Titanium Dioxide

Many companies like to color their pills to make them more appealing or look more expensive. What they don’t realize is that many of the common food dyes and colorings used are dangerous or possibly even cancerous. One of the most common dyes is titanium dioxide which is used to color a product white. Titanium dioxide accounts for 70% of worldwide pigment production.

Airborne Titanium Dioxide is “possibly carcinogenic”

Unfortunately, this ubiquitous pigment was recently found to be carcinogenic when airborne by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen “possibly carcinogen to humans.” Their research showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation.

As of yet, there is no evidence that other means of exposure to titanium dioxide causes cancer. However, CosmeticsDatabase.com lists titanium dioxide as being linked to cancer, allergies, immunotoxicity and organ system toxicity, among other problems. Moreover, Vitacost.com, one of the largest internet retailers of vitamins has chosen to ban titanium dioxide from all of their in-house brand, NSI.

Nano-sized Titanium Dioxide Causes Genetic Damage

The safety of the use of nano-particle sized Titanium Dioxide, which can penetrate the body and reach internal organs, has been criticized. Studies have also found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles cause genetic damage in mice, suggesting that humans may be at risk of cancer or genetic disorders resulting from exposure. In addition to paint, cosmetics, sunscreen and vitamins, these nanoparticles can be found in toothpaste, food colorants, nutritional supplements and hundreds of other personal care products.

We believe that there is sufficient evidence regarding titanium dioxide to be concerned. If given the choice, we would not consume supplements with titanium dioxide.

8 comments to Titanium Dioxide


    I guess I won’t be using this product

  • lili

    I bought a bottle of Glucosamine 1,500 mg Plus MSM 1,500 mg in BJ’S, when a I knew about this I went to BJ’S and try to return it but they din’t take because it pass 30 days.
    I think I lost my money.

  • If a study found Titanium Dioxide is dangerous to our health, why are they still adding it to this product? I’ve been using Move Free for many many years!

  • Jeff

    I also found it on the vitamins I am taking. At the same time the link seems to be kind of thin. Why hasn’t FDA banned it?
    I will have to research this some more.

  • Jay

    What about titanium dioxide for sunscreen? My dermatologist recommends it and zinc oxide.

  • Sandra Logan

    I have the same question, why do they keep using these dangerous additives. They have known for years dye is one of the things causing ADD, ADHD and autism, yet Stratera a highly prescribed medication has blue dye in it.

  • devoted2

    Sounds like the Titanium Dioxide is only harmful if air born. I had plenty of exposure to that in the studio as an artist! What makes me happy is that it looks like there is no soy in the product, and I can’t have soy. Seems like the incorporate soy into everything any more. Move Free is a big help to me and easier on the stomach than the similar products I’ve tried, so I’ll keep using it.

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