What Is Healios?
What is HEALIOS™?
HEALIOS™ Glutamine complex is a liquid nutrient suspension designed to promote and maintain the health of the epithelial cells and mucosal tissues of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and digestive tract.
This is a common need of those who have difficultyswallowing and those recovering from oral surgery.
The lining of the entire digestive tract is continuously renewed through the divisions of epithelial stem cells, keeping pace with the rate of cell destruction and loss at epithelial surfaces.
HEALIOS™ is designed to promote healthy renewal and function of the mucosal lining, especially for those who have difficulty swallowing. The benefits of supplementing one’s diet with the nutrients found in HEALIOS™ have been clinically demonstrated in published scientific studies and the nutritional benefits of HEALIOS™ are now being further studied.
What dental procedures is Healios™ recommended for?
Dental Implants, scaling and rooting (deep cleaning), flap and other oral surgeries as well as tissue grafts. All of these procedures may have detrimental effects on the mucosal tissues of the mouth. Healios™ is designed as a nutritional supplement to help support normal healthy cell repair of mucosal tissue.
How will Healios™ help me recover from my procedure?
The active ingredients in Healios™ help shuttle nitrogen into damaged mucosal cells to help with absorption of glutamine (essential in tissue repair). If you’ve undergone a major dental procedure, we recommend you begin rinsing with Healios™ twice a day for a minimum of two weeks.
Peter M. Anderson, MD, PhD. who has served as a Professor, Department of Pediatrics Patient Care, Division of Pediatrics, Curtis Distinguished Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, originally developed the science and patents that formed the foundation for HEALIOS™. Dr. Anderson is now at the Levine Cancer Institute/Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Anderson discovered the benefits of supplementingthe amino acid glutamine (a key ingredient found inHEALIOS™) as part of his cancer patients’ treatment.While at The University of Minnesota in the early 1990’s Dr. Anderson became increasingly discouraged that his young adult and pediatric cancer patients were suffering from the side effects of their cancer treatments: mouth sores (also called stomatitis and mucositis).
Mucositis can become so bad in some patients that they have a hard time swallowingand do not eat enough to absorb adequate nutrients.
Dr. Anderson states, “The medical literature made it clear that the naturally occurring amino acid glutamine shuttles nitrogen into damaged cells, helping them to heal.”
The challenge was in getting the absorption of glutamine to take place directly at the site of the mucosal lining, so that healthy tissue can grow.
Dr. Anderson was able to find a way to greatly increase the absorption of glutamine by a factor of up to 1,000 times by putting it in a suspension that would “feed the digestive lining” specifically in the mouth, throat, and esophagus. By combining glutamine with a blend of synergistic ingredients, he was able to achieve the desired effect, while still keeping the taste good and the suspension easy to use for patients.
How do you use HEALIOS™?
HEALIOS™ comes packaged as a flavored powder that is mixed with water in the enclosed bottle. You then “swish and swallow” the HEALIOS™drink mix for approximately10 seconds. It’s that easy.
How does HEALIOS™ taste?
HEALIOS™ has a taste that is pleasant enough for a child to enjoy. HEALIOS™ is available in delicious orange and grape flavors.
When should I start taking HEALIOS™?
HEALIOS™ works to both support normal healthy cell repair and epithelial renewal. Your body’s need for glutamine increases when the body and its oral tissues areunder stress or exposed to certain dental procedures. If you will anticipate a need for the added support of HEALIOS™ you should take it following your dental procedure.
Your dental professional can help you assess your nutritional needs, and help to design a supplementation program that is right for you. A suggested regimen is for starting use of HEALIOS™ twice daily, throughout the recovery period following your dental procedure.
Are there any side effects from HEALIOS™?
The glutamine contained in HEALIOS™ is a naturally occurring amino acid found in animal and plant protein and should not cause any side effects in the majority of patients, however some individuals may be sensitive to glutamine.
About HEALIOS™ Oncology Nutrition
Dr. Anderson partnered with a team of top oncologists and a world-class nutraceutical company to achieve his dream of making HEALIOS™ easily available to patientsworld-wide. Dr. Anderson hopes to make HEALIOS™ an option to consider in the standard dietary regimen for many people including dental patients with demonstrated need to supplementtheir diets with glutamine.