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What is Suspension Gel Technology?

Suspension Gel Technology uses a state-of-the-art science to put nutrition in a state of suspension in a gel.

What are the advantages of Suspension Gel Technology?

There are two key factors that influence the efficacy of any nutritional supplement: the timing of the ingestion, and the bioavailability of the nutrients. The convenience of the portable gel pack delivery system that Agel uses allows first for the proper timing of ingestion to correctly correspond with meals, which in turn enhances the overall absorption and use of the nutrient. And second, the Gel Technology forces the critical nutrients to remain suspended in gel, thus optimizing the bioavailability of those nutrients when ingested. Traditional supplements found in pills and capsules do not always fully absorb in the digestive track, allowing a portion of the critical nutrients to travel through the digestive track without ever interacting with the lining of the stomach or intestines.

How are the nutrients in Agel products absorbed?

Ingredients in each of the products contain nutrients that have specific (although widely different) methods of absorption along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. For most of these nutrients, the primary location is in the small intestines. By suspending nutrients in a gel, all of the nutrients are readily available to be digested and absorbed in the GI tract.

Where can I find additional research and product information?

All current product information can be found in the Products section Agel Website at www.agel.com/products. We encourage you to do your own research.

Agel FIT

FIT compliments your weight control program, along with eating right and exercising. That's because it contains a patented natural ingredient that prevents your body from storing unused carbohydrates and, when used before eating, inhibits fat production. It can also reduce your desire to eat when you're not hungry. Learn more

Agel MIN

MIN gives you the exact amounts of vitamins and minerals you need everyday. Better yet, it provides this essential nutrition in a great-tasting gel that's easy to swallow, easy to take with you, and easy for your body to absorb. MIN just might make the vitamin pill extinct. Learn more

Agel EXO

EXO is a unique blend of exotic fruits and plant extracts- seabuckthorn, noni, mangosteen, and açai, to name a few. Each is good for you, but they're even better together, since a wide variety of natural nutritive sources is the way to fully meet your nutritional needs. Learn more

Agel OHM

Agel OHM is a wonderful tasting blend of energy-creating herbs, Taurine, D-Ribose, and complex B vitamins. Its purpose is to convert a healthy diet into usable and sustained energy and to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more

Agel UMI

UMI contains Fucoidan, perhaps the most exciting nutritional discovery in the last decade. There are many potential health benefits from Fucoidan, which is found in seaweed, a plant long associated with good health. Learn more

Are Agel products Halal Certified?

No. Not all Agel products have been Halal Certified by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Currently EXO, MIN, UMI, OHM and FIT are Halal certified: PRO and FLX are not. Download the Agel Halal certificate.

Are Agel products Kosher Certified?

No. Not all Agel products have been Kosher Certified by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union). Agel is in the process of obtaining additional Kosher certifications in Israel. Currently EXO, MIN, UMI, OHM and FIT are Kosher Certified; PRO and FLX are not. Download the Agel Kosher certificate.

Are artificial colors used in the formulation of the gels?

No. The color in the gels is a result of the natural color of the ingredients.

Should pregnant woman use Agel products?

There are some ingredients in Agel EXO that have been listed in some texts as not appropriate for pregnant women. Consequently, we recommend that pregnant women not consume EXO. If you are pregnant, prior to taking any vitamin, herbs, supplements, or over-the-counter medications, we recommend that you consult with your physician.

Can women take Agel products while breast-feeding?

We recommend that you review the ingredients in these products with your physician prior to using them while breast-feeding.

Should children use Agel MIN?

As a point of reference, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse vitamin supplementation in children under the age of 16, except for specific groups with chronic illnesses. Furthermore, the mineral needs of children are unclear.

Agel MIN contains 100 percent of the RDI of the essential vitamins and selected essential minerals for adults. Most children's vitamins currently on the market contain about the same amount of vitamins as Agel MIN, without the minerals. If you elect to use Agel MIN for your children, the preparation does not contain enough of the vitamins or minerals to be considered dangerous; however, an entire pack of Agel MIN is probably more than necessary. We recommend consulting with your pediatrician about appropriate dosing of the vitamins and minerals for your children.

Should children use Agel FIT?

We recommend consulting with your pediatrician about appropriate food supplementation and weight management regimens for children. As a general rule, we do not recommend diet aids for children, and we therefore do not recommend using Agel FIT in the pediatric population. We do advocate healthy eating habits and plenty of physical activity as a means for children to manage weight. To initiate an early habit of dependence on dieting aids in childhood may be sending the wrong message.

Can I take all four Agel products in the same day?

We recommend that you consult with your physician before consuming multiple Agel products on the same day.

Are Agel products "All Natural"?

All of the ingredients in the Agel products come from natural sources except the preservative Sodium Benzoate and the synthetic Taurine found in OHM. Synthetic Taurine is preferred over natural Taurine because natural Taurine is derived from bile. In order to be sensitive to all Agel team members' varying religious beliefs, the synthetic source was chosen.

Are there any drug interactions related to any of the Agel products?

We are only aware of two potential drug interaction concerns. They involve anyone taking medications that increase serotonin levels. In particular, medications in the category of SSRI's (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) are of concern. We strongly advise consultation with your physician prior to using Agel FIT or OHM if you are taking these medications. In Agel OHM, panax ginseng is one of the active ingredients and may cause increased serotonin levels in the brain. Agel FIT has Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) as its primary active ingredient. HCA has been shown to be effective in part by its ability to reduce appetite by increasing brain serotonin levels. In general, for individuals taking medications that increase brain serotonin, there is a theoretical risk of serotonin syndrome.

Exactly what is the glycemic index (GI) of our Agel products?

Crystalline fructose, the sweetener in Agel products, has GI of 32. Guar gum and Xanthan gum are the soluble dietary fibers that are used to form the "gel". Many foods containing soluble dietary fibers tend to have a lower GI.

Why do the Agel products contain "Guar Gum"?

Agel uses guar in combination with xanthan gum to form the unique gel matrix which is the core technology of the Agel products. The guar gives the gels their structure and contributes the ability of the gels to facilitate availability of the active ingredients. It is not present as a bulking agent for any satiety effect.

Guar gum is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) with differing percentages set for its allowable concentration in various food applications. It is approved by the FDA for use as an emulsifier, thickener, and stabilizer.

Does apple cider vinegar have alcohol in it?

There is no alcohol in apple cider vinegar. Halal certification indicates there is no alcohol and is acceptable in cultures and social groups where alcohol is forbidden.

What clinical trials or research do you have on the products?

Determination of specific clinical trials on Agel products are currently in process. The individual ingredients in all Agel products have substantial scientific literature and study behind them. You can do a scientific search for studies related to each ingredient on www.pubmed.gov. This is the U.S. National Institutes of Health sponsored library of peer reviewed published journals from around the world.

What are the sources of active ingredients used in Agel products?

Some of the most commonly queried active ingredients include:

* Aronia comes from Europe and N. America
* Acerola comes from S. America
* Elderberry comes from N. America and Europe
* Noni comes from the Tropics
* Gac comes from S.E. Asia
* Mangosteen comes from S.E. Asia
* Acai comes from the Amazon
* Glucosamine comes from shellfish
* Chondroitin is Bovine sourced
* Celadrin is Bovine sourced
* Taurine is synthetic
* Ribose is created through a fermentation process, using a glucose starting point
* Rhodiola comes from Russia and Asia

What is ORAC? How does it relate to EXO?

ORAC refers to Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is a test done in a lab to determine the potential antioxidant power of a particular food. Since the test is performed in a lab while it does indeed indicate antioxidant capacity, it does not necessarily reflect what will be the effect in a particular person's body. We are all metabolically different. ORAC capacity alone does not take into account that antioxidants have been shown most effective when they come from a variety of food sources. The USA formulation of EXO has 17 exotic fruits and the ORAC reading is 46 mmol TE/gm. That would be 4,600 per 100 grams, or 978 per packet.

Which products are vegetarian — i.e. no meat and fish products included. Are any of them Vegan?

All of the products are Vegetarian with the exception of FLX. PRO (protein from dairy), FLX (ingredients from beef and shellfish sources) and MIN (vitamin D is from lanolin which is derived from sheep's wool) are not Vegan.

What is the source of the sweetener in Agel products?

It is crystalline fructose. Instead of artificial sweeteners, fructose (crystalline, not high fructose corn syrup) is a natural sweetener. Crystalline fructose is a sugar made from corn that has a low glycemic index (GI) and therefore doesn't cause the larger rise in blood sugar that table sugar (sucrose) does. Using fructose as a natural sweetener instead of sugar may help decrease caloric intake, since it is 1.5 times as sweet as table sugar, but has the same caloric density. In other words, instead of three teaspoons of sugar, you need only two teaspoons of fructose to achieve the same level of sweet taste.

What are the components that make up the natural flavoring? Are they derived from natural sources?

Some of the flavorings in our gels include the three organic compounds: ethyl acetate, ethyl butyrate, and glycerin.

Many organic compounds that are a mainstay of our own biochemistry have names that sound synthetic or like compounds that may have come from a test tube. Organic compounds have a chemical structure (if you ever studied organic chemistry) that include many hydrogens and carbons. When you write it out it looks like several C's and H's strung together.

Organic biochemical compounds that you may recognize easily include: Carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, hormones, lipids and fatty acids, neurotransmitters, proteins, peptides, amino acids, vitamins. Having said that, the components of the "natural flavoring" in Agel products are considered esters which are also organic compounds derived from fruits such as oranges, bananas, and apricots. These "natural flavors" derived from fruit are organic compounds (esters) called ethyl acetate and ethyl butyrate. Both are considered very safe by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives.

A third organic compound in the "natural flavoring" is glycerin which meets the requirements mandated by U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for use in foods, drugs, medical devices and certain other products requiring ingredients of the highest purity.

Glycerin, sometimes spelled glycerine, is a product (or by-product of our own metabolism) whose principal component is glycerol. The terms glycerin, glycerine, and glycerol are often used interchangeably in the literature. Glycerine can come from food sources (fat, phosphosglycerides, glyceryl esters, and other miscellaneous sources), supplements, and from the liberation of our own stored body fat.

Glycerin as a commercial product meets the stringent requirements of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). Glycerin is used in many food products because of its contribution to product properties, stability and compatibility with a wide variety of ingredients, and safety.

The FCC or the Food Chemicals Codex is an internationally recognized compendium of monographs covering food ingredients. It contains specifications for many direct food additives, such as glycerin. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences developed and maintains the FCC. The FDA also supports this compendium.
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