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Are Centrum Best Vitamins? Read The Ingredients

Posted Oct 02 2009 10:00pm 1 Comment
I don't usually do comparisons with vitamins, I would rather help people to learn about what is in daily vitamins and they can make the decision to take what ever they want to. I had a fellow "stop the synthetic chemicals" proponent send me a site about what is in Centrum. I couldn't pass up the chance to share his work.

Just today I read how the FDA is saying why we need to take vitamin supplements, read here.

From the site Centrum is toxic

Describing Centrum as toxic is not an accusation so much as it is a logical consequence of letting the product ingredients speak for themselves...

INGREDIENTS: Well just go to this site for the truth about toxic Vitamins

When on the Centrum is toxic site Keep in mind that:

Thissitegoes hand in hand with the free report I haveAre Vitamins Safe?

Now more timely info from Mike Adams about vitamins.

Guess what brand of Daily Vitamins he writes about? Centrum again.

From Mike Adams

Because I take a large number of nutritional supplements, I've become increasingly concerned over the years about supplement excipients, binders and fillers. One ingredient frequently used in vitamin manufacturing istitanium dioxide, a nanoparticle powder made of fine titanium bits. It's best known as an ingredient in sunscreen, but it's also used in thousands of cosmetic products as well asnutritional products.

Yep, if you take certain vitamins made by GNC or Centrum (as well as hundreds of other companies), you areeatingtitanium dioxide. And this is an ingredient for which no long-term safety testing on humans has ever been conducted. In fact, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety,titanium dioxide may be a human carcinogen. As explained on the CCOHS website: (

Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ''possibly carcinogen to humans''... This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*. lists titanium dioxide as being linked to cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity and organ system toxicity, among other problems. ( Here's a list of some of the many thousands ofcosmetic productscontaining titanium dioxide:

That list, by the way, includes products from many well-known brands.

Titanium Dioxide in Supplements

Centrumvitaminsare the No. 1 selling brand of vitamins in the U.S. It is made withsynthetic vitamins. The ingredients label reads like a mish-mash of syntheticchemicalsand low-cost ingredients with marginal absorption capability: (I'm bolding some of the more concerning ingredients below...)

Ingredients for Centrum Silver Ultra Women's Tablets:

Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide,Crospovidone. Contains <>Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E),FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, Ferrous Fumarate, Folic Acid, Gelatin,Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Lecithin, Lutein, Magnesium Stearate, Manganese Sulfate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Modified Food Starch, Niacinamide, Nickelous Sulfate, Phytonadione (Vit. K),Polyethylene Glycol,Polyvinyl Alcohol, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate,Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Borate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metavanadate, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Sorbic Acid,Sucrose,Talc, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Vitamin A Acetate (Vit. A), Zinc Oxide. May also contain <>Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sunflower Oil, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate. Contains: Soy.

Did you notice the artificial coloring chemicals, hydrogenated palm oil and the low-grade form of vitamin B12? Did you see that these vitamins containtalcandsodium benzoate?Check out this wiki page onCrospovidone, which is also found in the Centrum formula:

Notice, too, that this formula containstitanium dioxide. It's also found in numerous products from GNC, including this probiotic formula:

In fact, here's aGooglesearch that returns 382 pages on that mentiontitanium dioxide:

Most of the current debate about titanium dioxide concerns its topical use and deals with theparticle sizeof the titanium. Coarse particles are believed to be relatively safe for topical use because they cannot be absorbed by the skin. Butnano particlesmay pose a greater risk because there is concern they can be readily absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. As explained by theEnvironmental Working Group, "Relative to larger particles, nano-scale materials can be more chemically reactive and more easily absorbed into the body. A number of studies raise concerns about potentialhealthrisks when these particles are inhaled or are absorbed through the skin or gut. Nevertheless, they are already widely used in products, including sunscreens, with no requirement that their presence be disclosed."

That same page, however, ( admits there are few studies that have really looked at the titanium dioxide nano particle absorption issue in regards tocosmetics. EWG concludes titanium dioxide is unlikely to be absorbed by the skin, but it calls for more studies to be sure.

There are even fewer studies that look at whether titanium dioxide is safe forhuman ingestion, and that's potentially a far more serious issue. Although vitamin manufacturers will of course claim "there's no evidence of harm" from titanium dioxide innutritional supplements, the reason there's no evidence is becausethey haven't done any long-term safety testson titanium dioxide.

The "common sense test" asks the question: Does titanium dioxide occur naturally in the indigenous human food supply? The answer to that is, of course, absolutely not. That's why holistic nutritionists and nutritionally-aware consumers are increasingly seeking to avoid this ingredient in anything they eat or swallow. If it's not part of the food supply in nature, and if it hasn't been proven safe for human consumption, why would you want to introduce an unnatural chemical into your diet in the first place?

The jury is still out on titanium dioxide, but until it's proven safe, NaturalNews recommends readersavoid this ingredientand only purchase nutritional supplements made without it. Fortunately, there are a great many supplement brands available today without titanium dioxide (and other bizarre excipients). Just read the ingredients labels before you buy.

Additional sources for this story:
Titanium dioxide in vitamins and supplements: Is it safe for human consumption?

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I haven't really tried that multivitamin product but I hear a lot of good stuff about it. Thanks for that information anyway.


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