Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Ten Substances to Avoid in Vitamins

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Ten Substances to Avoid in Vitamins

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There are quite a few factors that customers should not have to worry about in a vitamin preparation. A little known fact is that the potentially problematic substances in many cases do not appear in the product label. This is because they are present in small amounts or are constituents of an active ingredient and they are not listed as such. The following are a few of problems associated with some vitamins:

* Artificial ingredients. Many nutrients on the market contain artificial colors, dyes, and flavors. This is especially the case in regard to children's vitamins. These items are not good for your health and are potentially harmful. Some children have a negative reaction to these substances.

* Gluten. Gluten is often found in nutritional products. A very small amount of this substance can cause a devastating reaction in patients with celiac disease.

* Lead. Some companies, unfortunately, do not check their products--especially calcium supplements--for the presence of lead. Every company should adopt the standard of the state of California, which permits no more than 0.3 part per million (p.p.m.) of lead in its nutrients.

* Mad cow disease. Although there have not been reports of mad cow disease caused by nutritional products, any product made from animal matter must be suspect in this area.

* Magnesium stearate. This substance is often used as a lubricant. Many nutritionists believe that it is a negative substance. It is often derived from fat that is picked up from butchers, who trim it from their meats. …

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