Stearates in Most Vitamins

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Magnesium Stearate Used
in 90% of Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements

Magnesium stearate is also known as stearic acid,  and is used as a lubricant in over 90% of the vitamins and other nutritional supplements consumed today.  This enables the manufacturers to run their machines more efficiently and save them money, but it may create problems for the consumer:

Stearic Acid Found in Nutritional Supplements like Vitamins Harmful to Liver, Causes Cell Death
and Depresses Immune System

  • The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, in July 1999, says that stearic acid may prevent absorption and also “might be harmful to the liver.” 
  • “... Cell death was induced by stearic and palmitic acid.”  PMID:  12562519 (PubMed) Ulloth, JE, Casiano CA, De Leon M., Department of Microbiology and Immunolgy, East Carolina university School of Medicine.
  • Stearic Acid inhibits T-cell dependent immune responses... - Tebbey PW, Buttke TM, “Molecular Basis for the Immunosuppressive Action of Stearic Acid on T cells”, Immunogy, 1990 Jul; 379-86.

Look For Nutritional Supplements That Are Free of Stearates

So stearic acid, also called magnesium stearate appears to inhibit absorption, be harmful to the liver, cause cell death in your body and suppress your immune system.  Do you really want to be taking vitamins or other nutritional supplements on a long-term basis with these ingredients in them?  Even many retailers do not know about the health problems that they may be creating by consuming stearates, and mistakenly claim 100% purity or 100% natural for their supplements and vitamins that do in fact contain these toxins.  Two online stores we know of that carry the Quantum / Premier brands which are guaranteed free of stearates are Total Health Secrets and Love Street Living Foods:


Total Health Secrets carries the Quantum/Premier brand of vitamins and also Health Force Nutritionals.

Love Street Living Foods carries the Quantum/Premier natural vitamins and also Gaia Herbs, Healthforce, Weleda and Organic Raw Foods.








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