Harmful Additives In Food Supplements
Taking food supplements is a daily ritual for many. You take the supplements because you want to make sure you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need to be healthy. The taking of supplements has entered the mainstream. However, there are questions being raised about exactly what food supplements contain.
It is highly likely if you are taking food supplements everyday that you are giving them to your kids. Once again you want to make sure your kids get the nutrition they require. You and many other parents have been told it is better to be ‘safe than sorry’. Parents feel more secure about their kids’ health if they ‘top up’ their nutrition with food supplements.
You are constantly being told that food supplements are good for you and your kids. The information is coming from a variety of sources like media ads, manufacturers and suppliers. There is no reason to question whether food supplements are healthy or not. The reality is that more and more people are asking this very question. They want to know exactly what food supplements contain.
Many consumers have no idea that a large proportion of food supplements contain ‘fillers’ along with the vitamins and minerals. What are fillers?
Manufacturers Add Fillers to Food Supplements for 3 Reasons
- Makes it easier to swallow
- Gives an appealing appearance
- Allows for faster and easier production
Although the actual vitamins and minerals may add some value to your daily nutritional needs, the fillers are not healthy. Fillers are not healthy in the same way that additives to processed foods are unhealthy. The human body does not need additives and fillers. Additives and fillers could also prevent the proper absorption of the nutrients.
4 Fillers That are Used and Very Bad for Your Body
This ingredient is used in food supplements and also your cosmetics. It is an oxide (pigment) that occurs naturally of titanium. If the body is exposed to this element it could result in difficulties with the immune system.
Colorants are added to food supplements to make them more appealing to the eye. Certain colorants come from coal tar. Coal tar is a highly toxic ingredient. It is found in paints, roofing, sealants, heating and more. Coal tar is not meant to be ingested. It has been blamed for a large number of health problems from hyperactivity to cancer.
You are constantly being advised not to ingest hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. By now, you are aware these oils are responsible for blood sugar regulation, nervous system troubles, heart ailments and the prevention of the absorption of essential fatty acids etc.
It seems hard to believe hydrogenated (and partially hydrogenated) oils are added to food supplements – but they are. The oils have zero nutritional value. It is common for manufacturers to use partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
This ingredient is used only as a lubricant. It is due to magnesium stearate that your vitamin capsules don’t stick together. Even though this ingredient is still regarded as controversial – there is a camp for and a camp against the danger.
There have been some studies that suggest a link between magnesium stearate and suppressed immune system. Another study suggests magnesium stearate makes a biofilm within the body that prevents the absorption of nutrients.
You will find that mass produced food supplements by huge pharmaceutical companies are loaded with fillers. It is best to seek out smaller manufacturers with a positive philosophy to good health. Such manufacturers produce raw food supplements using natural, organic ingredients without any harmful additives.