The Significance of a Healthy Digestive System

Health is affected by what the body can digest and utilize, not just what foods are ingested. The building blocks used to build, repair, and maintain a healthy body come from the proper digestion of foods.

In addition to providing usable nutrients, the healthy digestive tract is the body’s first line of defense against toxins and disease-causing microorganisms. Therefore, it is imperative to protect and maintain this system. 

 

It is also home to several neurotranmitters, namely serotonin and dopamine, which play a major role in controlling and maintaining homeostasis within the gut system in terms of nutrient absorption, blood flow, gut microbiome, local immune system, and overall gut motility. 

 

When digestive enzymes are present and doing their job, and digestion is working better, you should experience the following benefits:

  • less embarrassing gas

  • less bloating

  • less constipation

  • less sensitivity to dairy and grains

  • less diarrhea and firmer stools

  • more regular bowel habits

  • fewer odorous bowel movements

  • more normal stools

  • better overall digestion with less discomfort

Digestive enzymes are important substances that assist in breaking down food.

Food is made up of protein, fat, carbohydrate, and fiber.

 

Enzymes help break down each of these into progressively smaller components until they reach their basic building block form that can be utilized by the body. The body uses these building blocks to rebuild and heal itself, supply energy, and remove toxins.

PROTEINS – AMINO ACIDS 

Proteases, such as neutral bacterial protease and peptidase, are enzymes that break down protein. Proteases break down protein into progressively smaller units. Eventually, protein is broken down into amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.

 

Digestive Enzymes Formula contains protease enzymes that are effective in a wide pH range and even include powerful proteases that address difficult to digest proteins, such as gluten in wheat and casein in dairy products.

It is very important to break down protein. Incomplete breakdown of proteins can result in the development of food allergies. If protein molecules are not broken down completely to amino acids, these partly digested protein molecules can enter the bloodstream. The body sees these substances as foreign, resulting in allergic and other adverse reactions.

The incomplete breakdown of proteins can result in the presence of an ammonia smell in urine. With incomplete digestion, meat fibers may be present in stool along with a foul odor.  Difficult to digest proteins, such as gluten and casein proteins, can create an opiate peptide excess resulting from incompletely broken down casein and gluten peptides. This may result in some physical and/or behavioral issues.

 

CARBOHYDRATES – SUGARS AND STARCHES 

Carbohydrases, such as amylase, lactase, and invertase, are enzymes that break down carbohydrates and starches.  Incomplete breakdown of carbohydrate-containing foods causes intestinal gas (flatulence), painful cramping, and bloating.

CELLULASES AND OTHER FIBER ENZYMES 

The cellulase enzyme is not naturally produced in the body and, as a result, it must be supplemented orally to help break down fibers that you eat.

FATS – FATTY ACIDS 

Lipases are enzymes that break down fats and oils.  Long-term poor labsorption of fat caused by a deficiency of the lipase enzyme results in a deficiency of fatty acids the body needs. Additionally, many vitamins and other nutrients are better absorbed along with fats.  Oily (greasy) stools are a sign that oils are not being properly digested. Tan- or gray-colored stools are also an indication of fat malabsorption problems, as are foamy stools.

 

 

Without enzymes, our bodies would not be able to harvest the nutrients from the foods we eat. They are the manual workers that help you build and repair your body from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in your diet.

Do I Really Need Digestive Enzymes?

 

Supplementation with enzymes replaces those lost in cooking and enhances the enzymes found in raw foods.

More important, naturally occurring food enzymes and supplemental enzymes begin the process of digestion earlier in the digestive tract and improve the chances of food being more fully digested.

The chance of undigested food entering the colon is also increased with inadequate levels of digestive enzymes. Incomplete digestion of food allows colon bacteria and fungus to feed, producing gas and toxins that can leave people feeling uncomfortable and even sick.

The human body naturally produces digestive enzymes. However, the following situations can leave an individual lacking in necessary enzymes:

  • nutritional deficiency adversely impacting enzymes

  • enzyme production can decrease with age

  • cooking of foods destroys naturally occurring enzymes

Many situations can cause enzyme deficiency too.

  • stress can deplete enzymes

  • illness can inhibit enzyme production

  • injury can overtax enzyme levels

Digestive Enzymes is the most complete formula you will find.

 

Digestive Enzymes Formula contains the following enzymes to support your health:

PANCREATIN 10x

Pancreatin 10X Concentrated to Ten(10) Times the Strength of Natural Pancreatin. Pancreatin is a powerful pancreatic substance. Naturally contained in Pancreatin 10x are Proteases, Lipase, Amylase, Trypsin (Protease), and Chymotrypsin (Protease). These enzymes work in the small intestine to further break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

  • ProteaseA pancreatic enzyme that breaks proteins down into individual amino acids – the building blocks of proteins - or peptides.  Two or more amino acids that are still linked together are called peptides.

  • Amylase.  A pancreatic enzyme that breaks down starch.

  • Lipase.  A pancreatic enzyme that breaks down fat.

  • Trypsin.  A pancreatic protease that functions in the small intestine to digest proteins.

  • Chymotrypsin.  A pancreatic protease that functions in the small intestine to digest proteins.

 

PROTEASE SPECTRUM PROTEIN DIGESTIVE BLEND

  • Protease.  Enzymes that break proteins down into individual amino acids – the building blocks of proteins - or peptides.  Two or more amino acids that are still linked together are called peptides.  This protease can specifically break bonds in the interior of a protein in a wide pH range and affect carbohydrates as well.

  • Papain.  Obtained from the fruit of the papaya tree; used for centuries as a powerfully effective protease enzyme that breaks down proteins.

  • Bromelain.  A sulfur-containing protease enzyme that is extracted from the stem and the fruit of the pineapple plant and is a powerful systemic protease that works throughout the body not only in the digestive tract.

  • Bacterial Alkaline Protease.  An enzyme that breaks proteins into smaller pieces at variable alkaline pHs into individual amino acids – the building blocks of proteins - or peptides.  Two or more amino acids that are still linked together are called peptides. This protease can specifically break bonds in the interior of a protein that is harder to break in a wide pH range as well as exterior bonds that are easier to break.

 

TRYPSIN COMPLEX

This complex increases the amount of these powerful pancreatic proteases that function in the small intestine to digest proteins.

  • Trypsin.  A pancreatic protease that functions in the small intestine to digest proteins.

  • Chymotrypsin.  A pancreatic protease that functions in the small intestine to digest proteins.

 

DIGESTION RESISTANT PROTEASE ENZYME BLEND FOR GLUTEN, CASEIN, AND OTHER PROTEIN INTOLERANCES

This Blend breaks down gluten in wheat, barley, and rye, and casein in dairy products and other difficult to digest proteins.

  • Peptidase.  An enzyme that works to break down hard-to-digest protein into individual amino acids.

  • Aspergillopepsin.  An enzyme that works to break down hard-to-digest protein into individual amino acids.

  • Alkaline Protease II.   An enzyme that works to break down hard-to-digest protein into individual amino acids at varying alkaline pHs. 

FAT AND CARBOHYDRATE DIGESTIVE ENZYME GROUP

  • Lipase.  Enzyme that breaks down fats.

  • Amylase.  Enzymes that break down starch. When used for dietary supplements, commonly refers to a-amylase activity.

  • Glucoamylase.  Also known as amyloglucosidase, this enzyme works with amylase to break down starches.

  • Lactase.  Assists in the digestion of dairy products. Vital for people with lactose intolerance. Enzyme that breaks down milk sugar into simple sugars.

  • Alpha-galactosidase.  Enzyme that breaks down complex sugars found in beans, broccoli, cabbage, and other vegetables that commonly cause bloating, gas, and flatulence; helps prevent gas. The primary ingredient in Beano product.

  • Beta-glucanase.  Glucanases are enzymes that break down a glucan, a polysaccharide made of several glucose sub-units. Beta-glucan, a special type of fiber in yeast, grains, and mushrooms.

  • Cellulase.  Enzymes that hydrolyze cellulose. Cellulase increases intestinal absorption of nutrients. May be beneficial in cases of food allergies, toxicity, drug withdrawal, inability to digest raw foods, and pain syndromes.

  • Hemicellulase.  A group of enzymes that disrupts NSPs (non-starch polysaccharides) compounds other than starch made up of chains of simple sugars. Wholegrain cereal bran.

  • Xylanase.   An enzyme that breaks down NSPs known as xylans. Plant fibers. A class of enzymes that degrade the linear polysaccharide beta-1,4-xylan into xylose, thus breaking down hemicellulose (a major component of plant cell walls). XU – Xylanase Units.

  • Phytase.  Phytase breaks down phytic acid found in grains, beans, soybeans, etc. that is known to interfere with the absorption of crucial minerals, including calcium magnesium and zinc.

  • Invertase/Sucrase.  The enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis (breakdown) of sucrose. The resulting mixture of fructose and glucose is called inverted sugar syrup. Related to invertases are sucrases. Invertases and sucrases hydrolyze sucrose to give the same mixture of glucose and fructose. Invertases cleave the O-C (fructose) bond, whereas the sucrases cleave the O-C (glucose) bond.

  • Pectinase.  A group of enzymes that breaks down pectins and dietary fibers.

  • Diastase.  A group of enzymes that breaks down starch.

 

ENZYMATIC & DIGESTIVE SUPPORT  

  • Betaine HCL.  Betaine hydrochloride is used as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid, which can be utilized by the stomach to produce pepsin. The combination of betaine hydrochloride and pepsin provides excellent stomach acidity support. Betaine is also a methyl donor and helps reduce homocysteine levels in the body.

  • Ox Bile Extract.  Ox Bile contains the lipase enzymes you need to break down dietary fat. Bile is excreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder until needed to assist in the digestion of lipids, or fats. Bile salts, which are the active components of the bile, assist in breaking down cholesterol and other fat components in the intestines. Supplemental bile extract, such as ox bile extract, may help emulsify these fats and promote absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins K, A, D, and E. Also, the liver and other cells of the body need fat to repair themselves, function normally, and to excrete enough bile

©2019 by Mignon Walker, MD