Viracin® Plant Tannin

Viracin contains powerful plant tannins that support healthy flora balance in the gastrointestine.

  • Viracin supports healthy flora balance in the gastrointestine and supports a healthy immune system*.

    Viracin is available in bottles of 60 or 120 capsules.
  • Viracin works in the same manner as Tanalbit. The Viracin plant tannin complex irreversibly binds to unwanted agents and effectively supports healthy GI function. Viracin is non-toxic with the occasional side effect of constipation and/or diarrhea. If this occurs, reduction in dosage is suggested.
    Viracin is designed to support healthy flora balance and supports the immune system. 

    When to use 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 when casein not tolerated (see Tanalbit) and can support detoxification
    When to use Tanalbit
    • For comprehensive action throughout the gastrointestine
    • Suggested as a supporting detoxification agent and for supporting a healthy response to food sensitivities
    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 do not work

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

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Viracin

    1. What are Tannins?
    2. Are Tannins safe? Is Viracin non-toxic?
    3. Does Viracin affect beneficial bacteria? Will it deplete minerals?
    4. Are there contraindications for Viracin? What about Herxheimer reactions (die-off)?


    What are Tannins?

    Tannins are water soluble, polyphenolic compounds. They are categorized as either hydrolyzable or condensed. Tannins have astringent and antioxidant properties and are renowned as GI health protectants. Tannins give the bitter taste to black teas and are a significant component of Redwood Tree bark, giving it its distinct red color.
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    Are Tannins taken in a dietary supplement safe?

    Yes. Viracin 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 significant antioxidant activity.

    Viracin is non-toxic and can safely be taken by a variety of individuals.
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    Does Viracin affect beneficial bacteria? Will it deplete minerals?

    We suggest using a probiotic and multivitamin to support beneficial bacteria growth and healthy mineral balance.
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    Are there contraindications for Viracin? What about side effects?

    Occasionally individuals may experience temporary constipation after taking Viracin for a long period of time. To avoid temporary constipation, increase water intake while taking Viracin 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 Viracin with a small, protein snack.

    Tannins, the active ingredients in Viracin, 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 Viracin to your diet 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
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  • SUPPLEMENT FACTS: 3 capsules

    Active ingredients:

    Zinc tannates 660 mg, Zinc (in tannates) 9 mg, L-Proline 30 mg

    Inert ingredients: Magnesium Stearate

    Allergen Statement: Free of yeast, milk, nut (peanut, tree nut), corn, soy, fish, gluten, wheat, egg, artificial colors or preservatives.

    Interactions/Precautions:

    Tannins may interfere with the absorption/effectiveness of alkaline or steroidal medications. Avoid tannins when using Atropine, Cardec DM, Codeine, Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine, Lomotil/Lonox, Loop Diuretics, Spironolactone, Theophylline/Aminophylli, Thiazide Diuretics, Triamterene. This is not an exhaustive list. ALWAYS check with your physician BEFORE taking Viracin or other supplements.

    Because tannins are astringents, Viracin may cause constipation. If this occurs, use Magnesium/Vitamin C Supplement and increase water intake by at least 2 glasses (8 oz.) of water daily. Viracin is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers. It 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 Viracin, ALWAYS check with your physician BEFORE adding Viracin to your daily regimen.
  • Suggested Dosage:

    For GI support, 1-2 servings (3-6 capsules), 3 times daily, 30-60 minutes before meals or with a small protein snack if cannot tolerate product on an empty stomach. For immune support, 2 servings daily.
  • Do you have a question about Viracin?

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


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