Microcrystalline Cellulose - is it harmful?

by 2368 · March 18, 2014 at 03:33 PM

Hi hackers,

I was looking for a vitamin d supplement, but I can't find one without microcrystalline cellulose as filler.

I read somewhere that it's possible for small particle sizes to get resorbed into the body. Doesn't exactly sound healthy - has anybody information regarding this issue? As microcrystalline cellulose seems to be present in nearly every pill on the market, this might be quite relevant.

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100 · February 29, 2012 at 09:37 AM

Have you tried looking for softgels/capsules? They're probably better, anyway, as they include some oil (usually olive oil) which is useful since D3 is fat-soluble.

For example, http://www.amazon.com/NOW-Foods-Vitamin-5000-120-Softgels/dp/B002EA99HE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330508088&sr=8-1

Alternatively, a liquid. We use a liquid supplement for our son, which has 2000 iu per drop (!).

0 · March 18, 2014 at 03:32 PM

Only added the below comment to show that sometimes supplements are needed for critically low deficiencies. I am currently taking supplements with no microcrystalline cellulose.....completely natural, no fillers....all whole foods. You cannot possibly eat enough foods that contain the vit./mineral you are critically deficient in to bring your levels back to normal in a short timeframe. Only mentioning what the original poster (Thomy) asked.....Standard Process has Cataplex D with no microcrystalline cellulose.

0 · March 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

@@Mary, what you are saying sounds great but for those that are very deficient in certain vitamins/minerals, you cannot possibly ingest enough WHOLE FOODS to bring levels back to par in a relative short amount of time. Supplements are needed in higher doses for short periods to get levels back to normal. WHOLE FOODS would then be a great way to maintain. Vitamin C in larger doses will be excreted via urine if your body doesn't need it. No worries about building up in organs. Doubling the recommended daily amount will not cause any form of damage. Standard process whole foods supplements are by far the best on the market. They have been around since 1929 and have numerous scientific studies to back up their usage.

-2 · June 12, 2013 at 09:26 PM

Don't take supplements. Large amounts of vitamins can not be absorbed by the body, so they are eihter flushed out, as in Vit. C, or stored in vital organs which can do harm over time. You need to get your nutrients from WHOLE FOODS. [edit by Matt11: removed ad & links, f'ing spammers]

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