The health of the gastrointestinal system has a tremendous effect on the body. Everything that is consumed, including foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals must pass through the gastrointestinal tract. A wide array of chemicals can exist in or on what is consumed, and the body must convert all of them to harmless byproducts for elimination. In certain individuals, this can cause their gastrointestinal system to be stressed, leading to many common complaints, such as bloating, intestinal upset, tiredn ess, aching joints and general sense of feeling unwell. Metabolic Cleanse ™ has been specifically designed for people who wish to use a detoxification protocol free of dairy and soy ingredients and to facilitate the elimination of stress – causing chemicals in the gastrointestinal tract with nutrients that support the liver.
The dietary protein provided by Metabolic Cleanse ™ , in the forms of pea and rice proteins, supply essential amino acids that participate in all of the body’s metabolic and physiologic systems including the intestines, skeletal muscles, and the cardiovascular, nervous, and immune syst ems. Since the majority of these amino acids is not made by the body and must be obtained from food sources, it is critical that one obtains these amino acids from food sources daily.
L – Glutamine
The amino acid glutamine plays a key role in the metaboli sm, structure, and function of the entire gastro – intestinal (GI) tract, a nd its extensive immune system. † Glutamine is perhaps the major energy source for intestinal cells, and under conditions of physiological stress the GI tract benefits greatly from ex tra dietary glutamine. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in blood, and is a vehicle for nitrogen transport. Glutamine – consuming tissues, such as the GI tract, the liver, and the immune system, use glutamine for the synthesis of nucleotides, proteins, and amino sugars. Glutamine carries potentially toxic ammonia to the kidneys for excretion, and participates in maintaining normal acid – base balance.
During physiological stress, such as starvation, physical trauma, surgery, the intestinal tr act uses very large amounts of glutamine and very little glucose for energy. This often results in a fall of blood glutamine, and skeletal muscle is broken down to supply more glutamine.
FOS (fructooligosaccharides) are carbohydrates that pass through the small intestine into the colon without being digested or absorbed. Once in the colon, FOS selectively feeds the beneficial symbiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus , Bifidobacteria , and other acid – producing bacteria. Regular consumption of FOS has been shown to support healthy levels of these beneficial bacteria in the colon. † This in turn creates a slightly acidic environment in the colon that is inhospitable to potentially unwanted bacteria and other microorganisms.
Vitamins and Minerals
Metabolic Cleanse ™ also supplies 25% of the nutrition found in Ultra Preventive ® III, a comprehensive, highly concentrated vitamin – mineral – trace element supplement containing more than 30 essential nutritional ingredients. It is a potent antioxidant formula with beta – carotene and natural vitamin E; a high – potency B – complex supplement; a significant source of bioavailable calcium and magnesium; and a full – spectrum trace element supplement.
To provide complete support for gastrointestinal health, Metabolic Cleanse ™ has been specially formulated to include important antioxidants and fundamental sulfur from MSM ® . Proanthocyanidins from grape seed extracts are among the most powerful natural free – radical scavengers yet discovered. † As such, proanthocyanidins have their own unique place in the body’s overall protection against harmful free radical damage. Proanthocyanidins appear to be especially effective in neutralizing highly reactive hydroxyl and singlet oxygen radicals. Both of these reactive oxygen species are involved in physiological processes. † N – Acetyl l – Cysteine provides important antioxidant properties as a precursor to glutathione synthesis. Dietary MSM ® serves as a versatile donor of metabolically active sulfur f or the synthesis of numerous organosulfur compounds and proteins in the body. As such, MSM ® helps maintain normal immune response, liver functio n, connective tissue metabolism and muscle contraction.
Coconut Palm Sugar
Coconut palm sugar is made from the nectar produced from the coconut tree. Once collected, it is boiled and processed into a granule. Coconut palm sugars produce slow release energy, which sustains the human body through your daily activities without regular sugar “highs” and “lows”. I t is naturally low on the glycemic index scale, rated as GI 35. Coconut palm sugar has a nutritional content far richer than all other commercially available sweeteners. It is especially high in potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and is a natural source o f the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. It’s also very rich in other minerals and enzymes which aid in the slow absorption into the bloodstream.