Beware Of Toxic Supplements

by Optimum Nutrition Admin

Live-source, organic whole food supplements that have been syngertically combined is the key to maximum efficacy.

While basic supplementation will be a necessity due to the energetically and nutritional weak food supply, it is important to realize that the vast majority of supplements being sold are not only worthless, they are actually detrimental to your health. Many are synthetic coal tar derivatives that include an array of toxic fillers, binders and excipients. In fact, many of the most harmful ingredients are not even listed on the labels. Flowing agents such as talcum powder, a suspected carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), are used routinely by most manufacturers as well as polyvinylpyrrolidone, magnesium stearate (a proven immuno-suppressant), stearic acid, waxes and many other known or suspected carcinogens. Studies by the University of Texas Health Science Center and the East Carolina University School of Medicine reveal that these toxic additives cause a rapid collapse of T-cell membrane function and cell death; thereby suppressing the immune system. (Immunology, 1990, Jul.) More than 95% of the vitamin and mineral products consumed today contain stearates. Stearates are used as binders in tablets and in the processing of gelatin capsules. People often take hundreds of capsules and tablets every month believing that they are getting vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients but, in reality, they are ingesting powerful immune suppressing toxins.

Amazingly, synthetic ingredients in nutritional products are only part of the problem. Natural ingredients that are poorly grown, spoiled, irradiated, fumigated or contaminated with pesticide/insecticide residues also contribute to the ineffectiveness and toxicity of most brands. Research shows over 60% of the herbs currently used in nutritional products in the U.S. have been either fumigated, irradiated or contain significant pesticide/insecticide residues – including organic herbs. Most supplement manufacturers do not test the raw materials used to make their products. They usually accept the Certificate of Analysis from their suppliers. Unfortunately, the Certificate of Analysis is of little value since the certifying agency only tests for harmful bacteria and mold and rarely tests for toxic contaminants.

How a plant is grown is also of critical importance. An herb’s nutrient content, as well as phytochemical properties, can vary drastically depending on its growing and harvesting methods. Most herbs grown in the U.S. are too weak, too toxic or both to provide the nutritional benefits routinely cited in scientific literature. A plant can vary in its mineral content by more than 900% depending on how it is grown. Similarly, its phytochemical nutrients can range from very potent, with unparalleled healing properties, to virtually inactive. If an herb is poorly grown, even a concentrate, tincture or extract will yield minimal benefits. Research reveals that a person has less than 5% chance of selecting a nutritional product in the market place that is both nontoxic and effective. This was confirmed in a landmark study reported in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association (winter, 1999).


  1. AZforme May 22, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I just can’t believe that people running these supplement companies would be selling synthetic poison. They are supposed to be a part of the NATURAL HEALTH industry. Thank you for pulling the wool off of my eyes so I can see these crooks for what they are and the junk they are peddling.

  2. Optimum Nutrition Admin May 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Bear in mind, most of the people formulating supplements for manufacturers are not intentionally producing harmful products. Undoubtedly, in most cases, they believe their supplements are actually quality products. Most people simple don’t understand nutrition, how it effects the human body or how to identify what is healthful. Without the benefit of muscle testing (see Muscle Testing 101), the human mind is incapable of discerning truth from falsehood, perception from essence, positive from negative or beneficial from detrimental. Therefore, supplement company owners and employees are just guessing as to what is nutritional beneficial. So while they may not be contributing to the health of their customers, they are not “crooks.”

  3. Mary June 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that supplements could be so dangerous. I really need to learn more about muscle testing so that I can determine what is good for myself. Could you post a tutorial on muscle testing for those of us who want to learn this technique?

  4. pow3r_pro July 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I know this is gross but most supplements in tablet form come out looking the same as they did when they went in. There’s too much junk in them to even break down during digestion. I wonder how long they retain their shape in the septic tank?

  5. eddieb September 7, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I can attest through direct experience to what is being said here. I was taking a time-released ester C which was in tablet form. I developed severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea. I was admitted to the hospital and was given a barium enema. Doctor’s suspected Crohn’s disease but were unable to make a final diagnosis. It finally dawned on me that all the problems started when I began taking the ester C. Within days of stopping, all the intestinal symptoms disappeared. I’ve been taking Quantum’s Vitamin C for months and have not had one adverse side effect. Just the opposite, I feel better now than I have in years. Stay far away from any supplement in tablets.

  6. sflorida442 March 3, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I think about all the ingredients that must be in those gummy vitamins advertised on televsion and how convenient and innocent they seem when they’re anything but a health supplement. “Sweet and fruity, gummy vitamins are an enjoyable and easy way to get your daily dose of nutrients.” If you need something sweet and fruity how about picking up a piece of fruit??

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