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Consumers Tricked into Buying Toxic Supplements as Sales Soar

Mike Barrett
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December 19th, 2011
Updated 11/06/2012 at 11:34 pm
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It seems that people in Britain have been increasingly becoming more health-conscious. Not only that, but the need to avoid sickness also seems to be more of a necessity than it has been in past years. In fact, vitamin sales more than tripled in Britain in just the past 2 years, but are people really targeting the reduction of illness and disease in the most effective way?

Choosing the Wrong Supplements

It isn’t surprising to see such an increase in supplement sales. Although statistics for many diseases are still steadily rising, it seems awareness surrounding the need for a healthy lifestyle is also gaining considerable momentum. One supermarket chain called Sainsbury’s is experiencing 200 percent increased sales for their vitamin C compared to two years ago while multivitamin sales have also doubled over the same time period. In addition, sales of antibacterial hand gel are up 145 percent compared to 2010, showing that people are becoming more worried about contracting and illness as well as spreading germs.

Unfortunately, many people contributing to these sales may not know that what they are really buying into is toxic health. It is extremely difficult to find a quality health supplements in any drugstore or supermarket, and Sainsbury’s is no exception. Not only are most if not all of the vitamins in synthetic form, but you can also expect to find a long list of unhealthy and toxic ingredients. Here are just some of the ingredients to look out for, which can actually be found in Sainsbury’s Vitamin C Tablets:

  • Maltodextrin
  • Stearic Acid
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Modified Maize Starch

These ingredients are controversial to say the least, but some of them such as magnesium stearate have been shown to cause kidney stones and liver abnormalities. There is no reason to put your health at risk with supplements containing toxic ingredients when purchasing truly healthy supplements can be just as simple.

Antibacterial Soap is Toxic, A Marketing Ploy

Antibacterial soap is another item that has gained popularity, but that popularity is solely due to faulty marketing and false advertising. While there are many harmful ingredients residing in antibacterial soaps and gels as well as other personal care products, chemicals triclosan and triclocarban are two very common ones. These two chemicals have been used for decades for their antibacterial and antifungal properties, but you’ll be interested to know that they are no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing sickness. Even the FDA recognizes this fact, but still companies are allowed to market products containing these ingredients as “antibacterial” to increase sales.

In addition to being ineffective, triclosan and triclobarban are also harmful to your health. Like bisphenol A, these chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals, which means that your hormone system is being tampered with and negatively impacted. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been shown to cause health problems like fertility defects, depression, adverse effects on male fertility, and diabetes.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Consumers Tricked into Buying Toxic Supplements as Sales Soar Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • http://njmassage.info Mobile Massage

    Pure Vitamin C Power is 100% pure, and far less costly.

    People want the convenience of a tablet, and well, tablets are made with other ingredients besides the vitamin itself.

    It's the cost of convenience, I suppose.

  • http://thevillagenaturopath.com sharlene spalding

    Synthetic vitamins do not work synergistically within the body. Synergy interactions produce a greater effect than the sum of separate effects. Synthetic vitamins are "dead" meaning the molecular structure of the nutritive elements are only copied and reproduced in labs. Our systems to not respond to this synthetic molecular structure the same way our systems respond to organic herbs and "clean" food without additives and pesticides. Not even close. Organic food and herbs produce the desired synergistic effect.

  • Jane

    People are lulled into a sense of doing the right thing for their health by simply buying vitamins. They often don't realize many brands out there contain a plethora of rather noxious ingredients. It is fantastic that you are bringing this to the attention of the public and suggesting in the process that knowledge is power. Becoming informed of how, for instance, to identify synthetic ingredients as opposed to naturally occurring ones and how the body requires the former is very important. Dr. Hulda Clark, one of the true pioneers in human health, has recommended throughout her work to avoid ingredients that contain any 'propyl' derivatives. That means any ingredient that has the word 'propyl' at the end or beginning of the compound or ingredient should be avoided. Propyl containing ingredients undermine liver function and its ability to prevent infestation of micro-organisms such as parasites.