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I heard that some vitamin supplements contain Polysorbate 80 and there is concern that it can impair the immune system, cause anaphylactic shock and result in infertility. Is this true? Is Polysorbate 80 safe or should I be concerned?

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Polysorbate 80 helps solubilize ingredients. The FDA permits its use in supplements. There have been isolated cases of anaphylactoid reaction apparently caused by Polysorbate 80, but these were not from supplements. For details, get the full answer >>

You can get information about other inactive ingredients used in making supplements in our article Inactive Ingredients in Supplements.



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This CL Answer initially posted on 3/16/2012. Last updated 8/8/2017.

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