Is Vinami only for red wine headaches?

There are a number of triggers for wine allergy*. As a rule, red wines are higher in tannins (phenols) than white wines, while white wines are slightly higher in sulfites than red wines. Vinami addresses sensitivities to both tannins and sulfites.

Generally, you will be sensitive to other high tannin foods if you are sensitive to the tannins in wine. You can tell if you are sensitive to tannins by drinking a very strong black tea to see if you react to it in a way that is similar to bold (high tannin) red wine.

Does Vinami help for the headaches I get from cheaper wines?

Many people notice they don’t feel well after drinking cheaper wines. In fairness there are well-made wines that are inexpensive, though it is more common to see practices that contribute to wine headaches in “cheap” wines. The problems that these wines cause people come from using alternatives to oak barrels, adding sugar to increase the alcohol content, and not controlling fermentation to control the congeners produced during fermentation.

Congeners are the substances besides alcohol that are produced from fermentation. They include fusel oils, methanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, tannins, and aldehydes. Many congeners produce the accents in wine that we treasure; these “good” congeners are fusel oils and tannins. The others (methanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, and aldehyde) are much harsher tasting, take away from the flavor of wine and are hard for us to metabolize and eliminate.

The oak barrel alternatives are chunks, chips, sticks, powder, cubes and staves of oak used in steel tanks. Many very good wines are made this way, however, many very crude, inexpensive wines are made in this way, as well. Oak barrel alternatives, when used without finesse, can produce wines that are too heavy in tannins for those who are sensitive to them.

What are the symptoms of wine allergy besides headaches?

Sensitivity to wine can produce a wide range of symptoms and these will vary depending on the individual and their make-up, or genetic constitution, and the type of wine they drink. Symptoms can include headache, fatigue, foggy-headedness, depression, nausea, dizziness, body aches and pains, nasal congestion (stuffy nose), chest tightness, “burning” sensation in bronchioles and/or sinuses, cold-like symptoms, and sometimes skin flushing or rashes.

Sensitivity to wine is commonly associated with sensitivity or intolerance to perfumes, colognes, and air fresheners, aldehydes (includes formaldehyde and molds), phenols (includes VOCs, or volatile organic compounds), and food additives, such as artificial flavors and colors.

Will Vinami prevent a hangover?

No. Vinami is not designed to prevent or help with hangover symptoms. Vinami supports you to consume wine moderately and as a complement to your diet.

Are there any potential side effects or downsides from taking Vinami?

We have not seen any adverse reactions from taking Vinami and we don’t expect to see them. The ingredients in Vinami are from the FDA GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list and have a solid history of being safe.

The side effects that we do commonly see are improved tolerance to volatile chemicals (chemicals that you are able to smell) and food additives. Many people taking Vinami report feeling more energy and clearer headed. This is probably due to less stress on their systems from these environmental and dietary compounds that are nearly impossible to avoid in day to day life.

Is Vinami a medication?

No. Vinami is a dietary supplement and does not require a prescription.

What is in Vinami?

Vinami is a dietary supplement composed of vitamins, minerals, and plant nutrients. The nutrients in Vinami support natural metabolism of the constituents in wine to which some people are sensitive. The ingredients of Vinami are listed on the label.


Is Vinami Gluten Free?

Yes. This question comes up because Vinami includes juice from wheat, barley, and kamut grasses – all grains that are sources of gluten. However, gluten is not a component of young grasses. Biotics Research Corporation assays all of these grass juices for gluten during manufacture of Vinami and they must test below 20 parts per million (ppm) to be included in the formulation. The FDA standard for labeling a product “Gluten Free” is below 20ppm. Since grass juice is a small component of the Vinami formula it is reasonable to assume that the overall formulation of Vinami would be less than 1-2 ppm if assayed.

Who developed Vinami?

Dr. Mark Force, a chiropractic physician who has specialized in clinical nutrition for 30 years. Dr. Force has taught diagnosis and clinical nutrition and developed nutritional formulas for Biotics Research Corporation and other companies that supply physicians. Dr. Force developed Vinami in response to patients asking for a solution for wine sensitivity and the formula has been developed over a decade of clinical trial and observation.

Who manufactures Vinami?

Biotics Research Corporation in Rosenburg, Texas. Vinami is made in the USA! Dr. Force is extremely critical of the sources he uses for nutritional formulas and Biotics has the strongest standards of sourcing, manufacture, assay, and overall quality control of companies making nutritional formulas in the nation. The high quality standards of source and manufacture create more reliable results in use.

Why is Vinami so complex?

All of the six different vectors that cause wine sensitivity have to be addressed effectively to produce the level relief found when using Vinami. This means that many different ingredients must be used together and each ingredient must be the most biologically active form of that ingredient available.

For instance, folic acid is an essential component of Vinami. The source for folic acid in Vinami is 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid, the most expensive form of folic acid. The reason for doing this is that a very high percentage of people who are sensitive to wine have difficulty converting dietary folic acid to the active form, 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid.

Standard and less expensive forms of folic acid will not produce the same result as the active form no matter how much you take. This is the same scenario in the other ingredients – source, quality and form of the nutrient creates the results we are looking for. Expensive? How about valuable, effective, and worth the extra effort.

How does Vinami work?

The ingredients of Vinami nutritionally support efficient metabolism of the constituents of wine to which some people are sensitive.

Do I take Vinami just before I plan to drink wine?

You take it ongoing to be able to drink wine when the occasion arises. Only taking Vinami before drinking wine is unlikely to help your wine allergy. The real results come from using it consistently over time. Clinical trials indicate that it may take up to six weeks to see the full results of Vinami though most people will se significant results in one to two weeks.

Why do I need to keep taking Vinami?

Tolerance to wine is determined by genetics and, because of this link to genetic predisposition, Vinami is not a cure for wine allergy. Lowered metabolism of naturally occurring components in wine triggers wine allergy and Vinami supports efficient metabolism of these components. The benefits will only persist if you continue to take Vinami regularly.

How do I take Vinami?

The most reliable way to replicate the results from the clinical trial (85% of subjects experiencing complete resolution of their wine sensitive headache at six weeks with two 5 ounce glasses of wine) is to take Vinami in the same way that subjects in the in clinical trials. Use a loading dosage of two capsules twice a day for the first month. Take the first week off from drinking wine. After the first week slowly introduce wine, preferably with a day without drinking wine between the days that you do.

You will be able to find the amount of wine you tolerate before experiencing sensitivity by slowly increasing the ounces of wine you drink over the next few weeks and keeping a log of how you feel.

Eventually, you will most likely find that one or two capsules a day allow you to enjoy moderate wine drinking without sensitivity. Some people find they can take as little as one capsule three times a week to control their wine allergy. We have put together a manual on Vinami that includes the protocol for taking it and a log for determining your results, wine tolerance, and optimal dosage of Vinami.

 Read The Vinami Manual PDF to understand wine allergy and how Vinami addresses wine constituent metabolism biochemically.

The Vinami Manual

*Note: Reactions to wine are not actually caused by wine allergy, but rather sensitivity to some of the naturally occurring components in wine. We refer to wine allergy here because that is the common term used when referring to wine sensitivity and various reactions to wine including “red wine headaches.”