Our product labels contain a lot of information, including a list of nonmedicinal ingredients. You may notice a repetition in a few of these. As raw materials are processed and encapsulated, certain agents are used to facilitate this process. Certain herbal mixes tend to clump together and not pass through encapsulation machines. As such, an inert food-grade item, such as vegetable magnesium stearate, is used as a flow agent in processing. Other times, a capsule is not filled with the contents of the herbal mix to its optimal capacity, so to in effect fill the void, a filling agent such as microcrystalline cellulose is used. These products are safe to use and pose no interaction risk. Vitazan Professional does not use starch or sugars as fillers.
Vegetable Carbohydrate Gum:
Our vegetable capsules are composed of this material. Vegetable carbohydrate gum is an inert substance; ours is produced through manipulation of pine-tree cellulose. Vegetable carbohydrate gum is widely used from disparate items such as a component in eye drops or as a food-grade substrate.
Vegetable Magnesium Stearate:
A common ingredient in baby powders, magnesium stearate is used as a flow agent in our capsule products. As well, magnesium stearate is also used as an enveloping agent in our tablet products.
This is used in some capsule products as a filling agent. Microcrystalline cellulose is also used in some tablets as a binder and excipient. The substance is derived from wood chip pulp.
Silicon Dioxide: Only When Needed:
Silicon dioxide is used as a flow agent for the proper use of encapsulation machines. Though typically not required, some formulations require the use of silicon dioxide so as to be able to encapsulate. This is a silica material and is inert (much like sand).
Is used as an anticaking agent, and is composed of approximately 30% calcium. Dicalcium phosphate is used in tacky products like phosphatidylserine.
Our liquid extracts use a food-grade organic alcohol.
Glycerin is a humectant and is hygroscopic. It retains moisture and has a softening effect on your skin. It also has a somewhat sweet taste. It is used in many liquid extract as a diluent and to add a sweet taste. It can also be found in lotions.
Other Products Used as Nonmedicinal Ingredients:
Croscarmellose Sodium: Disintegrant for tablets.
Stearic Acid: Binder for tablets.
Gelatin: Gelling agent for softgels.
Vitamin E and Mixed Tocopherols: From natural sources. Preservatives to avoid peroxides.
Natural Flavours: (Like peppermint and lemon.) Flavour enhancers.
Stevia Extract: Natural sugar-free sweetener.
Malic Acid: Flavour enhancer.
Xanthan Gum: Gelling agent.
Sodium Bicarbonate: Effervescent agent.
Red Palm Fruit Oil: Oleaginous vehicle.
Beeswax: Emulsifying agent.
Sunflower Lecithin: Thickening agent.
Nonmedicinal Ingredients for Probiotics:
Potato Starch: Diluant for probiotics.
Arabinogalactan: Fermentable carbohydrate.
Inulin: Fermentable carbohydrate.
Ascorbic Acid: Preservative/cryoprotectant.
Enteric Coating: Protects probiotics from stomach acids.