I have heard of most of the toxins found in inexpensive vitamins and supplements, but there were a few surprises in this article written by a fellow I have grown to admire, Health Ranger Mike Adams of http://www.naturalnews.com.
Adams writes: When I look around the natural products industry, I see examples of super honest, high-integrity companies like Nature’s Path and Dr. Bronner’s. I also see an alarming number of cheats, crooks and charlatans who are only involved in the industry to profit from the explosion of interest in health supplements. In truth, some nutritional products are downright dangerous to your health. My role as a journalist and activist is to help you tell the difference between products that are GOOD for you vs. products that might actually be toxic. Because ultimately, I want you to be healthy, vibrant, intelligent and active. I want you to enjoy life and improve the quality of your life. [Read all of The 10 worst toxins hidden in vitamins, supplements and health foods].
At a glance:
1. Maltodextrin (from GM corn)
2. Ascorbic acid (from GM corn)
3. Hexane-extracted soy and rice proteins
4. High levels of aluminum in detox products
5. Lead and arsenic in herbs from China
6. Inorganic minerals in cheap vitamins
7. Carrageenan (studies show it causes gastrointestinal problems)
8. Acrylamides (carcinogens)
9. Yeast Extract (hidden MSG)
10. Flouride in green tea
For more details: http://www.naturalnews.com/
Here is another informative article from earthtoskye.com about the smoke and mirrors involved in the supplement industry (After reading this article I feel like throwing most of my supplements in the garbage): The Right Vitamins, choosing the right supplements with the right company.