A Case for Digestive Enzymes
There is an increasing awareness about eating healthy, and this has has fueled the demand for food and supplements that promote digestive health.
According to the National Institute of Health in 2010, approximately 60 to 70 million Americans were affected with at least one digestive disease in their lifetime1. These digestive diseases include, but are not limited to: gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pancreatic insufficiency, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, cirrhosis, and pancreatitis1. These conditions have been linked to a reduced ability to breakdown and absorb the food that we eat, partly due to a lack of enzymatic activity2*.
Aging has also been linked to a decrease in enzymatic functioning within the human body which, in turn can cause the uncomfortable digestive symptoms. According to Dr. Edward Howell, we begin to produce less enzymes as we age and Dr. Howell has recommended supplementation with digestive enzymes to fill in any reductions in enzyme production3*. Available in supplement stores are a variety of digestive supplements which contain a rich complex of enzymes which include several foundational enzyme groups: amylases, proteases, lipases, cellulases, and lactases.
- Amylases: Enzymes responsible for breaking down carbohydrates.
- Proteases: Enzymes responsible for breaking down proteins.
- Lipases: Enzymes responsible for breaking down fats.
- Cellulases: Enzymes responsible for breaking down cell walls in fruits and vegetables.
- Lactases: Enzymes responsible for breaking down the lactose milk sugar in dairy products.
Enzymedica provides a variety of products which contain these foundational enzymes to support many deficiencies in digestive functioning4*. What differentiates Enzymedica from other companies is that they provide enzyme products with the increased diversity, quality, and potency4. All Enzymedica formulations are non-GMO and vegetarian. Enzymedica utilizes their patented
Thera-blendTM process which, “combines multiple strains of enzymes that work in various pH levels,” to further digest the foods we eat4. Third-party testing has reported that through the Thera-blendTM process, Enzymedica enzymes are, “3-times stronger and 6-times more potent than leading digestive products.”4* In addition to third-party testing of its products, the Enzymedica production facility is Certified GMP (Good Manufacture Practices) and thus, follows strict quality guidelines when creating their enzyme products4.
Digest GoldTM – America’s #1 selling digestive enzyme which contains the highest concentration of their Thera-blendTM amylase, protease, lipase, and cellulase enzymes per capsule4. In addition, Digest GoldTM contains lactase, beta glucanase, maltase, xylanase, pectinase, and hemicellulose to provide additional digestive support4*.
Digest SpectrumTM – Recommended for individuals who have food intolerances to gluten, dairy, phenols, vegetables, and/or beans4*. Includes their Thera-blend M enzymes as well as most of the other enzymes found in the Digest GoldTM but also includes the DPP-IV enzyme which supports gluten and casein digestion4*.
Lypo GoldTM – Recommended for individuals looking for additional support digesting fats4*. Primarily includes the Thera-blend M enzymes with the emphasis on lipase enzyme activity4. The 15,000 units of the lipase enzyme from each Lypo GoldTM capsule provide almost 4-times the fat digestion capacity as Digest GoldTM 4*.
Acid SootheTM – Recommended provide support individuals experiencing occasional heartburn and/or indigestion4*. Includes their Thera-blend enzymes as well as herbs like marshmallow root, papaya leaf, prickly ash, and gotu kola to soothe the digestive tract4*. In addition, Acid SootheTM contains zinc carnosine, an amino acid which has been shown to strengthen in lining of the stomach4*.
Citations – MLA Format
1: “Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Nov. 2014, www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases.
2: Ianiro, Gianluca et al. “Digestive Enzyme Supplementation in Gastrointestinal Diseases.” Current Drug Metabolism 17.2 (2016): 187–193. PMC. Web. 22 Oct. 2017.
3: Howell, Edward, and Maynard Murray. Enzyme nutrition: the food enzyme concept. Avery Pub. Group, 1985.
4: Enzymedica Product Guide. Enzymedica Product Guide, Enzymedica, 2017.
*: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.