Sadly, you might still not know of the fact that more than 97% of vitamins we are regularly using contain some dangerous ingredient.
They are produced by big pharmaceutical companies, for example, Centrum is a product of the Pharma giant Wyeth, while Bayer HealthCare of aspirin fame makes the One A Day line.
Many supplements are also sold by Unilever, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and other big pharmaceutical companies, and a great part of them are high in artificial additives, synthetic flow agents, chemical colorings, and even replica vitamin compounds, which cannot be totally processed by the body as it does not recognize them.
These are some facts about supplements you should know:
- Supplements and pills derived from whole foods treat many, but not all artificial vitamins deficiencies.
- Many supplements, especially multivitamins, are not derived from edible foods but are a product of synthetically produced compounds.
- Synthetic compounds are substances are often not absorbed well, and if in high quantities, they have disastrous effects.
- Long-term epidemiological proof reveals that common multi-nutritional vitamins do not offer many health benefits.
Dangerous Ingredients In Supplements:
Yet, one of the most shocking facts about supplements is the one that they contain GMOs, and what’s more, in excessive amounts!
They are high in genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), toxic ingredients, aspartame, aluminum, and petroleum-derived artificial colors. All of these, damage the gut bacteria.
The following list includes GMO Fillers (unless noted) which need to be avoided in the supplements:
- GMO fed pork/beef gelatin
- Soy lecithin
- Modified food starch (corn)
- Corn starch
- Whey/egg white protein from GMO-fed cattle/chickens
- Hydrogenated soybean oil
- Citric acid
- Lactic acid
- Ascorbyl palmitate
- Xanthan gum
- Natural flavoring
You should also stay away from the following toxins as well:
Stearic Acid And Magnesium Stearate
Magnesium stearate is added to a minimum of 90 percent of all vitamin supplements, and it is made by adding a magnesium ion to stearic acid. It has lubricating abilities, which is often the reason that it is added to supplements, and it prevents the sticking of capsules and tablets to each other.
Immunology published a study which showed that stearic acid might suppress the activity of our natural killer cells, T cells, and therefore cause” a loss of membrane potential and eventually cell function and viability.” It is in fact sourced from hydrogenated oils like cottonseed oil, and it is often abundant in pesticide residue, as it is genetically engineered.
This is a common pigment in vitamins and supplements, and the exposure to it can damage the immune system.
“Titanium dioxide has recently been categorized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ‘possibly carcinogen [ic]to humans,'” explains the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety on its website.
“This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation.”
A warning issued by the Cornucopia Institute, a highly-effective food activism group, warns that it triggers “intestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer, in laboratory animals.”
It also leads to gastrointestinal symptoms (spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome/IBS, chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.), so you should avoid it in order to stay safe.
It is in fact just common, but it is used as a pricey filler, with the aim to make the bottle weigh more, and hence offer the impression that it is of higher quality.
Artificial colors relate to numerous issues, from cancer to hyperactivity in kids.
Many very popular supplements like Centrum, are high in toxic coloring agents such as FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake and FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, which are potential neurotoxins.
You should also avoid the following fillers in supplements:
Ethylcellulose, Crospovidone, Croscarmellose, (anything with propyl or ethyl) Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose, carnauba wax, silica, sorbitol, benzoic acid, salt benzoate, gums, plasdone products, povidone, starch (corn), Talc, yeast extract, Shellac, Propylene glycol, sodium laurly sulfate, laureth sulfate, Potassium Sorbate, acrylamides, Pregelatinized Starch, glaze, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Methylcellulose.
Other Sources Included: