What is magnesium stearate and why is it in the other ingredients?

Magnesium Stearate is a fine white power that sticks to your skin and is greasy to the touch. It is a simple salt made up of two substances, a saturated fat called stearic acid and the mineral magnesium. Stearic acid can also be found in many foods, such as: chicken, eggs, cheese, chocolate, walnuts, salmon, cotton seed oil, palm oil, coconut oil.  However the Magnesium Stearate in Bosmeric-SR is plant based.

Magnesium Stearate is commonly added to many foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. In medications and vitamins, its primary purpose is to act as a lubricant. Magnesium Stearate is an additive that’s primarily used in medication capsules. It is considered a “flow agent.” It prevents the individual ingredients in a tablet or capsule from sticking to each other and the machine that creates the tablets and capsules. It helps improve the consistency and quality control of medication tablet and capsules.

It is possible to create supplements tablet and capsules without Magnesium Stearate, but it is more difficult to guarantee the consistency and quality of those tablets. Magnesium Stearate is used to delay breakdown and absorption of medications, so they’re absorbed in the correct area of the bowel. 

~Dr. Sunil Pai

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