Carbohydrates: The carbohydrate mix is composed mostly of maltodextrin, which has a slower uptake into the bloodstream than glucose or fructose. This helps you avoid getting a ‘sugar rush’ with the resultant high-low mood cycle.
Fats: Absorb Plus doesn’t contain any fat – for 3 specific reasons. However, we do encourage you to add as much organic, cold-pressed flax oil as you can tolerate..
Natural Flavors and Sweeteners: A natural fruit-source monosaccharide sugar called Fructose, a monosaccharide sugar called Dextrose and a plant extract called Stevia. Fructose is the natural sugar found in all fruits and some vegetables. Stevia is a 100% natural plant extract that is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. It is the best alternative to sugar on the market and preliminary studies suggest it’s actually beneficial for diabetics. NOTE: We also have an UNSWEETENED VANILLA version of Absorb Plus.
Absorb Plus is one of the few products on the market containing 100% natural flavoring. Our unique natural flavor blends include French Vanilla, Berry Fusion, Chocolate Royale, Unsweetened Vanilla, Simply Chocolate and Simply Vanilla and are truly yummy. Suffice it to say, we have spent considerable time and effort getting each flavor to taste absolutely delicious.
Amino Acids: Absorb Plus contains an extensive array of free-form amino acids; specifically selected for people in disease states.
Vitamins and Minerals: Our vitamin/mineral profile is unusually extensive and specifically formulated for those with stomach and bowel sensitivities. Each vitamin/mineral is present in its most easily absorbed form.
The sodium level in Absorb Plus is set to provide a balanced profile of electrolytes – since many people consume Absorb Plus as their sole food source for several weeks, or months.
If you’re combining usage of Absorb Plus with regular food, then you may just want to decrease the amount of salt in your other foods, if this is a concern. But again, if you’re not sure, then please check with your doctor.
Also, depending on the person’s size, they will consume anywhere from 3 to 10 shakes per day. Since iron is a very powerful substance, it would be very hard to set an amount that suited everybody and wouldn’t lead to iron toxicity for some.
After a bout of severe intestinal haemorrhaging in 1998, Jini’s weight dropped to 99 pounds (she’s 5’7″) and her albumin levels showed she was severely malnourished. After receiving a blood transfusion, she refused all drug treatment and her doctor advised complete bowel rest – to allow the intestine heal. Continuing to eat regular food simply re-opened the wounds and started the bleeding again. Therefore, her nutrition needed to come from a completely elemental (pre-digested) liquid source.
Jini tried each of the elemental (pre-digested) products provided by the hospital, but found the taste and ingredient list unacceptable. Rather than undergoing an operation to have a tube inserted in her stomach and the elemental products pumped in, she set out to find a natural, healthy, alternative.
After an extensive search of health stores and the Internet, Jini devised her own elemental formula by mixing together 6 different products. She did this 8-9 times a day to give her body the nutrients it needed in elemental (pre-digested for maximum absorption) form.
Using this formula, Jini gained 36 pounds of solid weight (not fat) in six weeks and her albumin levels were restored to normal. She went from being so weak she could barely move around her apartment, to cycling and lifting weights at the gym by the end of the six weeks at a healthy weight of 135 pounds.
Jini included directions for mixing up these elemental shakes in the first edition of her book Listen To Your Gut (Caramal Publishing 2000). In addition, as word spread through family and friends, people with a variety of afflictions (cancer/chemotherapy, trigeminal neuralgia, age-related malnutrition and loss of appetite, etc.) began contacting Jini for her weight gain and maintenance program.
However, many of these people and her readers commented that they found it too difficult and time-consuming to mix together so many different products. Having done it herself, Jini could sympathise with them! Fortunately, a year later, she met one of the founders of Imix Nutrition and he asked her to replicate her formula in one product. She happily agreed and the result is Absorb Plus.
We know of no other product comparable to Absorb Plus in quality and composition, that is also elemental (pre-digested for maximum absorption). In addition, our own trials, and letters from our customers show that Absorb Plus really works.
The reason Absorb Plus has a carbohydrate component is to provide balanced nutrition for people who are often malnourished and underweight. You need the carbohydrate component to be able to gain weight to your normal weight – this is very difficult (if not impossible) to do with whey protein alone.