Many GP Practices are currently assessing oral nutritional supplement treatments to ensure the treatment is effective and in line with national and local guidelines. Following a review of your treatment, they may have changed your supplement prescription to a more cost-effective or better-tasting product.
The number of nutritional supplements that you need daily will depend on how much food you are able to eat. Your healthcare professional will advise you on the quantity you should take every day. The nutritional requirements of each individual varies greatly during any illness. A number of factors can interfere with a persons ability to achieve adequate nutrition. Regular review by your dietitian or other healthcare professional will ensure that your nutritional intake is sufficient.
All Nualtra products, except Foodlink Complete and Altrashot, are nutritionally complete and may be used as a light meal if you are unable to eat food. (See nutritionally complete volumes listed in the Product Compendium, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Resources' at the top of this page). Ideally, they are designed for use as a supplement between meals.
If you have been unwell you may not be able to eat enough or due to your medical condition you may have increased nutritional requirements. An oral nutritional supplement may help to prevent weight loss and give you the necessary nutrients to support your nutritional intake.
An oral nutritional supplement (ONS) has a greater nutritional value than a multivitamin tablet. They will provide calories (energy) as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. A multivitamin tablet only contains vitamins and some minerals so it is not a complete nutritional supplement.
Nutrition supplements used by athletes are used to help them achieve their peak performance. Most athletes have a good appetite. If your healthcare professional has prescribed an oral nutritional supplement for you it is because you are unable to meet your nutritional requirements from diet alone. Nualtra products are high in energy (calories), protein, vitamins and minerals. They will help you to have a more balanced intake of all essential nutrients. They are only available on prescription.
All Nualtra products are formulated on sound medical and nutritional principles. They have been placed on the market as “foods for special medical purposes”. This means a category of foods for particular nutritional uses specifically formulated and intended for the dietary management of patients who are unable to meet their nutritional requirements from food alone. They are for use under medical supervision. All Nualtra products comply with EU legislation regulating Foods for Special Medical Purposes (FSMPs). They have been formally approved by the regulatory authorities in the UK and ROI.
Nualtra products are not suitable for children under 3 years of age. A clinical decision may be made by a doctor or dietitian to use these products in children aged 3 - 6 years. Use in this age group will require close monitoring.
The colouring Cochineal (E120) may not be acceptable to some vegetarians. It is used in all Nualtra Strawberry flavoured products except Foodlink Complete.
Nualtra ONS products may be used in patients with dysphagia following an assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist to determine swallowing ability. Please contact us for more information if you have specific queries.
People with diabetes should only use oral nutritional supplements under medical supervision when they are unable to meet their nutritional requirements from food. The use of oral nutritional supplements should be discussed with the diabetes team, GP or dietitian when you attend the clinic for your next check up. Blood glucose levels should be closely monitored as the nutritional supplements contain carbohydrate which could alter your blood glucose level. Supplements should be sipped slowly and spread throughout the day. This will help to give better control of your blood glucose level.
Excessive intakes of vitamin A should be avoided during pregnancy. The Nualtra products are nutritionally complete for all vitamins including vitamin A. Following an assessment of your nutritional intake your dietitian or doctor will advise you on the use of oral nutritional supplements.
Only Altrashot is soya free. All our other products contain soya.
All contain milk protein. None of our products are suitable for galactosaemia patients.
All products in the Nualtra range, aside from Foodlink Complete, are considered to be lactose-free. Lactose-free is defined in our products as containing <0.5g/100ml or 100g. Please note that Foodlink Complete is not lactose-free.
All products in the Nualtra range are gluten free.
Both products have an excellent nutritional profile. Altraplen Protein is higher in protein than Altraplen Compact and is an ideal supplement for people who may need to replace muscle lost during a major illness or for people who have higher protein needs to help with wound healing.