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Frequently Asked Questions about Isotonix™ OPC-3® Pt 1
When we claim our products are isotonic, is there any formal experiment or report to prove the absorption rate and the isotonic state?
Isotonix™ products make the label claim of being isotonic capable. When prepared as directed, the solution is within a range of tonicity matching the human body.
The basis for the isotonic line is physiologic. Isotonic solutions work via normal body physiology to deliver nutrients quickly as compared to solid forms. These physiologic principles have been well described in medical references and in the medical literature. Here are a few sample references:
• Ganong, WF Review of Medical Physiology, 13th ed. Norwalk, CT Appleton & Lange, 1987.
• Graham, DY, Smith, JL, Bouvet AA "What Happens to Tablets in the Stomach" Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 79 (5): 420-24, 1990.
• Hunt, "Mechanisms and Disorders of Gastric Emptying," Annual Review of Medicine, 1983.
• Seigel, JA. "Biphasic Nature of Gastric Emptying" Gut 29: 35-39, 1988.
• Erdman, JW. "Bioavailability of Trace Minerals from Cereal and Legumes", Cereal Chemistry 58(1), pages? 1981.
The general consensus is that an isotonic liquid might be likely to lead to elevated bioavailability since the transit through the stomach is rapid and might be expected to lead to improved nutrient stability due to minimal contact with stomach acid. Also, once the nutrients are in the small intestine, the nutrients that are absorbed via passive diffusion would be expected to be more bioavailable since they arrive at the major absorptive site at a high concentration. This elevated amount of nutrient on the lumen side sets up a concentration gradient which flows down the concentration gradient from high levels to lower levels inside the intestinal epithelial cells. However, for nutrients that are absorbed by specialised active transport processes, the establishment of a concentration gradient is not that important. The body will spend energy (as ATP) to transport those molecules across the cell membrane regardless of whether the nutrients are present in high or low concentrations.
Are Market Australia's Health & Nutrition products natural or organic?
Are there any synthetic ingredients in the isotonic range and if so, why? Our ingredients come from both natural and synthetic sources. Some ingredients are derived from the electrolysis of sea water, such as the calcium carbonate, or extracted from plants, like Pycnogenol and grape seed extract. Some ingredients, like calcium phosphate, are synthesised. The advantage of synthesis is that purity is better controlled, there are no allergens, it is non-GMO, and there is no microbial contamination. Our vitamins and non-active ingredients meet USP specifications for identity, quality and purity.
I have Type 2 diabetes. Will the Isotonix™ range increase my sugar level?
What products are safe for people with diabetes? The types of sugars found in Isotonix™ products were chosen because they do not exhibit a dramatic impact on blood sugar levels when compared to sucrose or table sugar. For example, one serving of Isotonix OPC-3® contains two grams of sugar, and one serving of Isotonix Coenzyme Q10 also contains two grams of sugar, which is equivalent to approximately two grapes. For some individuals, including some diabetics, this amount is not of concern. However, it may be of concern for diabetics, especially if they are on a strict sugar intake. If you are diabetic and concerned about the sugar content, we recommend consulting your physician to determine whether this amount of sugar is appropriate for your use.