from an article by Elisha McFarland, Doctor of Naturopathy, Master Herbalist, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
Let's Begin With Vitamin E
Vitamin E, in its natural form, is effective against aging, oxidative stress, restless leg syndrome, diabetes, cataracts and a host of other ills. When studies on Vitamin E are done, although seldom, the Vitamin E most often used is in its synthetic form, a petro-chemically derived and capable of causing endocrine disruption.
Magnesium stearate has been known to cause kidney stones and liver abnormalities. In addition, magnesium stearate is often found as a combined product of stearic acid. Since it is made by hydrogenating cottonseed or palm oil, there is the risk of consuming pesticide residue since cottonseed oil has the highest content of pesticide residue of all commercially produced oils.
Common Fillers Found In Supplements
BHT - This is a fat-soluble compound used in jet fuels, rubber, petroleum products and embalming fluid. Research has linked BHT to bladder cancer, DNA damage, gastric and lung cancer.
BORIC ACID - This chemical is used as an antiseptic, insecticide and flame retardant. It also is connected to DNA damage.
SYNTHETIC VITAMIN A - Petro-chemically derived product capable of causing birth defects.
CUPRIC SULFATE - This is used as an herbicide, fungicide and pesticide. it is very irritating when ingested.
STEARIC ACID - This is a white, waxy, natural fatty acid found in some vegetables and animal fats. It is a major ingredient in soaps and lubricants. If prepared synthetically by hydrogenation of cottonseed and other oils, it contains pesticide residue. It is added as a lubricant and to hold tablets together.
MALTODEXTRIN - This sugar is obtained by hydrolysis of starch. It is used to add texture and as a flavor enhancer.
MODIFIED MAIZE STARCH - This filler is a derivative of corn that has been chemically altered to dissolve quickly and serves as a thickener. Most corn is GMO.
SODIUM BENZOATE - Synthetic chemical used as a preservative. Sodium benzoate can damage mitochondrial DNA.
HYDROGENATED PALM OIL - Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen gas to liquid oils. Hydrogenation leads to trans fats which contribute to fat clogged arteries.
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE - Colorless, odorless powder, it is used to improve fermentation. Small intestinal ulcers may occur with oral administration. Larger doses can cause gastrointestinal irritation, weakness and circulatory collapse.
You Get What You Pay For
There is an enormous difference between whole food supplements and synthetics. Ultimately, you want to avoid synthetics and fillers.
Look for high quality whole food organic supplements whenever possible. Consider boosting your health with super foods and juicing whole, organic vegetables and fruits.