If you’ve been using the elemental diet shake I formulated – Absorb Plus – for any length of time, you’ll know that I am always on the lookout for ways to improve the product.

Sometimes people are not too happy with me, because certain changes – like when I switched the maltodextrin to a non-GMO cassava maltodextrin – affect the taste or texture. But when they try it, and I explain the reasons why the changes will benefit their health, they’re pretty happy I’m looking out for them.

And so you may notice your latest Absorb Plus order tastes a bit different, or the texture is a bit different. Let me tell you what I’ve changed in the formula:

Now let me tell you why I made those changes for some of the key ingredients – and yes, this changes the taste profile too! Keep in mind, that as Absorb Plus is a completely natural product, you’re going to get flavor variations from batch to batch anyway. If Imix gets the vanilla beans from a different region due to flooding or drought in their normal growing regions, the taste is going to be different. If it’s a different time of year and the cows are eating different types of grass or hay, then that too is going to affect taste. Depending on where Imix sources the tapioca (cassava) maltodextrin from, that can change the taste and texture too.

As the formulator of Absorb Plus – and someone who has used it extensively myself – my goal is not to create a Coca-Cola type product; that reliably tastes exactly the same, no matter what. My goal is to create, tweak, and improve on the product to continually make sure it is the most effective and bioavailable. As research broadens, and extraction techniques improve, if I can get my readers a product that works even better, then that’s what I do.

So here’s some of the key changes from the list above, and my reasons why I switched nutrient forms:

Vitamin B9: Folic Acid vs. Folate

As you know, we need the entire B-complex of vitamins for our immune system. And Vitamin B9 (traditionally available as Folic Acid) is really important since most people with IBD tend towards anemia. And your body can’t produce hemoglobin without an adequate Vitamin B9 supply.

Although I have seen some folate supplements state ‘folic acid’ on their label (and vice-versa) according to the Mayo Clinic the correct differentiation is that folic acid is the synthetic form of Vitamin B9 and folate is the natural form that occurs in food. The folate form of B9 is also better for your health.

So in the previous upgrade I had switched straight folic acid to an organic lemon peel extract form of folic acid (which is actually naturally folate, but required by law to be listed as folic acid). However in this latest round of upgrades, I improved