The nutritional supplements available in the market come in the form of tablets, capsules, liquid, granules or powder. Many companies only list the main ingredients of their products, followed by words like "Others" or "Inactive Ingredients" to indicate the presence of Excipients (inactive substance that serve as the medium for a drug or the active substance).
Do you know that if you consume the wrong supplements, it poses a great danger to your body in the long-term due to these hidden extras?
Why are Excipients Added if they are Harmful?
Because they serve an important function in the manufacturing process. Some of the functions include:
- Bulk up the tablets into convenient form to consume.
- Facilitate powder flowability. For example, herbs such as milk thistle may be damp/moist during processing and have the tendency to gel together. Anti-caking agents are added to address this.
- Assist in solubility and absorption of the tablets in the stomach.
- Improves the taste so they are easier to swallow.