Tanalbit®: Plant Tannin Chemistry for Ultimate GI Health * Available 12/30/16

Tanalbit supports gastrointestinal health through plant tannin chemistry*.

  • Tanalbit supports a healthy gastrointestinal environment.  Our *NEW* formula contains more active ingredients making it even more effective.

    Tanalbit supports: Healthy digestion, flora balance and a healthy stomach environment*

    Tanalbit as an antioxidant: Tanalbit exhibits significant antioxidant activity.*
    Tanalbit may also be helpful for:
    Occasional indigestion, food sensitivity, stomach upset*
    Did you know Tanalbit may help:
    Skin health and healthier complexions*
    Tanalbit as Detoxifier: Tanalbit can support the body's detoxification process.*
    Safe & Effective:
    Tanalbit is non-toxic and does not promote resistance buildup*

  • Why is Tanalbit a superior gastrointestinal support product?

    Tanalbit contains complex amino acids and proteins, namely hydroxyproline and proline amino acids, and can therefore bypass stomach acid degradation. In this way Tanalbit can penetrate into deeper areas of the large intestine and colon than products that don't contain supporting complex amino acids. Read More...

    How does Tanalbit work?
    Tanalbit is composed of a propriety blend called Zinc Tannates.  Plant Tannins, tannic acid and Amino acids are complexed with Zinc and it is this Plant Tannin/Zinc complex that forms irreversible bonds with the outer membranes of unwanted agents in the gastrointestine. The body recognizes the newly formed Tanalbit/organism mass and begins to digest it, where it is then excreted out of the body during elimination. Read More...
  • Why NEW?
    After 30 years, Dr. Balogh and Intensive Nutrition are proud to announce the *NEW* Tanalbit. Please read our blog post on our new product. What's different about the *NEW* Tanalbit?
    • More active ingredients per capsule
    • Higher Zinc and L-Proline content per capsule which allows the Tanalbit complex even greater access to the digestive tract. Please note that Zinc is bound to the tannic acid complex and not available for absorption. (It is therefore not listed under active ingredients). It is a buffer that also helps with potential irritability caused by tannins.
    • Smaller Suggested Dosage: With greater potency comes a more convenient suggested regimen. Instead of 9 capsules daily our suggested regimen stops at 6 capsules daily
    • Greater Efficiency: Individuals will see greater results in a shorter amount of time and as a consequence will also benefit from cost savings
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Tanalbit

    1. What are Tannins?
    2. Are Tannins safe? Is Tanalbit non-toxic?
    3. Does Tanalbit affect beneficial bacteria? Will it deplete minerals?
    4. Are there contraindications for Tanalbit?
    5. Why does Tanalbit contain casein?
    6. Why does Tanalbit contain Zinc? Is Zinc absorbed?
    6. Should I use Tanalbit or Viracin? When should I use them together?

    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 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 (see our MagC Vitamin C Antixoidant and Magnesium Formula). 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 Ingredients tab for additional information.

    Questions? Please email Olivia Melaugh, our CIO and product support guru, at askolivia@intensivenutrition.com

    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 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. Consider our milk-free plant tannins, Viracin, or Tabit. Viracin and Tabit may be helpful for healthy bacteria balance and immune support.

    Why does Tanalbit contain Zinc? Is Zinc absorbed?

    The zinc in Tanalbit is supports activity as a buffer. It lessens potential irritability caused by tannins and allows the complex to travel through the GI. As part of the Zinc Tannate complex it is not "available" and therefore is not absorbed. It is technically not considered an active ingredient. 

    Should I use Tanalbit or Viracin? When should I use them together? How about Tabit?

    Tanalbit, Viracin and Tabit rely on the astringent and antioxidant activity properties of plant tannins. Each contain different tannin extracts which themselves behave differently.

    About Tanalbit
    • For comprehensive targeting of GI activity in the large intestine and colon
    • May support healthy bacteria balance in the GI
    • Suggested as a supporting detoxification agent and for supporting a healthy response to food sensitivities, upset stomach or indigestion
    • May support skin health and external manifestations (e.g. temporary rash) of GI issues

    About Viracin
    • To support maintenance of healthy GI flora (bacteria)
    • To support healthy GI function and support a healthy GI environment
    • To support immune system health
    • Suggested Tanalbit not tolerated

    When to use Tabit
    • To support healthy bowel movements
    • To support healthy bowel movements and digestion while traveling
    • To support healthy GI function and support GI action
    • When Tanalbit or Viracin are not tolerated

    If you have a more detailed question, please email our nutrition guru, Olivia Melaugh, at askolivia@intensivenutrition.com for help.


    Serving size: 2 capsules
    Active ingredients: Plant Tannin complex (Tannic Acid Canaigre Root) 580 mg, L-Proline 16 mg
    Other ingredients: High Heat Milk Powder, Zinc Oxide, Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silica
    Allergen Statement: This formula contains milk. It is free of yeast, egg, gluten, corn, wheat, starch, artificial colors or preservatives.

    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. If you are pregnant or nursing, do not take Tanalbit. 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.
  • What is the suggested dosage for Tanalbit?
    2 capsules, 3 times daily and increase water intake two-fold. Water will help improve digestion, elimination of toxins and prevent dehydration and temporary constipation. Dosage suggested for 4-6 weeks or as prescribed by your health professional or physician. Tanalbit performs best on a relatively empty stomach, at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before meals. If you cannot tolerate Tanalbit on an empty stomach, take your suggested dosage with  a small protein snack. If you are using Tanalbit for skin health, suggested dosage is 2 servings daily for at least 2 weeks. When taking Tanalbit for food sensitivity or indigestion, take 1 to 2 capsules right after a meal. Questions? Email our nutrition guru, Olivia Melaugh, at askolivia@intensivenutrition.com for help.

    Do not take Tanalbit after large meals or at the same time as other supplements/medications. Allow at least 1 hour between Tanalbit and other dietary supplements; Tanalbit needs to work without competition from other supplements / medications. Tanalbit works in a gradual manner hence the need for a larger dosage as well as a regimen that works throughout the day instead of all at once.

    Some basic rules: avoid excess sugar, refined carbohydrates and citrus. See our cookbook product, "So What can I eat?" For some dietary guidelines. If probiotics are prescribed by your health professional, we suggest using TanFlora probiotic.

    Maintenance Program:

    A maintenance dosage is suggested after 4 weeks of Tanalbit. The first week, bring dosage down to 5 capsules/daily, the second week 4 capsules/daily, the third week 3 capsules/daily, the fourth week 2 capsules/daily and the fifth week 1 capsule daily.
  • Do you have a question about Tanalbit?

    Please email Olivia Melaugh, our nutrition guru, askolivia@intensivenutrition.com with your product question.

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