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    Old 09-20-2005, 04:08 AM   #1
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    Supplmenets and Sodium

    Hello all,

    I brought some Supplements, Nature Made Brand, like Zinc, Magnesium, B Complex, Vitamin C and Potassium. I found that all of them contains something called : Croscarmellose Sodium, Sodium Citrate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (but this one in another brand 'Walgreen').

    I wonder if those raise blood pressure because of the Sodium??? how they put something that raise blood pressure in supplement that said to lower blood pressure???
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    Old 09-20-2005, 05:30 AM   #2
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    The amounts of sodium in these pill fillers is VERY small. Not to worry!

     
    Old 09-20-2005, 05:39 AM   #3
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    True, there is going to be some sodium from those. However, I doubt you'd get more than a couple mg from it.

    Hmmm... "Sodium Lauryl Sulfate". This one is interesting. That is basically soap.

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    Old 09-20-2005, 06:04 AM   #4
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    I think I will get a lot of Sodium because I take 5 different supplements: Vitamin C 500, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and B Complex. I guess I have to take only 1 or 2 supplements daily instead of 5. I like this forum so much and thanks to all of you
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    Old 09-20-2005, 06:48 AM   #5
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    I think the SLS is used to make the stomach lining "Squeaky Cean" and "manageable!"

    It's the most used synthetic detergent (think shampoos)and can be VERY irritating to some people. Check your toothpaste...it's EVERYWHERE. The proportion of sodium in the SLS is teeny.

    Jesting aside, I think it's used as an emulsifier to disperse the contents of the pill more readily and maybe to allow it to slip down our gullets. I've often wondered why some of the horse-sized-tablets seems slippery if they stay in the mouth too long. Now I think I know.

    I've never had one LATHER UP THOUGH!

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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

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    Originally Posted by michaellabibat
    I think I will get a lot of Sodium because I take 5 different supplements: Vitamin C 500, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and B Complex. I guess I have to take only 1 or 2 supplements daily instead of 5. I like this forum so much and thanks to all of you
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    I still don't think you are going to get much sodium from them. Now, if you are taking 500 tablets a day, then maybe. But, it's still going to be insignificant with "only 5" a day.

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    Old 09-20-2005, 08:32 AM   #7
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    I agree, I doubt you are getting even 20 mg. sodium in all 5 pills.

    Another consideration is tha whenever you see a chemical called XXXX-sodium sometimes the XXX is a HUGE molecule and takes up 99% of the molecule.
    In the case of croscarmellose sodium (a dispersing agent that makes up 2-4% of MANY pills) for example, The crosscarmellose is a HUGE polymerized chain of cellulose molecules, each of them extremely large and heavy...you have probably thousands of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules with a molecular weight probably well into the 10 thousands...Poor little sodium atomsodium weighs 23,
    So even with 4% of a 500 mg. pill being 20 mg. croscarmelose sodium the amount of sodium is probably far less than even a single milligram.

    Sodium Citrate is about 8% sodium but very little citrate is put in pills...it's VERY sour and only a tiny bit is used as a preservative, I believe.SLS has the same 8% sodium and is used in tiiny amounts, lest we wind up blowing bubbles.

     
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    So there's nothing to worry about the amount of Sodium in those supplements? no effect on blood pressure?
    Thanks all
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    Old 09-22-2005, 11:44 PM   #9
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    Re: Supplmenets and Sodium

    I have contacted Nature Made to ask them about the Sodium in thier supplements and here's what they replied with:
    1- Zinc 0.105
    2- Potassium 0.137
    3- Magnesium 0.773
    4- Vitamin C zero
    5- and B Complex 1.203
    for a total of 2.263 mg

    I think that these amounts are fine.
    Thanks,
    Michael

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