How can I tell when your products expire?
What type of capsules do you use?
We supply a manufacture date (month/year), labeled MFG on the bottle, instead of an expiration date. We do this instead of printing an expiration date because when stored and handled correctly, nutraceuticals can be quite stable. This means they often have a longer shelf life than what you would expect. We’d hate for you to chuck a bottle of supplements when they’re still perfectly good. We subject our products to a rapid aging process then re-test them for purity and integrity. We get an approximate shelf-life of two years. So to determine how long our products are good for, add two years to the manufacture date printed on the bottle.
We use two types of capsules for our products: a plant-based tapioca capsule or a vegetarian delayed-release capsule. Tapioca capsules are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Delayed-release capsules are derived from vegetable cellulose. The delayed-release feature ensures that the supplement’s fragile ingredients are not harmed by acids in the stomach, and instead are safely delivered to the intestines for absorption. Delayed-release capsules are vegan.
What are excipients?
Excipients are the category of ingredients added to nutritional supplements to help the manufacturing process and customer appeal. Basically, they’re the extra JUNK listed as Other Ingredients on a supplement label. Excipients can be any number of inactive ingredients that speed up manufacturing, prolong shelf life, enhance appearance or flavor, or increase digestibility. We don’t believe in diluting our supplements with these kinds of unnecessary ingredients, so we avoid them.
Are there any excipients in Vitamins Without Junk products?
Our products contain no flow agents, such as the commonly used magnesium stearate, no binders, preservatives, or artificial flavors or colors. The only inactive ingredient in a few of our products is organic rice flour, and it’s only added as a filler for aesthetic purposes. A capsule just doesn’t look appealing if it doesn’t look full.
What is magnesium stearate? Is magnesium stearate dangerous?
Magnesium stearate is a widely used flow agent and binder in supplements. It also happens to be one of the most controversial excipients with strong opinions on both sides of the debate. Manufacturers like magnesium stearate because it lowers production costs. But some health professionals believe magnesium stearate interferes with supplement absorption and interferes with immune health. We believe in keeping our products as pure as possible, so we refuse to take the magnesium stearate shortcut.