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October 02, 2017
Pay Attention to The Ingredients in Your Supplements
Your body has its own internal clock that controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In part, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise

You can find some of the following culprits hiding in popular vitamin supplement brands:

  • Artificial Food Coloring:
    While this is certainly no surprise for many vitamins like Flintstones Vitamins, I was a bit more surprised to find Blue 2 Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 5 Lake, FD&C and Yellow No. 6 Lake in One-a-Day, Nature’s Bounty, and Centrum’s adult multivitamins. They are listed as “less than 2%,” but personally, I don’t want any of these toxins in my food, sincethey associated with a host of disturbing effects on the brain, central nervous system, and health of cells.
  • Titanium Dioxide:
    The International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed this ingredient as a possible carcinogen. Found in many toxic vitamins, including One-a-Day, Centrum, Nature Made, Solgar and Nature’s Bounty.
  • Soy Lecithin and other hexane-extracted additives:
    In addition to being made from GMO soy, this additive often contains solvents. According to Chris Kresser, the processing usually involves hexane. The processing done to remove the hexane can leave trace amounts. That residue is unregulated by the FDA even though it is listed by that organization as a potential carcinogen and neurotoxin — meaning there can still be hexane in your vitamins. Flintstones Complete contains soy lecithin.
  • Mono- and Diglycerides:
    As discussed in our peanut butter article, these additives can contain trans fats. Found in Flintstones Complete.
  • BHT:
    This suspected carcinogen is in some supplements, such as Centrum Silver.
  • Maltodextrin and ascorbic acid.
    These common ingredients are made from GMO corn. Found in Emergen-C, Centrum, Nature Made, One-a-Day and Flintstones.