Magnesium Stearate

I'm thinking this might be the key to our supplement intolerance and I thought I'd start a thread in case others are having the same stuggles.

Although DD's list of intolerances are quite small compared to many of the LO's on here, she seems to react to nearly every single supplement we try. I have been so confused and frustrated by this because I really want to be doing digestive enzymes at a minimum. So a few days ago I had her in to the ND for a follow up and the ND wanted DD to take a zinc supplement but noted that the one she has in the office has magnesium stearate and many people can't tolerate it. I went ahead and bought the zinc and tried it out along with a new digestive enzyme that doesn't list mag stearate and DD reacted. So I've been looking in to it - Mag stearate apparently is derived from cottonseed or palm oil. Nothing I read talked about it being derived from soy, yet DD's reaction is very similar to a soy reaction and I did read some other people who said they have a soy allergy and can't tolerate mag stearate.

So what's the connection to soy? Anyone know? Or is it just coincidental? Or maybe I'm totally off base?

I stopped the zinc but kept going with the digestive enzymes, so it should become clear in the next few days if that's the problem.
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