Xtend-Life Supplements: What You Didn’t Know About Enteric Coating

Understanding the Delivery Method Used in Xtend-Life Supplements

We’ve all heard about “enteric coating”. Up till now, it’s only been found on pharmaceutical products heavily regulated by the FDA.

If you’re like me, you probably also thought it was just a coating to buffer your stomach from the acid-provoking effects of pain relievers. What I’ve only just discovered, I blush to confess, is that it can actually perform the opposite function – protect the specialized ingredients inside a pill or capsule from being broken down too soon and not reaching the specific organs those ingredients are targeted for.

Enteric coating is just one of the specialized “delivery methods” that Xtend-Life uses for its natural vitamin supplements. Since their products are considered non-medicinal, unlike pharmaceutical products, they actually don’t have to go to this extra degree of expense and procedure.

But they do.

In addition, they test each batch for proper and optimum disintegration by using the British Pharmacopoeia protocols as their guide. Even the tests themselves require specialized equipment.

And enteric coating is how Xtend-Life makes sure they deliver the correct ingredients directly to the bloodstream, where those ingredients need to go for optimum result. By staying intact and resisting digestive acids, the tablets manage to reach the small intestine, which has an alkaline environment. After 20 minutes, these vital ingredients are safely absorbed through the wall of the duodenum into the bloodstream.

But Xtend-Life doesn’t stop there.

They add additional enzymes to these tablets to help specific nutrients break down further.

This is a highly simplified chart of what Xtend-Life has to consider within the small intestine alone, when putting various ingredients into their supplements. (The small intestine itself is a complex mechanism, consisting of three sections responsible for different digestive processing functions: the duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum).

  • Duodenum – digests and processes minerals
  • Jejunum – digests and processes water-soluble vitamins, carbs and protein
  • Ileum – digests and processes fat-soluble vitamins, via enzymes secreted directly by the pancreas

Different enzymes break down different vitamins and minerals, and that’s why you’ll see enzymes like lipase, amylase, protease, trypsin, chymotrypsin and carboxypeptidase represented in Xtend-Life supplements.

It also explains why, out of all the supplements on the market, Xtend-Life supplements would be less likely to cause the same problem I’ve had with almost every other natural vitamin supplement I’ve tried over the last 15 years – feelings of nausea, stomach irritation, gastric upsets and shortness of breath (which after a lot of useless tests, was determined to be gastric).

Previously, when I inquired, health food store owners always attributed these highly unpleasant natural supplement symptoms to the same cause – “Oh, you’re just cleansing” or my personal favorite: “You’re having a healing crisis”.

Rubbish. In case you didn’t notice, “healing” and “crisis” are two words that shouldn’t belong together. Sure, if I was dying of a major bloodstream infection the effect of antibiotics warring with the toxins in my system might be hideously rough, I could perhaps buy this – but we’re just talking about boosting an already healthy body system here with “harmless” natural ingredients, in very small amounts.

Plain and simply put, in hindsight, my problems most likely resulted from the standard supplement industry lack of enteric coating, as the other supplements’ unbuffered ingredients were being “attacked” by the acids in my large intestine.

So thank you, Xtend-Life, for taking that extra care and expense, and adding enteric coating. Even though you didn’t have to.

My body appreciates it.

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