Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Excipient Insanity- Don't fall for the Magnesium Stearate/Silicon Dioxide fear-mongering.

I've had some phone calls and emails over the past weeks and months with people asking me THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF ALL TIME, "do your products have Mag Stearate"? Or less commonly, Silicon Dioxide?

Nutritional supplements is a tough, competitive business, manufacturers try everything to set themselves apart from the crowd. Some have chosen a truly despicable tactic of smearing other companies who use proven safe ingredients by planting false information that these ingredients are somehow unsafe or undesirable. I call on you, the science-based, factually informed shopper to call their bluff and call them out when they see this garbage posted somewhere online.

I wince, physically and intellectually at how easily people fall for this marketing BS, that somehow mag stearate or silicon dioxide are "bad". In fact, I've now gone so far as to note in all the Relentless Improvement product listings this verbiage:

"Relentless Improvement brand (insert product name) is formulated with vegetable stearates. Mag Stearate does not support bacterial/mold growth and is proven safe, and that's why we use it. There are NO human studies and no evidence that indicates magnesium stearate, in the small amounts found in capsules, has shown to have harmful effects. Much of this misinformation that claim this substance is harmful is originated by companies who are trying to differentiate themselves from other vitamin companies by way of baseless fear mongering. If anyone tells you magnesium stearate in the extremely small amounts found in capsules or tablets is harmful, challenge them to provide you with peer-reviewed research that proves their point - they will not be able to. "

In regards to Other Ingredients (excipients) in general, sometimes I'm asked "why do you even use them?". Let's say you pour sugar down into a stainless steel funnel, it passes right through with no problem, right? Now do the same with flour, it sticks, right? There is the answer as to why some materials MUST have added ingredients for the manufacturing process (tableting or encapsulation). A real life example is our Na-R-ALA R-Lipoic Acid, the raw material a sticky powder. Super sticky. Either you add a "flow agent" (excipient/other ingredient), in this case Mag Stearate, or it simply does not pass through the encapsulation machinery, it will jam it up. The raw material in our CurcuWin Curcumin and Super Potent Green Tea/EgCG Extract for example is not sticky at all, and will run through the encapsulation machinery just fine with nothing added, so on those we can "brag" about them having no excipient content.

While I could rant for hours and pages, I won't. 

I hope this helps you understand a bit more about facts of the situation and helps you to be a better, smarter supplement buyer!



Sunday, November 09, 2014

Relentless Improvement High-Potency Iodine/Iodine

Relentless Improvement High-Potency Iodine/Iodine.

For many people, this product is a convenient, dependable, cost-effective replacement for Optimox Iodoral and Complementary Prescriptions IoDoRX.

Some customer comments:

"Even though the ingredient is Potassium Iodine 16.75 (providing 12.5mg) I can say that for me it has the same effect as Iodoral ( mousturized skin and eyes, softens palms and soles, easier breathing, more energy, better mood). I have hypothyrodism. hypoadrenia, and take NTH, t3, cofactors, and now added High Potency Iodine 16,75 4 tabs/day. Tablets are small and very easy to swallow."

"I couldn't find any Iodoral and this is a very good substitute for it. Same potency as Iodoral. Works great!"

"This is a great product. Thank you!"

"we all should be getting more iodine in our diets as modern man (and modern GMO foods) are lacking in this element. This is a very economical way of getting your share of iodine."

"I am very impressed with this product and will be ordering again."

"The item arrived quickly, exactly as shown, and seems to be a good alternative to the Iodoral brand of iodine supplement. "

Try a bottle yourself and see how it works for you?

Alpha-GPC (Choline Alfoscerate) Now With Less Excipients

Alpha-GPC (Choline Alfoscerate) Now With Less Excipients.

The new manufacturing run of Alpha-GPC, now shipping, is the leanest, meanest, encapsulated A-GPC available. 600mg total capsule fill providing 300mg elemental Alpha-GPC with only the bare minimum other ingredients necessary to get the material through the encapsulating machinery- vegetable stearates and silicon dioxide. I wish we didn't have to add anything but this is a very sticky material and will quickly gum up the machines without some added flow agents.

High purity material + great price = value for you.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Hydroxocobalamin B12 - 2000mcg/90 ct. NO added Flavors/Sweeteners

Now in stock- Relentless Improvement brand Hydroxocobalamin B12 - 2000mcg/90 ct.

NO added Flavors/Sweeteners. The raw material itself is flavorless. Mildly sweet flavor of these miniwafers comes from the maltodextrin used for tableting. It is not a candy, why do manufacturers persist in adding all different kinds of sweeteners and flavorings?

Kept under refrigeration from our pharma-grade raw material supplier, through manufacturing, and during storage at our shipping facility. Hydroxy B12 degrades over time if not kept at 2-8c (36-46f). It's ok however for time in transit to you. No other manufacturer/retailer of hydroxycobalamin B12 exercise the level of quality and temperature control with their product as Relentless Improvement does.