Nutritional News/FAQs

Below are some common questions about our products. Click on each of the questions to reveal the answer. On the left, are questions specific to each category of Bluebonnet's supplements.

Can I take my prescription medication and supplements?

Please consult your doctor and pharmacist before combining prescription medications and nutritional supplements due to the lack of information about drug/nutrient interactions in the body.

Can I take herbal supplements during pregnancy?

Please consult your doctor and/or healthcare practitioner before combining prescription medications and herbal supplements due to the lack of information about drug/herb interactions in the body, especially during pregnancy.

Is magnesium stearate a safe excipient?

Magnesium stearate is a compound comprised of stearic acid (a naturally-occurring fatty acid) chemically bound to the element magnesium. It is used only when necessary, in very small quantities as a lubricating agent in the manufacture of supplements. Without such lubrication many ingredients would “stick” to the processing equipment, building up and interfering with the filling process. The first thing to realize is that stearic acid is very common in the human diet, comprising as much as 25 percent of total fatty acid intake and is considered a neutral fatty acid (i.e., does not increase LDL or decrease HDL cholesterol levels). Stearic acid occurs naturally in some of our most prized foods, including chocolate, Brazil nuts, coconut, dairy products, Macadamia nuts, and a variety of meats such as beef, lamb and pork. Second, because stearic acid is very digestible, it lacks the ability to interfere with nutrient absorption in any significant way. After absorption stearic acid is taken up into the liver, where it is rapidly converted to oleic acid, the highly desirable mono-unsaturated fatty acid found abundantly in olive oil. This is most likely why studies have repeatedly shown that stearic acid does not elevate LDL, total cholesterol or triglycerides. The issue of magnesium stearate’s impact on immune function has also been raised. Studies have been cited that purport to show adverse effects on mouse B and T-lymphocytes. These in vitro studies are completely irrelevant for two reasons. First, extraordinarily large concentrations of stearic acid were used. Second, a crucial enzyme needed for stearic acid metabolism is present in human immune cells that mice do not have. No adverse impact on human health has ever been demonstrated for stearic acid at any reasonable intake. Finally, we use only USP magnesium stearate, derived solely from non-hydrogenated palm oil is often less than 1 mg per capsule, when needed as a flow agent.

What is Bluebonnet’s source for crystalline fructose?

The source of our crystalline fructose, which should not be confused with high fructose corn syrup (HFSC), is corn. However, no corn protein or genetic material is present (i.e., polymerase chain reaction [PCR] negative) and would not induce an allergic reaction in persons who are sensitive to corn.

What is the source of the gelatin in your softgels?

The major source of our gelatin in our softgels is bovine. However, we do have several products that have a vegetarian softgel derived from corn, including Bluebonnet’s Vegetarian DHA 100 and 200 mg Vegetarian Softgels, for eye, brain and maternal health, as well as Bluebonnet's CoQ10 and CellularActive Ubiquinol Vegetarian Softgels in a range os potencies.

Do I need to worry that the internal “sealed for your protection” is not always stuck on or glued?

The inner seal is simply pressed on and only a light glue is utilized, since it can leave residue and potentially may cause negative effects to the inner environment of the glass bottle.  The security seal is the outer shrink-wrap, which should never be tampered with is our seal of protection.

In fact, many clients ask why we do not perforate the shrink-wrap for easier handling. There are two reasons for this 1) is for our retailers: reduces theft, breakages, and 2) for our clients: it helps to reduce the amount of oxygen that may affect the potency of the product, while it sits on the shelf waiting for sale.

Where are your lot/batch # and expiration date located on the bottle?

Bluebonnet has been using a brand new bottling line for our production line. One of the special features on the new bottling line is that it stamps, in white lettering, the batch number and expiration date on the bottle above the label, right below the cap on each bottle.  Once the bottle is stamped, the shrink-wrap is applied.  

However, it should be noted that we continue to utilize our old print method on short run products and smaller bottles; therefore, on some products the expiration and lot # information will still be on the label. Please look for the information in both locations.

What does it mean to be Kosher Certified?

Kosher, meaning "fit or proper" in Hebrew, refers to foods that are prepared and eaten according to a complex set of Jewish dietary laws, including what foods may be eaten at the same meal, how animals are slaughtered, and the use of food additives (for example, kosher salt is free of additives such as iodine). The kosher symbol tells consumers that a certifying agency has inspected the production process from beginning to end.

Keeping kosher has become synonymous with quality, cleanliness, purity and eating foods that have been manufactured at a higher standard, Bluebonnet products bearing the KOF-K Kosher Supervision emblem have been carefully supervised with each ingredient tracked to its origin and strict rules imposed on hygienic processes.