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OXYLENT FOOD ALLERGENS & INTOLERANCES INFO
At Vitalah we are very sensitive to allergen issues, and provide this information in order to be as transparent as possible regarding any potential allergens contained in our products. As per the 2006 labeling law, The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), Vitalah products are certified to be free from all of the 8 major food allergens (milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soy).
Potential food allergens other than the top 8 outlined under FALCPA:
Used in our proprietary natural flavorings in the following flavors: Adult Oxylent—Sparkling Mandarin flavor only
Used in our proprietary natural flavorings in the following product: Children’s Oxylent
Used in our proprietary natural flavoring in the following products: Adult Oxylent—Sparkling Berries flavor only
Contained in all flavors of adult Oxylent. People with citrus allergies may be sensitive to bioflavonoids.
There is also some evidence that people with citrus allergy can benefit from supplementing with pantothenic Acid (vitamin B-5)—when adequate levels of B-5 are reached in the body (usually after a few weeks of supplementation), citrus/bioflavonoids will often no longer cause allergic reactions.
Our manufacturer advises that flavors generally do not cause allergic reactions. Allergen issues are very rare from the natural fruit flavors in Oxylent, likely because the flavors are produced using fruit essence/extract/distillate/etc., which yields a very low parts-per-million presence of any fruit in the final product.
Of the potential fruit allergens in Oxylent, our manufacturer advises that our natural citrus flavor would be more likely to cause a reaction than the strawberry, because the citrus flavors are made using citrus oils. Although the flavors are therefore likely safe, we recommend checking with your doctor or healthcare professional before using this supplement if there is any potential for allergic reaction.
People with intolerances to certain forms of sugar can safely consume Oxylent. There is no form of any sugar anywhere in the Oxylent product line. No sugar, no fructose, no dextrose—in any of our natural fruit flavors or anywhere else in Oxylent products.
Is there any knowledge of people with Lupus reacting to Stevia?
No. There are anecdotal reports that sugar can exacerbate inflammation and thus aggravate lupus, and some doctors recommend that people living with lupus should therefore avoid sugars. Stevia, however, has not been shown to cause any of these problems for people living with lupus. Because it is not a sugar or made from sugar, stevia does not raise insulin levels, which can lead to chronic inflammation, like sugars do. In fact, research suggests that stevia may even offer potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties and helping balance blood glucose levels at high intakes.
Can Stevia Cause Reproductive Problems?
There is some misguided information out there linking stevia to reproductive problems (such as menstruation issues and infertility issues), but any such link has been discredited by current scientific evidence.
The now-debunked claim linking stevia to reproductive problems stems from older mice/rat studies, which have since been refuted by many more reliable experiments that used the same study methods and used many more animals and found no effects of stevia on reproductive health. Even the authors of the mice studies themselves admit problems with their own studies, and one has since concluded that subsequent research has since led him to believe that stevia is completely safe for human consumption.
A systematic review of the past and current scientific evidence for stevia, recently published in the journal Phytochemistry, discusses this area of research (on stevia and fertility) in some detail includes references for many of these studies investigating stevia and reproductive health/fertility, if anyone would like further information. It also concludes that stevia is safe. The citation for that review is: Geuns, JM. Stevioside. Phytochemistry. 2003 Nov;64(5):913-21. PubMed ID: 14561506.
Can my child drink Oxylent if they have PKU?
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a genetic/inherited amino acid disorder. Amino acid disorders are a class of genetic metabolic conditions that occur when certain amino acids (the building blocks for body proteins) either cannot be broken down or cannot be produced by the body, resulting in the toxic accumulation of some substances and the deficiency of other substances in the body. Individuals with PKU cannot break down the amino acid phenylalanine properly, causing it to build up in the blood and body tissues.
All newborns are screened for PKU, and it affects about one of every 10,000 to 20,000 Caucasian or Asian births. For children with PKU, treatment typically includes a diet very restricted in protein that requires supplementation with all amino acids except phenylalanine, as well as vitamins and minerals. Generally the diet becomes less restricted as children with PKU grow up, as the mature brain is less sensitive to phenylalanine.
Recent research shows that PKU patients are at increased risk of developing deficiencies of vitamins B6 and B12. Possible explanations for this increased risk include protein-restricted diets that often restrict consumption of animal products. One recently published study reviewing research in this area concluded that PKU patients need continuing dietary guidance throughout life, and suggested daily vitamin supplementation for all PKU patients.
Oxylent, Children’s Oxylent, and Prenatal Oxylent do not contain phenylalanine, and should therefore be a safe daily multivitamin supplement for PKU patients. In addition, all Oxylent mulitvitamin products are excellent sources of B6 and B12, as part of a full panel of other key essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients—all in one delicious drink. Of course this information does not replace medical advice or treatment, and Vitalah products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. All patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before using any dietary supplement.
Hvas AM, et al. J Inherit Metab Dis 2006 29:47–53.
Would this Oxylent product help someone with COPD (lung disease)?*
Oxylent contains several nutrients that have been shown to support lung health and function. In addition, it also contains the unique ingredients SOD (superoxide dismutase) and Catalase, which are antioxidant enzymes that can be especially helpful in supporting lung health.
Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase can be especially helpful because they are powerful antioxidants, which protect cells against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Superoxide Dismutase is one of the main antioxidant enzymes in the body, and there is evidence that people with lung issues often have increased oxidative stress/damage, suggesting that the antioxidant systems of the body are overwhelmed. Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase can support the antioxidant defenses in the lungs.
Oxylent is the only multivitamin drink that contains SOD and Catalase. Each packet contains 20 I.U. of Superoxide Dismutase, which statistically is shown to contain 3 I.U. of Catalase. Our Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase are derived from melon.
In addition to Superoxide Dismutase and Catalase, other lung-supportive nutrients in Oxylent include vitamin C, which helps protect against irritants such as air pollution and smoke; CoQ10, which supports cells’ ability to use oxygen; vitamin B6, which supports a healthy immune and inflammatory response; and vitamin D3, which helps regulate the function of the immune system.
People with compromised lung health and function may have particular need for these and other nutrients, and it may be advisable to take 2 Oxylent packets daily rather than 1, in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Everyone should always consult with his or her healthcare provider before using any dietary supplement, of course.
Can Gastric By-Pass patients use effervescence?
Yes! In fact, researchers have concluded that lifelong continuous use of a multivitamin supplement is necessary for people who have undergone bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass surgery—and effervescence is an excellent choice. Due to the nature of bariatric procedures, the altered digestive tract may not be able to adequately break down pills. The nearly 100% bioavailability offered by the effervescent delivery system of Oxylent may be an ideal solution.
Several scientific studies have used effervescent nutritional supplements after gastric bypass, and effervescent supplements have been shown to offer superior bioavailability in bypass patients when compared to tablets. (Sakhaee K, et al. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2011 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]).
Although many bariatric patients are advised to avoid carbonated beverages, the key point to remember is that carbonation and effervescence are not the same thing. Effervescent supplements are safe and effective for bariatric patients and post-op gastric bypass. For more information about Bariatrics, click here.
Does stevia interfere with ragweed allergies or make them worse?
Many people with ragweed allergies can safely consume stevia without any problems at all. But it is possible that people with ragweed allergies may experience an allergic reaction to stevia. The reason is that stevia and ragweed are in the same family of plants—the Asteraceae/Compositae family. This family is one of the largest plant families in existence, with over 23,000 species, and includes other common plants such as dandelion, marigold, sunflower, echinacea, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, chrysanthemums, and many others. People with ragweed allergies should thus exercise caution when consuming stevia until you know you can do so safely.
How can Oxylent help with mental health issues?
Legally, we must first say that Oxylent products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition, that information we provide does not replace medical advice or treatment, and that all patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before using any dietary supplement.
That being said, a growing body of scientific research investigates the importance of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) for brain function and mental health. This research shows that adequate intake of vitamins and minerals is essential to many of the physiological processes that comprise mental health and brain function.
Researchers have identified several ways that vitamins and minerals may support brain function and mental health— including promoting the production of energy/ATP in the brain, optimizing the production and function of neurotransmitters, and helping to correct metabolic errors that slow key reactions.
Studies have also shown that supplementation of vitamins and minerals may support cognitive and behavioral improvements in adults with mental health issues.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.