Frequently Asked Questions
What Does ENF mean?
ENF stands for Elemental Nutrient Formula. The idea is that pure nutrients
can be combined in an chemically defined manner to replace food, partially or
completely. The use of ENFs has been common in nutritional research.
How is Alpha ENF different from regular food?
Alpha ENF requires little or no digestion. The nutrients are ready to
be absorbed into the bloodstream. Often, especially with the first few servings,
you can feel the effects of nutrients being rapidly absorbed. Nutrients also act
on the surfaces of the throat and later stomach and small intestine. You may
notice a drying effect on your throat.
Food is slowly digested with prolonged, sustained release of nutrients
- some nutrients are lost since food may not be fully digested and nutrients may
not be completely absorbed. When you eat Alpha ENF little or no digestion
is required and nutrients are quickly absorbed and utilized. It is advisable to
have a serving of Alpha ENF every 3 hours.
It is natural to feel thirsty after drinking a serving of Alpha ENF. For each
cup of Alpha ENF, drink another cup of water between servings. Occasionally the
nutrients stimulate bowel contractions - this is felt as mild crampy abdominal
pains. This mild over-stimulation may be corrected by drinking more water and
tends to disappear as you get used to taking the formula.
What food materials does Alpha ENF contain?
The nutrients in Alpha ENF are mostly supplied in their pure, elemental form.
The vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are pharmaceutically manufactured and
certified USP or FCC. The lipid components are canola oil which supplies omega3
fatty acids. The carbohydrates are supplied as natural sugars - glucose
(dextrose) and fructose - and maltodextrin, a mixture of carbohydrate chains of
different molecular weights. All the carbohydrates are derived from vegetable
sources, primarily corn.
Does Alpha ENF and PMX contain sugar?
Yes, the carbohydrate content of Alpha ENF was designed to imitate fruits and
vegetables which supply a combination of glucose, fructose, and complex
carbohydrates - starch and fibers. Glucose is the basic sugar of life. The human
body is a glucose-machine just as a car is a gasoline-machine. Each cell in your
body consumes sugar as glucose. Glucose (dextrose) supplies 8% of total
calories. Fructose supplies 6% of the total calories. Fructose is very similar
to glucose but is metabolized by different metabolic pathways. Fructose, for
example, does not require insulin for passage into cells as does glucose.
Fructose is three times as sweet as glucose. Glucose and fructose should be
considered normal vegetable-fruit sugars. The remainder of the carbohydrate is
supplied as maltodextrin, a starch derivative which consists of chains of
glucose of different lengths. These carbohydrate chains require some digestion
and can provide sustained-release glucose, similar to the starches in grains and
vegetables. The sugar content of Alpha ENF is essential to supply energy and
should be no problem to normal individuals. If you are worried about
hypoglycemia, be sure to take Alpha ENF in smaller servings every 2-3 hours.
Does Alpha ENF and PMX contain Fiber?
Alpha ENF contains a non-nutritive carbohydrate fiber, microcellulose,
which forms a gel in water and acts like vegetable fiber in the gastrointestinal
tract - the gel provided some bulk for stool formation and acts as a sponge to
soak up bile salts which might otherwise cause an irritable bowel or diarrhea.
Will the sugar in Alpha ENF cause yeast to overgrow in the intestinal tract?
No. Early studies of the effect of elemental formulas showed dramatic
reduction of all microorganisms growing in the intestinal tract. With formulas
similar to Alpha ENF, delivering most of the sugar as glucose, candida yeast in
the lower digestive tract disappeared completely!
Can Alpha ENF be used by strict vegetarians?
Yes. Alpha ENF contains no animal products. Strict vegetarians will benefit
from the boost of nutrients that the formula supplies, especially nutrients that
may be scarce on a vegetarian diet. These include amino acids, iron, vitamin
B12, vitamin D, and trace minerals.
Will I get Enough Protein ?
Dietary protein supplies amino acids, the real nutrients. Proteins are mostly
responsible for food allergy and have been specifically eliminated from the
formula. Instead, crystalline, L-form amino acids are the nutrients supplied in
Alpha ENF. Alpha ENF supplies all the essential and non-essential amino acids in
a rationally balanced mix. Alpha ENF supplies 25 grams of amino acids (taking
the place of protein) at 1500 Calories or 450 grams per day. For those that eat
less than 450 grams per day, your need for amino acids is probably covered - the
25 gram estimate is probably higher than your actual need, and the formula amino
acids are more efficiently absorbed and utilized than proteins in food. Since
the amino acid pool in the body is recycled, net loss of amino acids is
estimated to be only 2 grams per day.
How is Alpha ENF Different from other meal-replacement powders?
Many nutrient formulas are available. Most are made of potentially allergenic
materials such as milk powder or milk proteins, egg white or albumin, soya and
other vegetable proteins. All food preparations which contain large molecules,
especially proteins and partially hydrolyzed proteins are avoided on low allergy
programs because they retain some allergenic effects. Liquid diets for weight
loss, protein powders, soya protein or vegetable protein powders, and
nutritional supplements may be allergenic and otherwise contain problems that we
wish to avoid. Products containing herbs, "natural foods or plant materials"
also may contain allergenic materials and may have undesirable side-effects.
Is Alpha ENF Safe for Celiacs?
Yes, Alpha ENF and the Alpha Nutrition Program are gluten-free and are well
suited to the needs of all Celiacs. Some email writers have questioned the
source of some ingredients - none contain gluten. Maltodextrin is a hydrolysed
starch and is not related to "Malt" which is a gluten-containing derivative of
cereal grains - as in "Barely Malt".
Multiple Food Allergies ?
Q Any ingredient in product that I might react to? I have had severe allergic
reactions. Testing is still being done but so far I have scratch tested as
allergic to turkey, beef, pork, salmon, chicken, oranges, bananas, strawberries,
blueberries, pear, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, soy, carrots, squash,
onions, asparagus, cabbage, garlic, oat, almond, hazelnut, milk, yeast, corn,
fungus mold mix I am not allergic to peanuts, rice, wheat, egg white, apple,
string beans, potatoes, tomatoes,
Alpha ENF is a hypoallergenic formula that answers the needs of most people
with multiple food allergies. However, there are many issues that we
cannot deal with when someone reports a long list of food allergies. First of
all the tests should be be done by a specialist MD. There are so many phoney
tests out there, we don't try to decide which test results have validity. Second
the MD has the primary responsibility to inform and advise you. If, for example,
you are told you are allergic to milk, then your MD needs to provide information
about milk proteins and the foods that contain them. If a long list of "allergic
foods" are presented to you, your MD has to tell you about the reliability of
the test results and educate you about avoiding these foods and also inform you
about hidden sources of the food allergens.
Skin tests are not good indicators of food allergy and require experience and
good judgment to interpret properly. In addition, sophisticated knowledge of
nutrition is required to design a new diet that is free of allergens and also
follows other important disease prevention recommendations. We designed the
Alpha Nutrition Program to solve the problem of multiple food allergies. We try
to help well-informed people to learn more and make better decisions for
themselves. We have many books and much information online. It is your
responsibility to study this information.
We do not add food items to our formulas, so no foods are listed. You need to
learn how elemental formulas are constructed. Ingredient lists are online and
links to them are found on all our formula pages. Download the formula
documents for complete information.
Can a knowledgeable scientist prepare a workable self-management program
using just the book and about 3 kg of Alpha ENF?
Yes, we hope so. The program is home science and requires an intelligent
approach to self-monitoring and problem solving. You need to read Alpha
Nutrition Program, and understand the essential steps. If you choose to use
Alpha ENF for a food holiday, 3 kg will get you through the first 7 to 10 days
and that is usually long enough to feel better. If things go well, you will want
to use Alpha ENF longer as a maintenance tool.