What are Excipients?



Excipients are highly questionable and undesirable tagalong chemicals or agents used in the typical nutritional supplement manufacturing process to stabilize, isolate and extend the shelf life of products. They are binders, fillers and ““glues”” that are typically non-nutritive substances that are also potentially harmful. All tablets containing excipients and should be avoided.

Live Well DOES NOT support the use of any products containing Excipients

Common excipients used by many manufacturers of supplements contain:

  • Magnesium stearate — a cheap lubricating agent; research shows it to be immune-compromising
  • Methyl paraben — a benzoate family member; a known cancer-causing agent
  • Microcrystalline cellulose — cheap filler
  • Silicon dioxide — a cheap flowing agent (common sand)
  • Methacrylic copolymer — methacrylic acid, a component of the methacrylic acid copolymer
  • Triethyl citrate — a plasticizer
  • Titanium dioxide — used for color
  • Corn starch — typically made from cheap genetically modified corn; can invoke allergic responses
  • Talcum powder — a common excipient rarely listed on product labels; a suspected carcinogen
  • Other Questionable but Common Tableting and Encapsulating Agents
  • D&C red #33
  • Hydroxypropyl cellulose
  • Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
  • Red ferric oxide-orange shade
  • Sodium acetate
  • Eudragit

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