MAGNESIUM STEARATE, Supplements, and Safety
Magnesium stearate is a tableting ingredient found in a great many vitamin pills. It is often vilified by those who stand to profit from your buying their much more costly product. Let’s be chemically clear on this: magnesium stearate is two stearic acid molecules coupled to one atom of magnesium. Stearic acid naturally occurs in cocoa, meat, flaxseed oil, chicken, eggs, cheese, walnuts, salmon, palm oil, olive oil and coconut oil. You cannot tell me that all those foods are harmful. And magnesium is VERY good for you, and the majority of Americans do not get even the RDA of this essential mineral.
A whole lot of stearic acid is not good for you. A whole lot of saturated fat in general is not good for you. However, the amount of stearic acid in a tablet is very small. There are about 25 milligrams of magnesium stearate in a typical tablet, and usually less. It would take at least 40 tablets to make 1 gram (1,000 mg), which is a quarter of a teaspoon. Unless you take many, many tablets a day, this is a non-issue, as far as I am concerned.
Consider that these foods have substantial amounts of stearic acid:
Fish oil, salmon (1 oz.) 1,170 mg
Olive oil (1 oz.) 700 mg
Sesame oil (1 oz.) 1,340 mg
Soybean lecithin (1 oz.) 810 mg
Soybean oil (1 oz.) 1,060 mg
Sunflower oil, linoleic (1 oz.) 1,260 mg
Chicken breast (skinless) 200 mg
Cheddar cheese (1 oz.) 1,120 mg
Butter (1 pat) 500 mg
Semi-sweet chocolate (1.5 oz.) 4,800 mg
Think of it: one and a half ounces of chocolate has the equivalent stearic acid content of 192 vitamin tablets!
I recommend that you spend your time addressing the far more serious issues, like these:
1) eat much less sugar
2) stop eating junk food
3) stop smoking
4) drink more water
5) avoid over-the-counter drugs
6) drink less or no alcohol
7) avoid vaccinations
8) eat lots of fresh and raw vegetables and fruits
9) eat high-fiber, unprocessed foods, especially legumes (peas, beans and lentils) and root and leafy green vegetables
10) exercise for at least half and hour every day
11) drink fresh vegetable juices
12) take a good multiple-vitamin, multiple mineral supplement with EACH meal . . and take LOTS of vitamin C.
If you worry about magnesium stearate without doing these twelve truly important things first, you, as a very wise Man once said, “strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.”
A Note About 'Hidden Fats'
Meats are a major source of saturated fat including stearic acid. Did you know that even lean meat is still 4% to 12% fat? And that meat and milk together account for about half of the fat in the USA diet?
Copyright C 2018, 2017 Andrew W. Saul. Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html
) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing
that Works (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html
Andrew W. Saul
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