Frequently asked questions about Isotonix products

questionIsotonix® products are provided exclusively through SHOP.COM (powered by Market America) and have obtained a loyal following due to their effectiveness, ease of use, and science-based formulations.

Here are some frequently-asked questions about the Isotonix® brand of nutritional supplements:

Are these supplements regulated by the FDA?

Yes, in that all nutritional supplement ingredients are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods rather than as drugs (similar to how they monitor meat and dairy products). The FDA only allow ingredients to be used in the U.S. that have been deemed safe and require that dietary supplements have accurate labeling.The FDA does not focus on individual products, they focus on the amount and type of ingredients used. If questions or problems arise, the FDA can have a manufacturer substantiate label claims and, if found unsafe, have specific ingredients banned. The FDA also determines good manufacturing practices (GMPs).

Where are the product ingredients sourced from?

Isotonix® carefully selects the highest quality raw ingredients available. Quality control procedures extend from each individual ingredient to the final completed product. Ingredients are randomly tested by independent labs for isotonic capability, micro contamination, and potency in accordance with GMP manufacturing regulations.

How are Isotonix® supplements manufactured?

All of the nutritional supplements that Market America provides, including the Isotonix® brand, are manufactured in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facilities. These facilities must meet stringent levels of compliance and are verified by third-party GMP watchdogs including NNFA, Shuster Labs, NSF International, and USP. Isotonix® products have verifiable standardization and uniformity in every batch of product they produce.

Are fillers used?

No. There are no preservatives, fillers, binders, excipients, artificial colors or artificial flavors used.

Are the natural ingredients used screened for pesticides?

Yes. All ingredients extracted from natural sources (like pine bark, citrus, bilberry, grape seed, etc.) are tested with gas chromatography for pesticide residue.

How much “sugar” is in them?

Isotonix® products are sweetened with natural fructose. Fructose does not produce the extreme “highs” and “lows”  in blood sugar levels like ordinary table sugar can. In both calories and natural sugar content, a serving of an Isotonix® drinkable supplement is equivalent to a single bite of an apple or half a teaspoon of honey.

Why is “sugar” used at all?

Nutritive sugars, like fructose, provide multiple benefits including the following:

  • create an isotonic solution by exerting osmotic pressure
  • actively transports select nutrients across intestinal enterocyte membranes
  • improves blending uniformity of ingredients
  • improves flavor by covering off-tasting nutrients like zinc, copper, and B vitamins

Do Isotonix® products contain lactose, soy or gluten?

No. Isotonix® are free of milk, casein, gluten, soy, wheat, yeast, artificial flavors, starch, salt, preservatives, and dyes.

What about maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is a sweet, easily digestible carbohydrate usually made from rice or corn. Because of its rapid breakdown, maltodextrin typically has a high glycemic index. A minimal amount of maltodextrin is used in Isotonix® products as a particle-coating agent to prevent the ingredients from clumping. Per serving, the maltodextrin dusting generates a caloric value of approximately 0.2 calories.

Are Isotonix® products hypoallergenic:

The exclusion of dyes, fillers, binders and extenders was carefully planned in the formulation of Isotonix® products, therefore no reports of allergic reactions are expected.

What advantage do Isotonix® products offer?

Isotonix® do not have to be digested to be absorbed. When taken as directed on an empty stomach they immediately begin passing into the small intestine where absorption takes place. According to the Physician’s Desk Reference, vitamins and minerals in a pill form are only 10-20% absorbed by the body during the digestion process which can take several hours. Isotonix® supplements are formulated based on the best clinical studies available providing up to 95% absorption in minutes. Additionally Isotonix® only uses the highest quality scientifically validated ingredients manufactured in pharmaceutical grade facilities.

55 Comments

  1. …and that’s why your vitamins aren’t working! « Engineered for Health said,

    January 7, 2010 at 2:29 am

    […] of the vitamins and nutrients are all well researched and science-based. Isotonix® products are manufactured in pharmaceutical-grade GMP rated facilities with certified and standardized ingredients. These natural products work because they are […]

  2. Alma Dallas said,

    May 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I live in PA, but purchased Isotonix approx a month ago, through my chriopractor for our daughter-in-law who lives in Maryland. She took it for a few days but then her thumb starting twitching. Stopped for a few days, then when she tried again to take Isotonix OPC-3, her whole hand began twitching. I would like to return the product as I paid $77.00 hoping it would help her. Have you ever heard of this reaction? Please advise as it is not agreeing with her.

  3. Julie Lange said,

    May 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I have not heard of a reaction like the one you are describing from any product in the Isotonix line. If your daughter-in-law is currently using any type of medications, I’d strongly suggest reading through the complete drug information disclosure/s to see if her reaction may be a known side effect. If so, she should notify her attending physician. Otherwise, if you’d like to return the product, just contact the chiropractor who you purchased it from and he/she will be able to help you.

    Best regards,
    Julie Lange

  4. James Tong said,

    July 19, 2012 at 1:09 am

    hi there, just out of curiosity, where did u get the information regarding the facilities of whoever the manufacturer of Isotonix is?

  5. Julie Lange said,

    October 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    That information is at marketamericascience.com.

  6. bubbles lane said,

    July 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Isotonix® carefully selects the highest quality raw ingredients available. Quality control procedures extend from each individual ingredient to the final completed product. Wow this is what I’m looking for when it comes on vitamins.

  7. Katy said,

    December 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

    where is the CITRUS ingredient from??—orange, tangerine??

    Please write back; I’m allergic to that form of citrus….

    Katy Rathke

  8. Julie Lange said,

    March 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Katy,
    The citrus extract bioflavonoid in Isotonix OPC-3 is derived from lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. Depending on the severity of your allergy, you may want to consult with your physician before using this product. If you would like to try a sample, let me know and I would be happy to send you one.

    – Julie

  9. Ashley Strand said,

    March 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    When you say that it is all natural ingredients. Is absolutely everything in it natural and not a synthetic Made vitamin. At the health food store the 100 percent whole food vitamins are still made with synthetic vitamins in the beginning. Does Isotonix do this? All natural the very broad term. Arsenic is natural. Could you please expand what you mean by natural. Are they all food based?

  10. Julie Lange said,

    June 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Hello Ashley,
    That is a great question! Here is a partial response from our product information department on the question of whole food supplements:
    “Some vitamin supplements are marketed as whole food supplements, purportedly supplying the known and unknown nutrients found in food. Careful review of the labels making such claims reveals that the greater part of vitamins used in whole food supplements are synthetic, in that they originate in high-tech chemical manufacturing facilities. The synthetic vitamins are blended with plant and animal extracts to simulate the complexity of nutrients derived from eating whole foods. Therefore, “whole food” supplements are not necessarily derived only from natural food sources. Furthermore, synthetic vitamins produced under quality controlled conditions have specific advantages:

    They are of highest purity.
    Common allergens can be reduced or eliminated.
    No genetically modified organisms.
    No pesticide residue.
    Highly concentrated nutrients.
    Reduced costs.
    No variability in potency.

    Considering these advantages, and that in most cases there is no difference in bioavailability, chemical structure or activity, the use of both natural and synthetic sources in supplements is appropriate and often beneficial. Market America firmly believes in and promises to provide only the highest quality products that will deliver maximum effectiveness. All the ingredients in our products are supported by proven science and technology and we will continue to search out the best of the best to maintain our promise to our distributors and customers.”

  11. Joyce said,

    March 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hello: I suffer greatly from migraines and epilepsy. I started taking your product and felt an enormous relief almost immediately. But about 2 months later seemed to be having more frequent migraines. Is it possible that it is reacting badly to the carbatrol that I take?
    Thank you,
    Joyce

  12. Julie Lange said,

    June 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Joyce,
    A doctor with knowledge on allopathic and naturopathic wellness solutions would be the best to turn to with that question. Guidance from the right health care provider/s is invaluable when dealing with complex health problems.

  13. engineeredforhealth said,

    December 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Joyce,
    I’m glad that you were feeling better while using some of the Isotonix products. My advice regarding your new symptoms would be to consult with a health professional for guidance.

  14. Douglas Bruce said,

    April 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Do any of the ingredients for any of your products currently come from china or Japan? Are the ingredients solely from the USA?

  15. Julie Lange said,

    June 26, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hello Douglas,
    Market America has very strict standards on product ingredients, standardization and quality. This quote is taken from the Market America’s FAQs on product ingredients and quality control:
    “Each of our production facilities are required to meet GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards. This means they are periodically inspected and approved by either the Food and Drug Administration or the United States Department of Agriculture for their strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures, employee training, product specifications and supplier/vendor qualification procedures.”
    Reference link: http://isotonix.marketamerica.com/engineeredforhealth/USA/Learn

  16. engineeredforhealth said,

    December 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    All of our manufacturers and ingredients are pharmaceutical grade and GMP compliant. We do not use ingredients sourced from China.

  17. Why is Isotonix an "advanced" delivering system? said,

    April 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I have always wondered why Isotonix is an “advanced” delivering system instead of a, say, a very unnatural system? Firstly, there is no evidence (or medical studies) showing that the ingredients are absorbed in 5 to 10 minutes as they claimed. Actually it might be a blessing if it does not — I don’t know how our poor body will handle them if you have a whole day worth of vitamins/minerals rushed into the system in, say, 10 minutes. Imagine that you have whole day’s calories taken in 10 minutes. Not a precise analogy but you get the picture. For water soluble vitamins, you are lucky if our body can get rid of the extra as quick as it could. But things do not always work this way. It might be toxic when the serum level is high for couple hours. Secondly, how could you absorb ALL (not just minute part) of the fat soluble vitamins when you take the product in an empty stomach as directed? I mean there is no fatty acids there to carry all the fat solvable vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, and K. Thirdly, when you have too many “good” things rush into the system, it can run out of “carries” — the number of seats (carriers) is limited. When there is no “seat” to fit in, they won’t be able to be carried to other parts of the body. When it comes to digesting nutrients, our body works hard and digest/absorb them slowly. More/quicker is not necessary better, IMHO. Thanks.

  18. Julie Lange said,

    June 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Hi shanobubonahs,
    Regarding your question on the Isotonix “advanced delivery”, this explanation from our Product Science department which may be of help in better understanding some physiological aspects that occur during digestion and nutrient assimilation:
    “There are three aspects of the Isotonix solution that promote fast movement through the stomach: (1) isotonicity, (2) acidic pH, and (3) physical weight of the solution. All three aspects stimulate various receptors in the lower part of the stomach to trigger the opening of the pyloric sphincter and rhythmic contraction of stomach muscles—the gastric solution, whether Isotonix or chyme, is literally squirted into the upper portion of the small intestine. Food chyme is acidic and isotonic or nearly isotonic. A reasonable isotonic range is 270 – 305 milliosmoles per kilogram of water. Isotonix ingredients that contribute significantly to osmotic pressure and osmolality include: fructose, glucose, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and several calcium and magnesium compounds. In Isotonix products fructose acts as a bulking agent to disperse active ingredients in the base powder, it adds sweetness and covers some fairly foul tastes of nutrients, and it exerts osmotic pressure. There are osmo-receptors in cells that line the lower portion of the stomach, and when these receptors are activated by a well-digested isotonic meal or an Isotonix solution, a signal is sent to the pyloric sphincter to open

    It is known that hypertonic and hypotonic solutions move more slowly from the stomach, allowing greater and longer exposure of selected nutrients to rather acidic stomach contents. This has been known since 1905 in research performed by French physiologists. Through a dynamic process in the small intestine, with the movement of water and nutrients across cell membranes, the ever-depleting food solution remains isotonic until it reaches the ileocaecal juncture (per statement by Dr. Willliam F. Ganong, Lange Professor of Physiology at University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, textbook: Review of Medical Physiology, 13th edition, Appleton and Lange: Norwalk, CT, ©1987). As the relatively undiluted sample of Isotonix solution comes into the small intestine, the absorptive mucosa is exposed to very high concentrations of different nutrients. Some nutrients are absorbed by active transport mechanisms, some nutrients are absorbed in large measure by passive diffusion, and some are composites of those two major absorptive mechanisms. It seems to me that passive diffusion will be the absorptive mechanism that is much more greatly affected by elevated concentrations of nutrients in the lumen. An active transport mechanism will probably have multiple pathways exhibiting different binding affinities, so some pathways work at very low solute concentrations (especially when the diet is low in certain nutrients and the body absolutely must have them) whereas others work optimally at moderate to high solute concentrations.”

  19. Lauren said,

    July 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    You state that “Isotonix® are free of milk, casein, gluten, soy, wheat, yeast, artificial flavors, starch, salt, preservatives, and dyes”. However, on page 2 of my Custom Cocktail Ingredients, it states in the Warning section: “…This product is manufactured on equipment used to process soy, shellfish, and wheat. Warning: Contains Soy.” If this is the case, than Isotonix cannot be considered gluten and soy free. Please clarify. Thanks!

  20. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Earlier this year the vitamin K2 that was used in some of the Isotonix was derived from soy natto. Although soy natto is not soy protein, it was still listed as a possible allergen, not a component. All newer and current formulations with vitamin K2 are derived from garbanzo bean. Feel free to contact Market America via phone or email with questions on your Custom Cocktail or the Good Manufacturing Practices used in creating the Isotonix products.

  21. Mary Tzeo said,

    July 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Julie,

    I just heard of this product today from a Market America distributor. I am naturally weary of any product that may not be completely natural for the body. Is there any way I can get sample?

  22. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 21, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Hi Mary,
    The person you met would most likely provide you with a sample. I’d suggest the Isotonix Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics.

  23. JLSLE said,

    October 30, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Do Isotonix® products contain lactose, soy or gluten?

    No. Isotonix® are free of milk, casein, gluten, soy, wheat, yeast, artificial flavors, starch, salt, preservatives, and dyes.

    **Why is there SOY in your Vitamin D w/ K2 supplement?**

    Contains: SOY (per the label)

  24. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

    This clarification from a product specialist may help:
    Originally the K2 in the Isotonix Vitamin D was derived from soy natto. Therefore, soy was listed as a possible allergen, not a component. However, the product was reformulated and the K2 is now derived from garbanzo bean. Virtually 99% of vitamins are synthesized, via chemical or a biofermentation process. The molecules are nature or bio- identical. The process that food based and fermentation derived raw ingredients go through is not the same as eating a whole protein. GMO does not affect vitamins, minerals and herbs.

  25. engineeredforhealth said,

    December 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Jerry,
    It’s my understanding that soy allergies are triggered by soy protein. To be cautious, the FDA requires that soy be listing on the ingredient label if the product came in contact with any form of soy (including soy lecithin, isoflavones, etc). Originally the K2 in the Isotonix Vitamin D was derived from soy natto (not protein). Therefore, soy was listed as a possible allergen even though it was not a component. However, Isotonix Vitamin D with K2 has been reformulated. Now the K2 is derived from garbanzo bean.

  26. Cherie Bredbury said,

    December 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    is OPC3 GMO Free?

  27. engineeredforhealth said,

    December 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Isotonix OPC-3 is a supplement and does not contain GMO proteins. GMO is typically a concern for food (grain-based) proteins.

  28. Bill Mack said,

    December 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Why do you add “SUCRALOSE”, an artificial sweetener, originally derived from sugar, but no longer resembling it.
    It can cause cramps in the lower abdominal tract as it did in my case. Several medical tests & then the elimination of your products containing it confirmed this was the cause.
    If you really want to be a top rating producer of supplements then you may want to consider “STEVIA”.
    For further information on “SUCRALOSE” read Dr. Joseph Mercola’s comments

  29. engineeredforhealth said,

    December 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Bill,
    I’m not sure what you’re referring to. The Isotonix line uses fructose to make the solution isotonic. Fructose enables the nutrients to rapidly exit the stomach and enter the small intestine where the absorption sites are located. The fructose sugar is a carrier similar to electrolytes. Salts or sugars are also used as carriers in IV nutrition.

  30. Jodi said,

    December 20, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Hello, just wondering if opc-3 can be taken with birth control.
    It looks all natural but not sure about that pine bark stuff.
    I am taking Portia birth control, and was given the lc-3 by a friend who just started selling the products.
    Any info would be helpful
    Thank you, Jodi

  31. engineeredforhealth said,

    December 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Jodi,
    Pycnogenol is the patented French Maritime Pine Bark extract used in Isotonix OPC-3. OPCs are natural plant bioflavonoids that have been shown to support health based on the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity they demonstrate. Here are two links that may help alleviate your concerns. The first is on a study observing benefits when Pycnogenol was used by some women using oral contraceptives. The second is regarding common vitamin deficiencies associated with the use of some medications and oral contraceptives:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/study-finds-pycnogenol-in-combination-with-oral-contraceptives-effective-in-resolving-endometriosis-related-pain-247268741.html

    http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/everywomanbc.html

  32. Xiaomao said,

    April 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Hi there, may i know what is the Maltodextrin in isotonix products derived from, is it RIce or Corn ?

  33. engineeredforhealth said,

    May 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Maltodextrin is a saccharide (not a protein) that is derived from corn and is considered and gluten free. GMO is a concern for essentially grain based proteins. GMO doesn’t affect vitamin and minerals because any grain proteins have been refined out. Here is a link that explains more on maltodextrin labeling: http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/maltodextrin/

  34. Georgia said,

    May 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Does the Passionfruit flavor come from passionfruit or is it a mix of different fruit flavors to create passionfruit? Ask because of allergies. Thanks!

  35. engineeredforhealth said,

    May 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Georgia,
    The flavors used in the Isotonix line are natural. So you should avoid the formulas that contain passion fruit flavor since it is derived from real passion fruit.

  36. Clifford Chamney said,

    July 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Perhaps I missed it, but it seems to me there was no direct response to the question about the possibility that slow release of ingredients might be better for the user than MarketAmerica-claimed 10-minute absorption. One would think that nutrients from, for example, food, are absorbed slowly during digestion. Please address this issue in detail and provide sources. Thank you.

  37. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Hello Clifford,
    If you’re looking for a technical explanation on the importance of rapid gastric emptying when it comes to supplementation, here’s some information from the Market America Product Information department:

    “There are three aspects of the Isotonix solution that promote fast movement through the stomach: (1) isotonicity, (2) acidic pH, and (3) physical weight of the solution. All three aspects stimulate various receptors in the lower part of the stomach to trigger the opening of the pyloric sphincter and rhythmic contraction of stomach muscles—the gastric solution, whether Isotonix or chyme, is literally squirted into the upper portion of the small intestine. Food chyme is acidic and isotonic or nearly isotonic. A reasonable isotonic range is 270 – 305 milliosmoles per kilogram of water. Isotonix ingredients that contribute significantly to osmotic pressure and osmolality include: fructose, glucose, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and several calcium and magnesium compounds. In Isotonix products fructose acts as a bulking agent to disperse active ingredients in the base powder, it adds sweetness and covers some fairly foul tastes of nutrients, and it exerts osmotic pressure. There are osmo-receptors in cells that line the lower portion of the stomach, and when these receptors are activated by a well-digested isotonic meal or an Isotonix solution, a signal is sent to the pyloric sphincter to open.

    It is known that hypertonic and hypotonic solutions move more slowly from the stomach, allowing greater and longer exposure of selected nutrients to rather acidic stomach contents. This has been known since 1905 in research performed by French physiologists. Through a dynamic process in the small intestine, with the movement of water and nutrients across cell membranes, the ever-depleting food solution remains isotonic until it reaches the ileocaecal juncture (per statement by Dr. Willliam F. Ganong, Lange Professor of Physiology at University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, textbook: Review of Medical Physiology, 13th edition, Appleton and Lange: Norwalk, CT, ©1987). As the relatively undiluted sample of Isotonix solution comes into the small intestine, the absorptive mucosa is exposed to very high concentrations of different nutrients. Some nutrients are absorbed by active transport mechanisms, some nutrients are absorbed in large measure by passive diffusion, and some are composites of those two major absorptive mechanisms. It seems to me that passive diffusion will be the absorptive mechanism that is much more greatly affected by elevated concentrations of nutrients in the lumen. An active transport mechanism will probably have multiple pathways exhibiting different binding affinities, so some pathways work at very low solute concentrations (especially when the diet is low in certain nutrients and the body absolutely must have them) whereas others work optimally at moderate to high solute concentrations.”

    In a nutshell, the stomach digests and the small intestine absorbs. The health (or lack) of an individual’s small intestine will determine the concentration of nutrients that are retained. That’s also assuming that the supplement was in a bio-available state when it reached the receptor sites in the small intestine.

    Obviously dietary supplements are intended to be supplemental to a healthy diet and not a replacement for food. People who have excellent health and digestion and who eat ideal diets which compensate for environmental pollutants and stressful lifestyle factors may not find a benefit from using Isotonix or any other form of supplementation. Those who live less than perfect lives typically find that filling in nutritional gaps through high-quality rapidly absorbed supplementation is an effective and intelligent way to support overall health.

  38. Joey Kee said,

    August 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Is OPC 3 is alcohol free? I see there is red wine extract in the ingredients.

  39. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    There is no alcohol in any of the Isotonix products.

  40. joey kee said,

    August 20, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Is OPC-3 contains alcohol as I see the ingredients contains red wine extracts. It is a bit confusing and I need to know further in details why says the ingredients are from red wine extracts but without alcohol. I’m Buddhist and cannot take any alcohol products and would need to confirm on this. Thanks.

  41. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    There is no alcohol in any of the Isotonix products.

  42. lilyann fabiitti said,

    October 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

    What is the difference between isotonix magnesium and neutra metrix magnesium by isotonix?

  43. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Isotonix Magnesium is available to anyone. NutraMetrix Magnesium is only available through licensed health care providers as part of Market America’s professional product line.

  44. June said,

    October 29, 2015 at 7:01 am

    It clearly states on the back of the isotonix opc3 bottle that one of the ingredients is modified food starch. Yet you state it is free of gmo. The transparency of these products is severely lacking.

  45. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Hello June,
    Isotonix OPC-3 is one of many products that is PCR tested for Market America by independent laboratories for GMO. This sensitive testing method is able to detect minute amounts of genetically modified DNA in finished product. Isotonix OPC-3 was found to have “No Detectable GMO”. Here is a link for more information on PCR testing:
    http://www.nongmoproject.org/product-verification/about-gmo-testing/guidelines/

    If you would like more information on non-GMO Isotonix products feel free to contact “customerservice@shop.com”.

  46. Teresa said,

    October 29, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Hello I am curious about the Tumeric process. I want to purchase Curcumin extreme but need to know what method of extraction is used? Is it a grade I II or III solvent? What is the name of the extract used?
    Thank you!!

  47. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Hello Teresa,
    Curcumin Extreme contains 3 primary ingredients: Curcumin BMC-95, Broccoli Seed Extract, and Selenium. BCM-95 is a patented and clinically studied turmeric extract that is used in professional-grade and consumer supplement formulas. BCM-95 has a product website that explains the unique attributes of this compound and how its manufactured. Here’s a brief summary:
    • BCM-95 is 100% pure extract of turmeric extract
    • Essential Oils used in BCM-95 are extracted using double steam distillation

    The BCM-95 site goes on on to state the following quality aspects:
    • Free of oxalates
    • No harmful solvents used
    • 100% natural Turmeric extract without the use of any excepients, additives or carriers
    • Abides by CA prop 65 for lead
    • True identity of Turmeric maintained
    • Not treated with any gamma irradiation and ETO
    • Every batch independently tested
    • Abides by test methods and specifications as listed in USP (United State Pharmacopeia)
    • No synthetic compounds used

    Please visit the FAQ section of their site regarding manufacturing and solvents. Here is a quote taken from their FAQs:
    “BCM-95® is tested for solvent residue using the most advanced laboratory equipment called GC-Headspace. In this method, the crystals are broken and all the trapped solvents are collected and measured. BCM-95® contains no harmful solvents and all the batches of BCM-95® abide by United States Pharmacopeia.”

    For more information please visit the BCM-95 website at: http://www.bcm95.com/index.html
    To read more about Curcumin Extreme go to: http://engineeredforhealth.com/2008/what-makes-market-americas-curcumin-extreme-unique/

  48. mickey said,

    November 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Hi..
    I have a gastric problem, and now plan to start using Isotonic Prime Joint Health. But as i see, the taste is a bit sour.. is it safe for Gastric condition, I heard gastric problem can not take sour thing, Please help to clarify.
    Thank you

  49. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Hello Mickey,
    If you’re having gastric problems, I suggest that you contact a health professional. Taste is a very subjective thing that can be impacted by a variety of health conditions. Prime Joint Support Formula by Isotonix promotes normal cartilage synthesis and regeneration, helps maintain joint comfort, and helps maintain optimal joint fluidity and flexibility. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  50. Ruben said,

    November 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Hi instarted taking the magnesium isotronix formula and i’m taking two white cap fulls a day. I suffered from migraines and this has amazingly vanished them.. I also laugh with confidence and can feel it’s not fake as it was for years. I have been taking it only three days which is amazing. I am starting to think there is something else mixed in there like anti depressant.. Also side effects of course are these. The skin on my fingers is peeling and my leg bones kinda hurt. Please advise. Am i taking to much? Should i only take one cap a day? Is this supplement recommend for anyone or just for people in difficincy. Thanks

  51. engineeredforhealth said,

    November 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Hello Ruben,
    Magnesium is a crucial mineral that the body requires for hundreds of functions. Some studies state that 80% of the population is magnesium deficient. Isotonix Magnesium supports normal blood pressure, promotes head comfort, supports healthy sleep quality, and promotes optimal muscle health and comfort. The recommended dosage for this supplement is 2 caps daily (ideally taking 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening). I am not a doctor so I have no idea what may be causing the problems you’re having with your fingers and bones. My advise is to contact a health professional about those concerns.

  52. Judy said,

    January 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Hello,
    I have heard that in order to be the most bioavailable for absorption, turmeric/curcumin supplements should have bioperine in them. I do not see any “black pepper” in your supplement. Can you tell me why this is better than those that do have it and why it is not included in yours?
    Thanks,
    Judy

  53. engineeredforhealth said,

    January 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Judy,
    There are several factors that should be considered with choosing a turmeric/curcumin supplement. First, was the product manufactured using GMP standards for purity, potency, and consistency? Is the curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) standardized to 95%?

    is a good discussion on various formulations of curcumin at 1stStopWellbeing.com. Here are some excepts from that site regarding choosing turmeric supplements that utilize piperine (or bioperine) for enhanced bioavailability.
    Piperine is a compound commonly found in black pepper. It is known to slow down hepatic and intestinal glucuronidation, which basically means elimination of different substances from the liver and gut. This is helpful in increasing the bioavailability of curcumin because it stays in the body longer and higher levels of curcumin get past the liver and stomach.

    A study conducted in 1998 showed that piperine increased the blood levels of curcumin and extent of absorption by 2000%. However, there were only 6 participants in this study. Another issue is that the effects of piperine, didn’t last long. The bioavailability of curcumin increased for only about 1-2 hours, and then the level in serum dropped.

    There is one major problem when using curcumin with piperine. Since glucuronidation is the body’s natural process for eliminating toxins and metabolized drugs, inhibiting it may have adverse effects in the body in the long-term. Using piperine for long periods may delay the elimination of harmful toxins in the body, as well as certain drugs. It is important to avoid using piperine in long-term treatment, especially for those who are using other kinds of medication as it can cause serious liver damage in the long run.

    Additionally, here is their excerpt on BCM-95:
    Unlike other forms of curcumin, BCM 95 does not remove the natural oils in turmeric. This formulation was developed by Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. The formulation has curcuminoids, essential oils of turmeric, and Ar turmerone.Other curcumin formulations focus on purifying curcumin and curcuminoids from turmeric. These formulations are marketed as “95% curcumin/curcuminoids.” BCM 95, on the other hand, retains most of the natural oils from raw turmeric roots, which are commonly removed during the purification process.

    The reason why the formulators of BCM 95 retain these natural oils is that some studies have shown that these oils have gastroprotective properties, which means that they protect and help heal the gastrointestinal tract. Other studies have also shown that these oils may have some beneficial effects on patients suffering from diabetes 2.

    Based on human studies, BCM 95 has been shown to be 7-9 time more bioavailable than ordinary or non-enhanced curcumin.

    Subjects who took BCM 95 showed a peak of curcumin in their bloodstreams within an hour. There was a short dip at two hours after administration, and then a second and higher peak at 4.5 hours. The level of curcumin gradually declined after the second peak, but curcumin was still detectable in the subjects’ blood within 8 hours.

    Curcumin Extreme also contains Selenium and Broccoli Seed Extract which enhances the effectiveness of this particular formula even more. Several of my clients have tried using other brands of curcumin that contained BCM-95 and choose to continue using Curcumin Extreme because it works much better for them.

    The entire post on various brands of curcumin can be read at: http://www.1stopwellbeing.com/supplements-and-herbs/curcumin-and-turmeric/choosing-the-right-turmeric-supplement-for-your-needs

  54. Anne said,

    February 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hi where are the isotonix products made? I know they are manufactured and distributed for market America in Greensboro. Thanks!!

  55. engineeredforhealth said,

    June 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Hi Anne,
    Isotonix are manufactured exclusively for Market America in the United States using GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards. The Isotonix line is also the only brand on the market which delivers Pycnogenol in an isotonic-capable form, making it exceptionally bioavailable. Consequently, Market America does not publicize companies they have exclusive manufacturing agreements for brand protection.

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