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Viracin® SE: Special Edition

Viracin contains active plant tannins, specifically Acerin and Canaigre that support the body's ability to maintain healthy gastrointestinal flora and support detoxification in addition to supporting healthy immune system function*.

What is Viracin SE?

Viracin SE is a *special edition* Viracin formula. It is the same formula, but, Viracin SE contains plant tannins that due to seasonal variances are twice as potent in their tannic acid and polyphenol content than our regular formula. As a consequence, we are offering our Viracin SE in two special sizes, a bottle of 30 capsules and a bottle of 60 capsules. Our bottle of 30 capsules will be equivalent to our original bottle of 60’s capsules, and, our bottle of 60’s capsules will be equivalent to our original bottle of 120’s capsules.

At this time, Viracin SE (special edition) will replace our original Viracin formula for this batch only. 

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  • Why SE?
  • Description
  • FAQ
  • Supplement Facts
  • Dosage
  • Allergens
Why Special Edition?

The polyphenol and tannic acid content yield, i.e. potency, was different for both canaigre and acerin crops in 2018. This happened due to climate changing conditions in both the northeast (Acerin) and Southwest (Canaigre). As the potency of each capsule was doubled, we needed to change our dosaging suggestions for this formula and decided to create a “special edition” product.

Will SE happen again?

As we cannot control the growing conditions of our plant tannin raw materials, we can not say with any certainty as to whether or not this will occur again, and/or if we will need to keep our SE. Regardless, we will continue to be able to bring you this excellent Viracin formula and adjust accordingly as mother nature determines.  


The plant tannins in Viracin, specifically Acerin and Canaigre, support the gastrointestine's ability to maintain a healthy flora balance. They also support the body's natural immunity*. Acerin and Canaigre also exhibit significant antioxidant-activity due to their active polyphenolic content*.

Viracin is supportive of gastrointestinal health. It can help support healthy flora balance and digestion. What sets is apart from Tanalbit, however, is that its plant tannins support the body's overall immunity and therefore making it comprehensively helpful for overall immune health in addition to gastrointestinal health.

Caution: Tannic acid and polyphehols, the active components found in Acerin and Canaigre, may cause constipation and/or diarrhea. Increased water intake is suggested in cases of constipation and reduced suggested dosage for those who experience diarrhea. See more in dosage suggestion section.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Tannins?
2. Is it safe to consume Plant Tannins?
3. Does Viracin affect beneficial bacteria? Will it deplete minerals?
4. Are there contraindications for Viracin? Does Viracin cause resistance buildup?
5. Should I use Tanalbit or Viracin? When should I use them together?

What are Tannins?

Plant tannins are water soluble, polyphenolic compounds. They are categorized as either hydrolyzable or condensed. Tannins have astringent and antioxidant-activity properties and are renowned for their protective qualities. Plant tannins give the bitter taste to black teas and are a significant component of Redwood Tree bark, giving it its distinct red color.

Frequent tea drinkers and eonophiles consume large amounts of plant tannins.

Is it safe to consume plant tannins?

Yes. Viracin contains condensed tannins. Acerin and Canigre complexed with L-Proline are condensed tannins. Condensed tannins have remarkable antioxidant-activity properties*. The body does not absorb condensed tannins and when consumed in a supplement form like Viracin, can provide antioxidant support to the gastrointestine. 

The condensed tannins used in Viracin may affect minimally affect mineral absorption. Intensive Nutrition suggests supplementing with a comprehensive multivitamin to support mineral and nutrient balance while using Viracin or any other tannin product, whether a supplement or beverage like tea or wine. However, if you are not in good health or suffer from malabsorption or nutrient deficiencies, do not take Viracin without approval from your health professional and/or health professional supervision.

Viracin is not absorbed by the body, is non-toxic and can safely be taken by a variety of individuals.

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. Tannins may not be suggested for individuals in poor health, those with malabsorption or nutrient deficiencies. Consult your health professional first before starting Viracin.

Are there contraindications for Viracin? What about side effects?

Occasionally individuals may experience temporary constipation after taking Viracin. To avoid constipation, increase water intake and consider taking a Magnesium supplement. 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. 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 product support guru, at

Should I use Tanalbit or Viracin? When should I use them together?

Tanalbit, Viracin and Tabit rely on the astringent and antioxidant activity of plant tannins. Each contain different tannin extracts which themselves behave differently. As Tanalbit contains casein, its action is more comprehensive, that is, it can travel to the large intestine and colon. Viracin might be an alternative if milk allergy or sensitivity is an issue. 

When to use Tanalbit
  • For comprehensive target of GI upset
  • Suggested as a detoxification agent and for food sensitivities

When to use Viracin
  • May support immune system
  • Suggested when casein not tolerated (see Tanalbit) and can be used to support the bodies' detoxification processes
  • If you have a more detailed question, please email our nutrition guru, Olivia Melaugh, at for help.

    Supplement Facts

    Serving Size: 1 capsule (vegetarian)

    Servings per container: 30 or 60 capsules (vegetarian)

    Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silica

    Dosage Suggestions

    Suggested Use: The dosage for Viracin SE is halved, that is, half that of our original Viracin formula. 

    Adults, 1 capsule 3x's daily. Take right before meals or with a small meal. Consumption of tannins may cause nausea. If this occurs, take Viracin with food (not on an empty stomach), or reduce suggested dosage.

    Warning: Store this product at room temperature; do not refrigerate. Consult a health professional prior to taking this supplement, especially if you have a health condition or are taking other medication that may have a contraindication with plant tannins. Plant tannins may cause a reduction in nutrient absorption. If you suffer from malabsorption or nutrient deficiency, consult your health professional before taking this supplememnt. This supplement is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers. This supplement is intended for adult use only.


    Please review the graphics below. Allergens will be listed in bold in our supplement facts panel. If you have any questions about the ingredients in this formula, please email or text and we will get back to you ASAP.

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    *The statements contained herein have not been evaluted by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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