What Are Excipients?
Excipients are binders, fillers and "glues" that are typically non-nutritive substances used in the manufacture of dietary supplements.
Would you want to consume anything that is not nutritive?
We believe it is unnecessary to take nutritional products that have questionable, non-nutritive excipients.
Please note: Tablets almost always contain excipients; therefore, we believe the best choice is to avoid dietary supplements that are in a tablet form.
Just a few examples of questionable excipients commonly found in dietary supplements:
- Magnesium stearate — a cheap lubricating agent
- Methyl paraben — a benzoate family member
- Silicon dioxide — a cheap flowing agent
- Methacrylic copolymer — methacrylic acid, a component of the methacrylic acid copolymer
- Triethyl citrate — a plasticizer
- Titanium dioxide — used for color
- Talcum powder — a common excipient used for lubricating machines
Other Questionable but Common Tableting and Encapsulating Agents:
- D&C Red #33 — used for color
- Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate — a preservative
- Methylparaben — a preservative
- Propylparaben — a preservative
- Polyethylene glycol — a cheap lubricating agent
- Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate — a preservative
- Sodium metabisulfite — a preservative
- Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose — a thickening agent
- Red ferric oxide-orange shade
- Sodium acetate — a seasoning