Spring Blog Vacation

Last month was rough for me. I didn’t realize how rough until I missed posting last week and didn’t realize it until a few days later. Because of this I’ve decided to take a month off from blogging and catch up on some other things.

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Stearates

It took me a long time to discover that stearates such as stearic acid, magnesium stearate, and calcium stearate, were not innocuous fillers, they were oil derivatives that were actually making me sick.

Recently I learned that the reason that stearates seem to be found in all pills is because manufacturers use them as lubricants. Lubricants enable manufacturing machines to run more efficiently. They choose stearates in place of other oils which suggests to me that they are not just oil derivatives they are actual oils.

What is interesting is that it is well known by manufacturers that these substances “impede absorption and present the possibility of patient sensitivity”. Lubricants prevent absorption by coating each nutrient particle with a layer of stearic, palmitic or some other fatty acid delaying delivery of the active ingredient further down the intestinal tract than intended. This can lead to unabsorbed nutrients and/or inflammation of tissue not prepared for unbroken down substances.

One name I hadn’t heard of before is ascorbyl palmitate, AKA palmitic acid. I need to add it to my dangerous list as it is also a fatty acid.

Website I found this information on:. http://supplement-facts.org/2012-1.php#.WOBPdkRlDqA

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Misleading Suppliment Lables

http://supplement-facts.org/2012-1.php#.WOBPdkRlDqA

On this website they discuss how the labeling requirements on supplements are misleading. A label might be able to say that it only contains vitamin D and in other ingredients list only gelatin capsules but in fact have added fillers. This is because manufacturers only have to list on the label what they themselves have put in, not what products were in what they purchased from others. In the example above, the vitamin D could have been pure or be a 0.1%dilution in a base of dicalcium phosphate, lactose, acacia, BHT, sodium benzoate, and sorbic acid. If you are taking a multivitamin every ingredient could contain just as many fillers. I don’t have to explain how dangerous this is for people with sensitivities and allergies.

I currently take several supplements. I did research them and the companies have good reputations, however it’s always a risk.  For the most part I choose to buy my supplements in bulk and stuff my own pills but it’s been worth the risk for me during nursing to increase my nutrition with prenatal vitamins and a B supplement because I have difficulty consuming enough nutrition via food alone. Some people really don’t have that luxury and I feel that no matter how difficult it would be for manufacturers, that all ingredients should be required by law to be listed on the label.

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