Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Stearate

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Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Stearate

#1 Postby Vegetariansoul » Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:08 pm

A client asked me why these were ingredients in an herbal formulation he was using. I coudn't answer at the time. I am guessing something used as a preservative? None of my herbal formulations use those two ingredients. These were more "mainstream" products. Can anyone help. I will be googling around to try and get some info. Thanks in advance.

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#2 Postby Kathryn » Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:28 am

I think the dicalcium phosphate might be used as a drying ingredient? Or to somehow keep the right consistency? Could also be a source of calcium. Not sure about magnesium stearate (except as a source of magnesium).

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#3 Postby Kathryn » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:44 am

I just found my "Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Food Ingredients" while I was cleaning, and can give you more info.
Dicalcium phosphate is listed as vegan. It is a common food additive that has many functions, including regulating acidity in foods.
Magnesium stearate can be animal or plant derived, and may be used as a preservative, or as a substance which blends together ingredients which do not normally blend (like oil and water).

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#4 Postby Vegetariansoul » Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:20 pm

Thanks Kath, that really helped. Your awesome.
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