Why paying attention to fillers is important
Do you ever have those days where you don’t feel well, like something is off? Did you ever wonder if this could be symptom of something much bigger to come? It could be that you are just not feeling well or maybe it is something that you are ingesting?
We do all this research on the internet on supplements, diet, nutrition and usually end up taking some sort of supplement to give us some extra added benefit or as a preventative. What most of us don’t realize is there are a lot of supplement companies out there that use fillers in their product. Some may use it to fill a capsule while others use it to bind a tablet. It could even be what the gel cap that you are ingesting is made of.
After researching fillers, I found that some of them can be pretty toxic and containing synthetic additives used to bind the composition of a vitamin. Toxic additives are commonly used in tablets and rapid release capsules. While you may not experience visible symptoms immediately, long-term daily use can cause some detrimental effects to your major organs.
- Liver and Kidney Damage: There are some fillers that are used in supplements that can cause liver and kidney damage. Propylene glycol (found in antifreeze used in windshield washer fluid and brake fluid) and is known to cause this kind of damage.
- Allergic Reactions: Some vitamin fillers have been known to cause allergic reactions. Many of them contain dyes that can cause this reaction. Red Dye 33 and red dye 40 are two of the fillers known to do this. Some of the reported allergic reactions range from hives to anaphylactic shock.
- Cancer: There are reports that some supplement companies use Talc as a filler. While it has been used to soothe irritated skin ingesting this is not recommended. There are links between talc and asbestos, which have revealed they are chemically identical. Asbestos is known to cause cancer.
- Coronary Artery Disease: SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) and SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES) are found in a variety of house hold items such as shampoos, garage floor cleansers, engine degreasers, and even car wash soaps. This has also been used in supplements. SLS can be retained in the liver, heart, eyes, kidneys and muscles for periods of several years after use and have been reported to cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff and allergic reactions.
Based on all the information provided, the best advice would be to purchase your supplements in vegetable capsules, naturally compressed tablets, powders or liquids that contain the fewest possible additives. Unfortunately, many manufacturers do not disclose all of their ingredients on the label since this is not a legal requirement. Always check with the manufacturer and demand full disclosure before purchasing any food supplement, even if it is purchased in a health food store.
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