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Alpha ENF Food Holiday
ENF Mixing Characteristics
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Alpha ENF Applications
Formulas for Infants and Children
ENF History and Theory
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Alpha ENF is gluten free and does not contain cows milk, Soya, or egg ingredients. Alpha ENF is suitable for vegetarians.

Alpha ENF Ingredients

Alpha ENF is a high quality meal replacement formula used in critical applications to provide optimal nutrient intake. There are no comparable products available of the shelf in the USA and Canada. The ingredients are all chosen for purity, solubility and low allergenicity.

Elemental nutrient formulas represent the ultimate reduction of food, replacing food intake with a chemically defined set of nutrients.  Nutrition is built of basic building blocks. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are typical components of foods. Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients. Alpha ENF is formulated by assembling nutrients into modules that supply energy, electrolytes, antioxidants, phosphate, vitamins,  minerals, neurotransmitter substrates and  protein building blocks.

Energy is supplied by in Alpha ENF by carbohydrates and fat. The principal sugars are glucose and fructose. These are the simplest carbohydrate molecules, known by their single ring structure as monosaccharides.  Glucose is the fuel for all life, supplying energy to all cells, both plant and animal. The creation of glucose begins in plants with the magic of photosynthesis. The sun's photons are the original energy source used by the chloroplasts of leaves to drive carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms together to form glucose. Plants then use the newly synthesized glucose to fuel all their other synthetic processes, constructing tissues so that animals have food to eat. Fructose is  a related sugar, the first cousin of glucose.

Sugar has been blamed for all manner of health problems, often without justification. Many people who contact us with sugar concerns are misinformed and confused about the role of sugar in the body. They cannot differentiate among different kinds of sugar. They have not learned that glucose runs every cell alive on planet earth. Glucose, like oxygen and water is essential to life, but too much in the wrong place, at the wrong time can be harmful.  The basic principle of life is that the right molecules have to be delivered to the right place at the right time. This principle is used to formulate elemental nutrient formulas such as Alpha ENF. The idea is that glucose and fructose supply the energy that the body needs; the sugars are combined with all other nutrients following an ideal proportioning plan. If glucose utilization is impaired as in diabetes, then the rate of glucose absorption becomes critical. Small frequent doses of Alpha ENF and PMX will often be better utilized and high blood sugar peaks are avoided. Free sugars in the diet are rapidly absorbed and utilized by body tissues. Some tissues such as muscle require insulin to absorb sugar. Other organs, such as the brain, do not require insulin and are prime sugar consumers. The liver tries to maintain blood sugar levels within a narrow normal range by either absorbing or releasing sugar. The liver and muscles store sugar as glycogen.  The liver can  produce glucose from fatty acids and amino acids if food does not supply adequate sugar intake. Slow absorption of sugars is better tolerated than the rapid absorption of larger amount. Complex carbohydrates in vegetables are ideal sustained-release sources of sugar.

Candida Concerns The use of an elemental nutrient formula, such as Alpha ENF with  free glucose content is associated with reduction or disappearance of candida in the colon flora. Colon candida are fed by milk sugar and starches in the diet which reach the colon undigested. Free sugars in food tend to be absorbed by the stomach and upper small intestine before reaching the yeast. The advantage of an ENF is that all nutrients are absorbed before reaching the colon so that the food supply to microorganisms is dramatically reduced; the size of all the microbial populations shrink. See Yeast Theory

Maltodextrin is hydrolyzed corn starch in granular form with  glucose polymers of different molecular weights. Presenting energy in this form reduces the osmotic pressure of the formula (an advantage) and provides for variable absorption rates of glucose. Hydrolyzed starch is usually tolerated by people with allergy to corn since the protein antigens associated with allergy corn are generally not present. Please note that maltodextrin, used in Alpha ENF, Alpha PMX and Alpha BMX  does not contain gluten and is not related to barley-derived malt.

Glucose and fructose: both monosaccharides are derived from corn and are usually tolerated by people with allergy to corn since the protein antigens associated with corn allergy are generally not present. More information about sugars

The electrolyte module consists of  salts dissolved in water which form the basis of blood and cellular function. Sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, phosphate and chloride are the essential electrolytes which should arrive in proportion to each other and in the right amounts for proper body function. Water is essential and the intake amount determines the concentration of electrolytes in the blood and tissue fluids. The right amount of water is important - more is almost always better than less. The Alpha formulations provide a balanced set of electrolytes. Phosphate is essential to energy  storage and transfer.

Canola Oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Canola oil is replacing other less desirable oils in both commercial and retail food sales.  After much study and testing over several years we are convinced that Canola oil is safe, effective and offers the best ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids of all the available oils. Alpha PMX is an oil free version of Alpha ENF.

Antioxidants are provided in generous quantities in Alpha ENF because of their many potential health benefits. Vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin E and selenium scavenge free oxygen radicals.

Amino Acids  Instead of proteins, free amino acids are provided in  the Alpha Nutrition series. A complete set of the nine essential amino acids is complemented by 10 of the non-essential amino acids. Alpha ENF  contains branch-chain amino acids. One of the therapeutic secrets of ENFs is the avoidance of proteins or pieces of proteins known as peptides. Proteins are the most reactive molecules in food allergic disease. Staple foods such as milk, eggs, wheat and meat contain proteins that frequently causes immune responses and are the basic problem in delayed patterns of food allergy.

Alpha ENF avoid  the protein problems by using a balanced set of pure amino acids instead of proteins or hydrolyzed proteins. Amino acids are the real nutrients derived from proteins by digestion of food. Amino acids do not trigger immune responses. Free amino acids are much more expensive than protein powders, and hydrolyzed proteins but freeing the immune system from protein challenge is well-worth the cost.

Some of these amino acids are not destined to be included in body proteins but will be used as neurotransmitters. Tyrosine and phenylalanine, for example, are converted to dopamine, noradrenalin and adrenalin. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin.  Glycine itself is a major neurotransmitter in the spinal cord. Glutamate is another important amino acid - neurotransmitter.

Fiber Methylcellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose are the fiber components from plant sources and provides enough bulk that bowel movements still occur even with prolonged food holidays on Alpha ENF.

Ingredient Sources  The idea of an ENF is to present nutrients in a pure or near-pure form so that food source contaminants are avoided. Canola oil is the only food ingredient in its native state; providing free fatty acids is not an affordable option. Maltrodextrin is hydrolyzed corn starch and is generally tolerated by people with allergy to corn since the protein antigens in corn are removed. Methylcellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose are the fiber components from plant sources and provides enough bulk that bowel movements still occur even with prolonged food holidays on Alpha ENF.

The vitamin and mineral nutrients are presented with US Pharmaceutical certified purity and are chosen for the optimal solubility in water - this provides quick mixing and maximum nutrient absorption. The amino acids are individually added to an Amino Acid Premix and are pure, l-form amino acids - i.e. no source or production contaminants. No hydrolyzed proteins are used in Alpha Nutrition formulations. The formulas are hypoallergenic and have been tolerated by  people with sensitivity to many foods. Hypoallergenic means low allergy potential but not zero potential; we doubt that a  zero-allergy product is feasible and is not required by people who live in the real world and are exposed to thousands of potential allergens every day.

*  A well-informed and professional reader with an interest in the details of  manufacture of individual nutrients should first consult USP and FCC specifications, the Merck Index, textbooks of organic chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. In some instances, manufacturers will supply detailed information and examples of certificates of analysis on individual batches of their products. We do not publish our detailed formulations and ingredient specifications since this is confidential and proprietary information.


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Alpha ENF Ingredient List

Energy - Carbohydrates:  Maltodextrin,  Glucose, Fructose. Fat - Canola Oil

Fiber  - Microcellulose

Minerals and Electrolytes: Magnesium gluconate, Potassium gluconate, Calcium glycerophosphate,  Sodium chloride,  Potassium chloride,  Potassium gluconate,   Zinc Gluconate,  Ferrous Gluconate, Manganese gluconate,  Potassium Iodide, Copper Gluconate, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Molybdate, Chromium Chloride.

Amino Acids: l-leucine, l-lysine HCl, l-phenylalanine, l-arginine, l-aspartic acid, l-glycine, l-isoleucine, l-glutamine,-methionine, l-proline, l-threonine, l-alanine, l-tyrosine, l-valine,   l-serine, l-histidine, l-glutamic acid, l-tryptophan, l-cystine

Vitamins: Ascorbic acid, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta carotene , Niacinamide, Thiamine, Pyridoxine HCl, Biotin,  Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A palmitate, Calcium pathothenate, Vitamin D 3, Alpha tocopherol, Folic acid.

Vanilla Flavored - Vanillin is added

Alpha ENF, Modular Nutrition, Medical Food

Mix Alpha ENF in fruit or vegetable juices and be healthy. Alpha ENF is an all-propose meal replacement formula. Alpha ENF can replace food entirely short term. Packaged as a dry powder in 1000 gram jars. ENF is mixed in a blender to make a complete meal.

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New Formula Orders If you are ordering Alpha ENF for the first time, A 500 gm jar is available for you to order and evaluate before ordering a larger quantity. You need to confirm that the formula is suitable and learn how to use it properly before you order more. Or you can order a starter pack which includes a 500 gram jar of formula for your evaluation. We also want you to read our books and become well-informed. If you believe you have allergy or intolerance please review our ingredient lists carefully before you order. See Ingredients

Rescue Starter Packs are offered to help you get started solving specific medical problems. They contain books and 500 Gram jars of Alpha ENF, Alpha DMX, or Alpha BMX. The starter packs are sold at discounts to make it easy and affordable for you to learn more and try our nutrient formulas.

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