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Are They In Your Supplements?

The 10 Most Toxic Ingredients in Natural Supplements and Vitamins. Many people tell me that they are confused about taking supplements.  They know they should be taking some form of “natural” supplement because they realize that their diet isn’t always what it should be and vitamins provide some “insurance” against dietary deficiencies.  The problem for many people is how do we determine if a vitamin is high quality, safe and readily absorbable.  For the average consumer this can be a daunting task between all of the label  claims and a host of words on those same labels that people can’t even pronounce much less understand what they mean.

Here are some of the worst, most toxic things that are found in almost all of the “natural” vitamins found across the gamut of the internet, health food stores, discount buying clubs and various other sundry sources.  Vitamins, like cars, clothes and every other consumer product have a wide variety of quality and reliability.  Unlike other consumer products these go in your body and can have a profound effect on your health if you are not careful about the potential toxins and poor production methods in making these vitamins.

List of 10 ingredients

1.Acrylamide – a strong carcinogen (cancer-causing) ingredient produced most commonly in the cooking of carbohydrates.  Things like french fries, potatoe chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, etc.  They don’t have to be listed on labels because they are technically not ingredients.   Consumption of acrylamides increases kidney cancer risk by 59%. How they find their way into vitamins is through the fact that many vitamins such as vitamin C are made from GM (genetically modified) corn which has to be heated in order to be processed.


2.Aluminum – high levels of aluminum are found in some common “detox” products in the market today.  Detoxification has become quite a popular trend in the natural supplement/food industry and consumers need to be wary of buying products just by reading the labels.  One such products was Adya Clarity, a liquid detox product that was found to have alarmingly high levels of aluminum in it.  The company mislabeled its product and did not include the fact that it had over 1200ppm of aluminum in it.  The company was forced to stop distribution, issue recalls and provide over 1 million dollars in refunds.  Unfortunately untold cases of aluminum contamination had already occurred.


3.Arsenic and lead in Chinese herbal products – high levels of these dangerous contaminants are routinely found in Chinese food, herbal and supplement products.  These metals if in higher enough saturation levels pose a real health risk to our bodies and nervous systems.  They have been implicated in a far ranging list of diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Many companies that import products from China do not do ANY testing for heavy metals whatsoever, so the consumer has no information regarding potential health risks.


4.Carrageenan  –  has been linked to a wide variety of GI (gastro-intestinal) conditions including GI inflammation, colitis, IBS, chronic diarrhea,  Crohn’s Disease and high rates of colon cancer in laboratory animals.  This seaweed derived product is used in many natural and organic foods and in some vitamins as a vegan alternative to gelatin (often used in the capsules for vitamins).  This is another ingredient that may not be listed on the label.   It is wise to check with the manufacturer if you are concerned about it.


5.Fluoride – although one wouldn’t think of fluoride in natural food, it is very commonly found in green tea which makes drinking organic green tea absolutely essential.  Fluoride is found in many over the counter drugs and when those same companies are also manufacturing vitamins they have been detected in the vitamins as well.  It is clearly best to avoid anything with fluoride in it because of the negative health implication.

6.Hexane-extracted soy proteins – much of the “natural” soy proteins sold in the US are actually manufactured    in China using a hexane extraction method. Hexane is a very dangerous solvent most commonly used as an industrial cleaner, degreaser and gasoline ingredient. Any supplement that contains soy and is likely to have hexane in it because of the extraction method used unless it is organic and manufactured in the US.

7. Maltodextrin (from GM corn) – almost all products with maltodextrin are from GM corn which means that we don't really know what they are doing in our bodies. Maltodextrin, which is an artificial sugar has a high glycemic index thereby creating a significant rise in blood sugar, promotes the growth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut and increases the risk of a variety of inflammatory diseases. This is commonly added to vitamins as a filler because it is cheap which is the same reason that it is added to many common foods that we eat on a daily basis.

8.Hidden MSG – also known as autolysed yeast extract, torula yeast or hydrolyzed yeast protein can be found in many protein powders, meal replacement bars and as a fillers and binders in supplements. It is mostly used in these products because it is cheap. The damages due to ingesting MSG have been documented for years and they include brain damage, weight gain, liver inflammation and fetal brain distress.

9.Inorganic minerals in low cost vitamins – the majority of vitamins made today are made with scrap material including scrap iron in the form of iron oxide. Additionally, low quality calcium made from oyster shells or calcium carbonate which has been shown to clog arteries and increase arthritic changes are the most commonly used forms of calcium in vitamins. Both are cheap, virtually indigestible and toxic to humans. The use of cheap magnesium in the form of magnesium oxide is no better. In mineral supplements there may be traces of heavy metals and chemicals such as barium, arsenic and lead.

10.Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – almost all of the vitamin C that you can purchase commercially is derived from GM corn. These include internet sources like Amazon, major health food retailers like Whole Foods, food chains like Trader Joes, pharmacy brands such as Rite Aid and everything at your local grocery store. GM foods are considered some of the most concerning and damaging altered food substance that the world has ever seen. It is important to not take vitamins that are derived from GM sources.

The vitamin industry has a remarkable safety record in contrast to the pharmaceutical industry which has many deaths associated with drug quality issues.  However, like all industries, the vitamin and natural supplement industry is there to make a profit and it suffers from the dilemma of using toxic material in some of its products.
It is important that you purchase your vitamins from health professionals who have done their homework in determining the quality, reliability and absorbability of the nutritional supplements they sell.
If you would like help figuring out what vitamins and nutritional products are the right ones for you and your family please contact me at drdbrant.comor 516 609 0890.Yours in infinite wellness,
Dr. Garry D’Brant