Harmful Fillers and False Labeling – Standard for Today’s Supplement Industry

The history of the cigarette industry is filled with misinformation and companies who have spent billions of dollars trying to hide the health impacts from the general public. Under the disguise of claims being “healthy” the supplement industry is equally as deceptive. Big-name supplement companies today spend unbelievable amounts of money advertising “healthy” products only to produce cheaply made gummy, tablet, and chewable supplements where 50% or more of the products are made up of harmful fillers (excipients).

What is a Filler?

Fillers are man-made chemicals that are added to supplements to bind ingredients, make the product seem larger, help make manufacturing much cheaper, and for fake flavor or coloring. When a company offers up products that are inexpensive, more than likely the supplement is loaded with these fillers and the product will not only be ineffective but will actually be harmful.

A Few (of many) Harmful Impacts of Supplement Fillers:

  • ·        Fillers block the absorption of vitamins and minerals which negates the point of taking a health supplement. Bariatric patients who greatly depend on the effectiveness of their supplements are putting themselves at risk of severe deficiencies if taking products such as chewables, tablets, and gummies that are loaded with these fillers.
  • ·        Fillers are toxic, contain GMO’s, and have been found to weaken the immune system.
  • ·        Fillers cause inflammation in the digestive system and have been found to form tumors.
  • ·        Fillers have been linked to increased risk of cancer.
  • ·        Fillers increase low density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol and decrease high density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol.
  • ·        Fillers can have allergic type reactions by the bodies organs, including the brain, which often displays symptoms of fatigue, memory loss, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, and insomnia. 

Check the Label for “Other Ingredients”!

Most harmful fillers are hidden in tiny font in the “other ingredients” or in a small paragraph somewhere on the label. While companies are required to list these ingredients on their label, the FDA does not require companies to list the amount of fillers within their supplements. Big name companies take full advantage of this loop hole and load their tablets, gummies, and chewables with fillers. Some common harmful fillers include:

  • ·        Magnesium Stearate – Used as a cheap way to bind ingredients, commonly found in gummy and chewable products.
  • ·        Carrageenan – Used as a thickening agent in gummy and liquid products.
  • ·        Titanium Dioxide – Unnatural coloring agent to make supplements all look the exact same color. A true vitamin and mineral product will vary in color due to the ingredients coming from raw, natural sources that are imperfect in color. Also found in most gummy and chewable products.
  • ·        Hydrogenated Oils – Used to increase product shelf life and reduce manufacturing costs.

The Myth of “Natural” / “Organic” Vitamins

One of the biggest fabrications in today’s supplement industry is the falsity of the “natural” or “organic” trend. Many big-name companies advertise their products as being natural but again if you look closer at the other ingredients on the label you will see that their products are anything but natural. Not only should you be weary of a product that claims to be natural but has fillers, there should be red flags if these products are also inexpensive. You simply can not have a natural, well made supplement at the price these major supplement companies sell them at. They cut corners by using man-made chemicals and cheap manufacturing methods while falsely advertising their products as natural.

The Vita4Life Difference!

At Vita4Life, we strive to produce the highest quality supplement possible meeting the highest standards for bariatric patients. Our products were designed by bariatric surgeons to provide gastric bypass patients with the most bioavailability. Our products are encapsulated and dissolve in 2 minutes or less so all vitamins and minerals can be absorbed. Capsules that dissolve quickly are the best way for the body to fully absorb the supplement. Any company that claims to provide “bariatric supplements” in gummy, tablet, or chewable form either does not know that these are harmful or they simply do not care about your health.

Vita4Life will never cut corners to put profits ahead of our customers health. We will always produce the highest quality products that our customers can trust.

Vita4Life strongly encourages you to read the labels of the products before you make a purchase. It is up to you to educate yourself and not be fooled by large companies’ false intentions.

Here is a comprehensive list of fillers found in these companies products that should be avoided. As you can see, Vita4Life does not and will never have these ingredients in our products:

Chemical Fillers

Vita4Life Vitamins
& Supplements

Chewable/ Tablet/ Gummy Vitamins

Liquid Vitamins

Magnesium/Calcium Stearate

NO

YES

YES

Lactose

NO

YES

YES

Microcrystalline/Ethyl/Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose

NO

YES

YES

Silicon/Titanium Dioxide

NO

YES

YES

Peanut/Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil

NO

YES

YES

Stearic Acid

NO

YES

YES

Flavonoids, Artificial Flavorings, and Red Dyes

NO

YES

YES

Talc

NO

YES

YES

Pregelelatinized Starch

NO

YES

YES

Povidone

NO

YES

YES

Tartrazine

NO

YES

YES

Sucrose

NO

YES

YES

Sodium Benzoate

NO

YES

YES

Shellac

NO

YES

YES

Crospovidone

NO

YES

YES

Guar Gum

NO

YES

YES

 

As always, feel free to contact Vita4Life with any questions you may have. Sincerely,

Greg Race

CEO

Vita4Life! Inc.