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Really, how much do we need to worry about "other ingredients" in supplements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM

I recently bought a CoQ10 supplement and of all the ones I saw, they all had either beeswax, or rice bran oil or soy lecithin. Aren't these other ingredients such as soybean oil and other stuff negligible or do we really have to avoid supplements that have them?

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:06 PM

I;ve worndered about these, too! All the more relevant when taking vitamins and minerals. Seriously, why on earth would you take something with soybean oil on purpose? Even a tiny dose. Hormesis doesn't necessarily apply when it comes to gluten, soy, GMO and other known allergens.

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:26 PM

For me it's a matter of principle, like AndyM says. And perfectionism. Why accept things if you can do better?

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Sorry, just trying to answer your question with humor. 'I believe the amount is too negligible to be concerned about.' I think you answered your own question. There's a dose/response relationship to most things, at small doses you have nothing to worry about. If you were actually allergic (not 'this gluten makes me feel eww' but actually coeliac) then there might be some concern, but as it is, I doubt there's anything to worry about.

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:00 AM

I don't see how answering that question is helpful. Like the point Todd made: if we avoid these ingredients in food, doesn't that justify that we should avoid them in supplements? But then again, I don't really don't care since I believe the amount is too negligible to be concerned about. But I know some people wouldn't buy them because of that, regardless.

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:54 AM

If yes, are you still alive?

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Question: Have you taken one of these pills yet?

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on December 20, 2011
at 11:54 PM

lol its a tiny amount

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I just figure if you try to avoid all the fillers and processed crud in your food supply, why not apply the same prudence to your supplements?

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:03 AM

It's more a matter of principle than anything else, as ever depending on the choices in front of you.

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on December 28, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Yes, its a problem if you take too much of pills. You can also be alergic. You could also heave leaky gut (think Mg-Stearate jumping into circulation).

Better use powders.

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:30 PM

It may be a tiny amount, but if you're allergic, it can be enough to be bad. It's best to avoid these nasties as much as possible, but if you can't find alternatives, and you don't react to them, go for it.

I switched to Ubiquinol in liquid form instead of CoQ10 as it's more absorbable and bio-available. While it has a tiny bit of soy lecithin which I don't mind, it unfortunately it has sucralose. :( So win some, lose some.

I think over time, I have to make an effort to remove all of these supplements and narrow down to just a few that aren't bioavailable in food and get the rest from food.

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on December 21, 2011
at 04:03 PM

I always avoid soybean oil. Soy lechtin, I put up with in tiny doses. Most Swanson vitamins have rice flour, gelatin, and magnesium stearate. Those, I put up with.

Soy is a known allergen, so you should be able to find equivalent vitamins or minerals without soy, dairy, gluten, and GMO ingredients.

Now, I"m on the fence about certain Vitamin C and magnesium products supplements which contain the following:

  • Sundown Naturals' Vitamin C and Magnesium contain vegetable cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, citric acid, vegetable magnesium sterate, titanium dioxdie color.

  • 21'st Century's Vitamin C which has calcium carbonate, cellulose, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, croscammellose sodium, magnesium sterate.

Why is it that Vit C seems to have so many other ingredients? Would you recommend these?

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:19 PM

It depends on the extra ingredients in the supplement but I'd say it's negligible amounts, although the best way to find out is try the supplement, and if notice an improvement in some aspect of your health, then whatever was in the supplement is trumping the effects of the fillers, if there are any to begin with. Good question though, it's something to think about in the future as the supplement industry inevitably expands while the drug industry inevitably shrinks.

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:31 AM

I'm also concerned about the additives in supplements, many of which contain soybean or canola oil. I stopped taking multivitamins in favor of eating liver once a week, and for CoQ10, heart meat. This requires more effort in the kitchen, but it's way cheaper, and probably healthier.

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