When making professional, therapeutic nutraceutical medicine, every component matters, even the smallest one. If you have not yet focused on elements like the capsule or the flow agents, this article is for you.
Many people live their lives with preferences, making informed decisions based on multiple reasons ranging from ethnic upbringing, religion or diet restrictions to medical reasons. We often focus on the content and pay little to no attention to packaging, assuming all things are created equally and produced safely when in isolated cases this is simply not the case.
When you hear the word “gelatin,” which is used in making vitamin capsules, gummy bears and multiple food items like Jello, you would never think it was made from discarded slaughterhouse waste, produced from collagen extracted from the skin, hides, bones, and connective tissues of domesticated cattle, chicken, pigs, and fish.
We choose vegetarian capsules over gelatin capsules because all the animal components are eliminated. We use the cleanest and purest vegetarian capsules in the world made from plant-based Hypromellose (HPMC), which is a purified form of cellulose obtained from sustainable cultivation of wood pulp.
Most people do not think twice about the process of how raw materials are compressed into tablets or fit into capsules. This process requires binders and flow agents used for their lubricating properties to prevent ingredients from sticking to manufacturing equipment during the compression of chemical powders into capsules or tablets.
The most common flow agents are magnesium stearate and stearic acid and they may be problematic. Studies show the immunosuppressive action of stearic acid on T cells.
“The increased abundance of disaturated phosphatidylcholine species may enhance membrane rigidity to an extent that plasma membrane integrity is significantly impaired, leading to a loss of membrane potential and ultimately cell function and viability.”
Magnesium Stearate is a commonly used diluent in the manufacture of medical tablets, capsules and powders. According to research, it is also an allergen. (Tammaro, A et al. 2012.)
Neurological studies have found evidence that magnesium stearate may collapse cell membranes and selectively kill T-cells, breaking down the body’s immune defence system. After reading the studies on magnesium stearate and steric acid how these ingredients can affect brain health, we changed the flow agent to eliminate the possibility and use instead ascorbal palmate, a fat-soluble vitamin C instead. From that day forward we have never looked back.
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