As we have been identifying the problems in our dietary patterns, the need to correct those deficiencies becomes so acute that supplementation becomes a necessity.  Nutritional supplements have become popular for this reason yet there are so many industry practices that a prudent consumer needs to be aware of so that they are taking both effective, true quality and pure supplements
A landmark research study cited in JANA, winter, 2000 showed that the odds of purchasing a pure, effective, non-toxic nutritional or herbal product was only 2.5%. It is important to also understand that many products on the market may have effective ingredients so that there is an improvement in symptoms, yet research is showing that when an effective ingredient also contains toxic tagalongs, there can be an immediate improvement of the symptoms, but a long-term slowly degrading of the DNA and consequently a weakening over-all of the person’s immune response. It was shown by one of the world’s premier quantum physicists, Dr Albert Fritz-Popp, that in the long run you are better off taking nothing than to take a supplement that also contains a toxic excipient.

Most of the supplements being sold today contain toxic excipients that are added for the benefit of the manufacturer and the excipients have no nutritional value whatsoever. Manufacturers use these excipients to keep manufacturing equipment operating at maximum speed to maximize the equipment’s productivity and minimize servicing downtime. Although good for the manufacturer and their profit targets, this does not bode well for the consumer. The excuse is that it is just a small amount. The fallacy in this argument is that that small amount is detrimental in of itself and worse, it bio-accumulates in the body and overtime becomes a major part of the problem in a person’s healthy functioning thus deviating from normal physiology.

Many excipients are listed on the labels but some are not.  For example, talcum powder, a suspected carcinogen, is commonly used in helping capsules fill up with the product, but is rarely listed on the label.

Here is a list of excipients frequently used that needs to be avoided:
1. Magnesium Stearate (and all other stearate forms) this is a cheap lubricating agent and research shows it to be immune-compromising.  This is such a commonly used excipient and is so problematic That the next newsletter alone will be dedicated to dealing with the issues and research surrounding this excipient. Magnesium Stearate needs to be avoided completely and if you read the labels of most nutritional supplements that are in tablet or capsule form, you will see this ingredient on most of them.
Methyl paraben – a benzoate family member, a known cancer causing agent.
Microcrystalline cellulose – a cheap filler
Silicon Dioxide – a cheap flowing agent (common sand)
Natural Flavors – AKA for MSG (monosodium glutamate) a well known neurotoxic agent.  We dealt with this issue in a previous newsletter and it does not make any sense for this to be in a health promoting nutritional supplement.
Methacrylic copolymer – methacrylic acid, a compound that has been reported to act as a teratogen in rat embryo cultures.
Triethyl citrate – a plasticizer
Titanium Dioxide – used for color but very toxic to the liver
Corn Starch – typically from GMO corn – see the newsletter on GMO
Talcum Powder – a suspected carcinogen
Povidone ( or PVP – is a synthetic polymer used as a dispersing and suspending agent in many nutritional encapsulated products and is a potential carcinogen
Maltodextrin – a refined sugar obtained by hydrolysis of cornstarch (often GMO sourced) and is used for flavor, and often contains MSG ( a neurotoxin)
Resin – resins are used as binders and aid in water resistance. They can be of either plant source or synthetic source and are used in lacquers, varnishes, inks, adhesives, synthetic plastics and many pharmaceuticals. The toxicity levels are dependent upon the ingredients used in the manufacture of the resin
Dicalcium Phosphate – is a mineral complex of calcium and phosphorus that is commonly used as a tableting aid, filler or bulking agent. Phospates can induce the same symptoms as MSG in the people who are extremely sensitive to MSG and also most Dicalcium phosphate sources are high in lead.
1. Polysorbate 80 – is a non-ionic surfacant that is a polymer containing oleic acid, palmitic acid, sorbitol and ethylene oxine and is formed by by microbioal fermentation and used as an emulsifer, dispersant or stabilizer in foods, cosmetics, supplements and pharmaceuticals
Polythylene Glycol 3250 – this excipient is used as an emulsifier, binder and surfacant. It improves the resistance to moisture and oxidation. Polythylene is a polymerized ethylene resin and clycol is a dihydric alcohol.
Pharmaceutical Glaze – this is actually shellac used to coat vitamin tablets.  Shellac is insoluable in stomach acid and supplements coated with shellac are difficult for the body to breakdown and assimilate.

Other Questionable but common tableting and encapsulating agents:

1.  D&C red # 33
2. Propylparaben
3. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
4. Hdroxypropyl cellulose
5. Polyethylene glycol
6. Red Ferric oxide-orange shade
7. Methyl p-Hydroxybenzoate
8. Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate
9. Sodium acetate
10. Methylparaben
11. Sodium metabisulfite
12. Eudragit