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Viridian values: Additives we won’t use, and why…

Thursday March 8, 2012
Viridian values: Additives we won’t use, and why…

Additives we won’t use, and why…

It is hard to believe that vitamin companies are using these ingredients. Check your labels today.

Did you know that 50% of a tablet is made up of glues, known as binders, to hold the tablet together? For most people this is just an irritating fact, but for people who are additive sensitive, this can be a real issue.

Would you add magnesium stearate, stearic acid, shellac, talc or colourings to your meal, in the way you’d sprinkle over salt or pepper? Neither would we. By making our capsules, liquids and powders as pure and simple as possible, avoiding all the nasties, we have shown that it is possible to make a range of nutritional supplements acceptable for the majority of people.

There is a wide range of fillers, binders, lubricants, disintegrants, coatings, colours and flavours legally allowed in food supplements. Here we highlight three manufacturing aids Methacrylic Acid,  Magnesium Stearate and Titanium Dioxide.


What's in a Supplement? 

Methacrylic Acid
In food supplements, it appears methacrylic acid (MAA - C(4)H(6)O(2))  has been approved in Europe for the manufacturing of methacylate copolymers as film coating agents. Methacrylic acid is more commonly used in nail primers to help acrylic nails adhere to the nail surfaces.

Magnesium stearate
Chemical formula Mg(C18H35O2)2, magnesium stearate is often used as a filler or as a lubricant in the manufacture of pharmaceutical and vitamin tablets, capsules and powders, preventing ingredients from sticking to manufacturing equipment. When produced by soap and hard water, magnesium stearate forms a white solid, widely known as ‘soap scum’ or ‘bath-tub rings’.

Titanium dioxide
Frequently used as a bright white pigment in numerous products from paint to sunscreen and also in pharmaceutical drugs and vitamins supplements, titanium dioxide ensures a consistent white colour throughout the product. It is famously used to create the white lines at Wimbledon.

Here at Viridian Nutrition, we choose to avoid all of these additives and more, preferring slow manufacture and allowing colour variations from batch to batch and season to season.


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