Do you read the labels of your supplements in detail?
When buying supplements, many people just quickly skim the list of ingredients without really understanding what's actually behind them.
We admit: The list of ingredients in dietary supplements can be very hard to understand. What many consumers don't know is that supplements from some brands contain many unnecessary ingredients in addition to vitamins and minerals.
Avoid supplements with a long list of "inactive ingredients" on the label. Because some of these additives can be harmful to your health.
We explain what exactly additives are and why they are sometimes found in supplements. Learn which additives you should avoid no matter what, so you know what ingredients to look out for the next time you buy.
Additives do not have any specific function in food supplements that is important for the effect of the product.
They only serve to achieve certain chemical or physical properties. They can affect the smell, taste, appearance, making them easier to swallow.
In addition, manufacturers add additives to their dietary supplements to speed up the manufacturing process and thus make it cheaper. But cheap is not always good for your body! Especially with products that are supposed to support your health, you should not turn over every penny twice. Additives can cause allergies and can have negative effects on your health.
Fortunately, all manufacturers have to comply with legal requirements regarding durability and effects. Food supplements may only contain substances that are indispensable for the manufacturing process.
The problem: Of course, some manufacturers give a valid reason for including the additives: to preserve formulas, to improve color and taste or to make supplements look better. However, these coloring, filling or flavoring ingredients can be harmful to your body's health, especially if taken on a regular basis.
A red vitamin supplement looks so much nicer than a colorless one, right?
Careful! Because adding artificial colors to supplements is considered a major concern. Artificial colors can pose a number of health risks, including cancer risk, allergies, and hyperactivity in children. Unfortunately, vitamin tablets for children in particular contain colorants because they look funnier that way and are more likely to be taken.
Colorants have no benefit to the consumer and are fraught with health and safety concerns. Therefore, you should take care that they are not in your supplements or in other foods.
Here are two examples of colorants:
As the name of this additive implies, binders help hold ingredients together. Talking about supplements, this means that the compressed pill stays in one piece so that it doesn't crumble. But that's about the only benefit of binders. Emulsifiers help bind water and fats together. They ensure a longer storage life and are found in countless foods.
An example of binder you should avoid is:
Preservatives are used in the food industry to preserve food supplements - thanks to their antimicrobial effect. This can extend their durability. While preservatives can certainly provide protection against food infections, some representatives can also endanger our health. Therefore, we should strongly question the sense of preservatives.
Examples of preservatives you should avoid are:
Release agents are designed to prevent contamination of machinery and prevent individual components from sticking together. Manufacturers can optimize their manufacturing costs by using release agents. Common release agents include mainly carbonates and phosphates. Phosphates in particular have fallen into disrepute because of a possible interference with bone metabolism. This is because phosphate in a large amount can lower calcium levels.
Examples of release agents are: Magnesium salt of fatty acids, talc, microcrystalline cellulose, etc.
At AAVALABS we do not use any ingredients that are not necessary to show the best possible effect in the body. Transparency and purity are our absolute priority. We care about your health - because logically, supplements are supposed to help you get healthier, not the other way around.
Do you have questions about this topic? Ingredients in supplements are a complex subject and we want to make sure that all your questions are answered before you buy. Just contact our multilingual Customer Happiness Team at "Contact Us". We look forward to hearing from you!
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