The Other Ingredients of Optimized Daily.
February 19, 2020
February 19, 2020
1—Natural Vegetable Capsules
Did you know that the coating of many supplement capsules can contain GMOs? Yuck! Ours is made by Capsugel. While they are called "veggie" caps, they are not actually sourced from traditional vegetables. The capsules are made from pine and/or spruce tree cellulose. They are non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free and preservative-free—a clean-label product. They disintegrate and release their contents independent of pH and ionic strength of the test media. This immediate release capsule is perfect to get assess to all those nutrients!
It’s an ester formed from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid creating a fat-soluble form of vitamin C that has been shown to be beneficial for protecting the lipids from peroxidation. This helps to preserve the quality of the formulation.
Given the benign nature of this ingredient (it’s is a salt that is produced when a magnesium ion bonds with two stearate molecules), it’s surprising how controversial it is. It works really well as a flow agent to ensure that equipment runs smoothly and the ingredients stay blended together in the correct proportions to meet label claim. There are a lot of inaccurate statements about it floating around, as there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the claims against magnesium stearate.
Sourced from natural talc ore. It is an anti-caking agent, which keeps the product as a free flowing powder. It also stops the powder from caking up during manufacturing to ensure that the bottle gets a homogenous mixture of ingredients and meets label claim. It is tested to make sure that no asbestos is detected and held to tight specifications for other contaminants such as lead and arsenic which are also tested for.
Also known as silica, is a naturally-occurring compound that contains silicon, a mineral that is ubiquitous in nature and found in many foods, especially those high in fiber. Silicon dioxide is used to control moisture content and to help powders flow into capsules. Although silicon is sometimes confused with silicone (the synthetic substance used in breast implants), there is no chemical similarity between these two substances.