You have likely noticed that the new Absorb Plus is certified gluten-free and has a slightly different taste. Some people have emailed to say they like it better, and some have asked me to bring back the old one!

While I know that change is stressful – especially when you’ve come to rely on something that’s so crucial for your health – if you can just bear with me I’ll explain WHY I felt it necessary to make Absorb Plus a better, healthier shake, even if it changed the flavor:

1. I have replaced the corn maltodextrin with cassava root (tapioca) maltodextrin:

It is nearly impossible to find non-GMO corn anymore in North America. Not just due to the farmers actively growing genetically-modified corn, but also due to “crop drift”. As you know, winds will blow across fields and so these winds pick up the GMO seeds and spread them to other farmer’s fields, thus contaminating their crops. The only place you can get a reliable supply of CERTIFIED non-GMO maltodextrin is Europe – where they had the brains to ban GMO seeds in the first place. However, can you imagine how much that would put the price up if I had to import the maltodextrin from Europe? So I didn’t think that would be a solution that people would be happy with.

Secondly, many people with IBD are allergic to corn. The top allergens for most people with IBD or IBS are: Dairy, wheat, corn, soy and potatoes. Now, whilst a corn allergy is usually due to the protein component of corn, not the carb component; taken together with the GMO issue, I figured it was best to look for a healthier alternative. So for these reasons, I have switched to cassava root maltodextrin (commonly called tapioca maltodextrin) instead of corn maltodextrin. Cassava is a staple food in many African countries and has been for centuries.

2. I have replaced the fructose sweetener with a blend of stevia and fructose:

As you know, Candida albicans (yeast, fungus) is often a problem for people with Crohn’s, colitis, or diverticulitis. Since Candida feeds off sugars (even a natural fruit/vegetable sugar like fructose) I wanted to decrease the amount of fructose, yet still maintain the palatability of the product. If I took away ALL the fructose and just sweetened with stevia, many would not like the taste. Stevia on its own has a very strong licorice-like aftertaste that many (including me) just do not like. However, when you cut stevia with any sugar (or honey) it masks the aftertaste. This is what I do when I bake cookies or muffins for my kids – and they can’t tell the difference. Now, because Absorb Plus is an elemental product, the stevia taste will come through a bit, especially if you know what stevia tastes like, you’ll be able to recognize it. But it is mostly masked by the small amount of natural fructose I have left in the product (this is NOT high fructose corn syrup, by the way). By using natural stevia herb as a sweetener, I have been able to cut the fructose by 50% – making it healthier for you.

3. I have added more healing nutrients:

This improvement does not affect the taste at all, but I wanted to also let you know about these very important ways I have improved the formula and how these additions will benefit you. I have added:

Vitamin K2 (menaquinone MK-7 form) – Way back in the 1920’s, Dr. Weston A. Price identified this substance in the food supply of every tribe he analyzed that had a tooth decay rate of less than 1% and no degenerative disease. He did not know what this substance was though, so he just referred to it as Activator X and identified the foods it was found in. Today, we now know that Activator X is Vitamin K2. But it is very important to consume it in the right form and for it to be a natural extraction.

More potassium iodide – potassium iodide is used to support thyroid function (and hence has a beneficial effect on all the glands/hormones). It is also a pathogen (bad bug) killer – it is used in third world countries to make water safe to drink. Lastly, it is one of those super minerals that the body seems to use for all kinds of helpful tasks, like dissolving cysts, fibroids and scar tissue. It also increases immunity against colds and flus.

More Vitamin D3 – protective against cancer, crucial for healthy bones and teeth and a nutrient that most people with IBD are deficient in. You will still need to supplement with additional Vitamin D3 during winter months, but this will at least give you a better base.

Less Calcium – those of you who have read my blog post about concerns that too much calcium is building up in the arteries and contributing to heart disease, already know why I would want to reduce the calcium per serving. I’ve left in enough to contribute to the alkalizing effect of Absorb Plus, but I prefer you get your calcium from the easily and completely absorbed Bone Support nanoparticle-sized supplement instead.

So, as I said, although the taste will not be what you’re used to, I encourage you to stick with it to train your tastebuds – think about kids tasting a new food and they need to have it several times before they will accept it and then grow to like it. Adults can also train their tastebuds and quickly adapt to a new flavor, if they want to.

At the end of the day, if you were to do a blind taste test, you may find you picked this formulation as better-tasting anyway! This is what happened when I tested the new Chocolate Royale Absorb Plus on my daughter and her friend when we changed the formulation, here’s the video:

Absorb Plus Elemental Shake Upgrades

29 thoughts on “Absorb Plus Elemental Shake Upgrades

  • Jini,
    The improvements are welcomed! It’s wonderful that you aren’t afraid to make changes…and they are always for the better. Thank; you for keeping on top of the latest and greatest in this supplement. It literally got me back on track several years ago and I wouldn’t be without it!
    Thought: I do wish you would consider putting the “samples” in pouches instead of the plastic containers. This would be much better for traveling.

  • I am very grateful for the updated formulas, especially for using tapioca maltodextrin instead of a corn product. I try to avoid all GMO’s and grains including corn as well and this is a big bonus for me.

  • Jini,
    Thanks for working so hard to make products that really work.
    Most elemental food out there is just for business, not for health.
    The corn replacement with tapioca will help many many people.
    Also, had one request. Some people get very very constipated even with a little bit of l-glutamine. So, isnt it possible for you to reduce it in this product as it is so easily available in power form that anyone who needs extra can mix it with their shake.


  • Hi Jini,

    Your truly saving me with all this info. I had no where to turn and no idea what to do to feel better, and the Dr.’s just kept giving me different meds. to try…no support AT ALL.
    So now i’m wanting to go ahead with your protocols but am not sure how to get my hands on all the products.
    If i can,t get your absorb plus shakes, are there any others out there that are somewhat similar to your? (ex: Visalus, Usana)
    Thanks so much for ALL your work..


  • The only one similar in purity is Alpha PMX by a company called Nutramed. You can order all the products from:

    and we ship worldwide – but you need to check whether your country allows the supps in first so they don’t block them. All the best!

  • Jini,

    I appreciate you are changing the product for the better. There is only one place I have liked the taste of stevia in my life:

    In a product called One World Whey (unheated). If you search for the product, they main place that sells it will send you a sample for cheap. It is simply delicious for having 0 sugar. The stevia in the product is cold processed, really not an aftertaste at all. Apparently that comes from heating.

    I am not battling IBS, mainly candida…taking this type of product without feeding the yeasts would be incredible!

    Feel free to delete the post if it looks like spam or anything else, but try it! No affil here, but worth finding the source!

  • Jini, I am greatful for your work and products. Thank you. I have been taking Metagenics Ultrainflamx lately, which seemed to help at the beginning of a flair-up (Crohns), but life stress got worse and worse.
    I feel that in order to return to productive state and provide for my family, I have to heal first. I am doing so many things (acupuncture, prayer, meditation, juciing, fermenting foods), but I need to invest in your products now as things have gotten worse.
    To your point above where you “encourage [us] to stick with it to train your tastebuds.” I think a 100% sweetened Stevia product would be phenomenally healing. Let’s face it, none of us are drinking the shakes for taste – we want to heal! Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty darn good.
    If you have test batch of all Stevia sweetened AbsorbPlus, I’d love to try it and let you know what I think. I’d probably buy a case if you had enough!
    Thanks for your wisdom.

  • Supplemental D is a problem for me. 🙁

    I have severe reactions to supplemental vitamin D and have only been able to use a tablespoon of the powder per shake (3-4 shakes a day) in order to tolerate the shakes. This means I have to get calories from non-elemental sources in addition to the absorbplus.

    I guess I will have to start making my own formulations so as to avoid these reactions. Too bad. I liked the taste and ease of use.

    1. Hi Naphtali,

      We’re sorry to hear that. The upper boundary for vitamin D for most adults is about 4000 IU. You may want to try out the Vital Whey or Sun Warrior protein we’re carrying at the shoppe (we also have kits available) if you’re putting together your own shakes:

      Also, here’s a link to a document Jini wrote for making an elemental shake:

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Jini, I am blending two ice cubes in the Absorb Plus, because I wanted to dilute the taste, but not the BENIFITS. I don’t dislike the taste of my combo chocolate/vanilla plus a little vanilla from your store, but I just prefer a less intense flavor. So, what I’m asking is, am I NOT ruining the nutrients by crushing ice in it.
    I don’t have diverticulitsis as I thought I had when I started your program. I experienced an inner hemroid thrombosis. It still needs calming, healing, and I have been feeling an overall wellness from absorbing nutrients that I don’t think I’ve been getting. I’ve always been on some diet or another. I have lost the ten pounds that have been hanging around, but I feel healthier also. So thanks, Jini, and I’ve had my friend who suffers from IBD and colitis tasting the Absorb Plus, reading the info in LTYG and although it’s a lot to take in, she is willing to try your program.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Joei,

      Not to worry, the nutrients are just fine if you blend ice into the Absorb Plus. The protein won’t be denatured or adversely affected in any way by cold temperatures.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • My husband has blockage of his colon due to scar tissue from surgery. He was on a powdered pea protein supplement but that was causing more blockage, so we are trying your Absorb Plus.

    However, he thinks that it is causing excess gas in his intestines, and is having a lot of pain from the gas.

    Does Absorb Plus (vanilla unsweeetened) cause gas? I just ordered the Chocolate Royale flavor, but he doesn’t want to try it because of fear.

  • Hi Sarah, ALL elemental shakes cause bloating and in some people they also get gas. See this post:

    What he can start with right away is colonic massage as that will relieve the gas as quickly as possible. Then you can assess the best next move:

    You may also be interested in this experimental scar tissue protocol:

    And I’m assuming you’ve read this post on flushing blockages, but just in case:

    Hope that helps!

  • Hello,


    My name is Rohit and i live in london.

    I ordered berry flavour absorb plus and i am having it but it is making me gassy, will it take time to get myself adjusted to theses shakes? Because right now i am feeling my stomach has increased in size might be due to GAS.

    I have ordered vanilla and chocolate too.

    Please help me.


    1. Hi Rohit,

      Thanks for reaching out. Please see Jini’s comment right above yours as the first two links in her post should be useful for you.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • I just completed week three. My fears of the shakes not tasting good or the shakes making me sick before getting better have been put to rest; I am full and satisfied.

    The Chocolate tastes great and I like to change it up a bit so I mix 1/2 Choc. and 1/2 Berry. It’s really hot this summer so I have been mixing the shake with water like normal and then blending again with 1 cup ice cubes. This makes a nice cool, healthy drink.

    If you want to help your body heal like I do, this is worth a try. I have fibromyalgia, which is a Central Nervous System disorder; my nerve pain was better on week two. I also have the autoimmune disorder hashimotos and lesions on my brain. I am thrilled that my Dr prescribed this for me to help heal my gut. Thank you for making such a wonderful and easy product; I wish I wouldn’t have procrastinated so long.

    1. Hi Sonya,

      It’s great to hear that Absorb Plus is working so well for you – thanks so much for sharing some of your story!

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Its so nice to have this blog to get advice!! Thank you!!! I just finished a week on Absorb Plus. I am noticing that after only two shakes I get very bloated and start belching frequently. I am wanting to work up to 6 shakes a day but wonder how my body will do with that many if it already reacts after 2. Does that mean I have a sensitivity to the shake?

  • Hello there,
    I was wondering if this mean that it’s now safe to drink Absorb Plus while fighting a candida infection? i remember an older post that said Absorb Plus could make a candida infection worse.

    1. Hi Gabi,

      One reason we developed the Unsweetened Vanilla flavor of Absorb Plus was for people with candida overgrowth who wanted to use the product. The tapioca maltodextrin in Absorb Plus will still feed the candida to an extent but, unlike the sweetened flavors, the Unsweetened Vanilla contains no fructose (another thing that will feed the candida). We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from people with candida who have been able to use the Unsweetened Vanilla alongside Jini’s wild oregano protocol while keeping the candida under control.

      For more details, check out the link below:

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • I just had the new formula today and I didn’t notice that it was different. I always mix mine with water and ice and make a slushy. I thought it was delicious. I needed this so bad today because I have a problem with appetite due to my stomach issues and I can always eat this no matter how queasy I am feeling. Thank you for getting it back to us!

    1. Hi Kari,

      We’re glad to hear that the Absorb Plus seems to work so well for you and thanks so much for the feedback!

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini
    I am two weeks into the elemental diet using absorb plus, the wild oregano oil, mucus heal, and suggested additives and probiotics. I’m so pleased with results so far and it is the most relief I have had from my crohns symptoms in three years! However, I experienced a little set back after trying some coconut milk in my shake for a different flavor since a previous blogger had mentioned the health benefits and added taste. I experienced increased gas bloating and stools instantly picked up within hours of consuming. I am reading from some sources this may be due to those that don’t tolerate extra fructose in their diet and coconuts( except the oil) is part of the FODMAP group and should be avoided by those with IBD. I am curious to know your thoughts and opinions on this.
    Thankyou, Gail

  • Hi Gail – well first of all, if you add coconut milk the shake is no longer elemental. You can add clear coconut water, but only if there is no added sugar.

    But yes, many with IBD do not tolerate coconut milk well (gas, bloating, loose stools). Nor do they tolerate the added carrageenan and vegetable oils, etc. that are added to most commercial brands. And some (perhaps the majority?) tolerate flax oil better than coconut oil.

  • Hi ltyg team

    When drinking absorb plus what changes will I notice before getting into the oregano oil with the natren probiotics?

    1. Hello Adrian,

      It can depend on your body, needs, and symptoms you have had. Some people may get liquid type bowel movements, sometimes some get constipation. It may help with cramps, nausea, pain, fatigue, gas, bloating etc. While some may be sensitive and it could cause those symptoms at first. At the beginning Jini recommends asking your gut how long you should do the elemental diet, and then even if you start to feel better to keep at it. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

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