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Is Your Multivitamin A "Daily Dose of Danger" Due To Unhealthy Additives?

Do you give the ingredients in your supplements the same level of scrutiny you do in your food before you put them in your body?

It can be hard because supplement ingredient can be a little trickier to figure out. This is because those unnecessary ingredients aren’t listed on the label in a visible way.

Many times we assume that when we buy vitamin pills and supplements, that's all that we’re getting. Unfortunately, what we don’t know or recognize can hurt us.

Just notice all the “other” or “inactive” on the ingredients listed on the packaging.

In fact, an estimated 90% of all vitamin supplements contain manufacturing fillers.

If you're taking vitamins because you’ve not been well; you’re prone to allergies, infections or simply that you want to do the very best for your body? If so, swallowing toxic, non-beneficial substances is the very last thing you should be doing!

And these pills prove especially difficult for people who suffer from digestive issues.

If you're taking vitamins because you’ve not been well; you’re prone to allergies, infections or simply that you want to do the very best for your body? If so, swallowing toxic, non-beneficial substances is the very last thing you should be doing! And these pills prove especially difficult for people who suffer from digestive issues..

What everyone should know about "inactive" ingredients that could be harming your health

Manufacturers put additives into your vitamin tablets for lots of different reasons – as a processing aid, to bulk them out or make them easier to swallow.

First, let's ask "why are additives and fillers used in vitamin supplements?

Fillers help bind all the ingredients together into a solid pill. They are used as flow agents which allow supplements to run through manufacturing machines without gumming up equipment. They make supplements look more appealing to consumers, and they even make them taste better. And the list goes on.

Here’s a list of the types of additives that your body doesn’t need or benefit from!

Fillers – to add volume to tablets and capsules
Bulking agents – to top up the content of the pills or capsules
Binders – used to stick ingredients together in a tablet
Anti-caking agents – to stop the ingredients clogging up machines
Carriers – to maintain a powder consistency
Coatings – to make swallowing easy
Preservatives – to save ingredients from spoiling
Emulsifiers – to bind water to fats
Colors – to look more appealing to the consumer
Flavors – to alter the taste, even in tablets that are swallowed whole
Sweeteners – to make flavou more palatable, again, even for tablets

What are the common additives you should watch out for?

  • Magnesium stearate and stearic acid – used in 90% of nutritional supplements to speed up the manufacturing process and keep costs down. It can be derived from animal or vegetable, it has no nutritional benefit and could potentially cause harm.

  • Sodium selenite and selenite – toxic, inorganic chemical sources of selenium.

  • Gelatin – an animal protein that is not vegan-friendly and is likely to be sourced from low quality, factory farmed animals fed GMO grain.

  • Lactose – a sugar from milk, likely to be sourced from cows treated with medications and fed grains. It is also a common allergen.

  • Titanium dioxide – a colourant used to make tablets and capsules bright white. It is not an ingredient found in any natural food.

  • Dicalcium phosphate – a cheap and inorganic form of calcium, which helps to bulk out tablets. It is not well absorbed and used by the body.

  • Artificial Colors - Take a look at ingredient lists for any of the following synthetic (artificial) food colorings, all approved by the FDA: FD&C Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2, Green No. 3, Red No. 3, Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5, Yellow No. 6
  • Why are artificial colors in your vitamins anyway?

    The FDA states that these artificial colors in your vitamins are added to: “Offset color loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes, moisture and storage conditions; correct natural variations in color; enhance colors that occur naturally; provide color to colorless and ‘fun’ foods.”

    Do we really care if our vitamin pill has a lovely shade of red? Especially considering the FDA itself has “probed” into the connection between artificial food dyes and children’s behavior!

    Red #40 has been linked to hyperactivity and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, among others, wants the FDA to ban artificial food colors.

    After all, artificial colors in your vitamins serve no function other than making food look more “fun”, or even worse, cover up the fact that the active ingredients in the vitamin has been degraded by exposure to light, air, moisture, heat, or poor storage conditions.

    But before you throw all of your pills away,it's important to know that some pills and supplements have less additives than others. Some manufacturers are more concerned about limiting the harmful ingredients than padding their bottom line.

    And fortunately, most inactive ingredients are probably so minuscule that they should pose little to no health risk. However, everybody’s body is unique and we each react differently to different things.

    Additionally, you must take into account what other supplements and medications you are taking and how and how certain things could be accumulating inside your body over time.

    And if there was an option to avoid all fillers and additives completely, would you be interested?

    Solving this problem is just one of the reasons we created the innovative new Vitamin Patches, which are vitamins you wear instead of swallow.

    One benefit of vitamin patches is that no additives or fillers get into your body.

    Our vitamin patches do contain a non-GMO, US-made, hypoallergenic adhesive binder, but importantly, the adhesive stays on the outside.

    Peel the patch off the wax paper, slap it on your skin to let it do it's magic and when you're done, simply throw the biodegradable patch away.

    The adhesive and binder that we use has a molecular size that is too large to be absorbed into the skin.

    These nano-sized vitamins suspended in the easily removal adhesive however are absorbed from the patch through the pores, migrating down microscopic follicle pathways and into the bloodstream where they go to work optimizing your health.

    Additionally, because this is the straightest line to the bloodstream (with the exception of IV vitamins from a health clinic) and because it bypasses the destructive and protective effects of the liver, your body absorbs much more of the vitamins than than via pills.

    We call this having a higher bioavailability. In fact, it's been shown to be up to 90% bioavailable versus the best pills topping out around 20-30%.

    Only The Good Stuff Gets In!

    The adhesive and binder that we use has a molecular size that is too large to be absorbed into the skin.

    These nano-sized vitamins suspended in the easily removal adhesive however are absorbed from the patch through the pores, migrating down microscopic follicle pathways and into the bloodstream where they go to work optimizing your health.

    Additionally, because this is the straightest line to the bloodstream (with the exception of IV vitamins from a health clinic) and because it bypasses the destructive and protective effects of the liver, your body absorbs much more of the vitamins than than via pills.

    We call this having a higher bioavailability. In fact, it's been shown to be up to 90% bioavailable versus the best pills topping out around 20-30%.

    HOW VITAMIN PATCHES WORK?

    HERE IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR PATCHES

    Transdermal patches offer a route of administration wherein active ingredients are delivered through the skin for systemic distribution.