About Neocate

Posted 8.27.15 | Nutrition Specialist

Have you ever wondered what makes Neocate different than standard nutritional formulas? This is a very good question and definitely worth sharing.

All of our Neocate products are “elemental” formulas, or to be more specific “amino acid-based” formulas. The term ‘amino acids’ may bring back some memories from high school biology or chemistry class. Amino acids are essentially the building blocks of protein. The reason free amino acids are so important in some medical conditions is due to the fact that intact protein, in most cases, is what is responsible for triggering a food allergic response. Neocate is considered to be a hypoallergenic formula, as it does not contain any intact protein. In addition to the hypoallergenic nature of an elemental formula, the free amino acids make digestion and absorption easier as the protein is already in its most broken down form. It’s also important to mention that our bodies are able to use the amino acids in the same way that they use intact protein for healthy growth and development.

There are a number of reasons why an individual might need an elemental formula such as Neocate, such as:

  • Cow milk allergy (CMA) and/or soy milk allergy
  • Multiple food protein allergy
  • Short bowel syndrome (SBS)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

This isn’t a complete list. Neocate products are sources of essential nutrients, and are often used as a sole source of nutrition (meaning they are used to meet all of an individual’s nutritional needs with no other source of nutrition). Of course, the amount of a Neocate product needed should be prescribed by a healthcare professional to ensure a patient consumes an amount needed to meet specific nutritional goals.

What makes Neocate products unique? Many reasons, but one that stands out to me the most is that Neocate powdered products are made in our own, dedicated facility that is 100% dairy-protein free. We also know that none of the ingredients in the Neocate products are derived from wheat, barley, rye, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, or eggs; removing the risk of cross contamination with those allergens.

If you would like to read a little more about what makes Neocate products different, check out a page on our Neocate web site that I think you’ll find to be pretty helpful: http://www.neocate.com/about-neocate/breastfeeding-and-formulas/how-neocate-is-different/

The various types of formulas available can be overwhelming and definitely cause some confusion. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!

- Kendra Valle, RDN

Read Comments (6)

  • 2015-10-28 | catrina larosa

    Hello My sons liver specialist wants me to mix neocate for 27 calories. What is the dosing for that?

  • 2015-10-29 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Catrina,
      Your healthcare team should provide you with a recipe to meet this concentration. We have that information, but for safety reasons we can only provide it to healthcare professionals. If the healthcare team needs our help, they can reach us at 1-800-NEOCATE and we can provide them the information to give to you.

  • 2015-11-04 | JD

    Im a recently graduated physician (general practice) & my wife is a Postpartum Registered Nurse, we live in south Texas and we are first time parents

    our 29 day old little one is struggling with constipation/hard stools/anal fissure, Mom have hypoplastic breasts, only 1 oz of breastmilk, but baby needs 2-3 so far, so we have to supplement.
    we started on similac advance first 2 wks, (b/c that is what they gave him in the hospital) then switched to Earth’s best w/ no success.
    My question for you is:

    I know every baby is different, but in general terms, Is there a benefit / evidence / pointing that elemental formula would help babies with constipation?

    thank you

  • 2015-11-05 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi JD,
      We’re sorry to hear that you and your wife have been through so much as new parents. We aren’t aware of any data to support that elemental formulas help with true constipation. However, constipation is a possible sign/symptom of a cow milk allergy. If that is the case, then switching to a hypoallergenic formula like Neocate can help.
      Best of luck to your family,

  • 2017-07-24 | Mary b

    Hello, I have 1 year old girl boy twins who were born 5 weeks early and there were complications. My daughter was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy at 3 weeks old and put on Neocate which has worked wonderfully for her. However, her insurance has decided to no longer cover the formula because she turned 1 on 7/19 but failed to mention it to me when I put the order in last month. Now I’m completely out of her formula and it’s not like I can just go pick up a can’t the store because it’s RX ONLY and it’s $53 / can. I’m not sure what to do now. I’m out of it completely and don’t know what type of milk to get her. I called the pedi and they weren’t sure either of course. Now I’m waiting for someone to call me back. Any ideas on what I might be able to give her??

  • 2017-07-26 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Mary,
        Please give us a call right away at 800.NEOCATE (800.636.2283). We may be able to provide you with a sample can, to direct you to a pharmacy nearby that has Neocate on shelf, or direct you to a local doctor’s office that has a sample can to get you through the next few days.
        Please also ask to speak to our Navigator team when you call. They can help to explore all of the possible options to see if there’s any way to get Neocate covered, again!
        Finally, if you order Neocate directly from us, the cost per can is much less than the price you cited from the pharmacy, and ground shipping is free for any Neocate order.
        Hang in there!

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