Over 90% of the vitamin/mineral products consumed today contains magnesium stearate, also known as Stearic Acid.
“Stearic Acid inhibits T-cell dependent immune responses. Plasma membrane integrity is significantly impaired, leading to a loss of membrane potential and ultimately cell function and viability.” Tebbey PW, Buttke TM, “Molecular Basis For The Immunosuppressive Action of Stearic Acid on T cells” (Immunology, 1990 Jul; 379-86)
“When cells were exposed to stearic acids and palmitic acids, there was a dramatic loss of cell viability after 24 hours. Cell death was induced by stearic and palmitic acid.” PMID: 12562519 (PubMed) Ulloth, JE, Casiano CA, De Leon M. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, East Carolina University School of Medicine.
“T-helper cells become the target of stearic acid.” PMID: 6333387 (PubMed)
“Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Calcium Stearate, Palmitate, and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils are lubricants which enable manufacturing equipment to run more efficiently but inhibit eventual dissolution of the nutrient. Stearic acid may prevent absorption by individuals with compromised digestive systems. Magnesium stearate and stearic acid also present the problem that delivery of the active ingredient may be considerably further down the intestinal tract than the site originally intended. This may result in the nutrient being delivered away from its optimal absorption site. Not only can this impede absorption, in some cases it might be harmful to the liver.” Czap, AL. Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients, July 1999, Vol.192; Pg. 117-119.
“The addition of palmitate or stearate to cultured cells led to activation of a death program with a morphology resembling that of apoptosis. Palmitates and stearates caused cardiac and other types of cells to undergo programmed cell death.” Sparagna, GC, Hickson-Bick, DL, Department of Pathology and Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. American Journal of Medical Science, Jul 1999; pg. 15-21.
“Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Stearate Poisoning: Ingestion – Vomiting, Rinse mouth and rest.” Pesticides Poisoning Database, www.pesticiceinfo.org.
“Magnesium Stearate – Stearic Acid Material Safety Data Sheet: Toxicity by ingestion – Give several glasses of water to drink to dilute, get medical advice. Skin Contact – Wash exposed area with soap and water, get medical advice.” Mallinckrodt Chemicals, www.bulkpharm.mallinckrodt.com.
Consumers often take handfuls of capsules to get nutrients from supplements containing magnesium stearate or stearic acid and instead, get a powerful immuno suppressive treatment!