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.
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.
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
Servings per container: 30 or 60 capsules (vegetarian)
Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silica
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.
FIVE Reasons why you should use Tanalbit Plant Tannins for GI health
Tanalbit is a gastrointestinal support product whose simple, elegant mechanism allows it to:
1) Support a healthy balance of intestinal yeast and flora (bacteria)*
2) Target all areas of the gastrointestine*
3) Work consistently without causing resistance buildup (unlike other products, Tanalbit does not dissolve cellular walls, an action that releases toxins into the body)*
4) Enact supportive antioxidant activity*
5) Work safely – For over 30 years, Tanalbit has proven to be a successful gastrointestinal support product. Its condensed plant tannin based formula is both non-toxic and not absorbed by the liver.
How Tanalbit Works
Tanalbit contains a proprietary blend of Zinc Tannates, composed of Plant tannins, zinc and amino acids. When ingested, the body recognizes the Zinc Tannate complex as a protein and as a consequence shuttles it past stomach digestive juices to the larger and lower intestine, areas often in need of supportive action. With elegant chemistry, Tanalbit supports a healthy balance of yeast and bacteria colonies by assisting the body’s removal of overgrowth. It naturally adheres to biofilm receptor sites via chelation and/or covalent bonding. This action disrupts colonization and isolates the biofilm, which then becomes a target for the body’s normal metabolic and elimination processes.
Comprehensive Action: How Tanalbit supports the whole body
Digestion: Undigested or partially digested food proteins in the gastrointestine may heighten or exacerbate food sensitivity and/or indigestion. Plant tannin chemistry allows for Tanalbit to bind to those proteinous substances (oligopeptides and peptones) and therefore it can be used to help support the body’s elimination process of those undigested or partially digested proteins.
Healthier GI environment: The active ingredients in Tanalbit, plant tannins, support cellular health, meaning they support intestinal wall integrity and therefore activity of gastrointestinal cells. This occurs because astringency, a natural characteristic of plant tannins, supports the body’s ability to reduce cellular inflammation. As it travels through the gastrointestine, Tanalbit provides supportive action along the way.
Detoxification: Chelation exhibited by plant tannins also extends to heavy metals. In so doing, Tanalbit can support the body’s natural detoxification process.
Skin Care: External skin issues often have an “interior” cause. Supporting gastrointestinal health and flora balance can support healthier looking skin.
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 milk? 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 and are either hydrolyzable or condensed. Tannins have astringent and antioxidant properties. 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 the bark its distinctive red color. The plant tannins found in Tanalbit are condensed tannins. TOP
Are Tannins taken in a dietary supplement safe?
Yes. Tanalbit contains condensed plant tannins. Condensed tannins have antioxidant activity properties and 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 antioxidant activity that supports a healthy body.
Tanalbit is complexed with milk derived proteins/amino acids which allows the formula to directly target the GI tract and mitigate possible irritation caused by tannic acid. In addition, milk proteins also help to mitigate any anti-nutritive effects of tannins. 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 (including Calcium, Iron), out of abundance of caution, do not Tanalbit or any other dietary supplement before speaking with your health professional or personal physician. If your physician approves use of Tanalbit, consider supplementing with a comprehensive Multivitamin. TOP
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. TOP
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. 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.
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) but it is not recommended for those with milk allergies. 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 support and immune support. TOP
Why does Tanalbit contain Zinc? Is Zinc absorbed?
The zinc in Tanalbit activates the complex and acts 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, Zinc is not "available" and not absorbed. TOP
Should I use Tanalbit or Viracin? When should I use them together?
Tanalbit and Viracin rely on the astringent and antioxidant activity properties of plant tannins. Each contain different tannin extracts which themselves behave differently.
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
To support maintenance of healthy GI flora (bacteria)
To support healthy GI function and support a healthy GI environment
To support immune system health
When Tanalbit not tolerated due to milk allergy
If you have a more detailed question, please email
Please note! Our Tanalbit formula is the same, only the label has changed to reflect the active ingredients present in the formula, specifically, the tannic acid and polyphenol content found in the formula. Whereas older labels showed the total mg input (400+ mg), now it only shows active ingredients.
Serving size: 2 capsules Active ingredients:Zinc (elemental): 25 mg, Plant Tannin Complex (Proprietary blend of Tannic Acid and Canaigre Root Powder) Tannins: 200 mg, Total Polyphenols: 230 mg, L-Proline: 12 mg Other ingredients: High Heat Milk Powder, Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Silica Allergen Statement:This formula contains milk. It is free of yeast, egg, 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. Tanalbit may also cause nausea. If this occurs, take Tanalbit with a small amount of food or 10 minutes after a small snack. Warning: Keep the bottle closed in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children. Consult a health care professional before adding Tanalbit to your daily regimen, especially if you are taking medication or if you have a medical condition. Tanalbit is NOT recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers. Note: Tanalbit contains natural ingredients and color may vary from batch to batch.
What is the suggested dosage for Tanalbit?
1-2 capsules, 3 times daily with food or small snack (to decrease possibility of nausea). Increase water intake two-fold. As a general rule, water will help improve digestion, eliminate toxins and prevent dehydration and temporary constipation. Dosage suggested for 4-6 weeks or as prescribed by your health professional or physician. *If you cannot tolerate Tanalbit on an empty stomach, take your suggested dosage with a small protein snack or with food. 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 email@example.com for help.
Best practices: Very large food portions taken with Tanalbit decrease product effectiveness. We also do not suggest taking Tanalbit 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.
A maintenance dosage is suggested after 4 weeks of Tanalbit, but please consult with your health professional before starting a maintenance program. An example program: 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.
Tanalbit vs. Viracin?
Tanalbit and Viracin are both plant tannin products that support gastrointestinal health and in many cases comprehensive health. Determining which product is right for you is a decision best made with your health professional, however, please use our suggestions as a guideline for future discussions with your health professional.
Tanafem is a safe, gentle and effective formula that supports a healthy response to yeast/bacteria overgrowth in the vaginal area*. It does not cause yeast/bacterial resistance. Tanafem is available as douche powder with reusable applicator sold separately.
What is Tanafem and how does it work?
Clinically tested, Tanafem is an herbal based, vaginal douche powder made of condensed Zinc tannins buffered with Glycine. The tannins in Tanafem bond to unwanted yeast/bacterial organisms. During the douching process, the tannin/yeast complex leaves the vaginal area with the spent douche solution. Tanafem is one of the gentlest and effective alternative vaginal solutions available for supporting vaginal heatlh. Tanafem will only address the vaginal area. Supportive plant tannin product, Tanalbit, may also help support a healthy vaginal environment.*
How is Tanafem a better product for vaginal health?
Tanafem does not kill yeast/bacteria organisms and due to this fact, Tanafem can be used again and again and remain effective. Tanafem is buffered to ensure compatibility with the unique and sensitive vaginal environment*.
How to use Tanafem
Mix one dose/scoop of Tanafem with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of lukewarm water in applicator bottle. Insert applicator into vagina, squeeze douche solution and rinse, repeating until solution is spent. Use Tanafem only once daily for three days. Rest one day and then resume for another 3 day cycle if symptoms persist. For best results, refrain from sexual intercourse (so as to avoid re-infection or infecting partner) during regimen and do not use other products while using Tanafem. Do not use Tanafem for longer than 7 days total. *Please note: Tannins contain natural dyes that may dye clothing and may dye porous surfaces if solution is not cleaned from surface promptly. Use Tanafem solution only in the appropriate facility for douching, e.g. toilet. If Tanafem solution makes contact with porous tile or other areas, immediately clean those areas so as to prevent staining.
How to use Tanafem for external, vaginal irritation and/or itching.
Mix a small amount of Tanafem with just enough lukewarm water so that the powder forms a paste. Apply paste externally to outer labia and areas of irritation/itching. For best results, use paste at night and with sanitary pad/liner to prevent staining of clothing and underwear. If using Tanalbit in conjunction with Tanafem, take 2-6 capsules of Tanalbit for at least two days and/or continue throughout Tanafem regimen. To support vaginal health, 2-6 capsules of Tanalbit is suggested prior to the start of menstrual cycles, 6 capsules daily for 4 days for best results*.
Allergen Statement: Free of yeast, milk, nut (peanut, tree nut), corn, soy, fish, wheat, egg, artificial colors or preservatives.
Interactions and Precautions: For douching only. Use only fresh solution per treatment. Tanafem is NOT a contraceptive. Do not use during pregnancy or while nursing. If adverse reactions develop, discontinue use and consult physician. Please consult your physician or health professional prior to using Tanafem, especially if you are taking medication or have had or have chronic ailments relating to vaginal health.
Applicator for the use of Tanafem douching powder. Applicator is clinically tested and FDA approved. Suitable for multiple use.Before first use and after each re-use, rinse and cleanse applicator with...