Don’t Give Your Dog Supplements That Contain Magnesium Stearate - Its Bad for Your Dog's Health

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In this article:
  1. What is Magnesium Stearate?
  2. How Magnesium Stearate Samages your Dog and Cat's Health

1. What is Magnesium Stearate?

Magnesium Stearate can be found in about many supplements sold in pharmacies, health stores, doctor's offices and veterinarian offices.

Magnesium Stearate is a lubricant that acts as a 'slipping agent'. 

It is created by adding a magnesium ion to stearic acid. 

Magnesium Stearate is added to pills and capsules to:
  1. Keep pills or capsules from sticking together.
  2. Prevents pills and capsules from sticking to machinery during production.
    1. This allows processing and production machinery to run at a higher speed.
    2. Resulting in a substantial increase in production, while requiring less inspection on the production line.
  3. Culminating in higher profit margins for manufacturers and retailers. 
Magnesium stearate is good for the supplement industry's profit margin. 
Magnesium stearate is not good for your dog and cat's health.

2. How Magnesium Stearate Damages Your Dog and Cat's Health

2.1 Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil and Palm Oil

Stearic acid is typically made with hydrogenated cottonseed oil or palm oil. These oils are health damaging.
Of all commercial oils cotton seed has the highest content of herbicide residue, i.e. glyphosate and other herbicides.

Cottonseed oil is used to coat the supplement, which means it is coating the nutrients in the supplement. 
As a coating agent the cottonseed oil slows down and delays the absorption of the nutrients in the intestines. 
Unless the product you purchase is 100% non-GMO certified, the cotton seed oil is sourced from Genetically Engineered seed crops. GMO seed crops are heavily contaminated with glyphosate. Glyphosate is a known carcinogen.

In large amounts magnesium stearate damages the skin and liver. 
Cats and most dogs are smaller than adult humans.  It takes less magnesium stearate to harm a cat or dog.
2.2 Is the Delay in the Absorption of Nutrients Bad?
If your dog or cat consumes magnesium stearate with a meal, the food may be pushed through the stomach and intestines too quickly.  Nutrients will not be properly absorbed.

Magnesium stearate can also interfere with the body's ability to absorb medicinal compounds in supplements.

This can impact the goal of supporting your dog and cat's health.

2.3 Stearic Acid and Cell Death

Magnesium stearate contains steric acid. Stearic acid suppresses T cells. 
Why does this matter? 
    1. T-cells (T lymphocytes) are part of the lymphocytes group of white blood cells.
      1. Lymphocytes play a key function in cell-mediated immunity. 
    2. T-Cells are killer cells, and are very important to good immune system function. 
      1. Stearic acid causes the collapse of the cell membrane in these very important T -cells. 
      2. Collapse occurs when the T-cells are exposed over time to damaging doses of the acid. 
    Collapse of the cell membrane leads to the destruction of cell function. 
    Cell death of formerly healthy cells. Health and healing cannot be sustained when healthy cells are unable to thrive and survive.
    Supplements should support health, not interfere with health and healing.

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