Glossary

Learn more about the nutrients present in SUSTAGEN® range.

  • Calcium

    CALCIUM

    Calcium is a mineral which gives our bones structure and strength. 99% of calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, but a small amount is absorbed into the blood where it’s essential for the healthy functioning of the heart, muscles, blood and nerves.

    Benefits

    • Bone structure and strength
    • Neuromuscular function
    • Normal blood clotting

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula is high in calcium.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 400 mg of calcium.
    •  This represents 50% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/healthy-bones
    http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/calcium

    THE KEY FACT

    Calcium is one of the major minerals found in your bones.

    Where you can find it?

    • Bony fish, e.g. tinned salmon with soft bones
    • Dairy foods including milk, yoghurt and cheese
    • Fortified breakfast cereals
    • Fortified soy drinks
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Legumes and certain nuts
    • Tofu

    Related Products

  • Fibre

    Fibre

    Fibre is a component of plant material that plays an important role in regulating the digestive system. Remember to drink enough fluid for fibre to benefit the body.  

    Benefits

    • Digestive health
    • Bowel regularity

    1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula Plus Fibre made up with water contains 4.1g of fibre to support digestive function.


    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/high-fibre-foods-and-diet
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/dietary-fibre

    THE KEY FACT

    Fibre is essential for healthy digestive function

    Where you can find it?

    • Brown rice and quinoa
    • Fruit and vegetables
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Oats, legumes (such as red kidney beans, baked beans and lentils)
    • Wholegrain or wholemeal bread and pasta

    Related Products

  • Iron

    IRON

    Iron is a mineral that is a component of a number of proteins, including haemoglobin in the blood, and it plays an important role in transporting oxygen around our body. Iron is also found in muscles and enzymes involved in our metabolism.

    Benefits

    • Red blood cell formation
    • Immune function
    • Energy production in muscles

    Eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruit, helps iron absorption when you consume them with iron rich foods, while other foods such as tea and coffee can reduce it. Ask your healthcare professional for advice if you are concerned about increasing iron in your diet.

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains iron.

    • 1 serve of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 mg of iron.
    • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/foods-high-in-iron

    THE KEY FACT

    Iron is necessary for transporting oxygen around your body.

    Where you can find it?

    • Chicken, pork, fish
    • Dried fruit
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Lentils and beans
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Red meat and offal (such as liver)
    • Wholegrain cereals

    Related Products

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium

    Magnesium is an essential mineral that’s needed for normal nerve function in the body, and it is also involved in the way our cells produce energy. Just over half of the body’s magnesium is found in your bones, the remainder mainly in your muscles and soft tissues.

    Benefits

    • Bone health
    • Nerve function

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains magnesium.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 96 mg of magnesium.
    • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/magnesium
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/magnesium

    THE KEY FACT

    Magnesium is used in almost all tissues of the body, especially the nerves.

    Where you can find it?

    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Pulses (lentils, soybeans, chickpeas)
    • Some shellfish
    • Wholegrain cereals

    Related Products

  • Phosphorus

    PHOSPHORUS

    Phosphorus is a mineral, most of which is stored in the bones, however it is found throughout the body and is even part of your DNA. Phosphorus helps protect the pH balance of your blood and is involved in energy production in the cells.

    Benefits

    • Bone health
    • Energy production and storage

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains phosphorus.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 420 mg of phosphorus.
    • This represents 42% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/bones-muscles-and-joints
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients

    THE KEY FACT

    Phosphorus helps keep bones and teeth healthy

    Where you can find it?

    • Beans and peas
    • Dairy foods
    • Meat, seafood
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Wholegrain cereals

    Related Products

  • Potassium

    Potassium

    Potassium is a mineral which your body needs to work normally – from helping nerves and muscles to function to maintaining water and electrolyte balance.

    Benefits

    • Nerve and muscle function
    • Water and electrolyte balance

    You should be able to get the potassium you need from your diet. However, some medications, such as diuretics can alter the levels of potassium in your body, which can result in health problems. If you take diuretics, discuss this with your doctor.

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains potassium.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 660 mg of potassium.

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/potassium
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/potassium

    THE KEY FACT

    Potassium is essential for maintaining the electrolyte balance in your body.

    Where you can find it?

    • Apples, oranges and bananas
    • Beans and peas
    • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale
    • Milk, yoghurt and meat
    • Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes
    • Tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini

    Related Products

  • Protein

    Protein

    Protein is a macronutrient made up of amino acids, which is essential in our diet to build and maintain our bones, muscles and skin.

    Benefits

    • Maintaining muscle mass
    • Healthy bones
    • Tissue building and repair

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula is high in protein.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 13.8 g of protein.

    THE KEY FACT

    Protein plays a key role in virtually every process of the body.

    Where you can find it?

    • Dairy foods
    • Eggs
    • Nuts, grains, legumes
    • Protein-containing nutritional supplements, which may be useful if the diet is inadequate
    • Tofu

    Related Products

  • Vitamin A

    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A in the diet is essential for healthy vision and it also plays a role in the immune system, helping defend you from infection. It’s also important for your skin.

    Benefits

    • Healthy vision
    • Immune system

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains vitamin A.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 210 µg of vitamin A.
    • This represents 28% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-a
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals

    THE KEY FACT

    Vitamin A is needed for healthy vision and immune system.

    Where you can find it?

    • Egg yolk
    • Fish
    • Full cream dairy products
    • Liver
    • Orange/yellow-coloured fruit and vegetables such as carrots, mango and sweet potato

    Related Products

  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D

    Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium and phosphorus and therefore plays an important role in the health of our bones. The main source of vitamin D is from exposure of our skin to sunlight. However, many Australians don’t have adequate levels of vitamin D, especially in the winter months or if they spend little time outside.

    Benefits

    • Bone health
    • Muscle function
    • Immune function
    • Normal calcium levels in the blood

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains vitamin D.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 µg gram of vitamin D.
    • This represents 36% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/vitamin-d

    THE KEY FACT

    Vitamin D is important for bone health.

    Where you can find it?

    • Egg yolk
    • Exposure of our skin to sunlight
    • Liver
    • Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring
    • Some food are fortified with vitamin D, e.g. milk products

    Related Products

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E

    Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect cells by keeping the membranes around them healthy.

    Benefits

    • Healthy cell membranes

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains vitamin E.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 5.0mgα-TE of vitamin E.
    • This represents 50% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-e
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals

    THE KEY FACT

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant.

    Where you can find it?

    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Nuts, sunflower seeds
    • Vegetable oils e.g. sunflower and safflower oils
    • Vitamin E may be added to foods e.g. cereals
    • Wheat germ, oats

    Related Products

  • Zinc

    Zinc

    Zinc is a mineral found in almost every cell throughout the body. It’s needed for DNA synthesis, to support the immune system.

    Benefits

    • Immune system
    • Cell growth and division

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains zinc.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 mg of zinc.
    • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals

    THE KEY FACT

    Zinc plays an important role in immune function.

    Where you can find it?

    • Cereals
    • Chicken
    • Dairy foods
    • Meat
    • Seafood, especially oysters

    Related Products

  • Vitamin A

    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A in the diet is essential for healthy vision and it also plays a role in the immune system, helping defend you from infection. It’s also important for your skin.

    Benefits

    • Healthy vision
    • Immune system

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains vitamin A.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 210 µg of vitamin A.
    • This represents 28% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-a
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals

    THE KEY FACT

    Vitamin A is needed for healthy vision and immune system.

    Where you can find it?

    • Egg yolk
    • Fish
    • Full cream dairy products
    • Liver
    • Orange/yellow-coloured fruit and vegetables such as carrots, mango and sweet potato

    Related Products

  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D

    Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium and phosphorus and therefore plays an important role in the health of our bones. The main source of vitamin D is from exposure of our skin to sunlight. However, many Australians don’t have adequate levels of vitamin D, especially in the winter months or if they spend little time outside.

    Benefits

    • Bone health
    • Muscle function
    • Immune function
    • Normal calcium levels in the blood

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains vitamin D.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 µg gram of vitamin D.
    • This represents 36% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/vitamin-d

    THE KEY FACT

    Vitamin D is important for bone health.

    Where you can find it?

    • Egg yolk
    • Exposure of our skin to sunlight
    • Liver
    • Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring
    • Some food are fortified with vitamin D, e.g. milk products

    Related Products

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E

    Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect cells by keeping the membranes around them healthy.

    Benefits

    • Healthy cell membranes

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains vitamin E.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 5.0mgα-TE of vitamin E.
    • This represents 50% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-e
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals

    THE KEY FACT

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant.

    Where you can find it?

    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Nuts, sunflower seeds
    • Vegetable oils e.g. sunflower and safflower oils
    • Vitamin E may be added to foods e.g. cereals
    • Wheat germ, oats

    Related Products

  • Fibre

    Fibre

    Fibre is a component of plant material that plays an important role in regulating the digestive system. Remember to drink enough fluid for fibre to benefit the body.  

    Benefits

    • Digestive health
    • Bowel regularity

    1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula Plus Fibre made up with water contains 4.1g of fibre to support digestive function.


    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/high-fibre-foods-and-diet
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/dietary-fibre

    THE KEY FACT

    Fibre is essential for healthy digestive function

    Where you can find it?

    • Brown rice and quinoa
    • Fruit and vegetables
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Oats, legumes (such as red kidney beans, baked beans and lentils)
    • Wholegrain or wholemeal bread and pasta

    Related Products

  • Protein

    Protein

    Protein is a macronutrient made up of amino acids, which is essential in our diet to build and maintain our bones, muscles and skin.

    Benefits

    • Maintaining muscle mass
    • Healthy bones
    • Tissue building and repair

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula is high in protein.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 13.8 g of protein.

    THE KEY FACT

    Protein plays a key role in virtually every process of the body.

    Where you can find it?

    • Dairy foods
    • Eggs
    • Nuts, grains, legumes
    • Protein-containing nutritional supplements, which may be useful if the diet is inadequate
    • Tofu

    Related Products

  • Calcium

    CALCIUM

    Calcium is a mineral which gives our bones structure and strength. 99% of calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, but a small amount is absorbed into the blood where it’s essential for the healthy functioning of the heart, muscles, blood and nerves.

    Benefits

    • Bone structure and strength
    • Neuromuscular function
    • Normal blood clotting

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula is high in calcium.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 400 mg of calcium.
    •  This represents 50% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/healthy-bones
    http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/calcium

    THE KEY FACT

    Calcium is one of the major minerals found in your bones.

    Where you can find it?

    • Bony fish, e.g. tinned salmon with soft bones
    • Dairy foods including milk, yoghurt and cheese
    • Fortified breakfast cereals
    • Fortified soy drinks
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Legumes and certain nuts
    • Tofu

    Related Products

  • Iron

    IRON

    Iron is a mineral that is a component of a number of proteins, including haemoglobin in the blood, and it plays an important role in transporting oxygen around our body. Iron is also found in muscles and enzymes involved in our metabolism.

    Benefits

    • Red blood cell formation
    • Immune function
    • Energy production in muscles

    Eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruit, helps iron absorption when you consume them with iron rich foods, while other foods such as tea and coffee can reduce it. Ask your healthcare professional for advice if you are concerned about increasing iron in your diet.

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains iron.

    • 1 serve of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 mg of iron.
    • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/foods-high-in-iron

    THE KEY FACT

    Iron is necessary for transporting oxygen around your body.

    Where you can find it?

    • Chicken, pork, fish
    • Dried fruit
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Lentils and beans
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Red meat and offal (such as liver)
    • Wholegrain cereals

    Related Products

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium

    Magnesium is an essential mineral that’s needed for normal nerve function in the body, and it is also involved in the way our cells produce energy. Just over half of the body’s magnesium is found in your bones, the remainder mainly in your muscles and soft tissues.

    Benefits

    • Bone health
    • Nerve function

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains magnesium.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 96 mg of magnesium.
    • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/magnesium
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/magnesium

    THE KEY FACT

    Magnesium is used in almost all tissues of the body, especially the nerves.

    Where you can find it?

    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Pulses (lentils, soybeans, chickpeas)
    • Some shellfish
    • Wholegrain cereals

    Related Products

  • Phosphorus

    PHOSPHORUS

    Phosphorus is a mineral, most of which is stored in the bones, however it is found throughout the body and is even part of your DNA. Phosphorus helps protect the pH balance of your blood and is involved in energy production in the cells.

    Benefits

    • Bone health
    • Energy production and storage

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains phosphorus.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 420 mg of phosphorus.
    • This represents 42% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/bones-muscles-and-joints
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients

    THE KEY FACT

    Phosphorus helps keep bones and teeth healthy

    Where you can find it?

    • Beans and peas
    • Dairy foods
    • Meat, seafood
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Wholegrain cereals

    Related Products

  • Potassium

    Potassium

    Potassium is a mineral which your body needs to work normally – from helping nerves and muscles to function to maintaining water and electrolyte balance.

    Benefits

    • Nerve and muscle function
    • Water and electrolyte balance

    You should be able to get the potassium you need from your diet. However, some medications, such as diuretics can alter the levels of potassium in your body, which can result in health problems. If you take diuretics, discuss this with your doctor.

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains potassium.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 660 mg of potassium.

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/potassium
    https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/potassium

    THE KEY FACT

    Potassium is essential for maintaining the electrolyte balance in your body.

    Where you can find it?

    • Apples, oranges and bananas
    • Beans and peas
    • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale
    • Milk, yoghurt and meat
    • Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes
    • Tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini

    Related Products

  • Zinc

    Zinc

    Zinc is a mineral found in almost every cell throughout the body. It’s needed for DNA synthesis, to support the immune system.

    Benefits

    • Immune system
    • Cell growth and division

    SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula contains zinc.

    • 1 serve (60g) of SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula made up with water as instructed provides 3.6 mg of zinc.
    • This represents 30% of the recommended dietary intake (FSANZ RDI).

    References:

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamins-and-minerals

    THE KEY FACT

    Zinc plays an important role in immune function.

    Where you can find it?

    • Cereals
    • Chicken
    • Dairy foods
    • Meat
    • Seafood, especially oysters

    Related Products