Thorne Research - Enteromend Orange Vanilla - 5.9 oz. (168 g)
Thorne Research EnteroMend combines the mucosa-protective effects of L-glutamine with highly-absorbable botanical complexes to provide a unique and great-tasting orange-vanilla powder for maintenance of a healthy intestinal tract.
- Meriva and Casperome (curcumin and Boswellia phytosomes) for enhanced absorption and to help maintain an already healthy inflammatory response in the GI tract
- DaltonMax 700 – a unique 200:1-potency aloe extract that soothes the mucus membranes of the GI tract
- Sunfiber to promote healthy flora, butyrate levels, and bowel regularity
- L-Glutamine for support of colonic permeability
- Boswellia phytosome (Casperome)
A unique Boswellia extract bound to phosphatidylcholine for enhanced absorption. A study comparing Casperome to the same Boswellia extract not complexed with phosphatidylcholine found 7-fold higher plasma levels of 11-keto-β-boswellic acid and 3-fold higher plasma levels of β-boswellic acid when the Boswellia phytosome was consumed.
- Curcumin phytosome (Meriva)
A unique curcumin extract bound to phosphatidylcholine to significantly enhance absorption. A randomized crossover study compared plasma levels of curcuminoids from curcumin complexed with phosphatidylcholine (Meriva) to non-complexed curcumin. Total plasma curcuminoid level from Meriva was 29-fold higher than when non-complexed curcumin was consumed. In an experimental murine model, curcumin phytosome (Meriva) exerted a relaxant effect on the muscles of the ileum and the colon. Curcumin has been shown to help maintain normal neurotransmitter levels to support healthy GI function.
- Aloe vera (DaltonMax 700)
A unique, 200:1-potency aloe extract with no laxative effect. DaltonMax 700 is organic and is taken only from the inner gel of the aloe plant. It does not contain any other portions of the plant that can cause gastric upset or have a laxative effect. It's solvent-free, and its low-heat dehydration preserves its bioactive ingredients. Research supports aloe vera’s GI protective effects.
- Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum (PHGG) – Sunfiber
The short-chain fatty acid butyric acid (butyrate) is the primary fuel for the colonocytes in the large intestine and is produced in the colon by the fermentation of fiber, including guar gum. Butyrate is essential for helping to maintain healthy colonic structure and function. In a study that compared PHGG to wheat bran, both substances significantly improved bowel habits in individuals who had less than ideal GI health. Patient preference and fewer side effects were reported for PHGG. Another study using PHGG reported improved quality of life in a similar patient population.
In addition to being the main fuel for the enterocytes in the small intestine, glutamine also joins butyrate as a fuel source for the colonocytes lining the colon. Similar to the small intestine, the large intestine can become hyperpermeable. L-glutamine has been shown to ameliorate gut barrier dysfunction in the colonic epithelium.
Thorne Research's Mission
At Thorne Research, their mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people by providing superior dietary supplements that have the highest level of quality and purity – thereby creating the most respected and valued company in the dietary supplement industry.
The Thorne Difference.
For more than 25 years, Thorne has relentlessly pursued the highest possible quality and bioavailability in dietary supplements. At Thorne, they actually manufacture products that they sell – a key difference that allows Thorne to control every aspect of the manufacturing process and ensure that every Thorne product is in pure, completely hypoallergenic form, and without the common additives, flowing agents, and binders used throughout the industry.
A few other companies have tried to do what Thorne does, and many others claim to have the same philosophy and quality, but nobody has been able to duplicate what Thorne's clients call "Thorne Quality." Thorne has changed the industry in many ways over the past two decades, and they continue to raise the bar and set new standards in product formulation, raw material purity, manufacturing, and quality control.
Thorne's Commitment to Purity
Practitioners have become accustomed to seeing the vague "We use only the purest ingredients" in the promotional materials of almost every dietary supplement company. Perhaps these companies truly believe that. Perhaps they don't know any better. Nevertheless, Thorne Research, for more than 25 years, has been the standard by which companies in the industry are judged for product purity. Practitioners rely on Thorne as the company they trust for their extremely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients.
Purity Takes Extra Effort
For example, instead of purchasing prediluted vitamin D, as other companies do, Thorne performs its own dilution to avoid detrimental ingredients, such as the preservatives or lactose that are found in many commercially available dilutions. Why must vitamin D be diluted? Because in its pure form, it is too concentrated to safely blend into a vitamin product. Pure vitamin D is 40 MILLION International Units (IU) per gram. The RDA for adults is 600-800 IU per day. To ensure proper mixing, it must be made into a dilute powder that flows and does not lose potency. So, unlike companies that use prediluted vitamin D that contains unacceptable excipients and preservatives, at Thorne, pure pharmaceutical vitamin D is first blended with pure mixed tocopherol vitamin E, and the resultant stable vitamin D is then blended with hypoallergenic cellulose powder. The final powder is blended in a large tumble blender and subsequently analyzed. Not only is the final product stable; it is also hypoallergenic and can be mixed homogeneously and at a safe level with other powders. Just as with vitamin D, Thorne utilizes similar processes for other raw materials, such as vitamin K, leaving it to other companies to purchase commercially available raw materials filled with unacceptable ingredients and preservatives.
Ingredients You Don't Want
Magnesium Stearate: Good for speed-hungry encapsulating machines. Not necessarily good for you. Manufacturing encapsulated dietary supplements isn't easy. Pure powdered ingredients are difficult to mix because they are either extremely dry, sticky with botanical oils, or attract unwanted moisture. So most manufacturers add magnesium stearate and other agents such as lactose and dextrose to make the powder flow quickly and easily through their high-volume machines. Problem is, these additives may compromise the bioavailability of the nutrients in the supplement, and might cause allergenic problems. At Thorne, they take a different approach.
Thorne will never utilize large fatty acid excipients in its manufacturing processes – ingredients such as magnesium stearate or stearic acid. These excipients are utilized as flowing agents to ensure that maximum productivity is obtained from capsuling and tableting machines. There are documented detrimental effects directly attributed to long chain fatty acids utilized as manufacturing flowing agents. Every qualified pharmaceutical compounder recognizes that large fatty acids, such as magnesium stearate, can interfere with product dissolution and influence absorption. Virtually all companies, because of the economic impact, ignore this data. As with most industries, the bottom line dictates the level of quality. The dietary supplement industry has one exception: Thorne Research, the company that does not compromise. Nevertheless, if a company cannot manufacture products without using detrimental excipients, they should not allude to being either "hypoallergenic" or "pure."
The Bottom Line?
Thorne is the only hypoallergenic dietary supplement manufacturer with the highest degree of purity that you – and your most severely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients – can truly trust.
Quality Ingredients: A Higher Standard
At Thorne, they are committed to setting a higher standard of quality when it comes to ingredients. To produce their truly hypoallergenic encapsulated supplements, Thorne uses only the purest and finest ingredients available.
Every manufacturer has two basic options when purchasing raw materials: purchase either truly pure raw materials, or purchase raw materials to which substances have been added to facilitate manufacturing. This fundamental dilemma translates to these very typical questions: "Do I purchase pure vitamin C or vitamin C with additives?" "Do I purchase pure B vitamins or coated B vitamins for taste masking?" "Do I purchase pure enzymes such as pancreatin, pepsin, and bromelain or enzymes diluted with lactose?"
There are few commercial sources for vitamins B12, D, K, or biotin that are not diluted with substances such as lactose, cornstarch, and preservatives such as BHT. That's why Thorne developed methods that allow them to use pure, undiluted sources of these nutrients – and many others. It's just one more example that when it comes to quality, what everyone else accepts as an industry standard isn't good enough. While some companies say they are raising their standards....at Thorne they set them.