Do I need a prescription for Healios®?
No, Healios is available over-the-counter. Your healthcare provider can assess your nutritional needs and recommend a supplementation plan that is right for you.
What side effects can Healios® help manage?
Healios is designed to promote and maintain the health of the epithelial cells and mucosal tissues of the digestive tract, particularly the mouth, throat and esophagus. This is a common need of patients who develop mouth sores or who have difficulty swallowing due to chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.
Can I incorporate Healios® into my cancer treatment plan?
Yes, Healios can be a part of your supportive care plan. A healthcare professional can help you assess your nutritional needs and recommend a supplementation plan that is right for you.
Can I take any other medications to manage and alleviate the pain from mouth sores while taking Healios®?
Yes, Healios can be taken in conjunction with other medications such a magic mouthwash. Talk to your healthcare provider about incorporating Healios as part of your treatment plan.
How do you use Healios®?
Healios comes packaged as a flavored powder that is mixed with water. Each unit comes with a bottle, so you can easily mix, measure, and drink the solution. Once you have mixed Healios, all you have to do is swish and swallow. Download Directions
Why do you “swish and swallow” Healios®?
Because Healios® has been formulated to facilitate rapid glutamine uptake, the swish and swallow method is an effective way to obtain optimal nutrient absorption.
How does Healios® taste?
Healios comes in three different flavors, orange, grape, and unflavored. Our customers tell us the Orange flavor is mild and light, similar to Tang, and the Grape version tastes similar to grape-flavored Kool-Aid. Unflavored Healios is less sweet and can be mixed with other liquids similar to water such as juice or broth.
Is there a favorite flavor ?
No, all flavors are equally popular, and many patients end up ordering one of each flavor.
Can I mix unflavored Healios with other liquids?
Yes, it can be mixed with any liquids that have the same consistency as water, such as juice or broth, and the temperature can be either warm or cool.
Would a regular pill or powder work for me?
Glutamine on its own can be very hard to absorb. Ordinary glutamine powders and pills rely on normal bio-absorption, which can be difficult for cancer patients. Healios, has been formulated to facilitate the uptake of glutamine directly in the affected areas such as the mouth, throat, and esophagus.
Are the sugars in Healios® bad for me?
No. Normal diets contain some carbohydrates which are normally broken down into sugars by the body. The disaccharide sugars in Healios help shuttle glutamine directly into the cells of the affected areas.
When should I take Healios®?
Healios is generally taken twice per day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If you would like to take Healios more frequently, a healthcare provider can recommend a schedule that matches your treatment plan.
When should I start taking Healios®?
Healios works to support normal healthy cell repair and epithelial renewal. Your need for glutamine increases when the body and its tissues are under stress or are exposed to chemotherapy or radiation agents.
You can start taking Healios before treatment, during, and after. A healthcare professional can help you assess your nutritional needs and recommend a supplementation plan that is right for you.
Are there any side effects from Healios®?
No, Healios has not been found to produce any side effects.
Some individuals may be sensitive to glutamine. Do not use Healios if you have sensitivity to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food additive.
Do not use if you have severe liver disease with difficulty thinking or confusion (hepatic encephalopathy); suffer from mania (a mental disorder); or are prone to seizures.
Always check with your doctor before using Healios.
What role does glutamine have in general health?
Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid; it can be found in high protein foods such as milk, beef, chicken, and fish. Glutamine accounts for approximately 60% of all free amino acids in the blood and can be utilized by the body to help make new proteins as well as other important compounds. Glutamine has been known to promote healing, acting as nitrogen shuttle which is an important part of tissue and cell repair.
The amount of glutamine in standard doses of Healios is similar to what can be achieved with a high protein diet. However, the extra ingredients of Healios give the tissues of the mouth, throat, and esophagus the ability maintain tissue integrity more effectively.
Is Healios® safe for children?
Yes, Healios was originally created to help children going through cancer treatment. We offer Healios for free to children under the age of 18.