This is a medical food designed for the dietary management of irritable bowel, Crohn’s, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and moderate to severe impaired gastrointestinal function.
Elemental diets have been in use since the 1940’s in hospital settings. More recently, interest in elemental diets has increased for use in various conditions of gastrointestinal/digestive impairment (GDI) under medical supervision in outpatient settings. Physicians’ Elemental Diet was created to meet the needs of patients as well as the unique requirements of integrative medicine specialists. Over the course of five years, thought leaders in the naturopathic and integrative medicine community along with product formulation experts provided guidance throughout development at each and every step to ensure these needs were met. According to these expert opinions, the ideal elemental diet formula would be strictly hypoallergenic, contain no intact protein, corn or soy derived micronutrients or macronutrients. The formula must be palatable for patient compliance but contain no artificial flavorings. Finally, it must be cost-effective. Modified cornstarch and maltodextrin derived from corn are two commonly used ingredients in elemental diets. Physicians’ Elemental Diet instead contains tapioca maltodextrin and no modified cornstarch. The formula delivers medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil in powdered formulation without preservatives like potassium sorbate, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). Physicians’ Elemental Diet is a strictly hypoallergenic medical food and further contains neither soybean oil nor soy lecithin. Also, the formula does not contain yeast, wheat, gluten, dairy products, fructose, sucrose, lactose, disaccharides, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Physicians’ Elemental Diet contains all essential and non-essential amino acids and includes enhanced levels of glutamine. Rather than containing intact proteins or peptides, only free form amino acids are used, the key building blocks of protein. Additionally, Physicians’ Elemental Diet meets or exceeds 100% RDI for 24 micronutrients including active forms of B-vitamins. This balanced approach is crucial as a patient’s sole source of nutritional intake, as needed, for up to four weeks. Typical use is 2-3 weeks in duration.
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