After I posted today’s blog article, a reader was kind enough to point out and educate me about GMOs being present in vitamins and supplements. This is what she said:
“Prescription drug binders are notorious for toxicity. Research the negative effects that chemical binders have on common widely-accessible OTC vitamins too. Though the label says natural or organic, the wheat, soy, or milk binders in them are fully GM’d. It’s definitely a time to take chemicals out of the equation. This is a well-known echinacea capsule from GNC. http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2133940. The vegetable cellulose capsule ingredients are legally allowed to be made from FDA approved GMO’s. The DiCalcium phosphate in the Echinacea is a full-on chemical. http://www.miraorgchem.com/industrial-chemical.html.“
Many of us do try to avoid GMO products and foods, but this was the first time I thought about GMOs in medications and vitamins.
Here is what I found out from my research this afternoon:
Genetically modified organisms are being used to produce flavors, binders, enzymes, food additives and vitamins. Genetic engineers identify an organism that produces a particular additive, then they genetically alter it. It is then placed in an incubator of sorts, where the organism grows and multiplies. After it has reached maximum growth, the vitamin is isolated and extracted.
“GM microorganisms are used to make vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), xanthan (a thickener), citric acid, and enzymes used in cheeses, breads and baked goods, alcoholic beverages, and juice.
While proponents say production of GM microorganisms is safe, there has been one major catastrophe. In 1989, an L-tryptophan food supplement, produced using a genetically engineered microorganism, was responsible for the deaths of 37 people and disabling of several thousand more in the United States.” (organicconsumers.org)
The softgel capsules are often non-GMO as well, and non-vegan. There are some vitamin and supplement companies, however, that use vegan/non-gmo/kosher softgel capsules.
A growing number of vitamins are using GMO organisms. However, in light of this, there are some vitamin companies that ARE organic AND GMO free. Here is a list of proclaimed non-GMO vitamin and supplement companies: http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/vitamins-and-supplements.html
HeathForce Nutritionals products, for example, are organic, or what they call ‘Truganic’, GMO free, pesticide, herbicide, and insecticide free, and irradiation free. I have some of their products in my Amazon store, you can see them here.
Again, you will want to do your research, but if you purchase generic, or regular name-brand vitamins and supplements from your grocery store shelf, it is fairly safe to say that you could be purchasing GMO products.