How to use enlyten strips

I have read all sorts of comments from enlyten distributors who have no idea how to use enlyten strips. Most distributors just say to put it on your tongue which is by far the worst thing you should do. The strips are designed to be absorbed through the cheek and gum (buccal mucosa). When the strips are placed on the tongue, a large percentage of the active ingredients are swallowed, defeating the purpose of the strips unique supplement delivery method.

The optimal way to take an enlyten strip is to fold the strip length wise so it is long and skinny. With the folded strip on your index finger, apply the strip to the upper right or upper left of your mouth between your cheek and gum and above your teeth. This is the placement for optimal absorption of the active ingredients and allows you to eat and drink without interfering with the strip. You can insert two strips at once (one on each side of the mouth) to double your dosage.

This information was provided to me by an athletic trainer for a Big 10 football team. These were the instructions provided to the players during the initial product trials before the enlyten became available to the general public in early 2007.

3 Responses to “How to use enlyten strips”

  1. newEuser Says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    This is great information! I have not found these instructions listed anywhere else.

    I have a pack of the Enlyten energy strips, which are mint flavored. One added benefit is that the buccal mucosa delivery method keeps my breath minty fresh!

    Thanks for the insider tip!

  2. Glenn Says:

    February 18th, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I have to disagree with this method. The method of delivery should not be by folding the strip. I once made a smilar comment to the Enlyten Product Specialist, someone who was on the frontline of their initial marketing push. He told me that by doing so you actually reduce the bi-layer functionality of the strip. When you fold the strip, you are now only using one side of the bi-layer.

    Additonally, he strongly recommended that you put it in the lower cheek and gum. Why there? Well, when you put it in the upper, the product will tend to gravitate down and you increase the chances of the strip and it’s ingredients falling to your tongue, thusly down to the GI tract.

    I’m in no way saying what you’ve posted is wrong, just that this information came directly from the original Enlyten guys back in 2007.

    Great information otherwise.

  3. admin Says:

    February 18th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Hi Glen, thanks for your comment! I appreciate your feedback.

    First, let me dispel a falsehood in your comment, the “bi-layer” or “dual-layer” description often associated with enlyten strips is a feature of the manufacturing process to incorporate more active ingredient into such a small strip. The dual-layer “feature” of the strip is irrelevant when actually taking a strip. Folding the strip does nothing more than cause it to last longer and absorb slower due the reduced surface area of the strip material contacting the cheek or gum. The folding also helps prevent the strip from coming in contact with the teeth, which would cause one to swallow more of the strip. (Besides it looks funny to have enlyten on your teeth!)

    I have heard the lower mouth idea and tried this myself with great success. The only issue with the lower mouth is it prevents you from eating or drinking while you have the strip in your mouth. For an athlete who needs water to rehydrate in addition to the strip, the upper mouth is ideal. Gravity has some, but very little effect on the strip. When folded, a strip can provide active ingredients for up to three hours, which is a long time to wait for food and or drink.

    Your comment does point out the quickest way to absorb the strip: lower mouth, no folds. If I was an Enlyten sales representative, I would also recommend the method causing the fastest absorption since this would cause a higher turn over of Enlyten product. From an effectiveness standpoint, slower is better.

    Thanks again!

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