Watch out for heavy metals in Supplements
Heavy metal contamination in our food and supplements is a very real and serious issue. I discovered how common heavy metals were in supplements and realised we need to be careful about which supplements we take.
Heavy metal contamination in our food and supplements is a very real and serious issue. I recently sought out to create a magnesium supplement, believing magnesium is one of the key minerals so many of us are deficient in and something most people can benefit from. I soon discovered how common heavy metals were in supplements and realised we need to be careful about which supplements we take. Starting out by contacting a local pharmaceutical company with my requests, I received the confirmation they would happily create the product for me.
Certificate of Analysis 1:
The first thing that caught my eye was the heavy metal content, which was consistent with most figures that came out of China. I wanted to develop a supplement I would happily take every day and feel good about recommending it to others. Knowing heavy metals were extremely detrimental to our health but not knowing what acceptable or reasonable levels of heavy metals were in supplements I did some research.
To understand why I was concerned, one must know heavy metals poison our organs and can cause a huge list of health complications, including:
- Nerve damage
- Tunnel vision
I went on to find a heavy metal standard developed by Mike Adams who explained, “Neither the USDA nor the FDA have set any limits on heavy metals in foods and organic foods, meaning that products can contain extremely toxic levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, copper and even tungsten while still being legally sold in the USA.” – [http://www.lowheavymetalsverified.org/]
After spending a few weeks contacting pharmaceutical companies around the world, asking for their magnesium certificate of analysis I finally found a batch of magnesium glycinate with less than 1% of the mercury of the first magnesium I was offered.
Certificate of Analysis 2:
This whole process made me wonder how many other supplements on our shelves are contaminated with heavy metals. Had I been less aware, I would have said yes to the magnesium I was first offered like so many before me, and there would be another dodgy supplement on the shelves just marked as magnesium glycinate, made in New Zealand.
Don’t always assume a supplement is good for you, just because it sits on the shelf of a health store always be wary of what you’re taking. Yes, a magnesium supplement may do wonders for most people in terms of high blood pressure or improved sleep but over a long enough period the heavy metals can be extremely detrimental to your health.
Most people don’t just take one supplement either, with many different supplements containing heavy metals, combined over time may start to severe impact some people’s health.
Do a little research on the supplements you want to take. Contact the companies you buy from and ask for a certificate of analysis on the ingredients they use and avoid known contaminated products. I know I would want to know if one product contained one hundred times more mercury than the other. Anything you plan on taking long term, find out what is really in the product and make sure you’re not doing more harm than good.
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