (capsule), rice flour and magnesium stearate.
Nature's Plus Vitamin C Chewable Tablets:
Other Ingredients: Fructose, natural orange flavor, citric acid, magnesium stearate, natural color, beet juice and C-Source (proprietary whole food complex: grape seed [Vitis vinifera extract], bilberry [Vaccinium myrtillus extract] and concentrates of mango, papaya, guava and pineapple).
Source Naturals B12 Tablets:
Other Ingredients: Mannitol, sorbitol, natural cherry flavor, stearic acid, and magnesium stearate.

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