The Problem with Glucose
The enterade® Advantage
Glucose (sugar) in the healthy gut is used to transport nutrients, electrolytes and fluids into the body. In a damaged gut, such as in patients undergoing cancer treatment, the villi become blunted, leaving them unable to absorb glucose- bound nutrients and electrolytes. Additionally, glucose has been shown to stimulate chloride secretion (fluid loss/diarrhea), and weaken barrier function (cause for bacteria and toxins to enter the body) causing leaky gut.
Research funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)1 a NASA funded consortium of institutions showed that enterade’s® amino acid-based formulations, unlike glucose, did not increase active chloride secretion, improved barrier function and helped to rebuild the GI absorptive structures.
When compared to glucose based beverages, clinical testing conducted at United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USAREIM)2 showed that enterade’s® select amino acids, provide superior nutrient and electrolyte absorption as well as greater retention.
Amino Acids in enterade® vs. Glucose – The enterade® Advantage
Both glucose and amino acids actively transport the electrolytes. However, glucose increases chloride secretion, which decreases water absorption leading to fluid loss and diarrhea. Additionally, glucose decreases gut barrier function, thus transferring bacteria and toxins into the bloodstream, leading to increased symptoms and side effects.
enterade’s® Advanced Oncology Formula does not contain glucose, which allows the select amino acids and electrolytes to properly absorb water and nutrients and increases gut barrier function, preventing bacteria and toxins from entering the bloodstream, leading to decreased symptoms and side effects.
Active Transport: Amino Acids in enterade® vs. Glucose
This image shows the select amino acids in enterade® provide better nutrient transportation and absorption than glucose. They help to facilitate hydration in three areas; the vascular space (blood vessels), interstitial area (the space in between the cells), and the intracellular area (inside the cells) to achieve total body hydration.
Glucose is an inefficient transporter of electrolytes because sodium is not able to be transported out of the vascular space (blood). This imbalance leads to increase fluid loss/diarrhea.
Utilizing Entrinsic Health Solutions’ Amino Acid (A2CT) technology, the select amino acids in the enterade® Advanced Oncology Formula help to rebuild the damaged GI absorptive structure, protect the GI by tightening the gut barrier, and provide total body hydration.