The “active ingredients” in Tanalbit® are the “plant tannins” (condensed tannins), natural and powerful substances that act through their agglutinating/astringent effects. A “tannin” you might be familiar with comes in red wine… it is that biting taste you find in your merlots and cabernets. Another example is the redwood tree. The reason why redwood bark is so resistant to fungus and disease is because of the high “tannin” content of its bark. Tannins are well known for their antifungal properties.
What is the action of Tanalbit®?
Rather than being absorbed by the body, the Tanalbit® tannin complex attaches itself to fungal/yeast/bacterial cells. This “attachment” prevents the unwanted tenants from colonizing and metabolizing, and the unwanted organisms die, exiting the body in the feces (The body itself “digests” out the Tanalbit®/yeast complex). Initially one may experience constipation/diarrhea due to the removal of unwanted yeast/bacteria, however, this quickly subsides (within 2-3 days). Tanalbit® will actually help diarrhea symptoms because its natural astringency helps to repair permeable and/or weakened GI cells, allowing them to regain their strength, normal activity, and thus also restoring normal peristaltic activity.
What are other applications for Tanalbit®?
Tanalbit® is also extremely helpful in the following problems: toxicity buildup, bloating, gas, diarrhea, yeast and bacterial overgrowth, food allergies and/or food sensitivities/intolerance. As a result of its gastrointestinal support, Tanalbit® may help decrease debilitating fatigue. The Tanalbit® formula is based on the powerful astringency and high antioxidant content (high proanthocyanidin content) of natural condensed tannins. The other component of Tanalbit® is lotus rhizome extract which provides synergistic activity in its ability to disable microbial/mycotic organisms. Use of Tanalbit® for yeast, fungal or bacterial issues is commonly 6 weeks, more or less depending on the individual.
Why is Tanalbit® a superior gastrointestinal support product?
Because Tanalbit® is complexed with casein, a protein with hydroxyproline and proline amino acids, it is able to bypass degradation by stomach acid and effectively target the large intestine and colon. The action is important for two reasons. First, it ensures that Tanalbit® is effective and second, it ensures that Tanalbit® targets the lower intestine where most infestations remain entrenched. Anti-fungals complexed without a protein as complex as casein are simply not as effective in comprehensively reaching the GI.
Tanalbit® and Dosage Suggestions
Tanalbit ® is best taken before meals, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour before, or, with a small snack if one cannot tolerate Tanalbit® on an empty stomach. Do not take Tanalbit® after large meals or with other supplements/medications. Allow at least 1 hour between supplements as Tanalbit® needs to work without competition from other supplements/medications. The suggested dosage for Tanalbit® is 2-3 capsules 3 times a day; 9 capsules is optimal. Tanalbit® works in a gradual manner, and requires your body to eliminate yeast/bacteria + the Tanalbit® complex (hence the need for a larger dosage as well as a regimen that works throughout the day instead of all at once). A person who suffers from yeast/fungal problems should in any case already be following a strict diet regimen. Some basic rules: avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates and citrus.
Intensive Nutrition® recommends that an individual follow a nine capsule a day regimen (3 capsules, 3 times a day). However, we stress that you follow your health provider’s advice first and foremost! Please remember that this is only a suggestion, not a prescription, and based on the use of Tanalbit® ALONE. After a period of between 4-6 weeks, one should not stop taking Tanalbit® but rather begin a “maintenance program” of at least 4 weeks (more or less depending on initial dosage). The calendar below shows the dosage for a person taking nine capsules a day. Similar reduction of one capsule per week is suggested. We discourage individuals from ending Tanalbit® completely as small remnants of infestation can remain and can trigger another infestation. After the fourth week, the regimen should continue until 1 capsule daily is consumed.
Zinc tannate complex (Tannic Acid Canaigre Root) 580 mg, Zinc (elemental) 42 mg, L-Proline 16 mg.
Potential Side Effects Tanalbit® is a non-toxic, herbal supplement. Tanalbit® works indirectly in the body and so side-effects are very minimal, if any. Some symptoms that some may experience are constipation and nausea and occasionally, die-off. The tannins in the Tanalbit® may cause constipation in some, and if this occurs, we suggest taking a Magnesium or Vitamin C supplement and/or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to alleviate constipation and help with digestion, in addition to increasing water intake (by at least 2x's as much). In cases of nausea, we suggest first eating some food with the dosage, and if this does not help, then reducing the dosage (please consult your health professional before changing your dosage). According to the PDR for herbal medicine, one of the plant components of Tanalbit®, Quebracho extract, sometimes can cause mild dizziness, nausea,sweats, anxiety or sleeplessness in very sensitive individuals. If this occurs, consider altering your regimen (either by consuming food w/capsule or lowering dosage), and consult your health provider.
- Suggested Use:
2-3 capsules, 3 times daily. Best taken before meals or with a meal if cannot tolerate Tanalbit ® on an empty stomach. Do not take Tanalbit ® after meals or with other supplements/medications (allow at least 1 hour between supplements) as Tanalbit ® needs to work without competition from other supplements/medications.
- Processing: Synthesized, weighed, blended with fillers, and encapsulated.
- Contraindications: Do not take before bedtime or with caffeine. If pregnant or nursing, consult physician before use. Tannins may interfere with the absorption/effectiveness of medication. Check with your health professional BEFORE adding Tanalbit to your regimen. Because tannins are astringents, Tanalbit may cause temporary constipation. If this occurs, use Magnesium/Vitamin C Supplement and increase water intake by at least three 8 oz glasses per day. Tanalbit is not recommended for those with chronic illness or individuals suffering from malnutrition or nutrition related illness. If you have any question about your medication and Tanalbit, ALWAYS check with your physician BEFORE adding Tanalbit to your daily regimen.
Avoid excess sugar, refined carbohydrates and citrus while taking Tanalbit.
- Drug Interactions: Do not take with Atropine, Cardec DM, Codeine, Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine, Lomotil/Lonox, Loop Diuretics, Spironolactone, Theophylline/Aminophylli, Thiazide Diuretics, Triamterene (this is not an exhaustive list).
- Other Ingredients: high heat milk powder, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica.
- Contains No: Free of yeast, egg, gluten, corn, wheat, starch, artificial colors or preservatives.
- Initial Source: Milk source.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Tannins? Tannins are water soluble, polyphenolic compounds. They are categorized as either hydrolyzable or condensed. Tannins have astringent and antioxidant properties and have a multitude of benefits for human and animal health. Tannins give the bitter taste to black teas, the strong taste to red wines and are a significant component of Redwood Tree bark, giving it its distinct red color. The plant tannins in Tanalbit are condensed tannins and condensed tannins are not absorbed by the body. Are Tannins taken in a dietary supplement safe? Yes. Tanalbit contains condensed plant tannins. These condensed tannins have antioxidant activity properties and, as they are not absorbed by the body, will support GI health and healing. Tannins taken as a dietary supplement, drunk as teas or in wine, eaten in fruits or food have been shown to exhibit activity that supports a healthy body. Tanalbit is complexed with milk proteins/amino acids which allow Tanalbit to directly target the GI tract and mitigate any possible irritation. In addition, milk protein helps to mitigate any anti-nutritive effects of tannins. As a consequence, the condensed tannins of Tanalbit will not affect he absorption of minerals. Tanalbit is non-toxic and can safely be taken by a variety of individuals. Please note: If you are suffering from a nutrient deficiency, have malabsorption or other conditions that results in low nutrient levels in the blood (including Calcium, Iron), do not take Tanalbit before speaking with your health professional or personal physician. If your physician approves use of Tanalbit, consider supplementing with a comprehensive Multivitamin. Does Tanalbit affect beneficial bacteria? Will it deplete minerals? Tanalbit will not significantaly affect beneficial bacteria levels. Often we suggest using a probiotic after a Tanalbit regimen and using a comprehensive multivitamin to ensure proper mineral balance because imbalanced flora can contribute to nutrient deficiencies. Are there contraindications for Tanalbit? What about side effects? Occasionally individuals may experience temporary constipation after taking Tanalbit. To avoid temporary constipation, increase water intake while taking Tanalbit and consider taking a Magnesium supplement. Sometimes tannins may cause nausea or upset stomach. To prevent this, take Tanalbit with a small, protein snack. Tannins, the active ingredients in Tanalbit, may interfere with the absorption or efficacy of some medications. They may also not be recommended for individuals with significant nutrient deficiencies or individuals with chronic maladies or under physician supervision for serious ailments. Please consult with your health professional prior to introducing Tanalbit. There are some known contraindications for tannins (general) and medications. Please click on the Label Info tab for additional information. Why does Tanalbit contain amino acids derived from milk? The complex milk proteins (casein, proline, hydroxyproline) in Tanalbit act as potent buffers. They serve to transport the Tanalbit complex past the degrading acids of the stomach into the large intestine and colon. Milk protein powder also acts to mitigate any anti-nutritive effects of tannins. Tanalbit contains high heat milk powder which, as a consequence of its manufacture, contains mostly denatured, less allergenic proteins. Tanalbit may therefore be suitable for those with milk sensitivity (check with your allergist first). Tanalbit will not cause problems for individuals with lactose intolerance (where the issue is milk sugar not milk protein). The milk proteins in Tanalbit will neither cause nor exacerbate mycelia growth. If you have a milk allergy, do not take the product and consult your health professional if he or she has suggested it for you. Why does Tanalbit contain Zinc? Is Zinc absorbed? The zinc in Tanalbit is an activator and enhances activity. As part of the Zinc Tannate complex it is not "available" and therefore is not absorbed.