Magnesium Stearate is the magnesium salt of stearic acid, widely used as flow filler in supplements and pharmaceutical drugs…..in fact it is found in about 90% of all vitamin supplements.
Studies show that avoiding supplements with this magnesium stearate as a component is a good idea. Believe it or not, magnesium stearate can actually inhibit the absorption rate of supplements. This stearic acid has also been shown to slow down the activity of our natural killer cells which could lead to a slow down in cell function, in other words affecting your immune system. The biggest reason to avoid magnesium stearate is that it’s source is likely tainted. The stearic acid that the compound is made from usually comes from hydrogenated cottonseed oil which contains more pesticide residue than any other oil. And most often cotton crops are genetically engineered also known as GMO. The hydrogenation process is incredibly damaging to the structure of the oil and creates the toxicity, which you really don’t want to be consuming on a daily basis.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola’s article on this topic “magnesium stearate” may well be heading for elimination from the market. This can only be a good thing, in my opinion. Dr. Mercola’s website www.mercola.com is where I get many of my supplements.
It is very important when selecting your supplements that you pick food based, high quality, natural ones that do not include magnesium stearate on the list of ingredients.
I have been following many leading edge “health gurus” and following their suggestions for several years now. My supplement list has evolved from much research on the topic. I’m confident that my daily dose of “dietary insurance” comes in the form of pure and high quality food based supplements. I always avoid magnesium stearate.
Check your supplement labels and see what you find. I’m not telling you to change your routine. I’m just saying that I have made the decision to avoid magnesium stearate in my daily regime until it has been proven safe.