About the Additives Found in Centrum and Possibly other Vitamin Supplements
The chemical supplements used as additives in Centrum are now being considered as questionable. Its manufacturer is said to be using inorganic chemicals as sources of the supplement additives for the main reason that they are cheaper and more profitable, albeit less safe. Here are some of the inorganic substitutes used to replace the organic nutrients:
Ferrous Gluconate is inorganic iron and comes from rocks. This kind of iron additive causes the constipation we experience related to our vitamin intakes.Ferrous Fumarate is the organic form of iron and is derived from plant sources,
Sodium Borate or Borax is considered as a hazardous substance widely used for detergents and the likes but is said to be included as an additive in Centrum vitamins.
Silicon Dioxide is used to keep the vitamins from sticking together and for the formation of the vitamin tablet. This mineral is derived from quartz and the main ingredient used in semiconductor chips, glass, ceramics etc. This chemical was proven to have adverse effects in animals. The organic and bio available silica is derived from food.
Sodium Aluminum Silicate this is said to be the chemical used to speed up the production of a vitamin tablet. It is considered by many as basically aluminum and therefore a neurotoxin and a known cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sodium Selenite this is the inorganic form of selenium. As inorganic selenium, it works opposite the organic selenium. Hence, if the organic form acts as anti-oxidant, the inorganic sodium selenite acts as a pro-oxidative. This is said to be one of the causes of tumors, birth defects and genetic mutations in many individuals.
FD&C Yellow 6 or food colors considered as synthetic coal and can cause stomach upset, vomiting and skin rashes.
Zinc Oxide also considered as inorganic and is totally different from the zinc derived from food. Zinc oxide is produced when metal zinc is heated and oxidation vapors will form. Inorganic zinc is used for paints, glass, glue, tires plastic, flame retardants etc.