XtraCal™ Plus is a uniquely formulated high calorie and protein supplement with a special class of fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) along with hydrolyzed collagen and whey protein to yield a preferred pattern of absorption. Add to one packet of XtraCal Plus to milk, shakes, juice, oral supplements, cereal, soft and pureed foods, or puddings to for an extra 230 calories and 14 grams of protein. XtraCal Plus is water soluble so it can even be added to tube feed formulas for extra protein and calories without risk of clogging the feeding tube.
MCTs are well tolerated and are easily digested, absorbed and utilized. Once they enter the blood stream they are transported directly into the liver where they can be rapidly converted for cellular energy. MCTs require less energy for absorption, utilization and storage than other fats. Stressed or critically ill patients have decreased ability to digest long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which makes MCT oil a better calorie source.
Unlike standard high-calorie supplements, whose reliance on excess sugar for calories can heighten inflammation during critical illness, the MCTs in XtraCal Plus promote weight gain without contributing to hyperglycemia or the inflammatory response in metabolically stressed or diabetic patients.
Studies have shown that MCTs benefit patients suffering from: Malnutrition • Chronic diarrhea • Fat malabsorption • Short bowel syndrome • Weight loss caused by HIV/AIDS • Decreased pancreatic lipose • Intestinal lymphatic obstruction • Fluid restricted diets.
When a patient needs extra calories and protein but have a reduced appetite or capacity for nutritional intake, try adding XtraCal Plus to their food or tube feed formula.