Why We Handmake Our Supplements

Handemade white food supplements in a rustic wooden bowl.

We want to have complete control over what goes into our supplements, which is why we handmake all the supplements in our organic range.

Unlike many other supplements on the market, ours contain absolutely no magnesium stearate (or any other processing aids, binding agents, flowing agents or caking agents). Although it has not been proven that this common anti-caking agent is harmful, various studies have found that it does have risks – especially in higher doses.

We want you to have peace of mind that the supplements you use to support your well-being are safe, and the uncertainty surrounding magnesium stearate led us to decide not to use it at all.

Magnesium stearate remains contentious, and a lot more research needs to be done before we fully understand how it affects the body. In the meantime, here’s a closer look at why we handmake all our supplements.

What Is Magnesium Stearate?

Magnesium stearate is a compound of magnesium and stearic acids. Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps you turn food into energy, transports nutrients across cell membranes, helps to keep bones healthy and produces DNA. Stearic acid is saturated fat which is naturally present in various foods, including chicken, grass-fed beef and chocolate.

What is Magnesium Stearate Used for?

Magnesium Stearate is widely used as an anti-caking agent to prevent ingredients from getting stuck to equipment during the production of supplements. It’s an effective and affordable lubricant that helps to streamline production processes.

Why Are People Worried About Magnesium Stearate?

In recent years, whether or not magnesium stearate should be used in supplements has become a contentious question. Some people will tell you that it’s harmful and should be avoided, while others will argue that there’s no strong evidence for these claims and that magnesium stearate is a completely safe compound of natural substances.

The Possible Risks of Magnesium Stearate

  • According to the National Institute of Health, large doses of magnesium stearate pose the risk of a magnesium overdose, impairing neuromuscular transmission, causing weakness and affecting reflexes.
  • Reports have suggested that magnesium stearate can reduce the speed at which supplements are dissolved in the gastrointestinal tract. And if the body can’t properly break a substance down, it won’t benefit from its nutrients.
  • It has been reported that magnesium stearate can have a laxative effect by disturbing the mucosal lining of the bowels.
  • A study published in the journal Immunology found that T cell-dependent immune responses were inhibited in the presence of stearic acid.
  • According to a report by the World Health Organization, there have been a number of cases of batches of magnesium stearate becoming contaminated with potentially harmful chemicals.

Given the concern over the possible risks of magnesium stearate, we have decided not to use it and handmake all our organic supplements.

We want to provide you with a completely natural product which you can enjoy without worrying about potential side effects. But it’s important to remember that much of what is said about magnesium stearate is unproven – and we recommend approaching any claims either for or against its use with caution; we need more evidence that it isn’t harmful before we will use it in our organic capsules.

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