Quantity Per Unit - 90
or 180 capsules
Manufacturer - Designs for Health
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Supplementation Really Necessary?
Today's typical diet of cooked, canned, and convenience foods make it
very important to take supplemental enzymes to relieve some of your
body's digestive stress. Since your body will put a higher priority on
digestion than on maintaining health, it will steal enzymes from the
immune system to finish digestion. Taking a supplemental enzyme can
help take stress off not only your digestive organs, but also your
At the biochemical level, how do enzymes aid digestion?
Enzymes are catalysts. They initiate or speed up a reaction. When food
is ingested, enzymes are released in the mouth (ptyalin) that aid in
breaking open carbohydrate cell walls. As the food progresses through
the digestive tract, other enzymes are released. The ultimate breakdown
of food occurs in the small intestine assisted by the release of
pancreatic enzymes. Raw food contains its own enzymes which help to
facilitate this process. However, if food is cooked or processed, these
"food" enzymes are inactivated, and therefore the burden of digestion
is left to the body's own enzymes, mostly those produced by the
pancreas. Often incompletely digested food is passed into the colon
taking vital nutrients with it, and possibly causing intestinal upset.
The enzymes naturally present in food play an important role in
digestion by helping to predigest the ingested food in the upper
stomach before hydrochloric acid has even been secreted. This
predigestion is hindered when food is cooked or processed because the
enzymes are destroyed by the processing procedures. Placing the full
digestive burden on the body, the body�s digestive process can become
over-stressed and incomplete. As a result, vital nutrients may not be
released from the food for assimilation by the body, and
gastrointestinal problems may result.
The primary purpose of enzymes in supplement form is to enhance the
enzymes available in raw food, and replace those enzymes lost when food
is cooked or processed. In addition, supplementation enables more
digestion to begin in the gastric region, easing the burden on the
digestive system, including the pancreas. The earlier that digestion
can begin, the greater the likelihood that no undigested food will
enter the colon where bacteria can feed upon it, causing such problems
as gas and bloating.
Nearly every person can benefit from supplementation with enzymes. Even
healthy people may improve their absorption and utilization of
nutrients through the use of digestive enzymes. Of course the benefits
will vary, depending upon the individual�s diet and general health.
Individuals in good health can expect to notice less fullness after
meals, increased energy, faster emptying of the stomach contents,
decreased gas, and more regular bowel habits.
Enzymes are an integral part of the digestive process. From the time
food enters the mouth, enzymes are at work breaking the food down into
smaller and smaller units until it can be absorbed through the
intestinal wall. These enzymes come from two sources, those found in
the food itself, and those produced in the body.
All raw food naturally contains the proper types and proportions of
enzymes necessary to assist in the process of decomposition. In
addition, when raw food is eaten, chewing ruptures the cell membranes
and releases these indigenous food enzymes, many of which survive and
contribute to the digestive process. These enzymes include protease,
which breaks long protein chains (polypeptides) into smaller amino acid
chains and eventually into single amino acids, amylase that reduces
large carbohydrates (starches and other polysaccharides) to
disaccharides including sucrose, lactose, and maltose, lipase that
digests fats (triglycerides) into free fatty acids and glycerol, and
cellulase. Cellulase, which is not found in the human system, breaks
the bonds found in fiber.
Ideally, the human body is capable of producing these same enzymes,
with the exception of cellulase, necessary to digest food and allow for
the absorption of nutrients. However, with estimates of as many as
twenty million Americans suffering from various digestive disorders,
optimal conditions are not the case.
Most food enzymes are essentially destroyed under the conditions used
to cook and process food, leaving foods devoid of enzyme activity.
Placing the full digestive burden on the body, the body's digestive
process can become over-stressed. Digestive problems can result,
causing improper digestion and malabsorption of nutrients that can have
far reaching effects. Consequences of malabsorption can include
impaired immunity, allergic reaction, poor wound healing, skin problems
and mood swings. Supplemental enzymes can improve the level of
digestion and help assure that the maximum level of nutrient absorption
Why take a supplemental enzyme formula?
Supplemental enzymes replace the enzymes once present in raw food. Most
enzymes are lost in cooking and processing. Only raw or uncooked food
contains enzymes. Nature put these enzymes in food to aid in digesting
the food you eat so your body's enzymes would not have to handle all
the work. By taking a supplemental enzyme you free up your body's
enzymes. When enzymes are missing from your food, the full burden of
digestion falls on your own digestive system. Food sits in your stomach
for nearly an hour before your body's digestive enzymes are secreted.
It is during this time that food enzymes do their best work breaking
down complex food molecules. These supplemental enzymes are temporarily
inactivated in the stomach, but not before they have already
accomplished much of their mission of breaking down the food molecules.
During the first 30 to 60 minutes after eating, enzymes are hard at
work, predigesting food long before the stomach acids render some of
them inactive. Enzymes not destroyed in the stomach are re-activated in
the small intestine.
Each capsule contains:
Pancreatin 5X supplying:
Amylase 20,000 USP
Protease 20,000 USP
Lipase 1,600 USP
Pepsin NF (1:10,000) 65 mg
Ox Bile 50 mg
Betaine HCL 200 mg
Papain 6 mg
Other ingredients: gelatin, water,
microcrystalline cellulose,rice bran
silicon dioxide. GMP Certifiec
The information presented here is meant only to be educational in
nature. The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the
Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent any disease.