Below is a listing of the most commonly asked questions regarding Immunotec's products.
What is the difference between Immunocal and Immunocal Platinum?
Immunocal naturally boosts glutathione levels in the human cell, helping the immune system to perform at optimal levels. The Immunocal Platinum product contains the same glutathione-enhancing ingredients as Immunocal, but was designed specifically for baby boomers.
Among its many features, Immunocal Platinum works with the body to repair damaged cells and to improve mood, energy, well-being, alertness, concentration and clarity, all important to the maturing population. It also helps maintain proper muscle function and maintain bone health by reducing calcium loss.
Does Immunocal contain any additives?
The product is additive-free; the sole ingredient is undenatured whey protein isolate.
Can a person who is lactose-intolerant take Immunocal?
Yes, since each pouch of Immunocal contains less than 1% lactose, it is usually well-tolerated in people who are lactose-intolerant. It should be noted that being lactose-intolerant is different than having a milk protein allergy (see below).
Is there anyone who should not take Immunocal?
People with allergies to milk protein or organ transplant patients receiving immunosuppressant therapy should not take Immunocal. If in doubt, consult a physician.
How does the manufacture of Immunocal differ from other whey proteins?
Immunotec’s proprietary manufacturing process preserves the critical disulfide bonds in the glutathione precursor cysteine. By delivering this delicate protein to the cell, it enables the body to create glutathione and maximize immune system levels. Other whey proteins are often manufactured using extreme heat and harsh methods of mixing, resulting in a denatured and ineffective product.
What are the Immunocal/Immunocal Platinum pouches made of, and are they recyclable?
The pouches are made of low-density polyethylene; the Immunocal Platinum pouch also contains foil layers. The pouches are not recyclable.
How should Immunocal be stored?
Immunocal should be stored at cool temperatures to maximize shelf-life and preserve efficacy; we suggest temperatures of 70-90°F (21-32°C).
What does undenatured mean?
Immunocal works by providing important glutathione precursors to the cell. It is critical that these precursors remain intact or undenatured during the manufacturing and mixing processes in order to enhance the immune system. That is why we recommend that Immunocal not be heated or subject to harsh mixing in order to preserve its bioactivity.
What is the difference between Immunocal and other whey proteins?
While other whey proteins may be good sources of nutrition, only Immunocal is proven to raise glutathione levels and enhance the immune system. Immunocal has a proprietary and unique formulation developed by Immunotec who uses a proprietary manufacturing process for its production.
Why can’t glutathione be taken in pill form?
Glutathione is produced by the body in the cell when the necessary precursors are provided. Immunocal delivers cysteine to the cell so that it can produce glutathione. Pills pass through the digestive system and little, if any, glutathione is absorbed.
Where can I find Immunocal listed?
Immunocal is listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference, the Pharmacist’s Red Book and is eligible for coverage under Medicare/Medicaid in the U.S. In Canada, it is listed in the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS).
What are the benefits of Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a substance found in red wine, grapes, raspberries and peanuts and is thought to be the molecule responsible for protecting against clogged arteries. The isolation of the molecule and its protective benefits is considered to be a breakthrough in anti-aging medicine.
Why is there no Resveratrol in the U.S. formulation?
Resveratrol is allowed as a natural health product ingredient only in products manufactured in the U.S. Immunotec’s Vitamin and Mineral Supplement is currently manufactured in Canada and cannot be exported. It is hoped that a supplement which includes resveratrol will be available in the U.S. market soon.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a form of microscopic algae and one of the oldest life-forms on our planet; it is one of the first organisms to use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into energy. Chlorella is included in the formulation of Immunotec’s Vitamin and Mineral Supplement because it provides a natural source of an incredible array of nutrients: proteins, essential amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, macrominerals, trace elements, and phytochemicals. Chlorella is such an incredible source of nutrients, it has been nicknamed a “superfood.”
What is Inositol?
Inositol is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin.
Is the gelatin capsule animal-or vegetable-sourced?
The capsule is from a vegetable source.
Does the product contain preservatives?
No. The Vitamin and Mineral Supplement is free of preservatives, gluten, lactose, sugar, and heavy metals.
Why is there no iron in this “complete” formulation?
Some individuals do not tolerate iron supplementation. Immunotec’s medical professionals suggest that iron be used on an as-needed basis only.
Why is there no calcium in the “complete” formulation?
Immunotec’s medical professionals suggest that in order for calcium to be taken in appropriate doses a stand-alone supplement should be used.
Why does the Canadian formulation contain 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients whereas the U.S. formulation contains only 20?
The Canadian and the U.S. formulations are the same, except for the inclusion of Resveratrol in the Canadian product.
Why are the capsules transparent instead of opaque?
Transparent capsules have been used to avoid the incorporation of the chemical agents required in colored capsules.
Does the transparency of the capsules influence the stability of the product?
No. An opaque bottle has been used to protect the capsules from direct sunlight. Preserve product freshness by ensuring that the cap is closed between each use.
Why is “Trans-Resveratrol” mentioned on the label?
There are two forms of Resveratrol; the “cis-” and the “trans-” form. The “trans-resveratrol used in Immunotec’s Vitamin and Mineral supplement is the biologically active form of resveratrol.
Can the capsule change color with time or between batches?
Yes. Since the capsule is transparent, variations in color may occur over time or between batches.
What are the benefits of CoQ10?
CoQ10 is a powerful natural antioxidant and one of the essential elements in the production of energy by each cell of the human body, whose distinctive advantages are linked to cardiovascular health and the prevention of migraines.
What are the benefits of turmeric?
The turmeric contributes to the antioxidant properties of the product and anti-inflammatory properties are often attributed to it.
What type of capsules are used?
The small soft gel capsule is animal- (cow) based and uses the latest intestinal dissolution technology in order to promote easy ingestion and elimination of nauseating reflux (fish odor). A suitably effective and stable vegetable soft gel incorporating the same dissolution technology is not yet available.
Is the gelatin capsule animal- or vegetable-based?
The capsule is animal- (cow) based. A suitably effective and stable vegetable soft gel is not yet available.
Why don’t we use plant-derived Omega-3 instead of fish-derived Omega-3?
Plant-derived omega-3 products do not confer the same health benefits as fish-derived products. The benefits associated with brain and heart health are derived from the long-chain omega-3s found only in fish and seafood.
The fish oil is “cold pressed”; what does that mean?
Using high pressure, the crude oil is extracted at temperatures below -10 to -20ºC; this helps to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.
How should I store the product?
An opaque bottle has been used to protect the capsules from direct sunlight. Preserve product freshness by ensuring that the cap is closed between each use. Store in a cool, dry place. Capsules may change color with time or between batches. Shelf life is 24 months.
Why are the soft gels transparent instead of opaque?
Transparent capsules have been used to avoid the incorporation of the chemical agents required in colored capsules.
Why are the soft gels orange?
The coloring is attributed to the presence of Turmeric in the product. Aside from its beneficial properties, turmeric is currently used in North America as a coloring agent in mustard.
Why is glycerin present in the product?
Glycerin helps to ensure that the herbs and minerals in Xtra Sharp remain properly mixed.
Is the glycerin animal-or vegetable-based?
Vegetable- (palm) based glycerin is used in Xtra Sharp.
Is there caffeine in the product?
Xtra Sharp contains guarana, a plant from the Amazon that, when digested, breaks down into several compounds including caffeine. It differs from the caffeine found in coffee and other drinks because it is released much slower, is not as harsh and its affects last longer.
Why do we use Potassium Hydroxide in the product?
The caramel color in Xtra Sharp is acidic; the Potassium Hydroxide is used to neutralize the coloring agent and maintain the integrity of the product.
What causes the residue or crystals at the bottom of the bottle?
The small deposits or crystals sometimes found at the bottom of the Xtra Sharp bottle is caused by reaction between two of the minerals present in the product: calcium glycerophosphate and potassium citrate. These deposits are harmless and can be discarded if so desired.
What are the benefits of E-motion Energy Shot?
The E-motion Energy Shot is a high performance energy booster and antioxidant that uses a proprietary formulation that is designed to provide physical and mental stimulation.
What are the natural sources of energy?
The two natural sources of energy are Ginseng and Guarana, having a direct stimulating effect on the central nervous system.
What is a natural source of modified caffeine?
E-motion Energy Shot contains Guarana, a plant from the Amazon that, when digested, breaks down into several compounds including caffeine. It differs from the caffeine found in coffee and other drinks because it is released on a much slower basis and is not as harsh on the body. As well, its effects last longer, with a gradual stimulating effect for a prolonged sense of energy and alertness.
What is the Maqui Berry?
The Maqui Berry is widely recognized as the World’s #1 Superfruit . The Maqui Berry grows in the remote area of Patagonia, which is considered one of the cleanest regions on earth. With an ORAC value of 27,000 per 100g, this unique, purple berry has the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit; specifically polyphenols and anthocyanins, known for their superior anti-inflammatory properties and ability to naturally rid the body of dangerous and unavoidable chemicals and toxins that are associated with the premature signs of aging.
Why is there Taurine in the formulation?
Taurine is a powerful muscle cell and nerve energizer with Antioxidant properties that help to prevent oxidative stress that is induced by activity/exercise. A natural derivative of Cysteine, Taurine is an organic acid that plays an important role in the support of cardiovascular functions.
Are large amounts of B Vitamins dangerous?
E-motion Energy Shots appear to contain large amounts of B vitamins but the amounts are actually within nationally recognized safe limits of the RDA.
What is Inositol?
Inositol is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin.
Does the E-motion Energy Shot contain any sugar?
The E-motion Energy Shot does not contain Sugar. No Peaks/No Sugar Crash! As the energetic effect dissipates, you will not go into an energy crash that is so common with many sugar loaded energy-inducing products.
And no sugar means low in calories. E-motion contains only 9 calories!
What is the flavor of E-motion Energy Shot?
The use of Wild Berries in the formulation gives E-motion Energy Shot a Flavorful and unbelievable great taste!
Each single serving bottle contains 71ml\2.4oz for maximum convenience! With no refrigeration required, the single serving shots can be stored anywhere – at home, at work - even in your travel bag!
If I don’t drink the entire shot, how long will the remaining E-motion Energy Shot be good for?
For an opened bottle, we recommend to drink the entire shot within 2 days.
The E-motion Energy Shot is a high performance energy booster and antioxidant that uses a proprietary formulation. The formulation has been specifically designed to provide you with physical and mental stimulation at any time, day or night. One or two shots daily will take you from work straight to the party of life. It is recommended not to exceed two (2) shots per day with several hours between each shot.
Miscellaneous - Special Dietary Needs
Is E-motion Energy Shot suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, E-motion Energy shot is suitable for vegetarians. E-motion Energy shot does not contain any animal products or substances derived from animals.
Is E-motion Energy Shot safe for diabetics?
E-motion Energy Shot contains no sugar. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking E-motion Energy Shot if you have concerns about how it may affect you.
Is E-motion Energy Shot safe for women who are pregnant or nursing?
We do not recommend E-motion Energy Shot for women who are pregnant or nursing. It contains as much caffeine as comparable to a cup of any leading premium coffee plus a variety of stimulating vitamins and amino acids that may be passed on to the baby or fetus. We recommend consulting your physician for ways to deal with fatigue while pregnant or nursing.
Is E-motion Energy Shot safe for people with high blood pressure or heart disease?
If you have high blood pressure or heart disease it is always recommended that you consult your physician before taking any product, including E-motion Energy Shot.
My skin is hot and itchy. What’s happening to me?
You are experiencing a ‘niacin flush’. Some people are sensitive to elevated amounts of Niacin (Vitamin B3). The flushing is a result of the Niacin contained in the E-motion Energy Shot as it increases blood flow near the skin. Rest assured that it goes away within a few minutes. If you are sensitive to Niacin, you can avoid a niacin flush by drinking half a shot (or less) and saving the rest to take at a later time. We recommend to stop using the product if you keep experiencing the ‘niacin flush’ .
What are the benefits of E-motion Energy Gel?
Designed by athletes for athletes (amateur to professional), the E-motion Energy Gel is an ideal energy fuel for any athlete looking for a clean, “natural” energy source that will enhance their everyday training.
What contributes to the uniqueness of the formula?
Together, B vitamins and electrolytes boost the body’s absorption of carbohydrates. This plays an important role in energy production and increases the absorption of proteins, important for the rapid recovery of muscles!
Does E-motion Energy Gel contain any banned substances?
Because the product does not contain any ingredients on the banned substances list, E-motion Energy Gel is ideal for use during competitions.
What is the difference between simple & complex carbohydrates?
Simple Carbohydrates (Glucose and Fructose) are easily absorbed and therefore provide rapidly accessed energy – while Complex Carbohydrates (Maltodextrin) are deliberately slower to absorb and ultimately provide long-term energy.
What is the purpose / benefit of using Whey Protein?
Whey Protein isolate and Collagen work in conjunction with carbohydrates for increased absorption and accelerated muscle recovery.
What is the role of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D plays an essential role in controlling and regulating calcium absorption, which is important for maintaining a strong skeletal structure. Vitamin D also helps to increase immune function, especially important during intense activity – including sports and exercise – as this compromises the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to getting sick.
What is the flavor of E-motion Energy Gel?
No one likes to have a bad taste in their mouth during exercise/competition. E-motion Energy Gel’s orange flavor provides a much welcomed great taste!
The single serving 36g/ 1oz pouch is high in convenience! With no refrigeration required, the E-motion Energy Gel can be stored anywhere that it can be kept between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius This includes at home, in your gym bag, and even during your training and /or competition!
Does E-motion Energy Gel freeze?
Yes, but well below zero. It does thicken in cold weather, so it is recommended that you keep it close to your body to prevent it from freezing.
Take two (2) gel packs on your exercise days: one (1) 15 minutes prior to exercise and one (1) 30 minutes after exercise or/ immediately after.
Easy to digest: Prevents stomach upset
The mix of complex & simple carbohydrates of the E-motion Energy Gel formula allows for an easy digestion and assimilation. Its short intestinal transit time prevents any digestive problems.
Should I drink water with E-motion Energy Gel?
Yes. Staying hydrated is key for endurance sports. E-motion Energy Gel is a convenient, easy-to-digest, concentrated source of electrolytes-carbohydrates and proteins, and not a substitute for water. Drink a few mouthfuls of water with E-motion Energy Gel, and around 20 to 30 ounces of fluid for each hour of exercise. It is recommended that you pace your water intake.
Should I use E-motion Energy Gel differently on race-day?
No, make sure to pre-load your body with a packet or two of E-motion Energy Gel and chase with water approximately 15 minutes before the start of your race.
How should I use E-motion Energy Gel to help me recover from hard training or racing?
Right after your training or race, ingest a pouch of E-motion Energy Gel, even if it has been less than 30 minutes from your last pouch. While your body is not exercising, your stomach can handle the calories and even needs them to start restoring your muscle glycogen—essentially the body’s instant fuel reservoirs, in synergy with the proteins that conjointly restore your muscles.
Miscellaneous - Special Dietary Needs
Is E-motion Energy Gel appropriate for diabetics or hypoglycemics?
If you are unsure if this product is an appropriate addition to your diet consult with your doctor or a registered dietician.
Are there preservatives in the Cherry Juice?
Immunotec Tart Cherry is 100% pure, with no preservatives, no additives, no food coloring, and no added sugar.
Why is the Cherry Juice in an aluminum bottle?
Immunotec Concentrated Tart Montmorency Cherry Juice is sold in an opaque FDA-approved bottle; to preserve the integrity and the stability of the active components. This unique bottle keeps the product fresh, without the use of preservatives.
Is the bottle recyclable?
Yes, the aluminum bottle is recyclable
Is the Cherry Juice Kosher?
Yes, the product is Kosher-Parve certified, meaning it contains no milk or meat derivatives.
Why does the U.S. label differ from the Canadian label?
Labeling regulations are different in the U.S. and Canada.
How should I store the Cherry Juice?
Since this product does not contain preservatives, it is important to store it in a cool, dry place (less than 80°F (27° C) and 60% relative humidity) until the bottle is opened. A small amount of nitrogen is added at the end of the bottling process to preserve freshness. After opening, the product should be refrigerated with the cap tightly closed for a period of six months.
Why do I notice variances in color between batches of Concentrated Tart Montmorency Cherry Juice?
Although the cherries in Immunotec’s Concentrated Tart Montmorency Cherry Juice are harvested at their peak, variances in taste and color can occur. And since the Cherry Juice has no coloring agents or sweeteners, these variances may be noticeable in the product. It is not abnormal for the product color to darken with time. This is a natural process and in no way affects the efficacy of the product.
Please explain some of the terms associated with Cherry Juice:
Is there any coloring added to the PNT 200?
No coloring agents are added to PNT 200; the off-white color of the powder is its natural color. The capsule is colored with the most common white coloring agent for pharmaceutical products.
Is the gelatin capsule animal- or vegetable-sourced?
The capsules are from vegetable source.
Can an individual overdose on PNT 200?
PNT 200 is a safe, natural product when used according to the dosage instructions on the label.
Is PNT 200 addictive?
No, there is nothing in PNT 200 which is addictive.
Are there side effects associated with PNT 200?
PNT 200 helps to relieve the symptoms of stress; there are no known side effects.
Does PNT 200 have a patent?
Yes. The U.S. patent is entitled “Use of Decapeptide with Benzodiazepine-type activity for preparing medicines and food supplements”.
What are the benefits of Immunotec Toothpaste?
Immunotec Toothpaste promotes healthy gums, fights plaque and tartar buildup and provides extra whitening.
Is the toothpaste edible?
It is not recommended that toothpaste of any kind be ingested.
What is the material use in the composition of the tube?
The material used is polyethylene.
What are the key ingredients in Magistral?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
What kind of Ginseng is used in Magistral?
Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer
What are Methylparaben and Propylparaben?
Methylparaben and Propylparaben are synthetic preservatives that are commonly used in pharmaceutical products.
How is the water in Magistral sourced?
Magistral contains natural spring water.
Are the herbs in Magistral naturally or chemically dried?
The ingredients in Magistral are dried naturally.
Can women take this product?
Magistral was formulated for use in men for symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Can I take more than the recommended dosage of Magistral?
Please use the recommended dosage indicated on the label.
What is the shelf-life for Magistral?
Please explain the expiration date on Immunotec products. If the label states 2008-12, is the product good until the end of the month, or has it expired on the 1st of December?
The product will expire at the end of the calendar month, provided it was stored according to the recommendations.
Can expired products be consumed?
We recommend that expired products not be consumed.