Clearing Up the Rumors and Confusion on Magnesium Stearate
Clearing Up the Rumors and Confusion on Magnesium Stearate
Exposing the Truth & Ulterior Motives for False Slander Regarding Magnesium Stearate
Our commentary (and rant…) plus expert supplement formulator feedback below (who is at the moment of this typing not related to any supplements we are selling):
This debate has popped up quite a few times and has caused a lot of “instant experts”. These folks jumpped the gun erroneously slandering and attributing even unrelated concepts to magnesium stearate to bash it with NO direct factual or clinical substantiation to back up their claims. Little do they know gurus of the day know, that the negativity on Magnesium Stearate is mostly likely a market ploy by certain individuals and companies who are trying to carve out there “better” brand, ( a brand which maybe better or worse! ) If you notice the comments floating around on the Internet or even published by self proclaimed natural health gurus, it’s all opinion based that I’ve seen and what those who know what they are talking about have seen. And I have researched this because most of the supplements I’ve been buying and ingesting over the past 30 years have had Magnesium Stearate personally without a problem while the supplements I have been using have been highly, powerfully effective.
The problem is, on the Internet, everyone is an expert, so it seems. When people slander, slam something others tend to follow. But the problem is that if the slander is manipulative, then harm usually follows to those that follow. In the case here, many people could stop taking much needed supplements because they were phonily scared off into thinking magnesium stearate was bad. The problem is then that they stop taking supplements all together because they can’t afford the supposedly “fancier” vitamins with the jacked up prices.
If you notice a couple prime time gurus who are non-substantially slamming mag stearate are selling their very over priced and exotic versions of supplements. Maybe some of those expensive supplements are worth it, but the masses are not rich like these gurus. The masses desperately need reliable supplements especially with the depletion of nutrients in food in a addition to the pesticide poisoning of the food.
Even health gurus out there looking to pose as experts natural nutrition (even though they come from a polluted outlook through their MD backgrounds, polluted to natural and physiological logic that is), (And on that note you better believe there is a fundamental deep-seated philosophical, biased underpinning resentment to the Natural when you are heavily trained within an MD background that is very difficult to break. I grew up in it. I was in it. Then I got out. The struggle is over the concept that: ‘Nature is weak and flawed. So our Superior Minds need to come in and fix it.’ Yet on the other hand we have those that break into the natural realm (with the ball and chain of the negative philosophy still encumbering, although the physiological knowledge of the bodies systems certainly help) and it goes like this: ‘Hmm my MD practice is not paying me enough and after all of this education and hundreds of thousands and debt… plus I need to slave away on call at all hours of the day and night to be resented by the public when we used to be loved. And now we are always a target for some opportunistic lawyer – so I hear I can make money selling supplements instead!’. So do understand some of the backgrounds and underpinning perspectives of who is saying what and why they are saying what they are saying. Because everyone, is trying to sell something.
So if you’re looking to buy “something” try to define what you want exactly then do research based on as many FACTS that you can find. Opinions are all over the place. You want and need facts.
Anyways, what I was saying is that even some of these health gurus have been casually posting articles trying to claim negativity on magnesium stearate with absolutely no facts. I was surprised at a couple of these guys in particular. One article I’m thinking about right now spoke: fact, fact, fact but then when the topic of magnesium stearate came up, lots of opinions were stated but no facts to back up those opinions. I thought that to be strange. If there is a factual result, an actual verified and substantiated clinical study backed by clinical studies of others, then state it! But there isn’t one directly related to magnesium stearate. And they’ve had 20 something years to show. They are only studies that have been twisted over, stretched over to apply to magnesium stearate in an attempt to malign on magnesium stearate.
It is surprising and actually embarrassing what’s been going on about magnesium stearate, frustrating for a lot of people. But what they’re up to is they’re trying to carve their own supplement selling niche in the health supplement industry trying to claim that they are “all natural” and organic, superior, largely so they can charge you 2, 3, 4, 5x prices on their supplements.
On that note I’m not some big fan of magnesium stearate either. If there is something else that works and works better, preferably with a long term track record, then use it. I’m all for it. I just want to know what’s a fact. With so much information we have to disseminate and figure out too often we apply to our own health that we can’t have made up stuff that hinders our progress towards achieving genuine health goals.
Most supplement companies use magnesium stearate. They have for decades upon decades. The FDA approved a huge amount of magnesium stearate for allowable daily consumption which nobody would take anyways. And as you’ll see below, supplements have 1/17,000 amount of magnesium stearate to the FDA’s daily limit! So with that FACT the magnesium stearate hysteria out on the Internet is a JOKE.
I’ve been taking supplements with magnesium stearate for now just about three decades. The supplements have been highly potent and effective for me without any sort of adverse effect either felt or noticed by a comprehensive blood test.
Another reason for this post is that there is just too much nonsense hysteria about it. See people on Amazon who are “instant experts” just because Amazon let’s them do a review. Or maybe they are owners of a competing supplement brand bad mouthing supplements with magnesium stearate trying to tout theirs instead. The problem is that when someone reads a review who doesn’t know any better (most people) they may stop avoiding all sorts of other helpful supplements that could have helped them out a lot because of erroneous gossip regarding magnesium stearate – and gossip is all it is. So this kind of loose talk, rumor mongering, slander on magnesium stearate could end up hurting a lot of people even sending them into a health crises because they started avoiding supplements they could afford that had magnesium stearate in them. And that’s not good.
Quoting a long term expert formulations development expert who has no problem replacing magnesium stearate but is fed up with the nonsense:
I have looked into this deeply and have concluded there is absolutely no cuase of concern around magnesium stearate and someone misinterpreted one test result and it has been used to create this unfortunate concern about it. See below what I have sent to other customers. The problem is perception, sad to say, many times outweighs facts.
When magnesium and stearic acid are bound together, the compound is known as magnesium stearate, an anti-caking agent that helps keep the ingredients in tablets and capsules from sticking to processing equipment. This results in consistent amounts of active ingredients in each tablet or capsule, improving the overall quality of each capsule.
Essential for life, magnesium is a mineral that is necessary to turn food into energy, transport nutrients across cell membranes, maintain bone structure and make DNA. Stearic acid is a saturated fat that occurs naturally in animal and plant foods, such as chicken, grass-fed beef, coconut oil and chocolate. According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, magnesium stearate is safe for humans up to 170 grams per day. The amount is a capsule is at most 10 mg or 17,000 times under that limit.
Most of the negative comments related to magnesium stearate go back to one test in 1990 “Molecular basis for the immunosuppressive action of stearic acid on T cells.” In the experiment, scientists isolated T-cells and B-cells from mice, put them in a Petri dish, and bathed them in a solution containing stearic acid (along with some other components). They observed that the T-cells incorporated the stearic acid into their cell membrane, eventually de-stabilizing the membrane enough that the cell died.
First of all, this study has nothing to do with magnesium stearate. They used stearic acid that you’d find in your beef, chocolate, or coconut oil, so this study could just as easily be used against those foods. If you’re going to be concerned about this study (which you shouldn’t be), you’d have much bigger sources of stearic acid to worry about than the magnesium stearate in your supplements.
Second, the study has nothing to do with stearic acid consumed in the diet. Under normal conditions, your T-cells are not bathed in stearic acid, even if you consume superhuman amounts of coconut oil, tallow, and cocoa butter.
Finally, the researchers used T-cells from mice, and in this case, the results cannot be applied to humans. The mouse cells incorporated stearic acid into their membranes because they lacked the ability to de-saturate fatty acids. However, human T-cells do have the ability to de-saturate fatty acids, so even if you did bathe your T-cells in stearic acid, they would be able to maintain their membrane function.
In summary: this study has no relevance whatsoever to human consumption of magnesium stearate, any reference to it is misguided, and you shouldn’t be concerned about it.
So there you have it! From this point of view and from decades upon Decades of millions of people taking supplements with magnesium stearate, it sounds like a good idea to put this worry to rest and focus on maximizing your health through supplements you need whether they have magnesium stearate in them or not.
Here are some more references:
- Magnesium stearate safety, side effects, toxicity, problems and review of studies
- Many decades and widely respected supplement developer’s research and personal experience with Magnesium Stearate