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🛑 Digestive Enzymes combines a full range of enzymatic helpers, so you can get more from your meals.
• Protein Enzymes
Bromelain comes from the pineapple plant and fruit, and has been used traditionally for its health benefits in many Asian cultures.
Papain is an extract of papaya fruit, and it’s composed of a range of enzymes that can digest proteins, starches and fats. Both bromelain and papain can be used to tenderize meat.
The combination of peptidase and aspergillopepsin has been shown to support the digestion and proper break-down of gluten. (Digestive Enzymes is not intended to prevent or treat any disease, including Celiac, Wheat Allergy or NCGS).
• Carbohydrate Enzymes
Amylase is an enzyme that digests starch, and your body naturally produces it in your gut and saliva. Starches, like in potatoes or rice, are available in excess in modern diets.
Many sugars can be hard to digest, and those of you who avoid milk sugar (lactose) will be familiar with the problem. Lactase can support the digestion of lactose. (Digestive Enzymes is not meant to prevent or treat any disease or allergy, including allergy to dairy products).
Invertase helps break down table sugar into more easily digested glucose and fructose. The beta-glucans in mushrooms aren’t easily digestible, but beta-glucanase helps support their break-down.
• More Useful Enzymes
Lipase is an enzyme that breaks down fats and oils. A too-fatty diet is sometimes associated with bloating, nausea and feeling full early. Researchers have shown that taking lipase with a meal can reduce the feeling of fullness, thereby supporting comfort levels.
Cellulase, hemicellulase, xylanase, and pectinase all support the break-down of plant cell walls and other hard-to-digest fiber components of plants. Indigestible fiber can be beneficial for people who don’t get enough of it, but an excess can cause gas and occasional discomfort.
Phytase is an enzyme that breaks down phytic acid, and it has been shown that the inclusion of phytase in foods can support the normal absorption of iron.
• What Are Enzymes?
Firstly, you should know that the story of digesting food is a story of chemically breaking things apart into tiny pieces and then absorbing them. This happens at a micro scale.
Enzymes help break down food, join proteins together, activate compounds or deactivate harmful chemicals. There are tens of thousands of types enzymes all throughout your body, all having very different roles.
In essence, enzymes are catalysts. They make chemical reactions happen much faster. Sometimes, without enzymes, reactions wouldn’t happen at all. They are essential to life and digestion.
• What are the units next to the enzymes on the label?
Since enzymes don’t provide energy and aren’t nutrients per se, they’re not measured by calories or weight. Instead, they’re measured by their activity. And since most enzymes are very different in how they act, they often have unique measurements. You can see these on the Digestive Enzymes label.
The activity measurement units are defined in the US by the ‘Food Chemical Codex’. Each measurement is relevant to a particular component of food; like starch (DU), lipid (FIP) or protein (HUT).
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