Supplement Users, Do You Read Labels, Do You know What You Are Taking Into Your Body?
As companies become more sophisticated, customers must become more sophisticated, as well. This means some homework on purchases--especially purchases intended to promote health. Otherwise, it is entirely possible to sink a good deal of money into products that are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.
Consider the following ingredients in the most popular one-a-day supplement, Centrum, courtesy of Meghan Telpner:
Calcium as Calcium Carbonate: This is the least absorbable form of calcium on the market. A very small percentage is actually absorbed.
Magnesium as Magnesium Oxide: The least absorbable, cheapest form of magnesium.
Iron as Ferrous Fumarate: This form of iron is incredibly constipating.
B Vitamins: Citing anywhere from 1.1 mg to 15 mg per vitamin is a concentration so low as to have no impact on energy levels, as outlined in their claims.
Nickelous Sulfate and Tin: We have been unable to locate any references discussing a need for humans tosupplement with nickel or tin.
As the label lists more non-medicinal ingredients than medicinal ingredients, here is an overview of some of those, as well:
Pregelatinized Corn Starch: This is used as a binder to hold all of the ingredients together. It most likely a genetically modified corn, which presents a number of problems for sensitive people.
Talc: Has been implicated with increased risk of cancer.
Gelatin: Though not inherently a bad product, most of is manufactured from feed lot animal waste, which means vegans and vegetarians best beware.
BHT: Butylated hydroxyanisole has been shown to be toxic to the liver, thyroid, kidney, lungs, and affecting blood coagulation. BHT can act as a tumour promoter.
Yellow 6 Lake: Why is there food colouring in a health supplement? Also known as tartrazine or FD&C Yellow #6, this chemical is banned in some European countries. Side effects of ingestion can include gastric upset, diarrhea, vomiting, nettle rash (urticaria), swelling of the skin (angioedema) and migraines. It is also linked to hyperactivity in young children.
Red 40 Lake: Contains chemical compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl which research has linked with cancer.
Hydrogenated Palm Oil: Hydrogenating any oil converts the fat into an unnatural structure that has shown to be toxic to the body. It forms strong free radicals associated with increased risk of cancer and heart disease.
Maltodextrin: Several studies have linked maltodextrin consumption to the suppression of “good bacteria” in the digestive system increasing risk of gastro symptoms and intestinal inflammation.
Crospovidone: There is an abundance of documented cases of serious allergenic response.
Sodium Benzoate: Especially dangerous because of its destructive effect on DNA. This means that the sodium benzoate consumed today may still be causing problems in future generations. Sodium benzoate is known to specifically attack the mitochondria of DNA.
Doctor's Choice® Next Generation B Complex is completely vegan, non-GMO, organic plant-based with the world's only Vegetarian Society and Vegan Society registered Vitamin D-3 (lichen). Plant-based nutrients such as Shiitake Mushrooms, Acerola Berries, Vitamin E from Fruit Palm, Spirulina, Vitamin D-3 from Lichen, in a base of organic Spinach, turmeric, ginger and blueberry.
We use the minimal amount of fillers for capsule fullness; either microcrystalline cellulose (vegetable source) or flow agent (vegetable source). The capsule shell is also cellulose--from a vegetarian source--no animal gelatin is used.
Our products do not contain wheat, corn, yeast, or dairy. Only 2 products contain soy, and it is verified non-GMO soy (Balanced Female and Progest Liposome Cream).
All of our product labels are available on our website, at the top of each product's page. We encourage buyers to do their homework on any supplement you buy. You will like what you see in our line.
With over 10 years of experience, Bond Consulting is a leader in the SR&ED industry. The SR&ED program is designed to support innovative companies with cash reimbursements from the Canadian Government due to their private R&D efforts. (www.bondconsulting.ca)