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Nutrition Basics

Enzymes
PROTEASE


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  • Enzymes Introduction
  • Functions of Enzymes
  • Pepsin Enzyme Description
  • Pepsin Enzyme Supplements & Products





  • ENZYMES INTRODUCTION

    SPARKS OF LIFE

    The late Dr. Edward Howell, a physician and pioneer in enzyme research, called enzymes the "sparks of life." These energized protein molecules play a necessary role in virtually all of the biochemical activities that go on in the body. They are essential for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all tissues, organs, and cells. Life as we know it could not exist without the action of enzymes, even in the presence of sufficient amounts of vitamins, minerals, water, and other nutrients.

    In their primary role, enzymes are catalysts, the substances that accelerate and precipitate the hundreds of thousands of biochemical reactions in the body that control life's processes. If it were not for the catalytic action of enzymes, most of these reactions would take place far too slowly to sustain life. Enzymes are not consumed in the reactions they facilitate.

    Each enzyme has a specific function in the body that no other enzyme can fulfill. The chemical shape of each enzyme is specialized so that it can initiate a reaction only in a certain substance, or in a group of closely related chemical substances, and not in others. The substance on which an enzyme acts is called the substrate. Because there must be a different enzyme for every substrate, the body must produce a great number of different enzymes.





    THE FUNCTIONS OF ENZYMES

    DIGESTIVE & METABOLIC ENZYMES

    Enzymes assist in practically all bodily functions. Digestive enzymes break down food particles for energy and for storage in the liver or muscles. This breakdown chemical reaction is called Hydrolysis, and it involves using water to break the chemical bonds to turn food into energy. This stored energy is later converted by other enzymes for use by the body when necessary and as required by the body. Iron is concentrated in the blood by the action of enzymes; other enzymes in the blood help the blood to coagulate in order to stop bleeding. Uricolytic enzymes catalyze the conversion of uric acid into urea. Respiratory enzymes facilitate the elimination of carbon dioxide from the lungs. Enzymes assist the kidneys, liver, colon, and skin in removing wastes and toxins from the body. Enzymes also utilize the nutrients ingested by the body to construct new muscle tissue, nerve cells, bone, skin, and glandular tissue. One enzyme can take dietary phosphorus and convert it into bone. Enzymes prompt the oxidation of glucose, which creates energy for the cells. Enzymes also protect the blood from dangerous waste materials by converting these substances to forms that are easily eliminated by the body. Indeed, the functions of enzymes are so many and so diverse that is would be impossible to name them all.

    Enzymes are often divided into two groups: Digestive Enzymes & Metabolic Enzymes.

    DIGESTIVE ENZYMES are secreted along the gastrointestinal tract and break down foods, enabling the nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream for use in various bodily functions. There are three main categories of digestive enzymes: Amylase, Protease, and Lipase.
      AMYLASE ENZYMES: Amylase is found in saliva and in the pancreatic and intestinal juices and it breaks down carbohydrates. It begins to act as soon as you start chewing (this is why it is important to chew your food well). Different types of Amylase break down specific types of sugars. For example, Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar), maltase breaks down maltose (malt sugar), and sucrase breaks down sucrose (cane and beet sugar).

      PROTEASE ENZYMES: Protease is found in the stomach juices and also in the pancreatic and intestinal juices and it helps digest proteins.

      LIPASE ENZYMES: Lipase is found in the stomach and pancreatic juices, and also present in fats in foods, and aids in fat digestion.

    Another component of the digestive process is hydrochloric acid. While not technically an enzyme itself, it interacts with digestive enzymes as they perform their functions.

    METABOLIC ENZYMES are those enzymes that catalyze the various chemical reactions within the cells, such as energy production and detoxification. All of the body's organs, tissues, and cells are governed and activities run by the metabolic enzymes. They are the workers that build the body from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Metabolic enzymes are found in the blood, organs, and tissues doing their specific work. Each body tissue has its own specific set of metabolic enzymes.

    Two particularly important metabolic enzymes are Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and its partner, Catalase. SOD is an antioxidant that protects the cells by attacking a common free radical, superoxide.

    Catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide, a metabolic waste product, and liberates oxygen for the body to use.

    The body uses most of its enzyme-producing potential to produce about 2 dozen enzymes. These control the breakdown and utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to create the hundreds of metabolic enzymes necessary to maintain the rest of the tissues and organs in their functions.

    ENZYME SOURCES

    Enzymes can be found naturally in many different foods, both from plant and animal sources. Avocados, papaya, pineapples, bananas, and mangoes are all high in enzymes. Sprouts are the richest source. Unripe papaya and pineapple are excellent sources of enzymes. The enzymes extracted from papaya and pineapple are Papain and Bromelain, respectively, and are Proteolytic Enzymes, which break down proteins.

    Many fat-containing foods also supply Lipase, which breaks down fats. In fact, fat in food exposed only to Pancreatic Lipase (the Lipase produced by the body) in the intestines is not as well digested as fat that is first worked on by the stomach by Food Lipase. Pancreatic Lipase digests fat in a highly alkaline environment (the intestines), whereas Lipase found in food fats works in a more acidic environment (the stomach). The optimal extraction of nutrients from fats depends on the work of different fat-digesting enzymes in successive stages.

    Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) comes in several different forms, including Lysine HCl and Betaine HCl. Betaine HCl is derived from sugar beets. When new, HCl capsules and tablets are almost white in color, but sometimes they can turn a deep purple when they age. Supplemental HCl is not sold in powder or liquid form because contact with the teeth can damage tooth enamel. HCl has a sulfur-like odor. Betaine HCl is often combined with Pepsin to aid in stomach function.

    Superoxide Dismutase occurs naturally in a variety of food sources, including barley grass, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, wheatgrass, and most green plants.

    As powerful as they are, enzymes cannot act alone. They require adequate amounts of other substances, known as coenzymes, to be fully active. Among the most important coenzymes are the B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Zinc.

    FOOD ENZYMES

    While the body manufactures a supply of enzymes, it can also obtain enzymes from food. In fact, the body's ability to manufacture enzymes is being seriously taxed by our diet of processed and highly cooked food. Unfortunately, enzymes are extremely sensitive to heat. Even low to moderate heat (118°F or above) destroys most enzymes in food. To obtain enzymes from the diet, one must eat raw foods. Eating raw foods or, alternatively, taking enzyme supplements, helps prevent the depletion of the body's own enzymes and thus reduce the stress on the body.

    Anyone who has a malabsorption problem, a yeast infection (candidiasis), or is over age 60 and whose digestive process seems to be stalling out, resulting in unpleasant symptoms should take enzyme supplements. Ingredients should include Pancreatin, Lipase, Amylase, and Protease. This combination ensures digestion and absorption of amino acids, fat-soluble nutrients, and carbohydrates. Bromelain, derived from pineapple stems, along with Papain, derived from the papaya fruit, also are welcome. Specific problems can be addressed by the addition of specific enzymes. For instance, people who have trouble with dairy sugars should consider Lactase; people who cannot digest legumes might try Legumase. Hydrochloric Acid supplements also might be necessary in the form of Betaine Hydrochloride taken as capsules at the start of each meal.

    The majority of commercially available enzymes are digestive enzymes extracted from various sources. Enzymes are not manufactured synthetically. Most commercial enzyme products are made from animal enzymes, such as pancreatin and pepsin, which help in the digestion of food once it has reached the lower stomach and the intestinal tract. Some companies make their supplements from enzymes extracted from aspergillus, a type of fungus.

    These enzymes begin their pre-digestive work in the upper stomach. All of these products are used primarily to aid the digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients especially protein. If proteins are not completely digested, undigested protein particles may make their way into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall with other nutrients. This phenomenon is known as leaky gut syndrome, and it can result in allergic reactions that may be more or less severe, depending upon the strength of the immune system. This is one reason why the proper digestion of proteins is so important.

    Any enzyme that acts on protein and prepares it for absorption is called a proteolytic enzyme. Proteolytic enzymes available in supplement form include pepsin, trypsin, rennin, pancreatin, chymotrypsin, bromelain, and papain. In addition to aiding digestion, proteolytic enzymes have been shown to be beneficial as anti-inflammatory agents. Pancreatin, derived from secretions of animal pancreas, is a focus of cancer research, because people with cancer are often deficient in this enzyme. Pancreatin is used in the treatment of digestive problems, viral infections, and sports injuries, as well as pancreatic insufficiency, food allergies, cystic fibrosis, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic illnesses.

    Also available in supplement form are the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase.The following table lists some common enzymes and their substrates (the substance acted upon).

    ENZYME
    SUBSTRATE

    Amylase
    Bromelain
    Cellulase
    Chymopapain
    Diastase
    Glucoamylase
    Hemicellulase

    Carbohydrates
    Proteins
    Fiber
    Proteins
    Carbohydrates
    Carbohydrates
    Carbohydrates

    Hyaluronidase
    Invertase
    Lactase
    Lipase
    Maltase
    Pancreatin
    Papain
    Pectinase

    Proteins, Adhesions, Fibrin
    Carbohydrates
    Lactose (Milk, Sugar)
    Fats
    Carbohydrates
    Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates
    Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates
    Carbohydrates

    Pepsin

    Proteins

    Phytase

    Carbohydrates

    Plasmin

    Proteins

    Protease

    Proteins

    Rennin

    Proteins

    Trypsin

    Proteins


    Enzyme supplements may not be for everyone. During pregnancy, it is a rule to be careful with supplements in general. Nursing mothers also should be careful about supplements, to avoid affecting their milk. If you are pregnant or nursing, contact your midwife or health care provider before taking any supplement, formula, or medication of any kind.

    People who have hemophilia or who take anticoagulants (blood thinners) should consult with their health care providers before taking large amounts of enzymes. Anyone contemplating surgery where there is high risk of bleeding should as his or her physician for advice before taking any supplement.





    PEPSIN ENZYME DESCRIPTION

    STOMACH ENZYME FOR PROTEIN DIGESTION

    Protein is one of the three major food groups needed for proper nutrition. Protease is the digestive enzyme needed to digest protein.

    FOOD GROUP
    % OF DAILY DIET
    DIGESTED BY
    Protein
    20 to 25%
    Protease
    Carbohydrates
    50 to 60%
    Amylase
    Fat
    20 to 30%
    Lipase


    Every animal, including humans, must have an adequate source of protein in order to grow or maintain itself. Proteins, which yield amino acids, are the fundamental structural element of every cell in the body. Specific proteins are now recognized as the functional elements in certain specialized cells, glandular secretions, enzymes and hormones. Thus, protein well deserves its name, which is of Greek derivation, meaning "of first importance."

    Proteins, which are among the most complex organic compounds found in nature, are made up of nitrogen containing compounds known as amino acids. During the digestion of proteins, hydrochloric acid and proteolytic enzymes break down the intact protein molecule into amino acids which are then absorbed through the intestinal wall. If proteins are not properly broken down before they are absorbed, various health consequences may occur.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEASES

    Proteases refers to a group of enzymes whose catalytic function is to hydrolyze (breakdown) proteins. They are also called proteolytic enzymes or proteinases.

    Proteolytic enzymes are very important in digestion as they breakdown the the peptide bonds in the protein foods to liberate the amino acids needed by the body. Additionally, proteolytic enzymes have been used for a long time in various forms of therapy. Their use in medicine is notable based on several clinical studies indicating their benefits in oncology, inflammatory conditions, blood rheology control, and immune regulation. Read more about proteases in enzyme therapy.

    Protease is able to hydrolyze almost all proteins as long as they are not components of living cells. Normal living cells are protected against lysis by the inhibitor mechanism.

    Parasites, fungal forms, and bacteria are protein. Viruses are cell parasites consisting of nucleic acids covered by a protein film. Enzymes can break down undigested protein, cellular debris, and toxins in the blood, sparing the immune system this task. The immune system can then concentrate its full action on the bacterial or parasitic invasion.

    PROTEASE DEFICIENCY & HEALTH

    Acidity is created through the digestion of protein. Therefore a Protease deficiency results in an alkaline excess in the blood. This alkaline environment can cause anxiety and insomnia. In addition, since protein is required to carry protein-bound calcium in the blood, a Protease deficiency lays the foundation for arthritis, osteoporosis and other calcium-deficient diseases. Because protein is converted to glucose upon demand, inadequate protein digestion leads to hypoglycemia, resulting in moodiness, mood swings and irritability.

    Protease also has an ability to digest unwanted debris in the blood including certain bacteria and viruses. Therefore, Protease deficient people are immune compromised, making them susceptible to bacterial, viral and yeast infections and a general decrease in immunity.

  • For Fat (Lipid) Digestion, see Lipase Enzyme Information.
  • For Carbohydrate Digestion, see Amylase Enzyme Information.





  • PROTEASE ENZYME SUPPLEMENTS & RELATED PRODUCTS

  • Multienzyme Supplement Products

  • Protease Enzyme Supplement Products


  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS



    PROTEASE ENZYME SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Protease Enzyme Supplement Products


    Amazon: Premier Protease, Premier Research Labs, 60 Caps
    In digestion, enzymes are produced by the body to help completely break down food for proper absorption. Enzymes in the body are critical to all known life processes. Without enzymes, life could not exist. All uncooked foods naturally contain a wide variety of enzymes. When uncooked food is eaten, these enzymes are highly active and promote the digestion of the food itself. Recent research has now shown that our digestive enzyme systems gradually wear out with use, especially if a predominantly cooked food diet is eaten. The process of cooking food destroys the enzymes inherent to the food, which requires our body to produce larger amounts of these enzymes in order to digest the food. A lifetime of eating mostly cooked food hastens the failure of our natural enzyme production systems. Quantum Protease helps support protein digestion. Better protein digestion may help the digestion of the outer protein coat of invaders whether they are bacterial, viral or parasitic and whether they are in the digestive tract or in the blood. Protease enzymes can break down undigested proteins and cellular waste products, thereby reducing the immune system's burden. More rapid cleansing of waste products may in turn help the body eliminate inflammation and infection.



    Amazon: Protease, Transformation Enzyme, 120 Caps
    Transformation's Professional Protocol Protease is an enzyme supplement designed to help promote improved protein digestion and healthy elimination as well as overall cardiovascular, muscular, urinary, and immune system health.



  • Nutritionbasics: Protease Enzyme Information



  • MULTI-ENZYME / PROTEOLYTIC DIGESTIVE ENZYME COMPLEX PRODUCTS

    To aid digestion. Many of these multi-enzyme formulas contain Amylase enzyme in their blends. Read product labels for ingredients. Most elderly people lack sufficient digestive enzymes. Caution: If you have a history of ulcers, do not use a formula containing HCl.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Digestive Enzymes, Woodland Publishing, 2nd Edition, 31 Page Booklet (90308)
    HerbsPro: Omega-Zyme (O-Zyme) Powder, Garden of Life, 81 mg (82826)
    Omega-Zyme provides 20 different digestive enzymes. Each of these enzymes has a specific function. For example, the protease blend aids the digestion and utilization of dietary proteins. Amylase digests starch, lipase digests fats, and lactase digests the milk sugar lactose. Garden of Life understands that having a broad range of enzymes to support the digestion of a multitude of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract is vital to the efficacy of the product. Additionally, Garden of Life believes that enzyme viability at different pH levels is equally important. Omega-Zyme was specifically formulated to include enzymes that are active across different pH levels. Omega-Zyme provides a broad array of enzymes to help your body process a wide variety of foods.
    HerbsPro: Quick Digest, Zand, 15 Tabs (86507)
    Zand Quick Digest is a great tasting before or after meal supplement to reduce the incidence of heartburn, bloating and indigestion due to overeating. Zand Quick Digest contains plant enzymes including Lipase, Cellulase and Amylase. It also includes Papain, Bromelain, Papaya and Calcium. Available in convenient rolls, this is the perfect on-the-go formula for everyday digestive support.
    HerbsPro: Dairy-Zymes, Full-Spectrum, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 30 VCaps (100760)
    Dairy-Zymes Vcaps provide a unique blend of plant-based enzymes, including proteases, amylases, lipases and lactase. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Beano Food Enzyme Dietary Supplement, Beano, 30 Tabs (50411)
    HerbsPro: Acidophilous Multi-Enzyme, Sundown Naturals, 30 Caps (102924)
    HerbsPro: Dairy-Zyme, Country Life, 50 Caps (37133)
    HerbsPro: Super Enzyme, Twinlab, 50 Caps (19901)
    HerbsPro: Enzyme-Aid Digestive, Natures Life, 50 Tabs (89724)
    HerbsPro: Enzyme-Aid Digestive, Natures Life, 50 Caps (90464)
    HerbsPro: Pancreatin Digestive Enzymes, Natures Life, 1400 mg, 50 Tabs (89781)
    Natures Life Pancreatin supplies all three principle groups of Pancreatic enzymes: Amylase, Protease (including Trypsin) and Lipase.
    HerbsPro: Dr. Murray's Multi-Enzyme Vegetarian Formula, Natural Factors, 60 VCaps (84292)
    HerbsPro: Enzyme Blend Oil 767, Olympian Labs, 60 Caps (74324)
    HerbsPro: Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 60 VCaps (100770)
    Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes Vcaps provide a unique blend of plant-based enzymes, including proteases, amylases and lipases. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Power-Zymes, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 60 VCaps (100767)
    Power-Zymes are specially formulated with a full and unique range of digestive enzymes - proteases, amylases and lipases. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Dairy-Zymes, Full-Spectrum, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 60 VCaps (100761)
    Dairy-Zymes Vcaps provide a unique blend of plant-based enzymes, including proteases, amylases, lipases and lactase. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Kyo-Dophilus With Enzymes, Wakunaga Kyolic, 60 Caps (20067)
    Lactobacillus acidophilus; Food Enzymes: Protease, Lipase, Amylase, and Lactase [155 mg] (per capsule). The above digestive enzymes help to breakdown proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dairy into absorbable units. L. acidophilus is derived from a unique strain selected specifically to adapt to the human intestinal tract. Friendly bacteria may nutritionally assist in the body’s normal response to yeast. Guaranteed stability at room temperature. Does not require refrigeration. Dairy, sodium, yeast, and gluten free.
    HerbsPro: 13 Powerful Food Digestion Enzymes, Nature's Secret, 60 Softgels (66715)
    HerbsPro: Jarro-Zymes Vegetarian Plus, Jarrow Formulas, 60 VCaps (69218)
    Vegetarian Jarro-Zymes Plus is a special formulation of acid-stable microbial and fungal enzymes with activities similar to pancreatin, containing amylase, lipase, and a complex of endo- and exo-peptidases that are active over a wide range of gastrointestinal pH. Alpha-galactosidase is produced by single cell fermentation and facilitates digestion of legumes. Lactase is added to facilitate the digestion of lactose.
    HerbsPro: Essential Enzymes, Bio-Aligned Formula or Digestive Aid, Source Naturals, 500 mg, 60 VCaps (6819)
    Essential Enzymes is a Bio-Aligned Formula, designed to ensure that you absorb the full nutritional value of your food. Essential Enzymes supports your body's systems for digestion of multiple food groups: carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber. Each capsule contains 500 mg of an all-vegetarian, high-potency, broad-spectrum blend of the purest grade food enzymes. This comprehensive formula contains enzymes, in the following optimal proportions, for breaking down a typical meal.
    HerbsPro: Ultra Essential Enzymes, Source Naturals, 60 VCaps (89084)
    Each capsule contains 500 mg of an all-vegetarian, high-potency, broad-spectrum blend of the purest grade food enzymes. Essential Enzymes contains lipase, amylase and protease, to assist in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. This comprehensive formula contains enzymes, in the following optimal proportions, for breaking down a typical meal.
    HerbsPro: Daily Enzyme Complex, Futurebiotics, 75 Tabs (15231)
    HerbsPro: Quick Digest Chewables, Zand, 90 Chews (63051)
    HerbsPro: Super Enzymes, NOW Foods, 90 Caps (68785)
    HerbsPro: Super Enzymes, NOW Foods, 90 Tabs (68787)
    HerbsPro: Advanced Enzyme System, Rainbow Light, 90 VCaps (18651)
    HerbsPro: Broad Spectrum Enzyme, Natures Way, 90 Caps (109577)
    HerbsPro: Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 90 VCaps (100772)
    Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes Vcaps provide a unique blend of plant-based enzymes, including proteases, amylases and lipases. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Ultra Essential Enzymes, Source Naturals, 90 Caps (92531)
    HerbsPro: Dairy Tolerance Enzymes, Source Naturals, 90 VCaps (81441)
    HerbsPro: Power-Zymes, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 90 VCaps (100768)
    Power-Zymes are specially formulated with a full and unique range of digestive enzymes - proteases, amylases and lipases. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Omega-Zyme (O-Zyme), Garden of Life, 90 Caplets (82825)
    Omega-Zyme provides 20 different digestive enzymes. Each of these enzymes has a specific function. For example, the protease blend aids the digestion and utilization of dietary proteins. Amylase digests starch, lipase digests fats, and lactase digests the milk sugar lactose. Garden of Life understands that having a broad range of enzymes to support the digestion of a multitude of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract is vital to the efficacy of the product. Additionally, Garden of Life believes that enzyme viability at different pH levels is equally important. Omega-Zyme was specifically formulated to include enzymes that are active across different pH levels. Omega-Zyme provides a broad array of enzymes to help your body process a wide variety of foods.
    HerbsPro: O-Zyme Ultra, Garden of Life, 90 Caps (82846)
    HerbsPro: RAW Enzymes For Men, Garden of Life, 90 Caps (91256)
    HerbsPro: RAW Enzymes For Men 50 & Wiser, Garden of Life, 90 Caps (91256)
    HerbsPro: RAW Enzymes For Women, Garden of Life, 90 Caps (91258)
    HerbsPro: RAW Enzymes For Women 50 & Wiser, Garden of Life, 90 Caps (91259)
    HerbsPro: Gluten Relief Enzymes, Proprietary Enzyme Blend, Natural Factors, 375 mg, 90 VCaps (91359)
    Gluten is the sticky protein found in wheat and other grains, including oats, rye, and barley. Casein is a protein found in high amounts in cows milk and cheese. Lactose is also known as milk sugar and is the main sugar found in milk and dairy products. Gluten Relief is specially formulated with a balanced blend of the enzymes needed for complete digestion of difficult to digest foods, especially cereal grains and milk products, which contain carbohydrate, protein, gluten, and casein. Improved digestion of these foods can help ease digestive complaints and lighten the load on the digestive system, improving energy levels and vitality, reducing disease, and improving health and wellness. Proteases are digestive enzymes found in the stomach, pancreas, and intestine. These enzymes are a family of enzymes which break down protein and support digestive health. Protease enzymes are thought to help reduce pain and inflammation, including muscle pain, and alleviate symptoms of allergies. Proteases hydrolyze difficult-to-digest proline-containing peptides from cereal grains, such as gluten and dairy. Amylases are salivary and pancreatic enzymes that break down carbohydrates into simpler sugars.
    HerbsPro: Mega Probiotic Chewables, Foodscience of Vermont, 90 VTabs (76574)
    Mega Probiotic Chewable is a comprehensive and completely vegetarian supplement designed to support digestive tract function and nutrient absorption. It contains non-dairy probiotics and a broad-spectrum of enzymes that work together to support digestion and GI tract health.* Mega Probiotic Chewable is vegetarian and ideal for people of all ages.* Each chewable tablet provides 2.5 billion beneficial microorganisms along with Amylase, Bromelain, lactase, Lipase, Protease and cellulose in a delicious, natural orange flavored chewable tablet.
    HerbsPro: Super EnzymAll, Schiff Bio Foods, 90 Tabs (19126)
    Super Enzymall is formulated with enzymes and other ingredients to aid digestion. Pancreatin breaks down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates because it contains a number of enzymes. Bromelain, papain, and protease all aid in the breakdown of protein, while malt diastase and amylase help with carbohydrate digestion. Cellulase break down cellulose, the fiber found in many vegetable and fruits. Betaine HCl helps break down proteins in the stomach. Ox bile extract also helps with overall digestion.
    HerbsPro: Complete Megazymes, Natural Factors, 90 Tabs (84288)
    Complete Megazymes contain a spectrum of enzymes from vegetarian sources to assist and improve digestion. Amylase breaks down carbohydrates while Papain (from papaya) and Bromelain (from pineapple) help the body break down protein. Betaine hydrochloride is added to create a favorable digestive environment in the stomach. Enzyme potencies are guaranteed at time of manufacture.
    HerbsPro: Best Digestive Enzymes, Vegetarian, Doctors Best, 90 VCaps (69114)
    Best Digestive Enzymes - All Vegetarian, is a uniquely formulated, full-spectrum high potency digestive enzyme blend created to complement and support the body's own digestive capacities. Each capsule provides the body with vegetarian microbial-derived enzymes designed to optimally aid the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates present in cooked and raw food. The formula supplies the added support of alpha-galactosidase and beta-glucanase to break down vegetables, beans and grains, and enzymes such as glucoamylase and invertase to assist with the digestion of sugars. In addition, this complete formula contains friendly bacteria and other cofactors to uniquely promote optimal intestinal health.
    HerbsPro: Best Proteolytic Enzymes, Doctors Best, 90 VCaps (77514)
    HerbsPro: Vegetarian Enzyme Complex, Futurebiotics, 90 Tabs (15304)
    HerbsPro: Advanced Enzyme Optima, Rainbow Light, 90 VCaps (75436)
    HerbsPro: Candida Factors Enzyme Formula, Natural Factors, 90 VCaps (91360)
    HerbsPro: Jarro-Zymes Plus, Jarrow Formulas, 100 Caps (2442)
    HerbsPro: Lactase Enzyme, Natures Way, 100 Caps (17962)
    HerbsPro: Papaya Enzyme Chewable, Sundown Naturals, 100 Tabs (97500)
    HerbsPro: Enzyme, Heel Inc, 100 Tabs (88755)
    HerbsPro: Woenzym N, Garden of Life, 100 Tabs (82145)
    HerbsPro: Beano Food Enzyme Dietary Supplement, Beano, 100 Tabs (50410)
    HerbsPro: Enzyme-Aid Digestive, Natures Life, 100 Tabs (89727)
    HerbsPro: Enzyme-Aid Digestive, Natures Life, 100 Caps (90465)
    HerbsPro: Milk-Gestant Lactose Digestive Enzyme Formula, Life Time Nutritional Specialties, 100 Tabs (89869)
    HerbsPro: Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, Life Extension, 100 VCaps (91937)
    The aging process and certain health issues cause a reduction in the bodys production of digestive enzymes. One effect of this reduction is a bloated feeling soon after eating a large meal. Digestive enzymes are essential to the bodys absorption and full use of food.1-2 The primary digestive enzymes are protease (to digest protein), amylase (to digest carbohydrate), and lipase (to digest fat). These enzymes function as biological catalysts to speed the reactions that break down food. Raw foods also provide enzymes that naturally break down food for proper absorption. The capacity of the living organism to make enzymes diminishes with age. This version of Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes does not contain probiotics.
    HerbsPro: Papaya Enzyme Chewable, Natures Bounty, 100 Tabs (96484)
    HerbsPro: Medizym Systemic Enzyme Formula, Naturally Vitamins, 100 Tabs (76101)
    HerbsPro: Pancreatin Digestive Enzymes, Natures Life, 1400 mg, 100 Tabs (89777)
    Natures Life Pancreatin supplies all three principle groups of Pancreatic enzymes: Amylase, Protease (including Trypsin) and Lipase.
    HerbsPro: Kyolic A.G.E. With Enzymes Formula-102, Vegetarian, Kyolic, 100 Tabs (20061)
    HerbsPro: Kyolic A.G.E. With Enzymes Formula-102, Vegetarian, Kyolic, 100 Caps (20059)
    HerbsPro: Advanced Enzyme System, Rainbow Light, 120 VCaps (18650)
    HerbsPro: Mega Probiotic Non-Dairy, Foodscience of Vermont, 120 VCaps (38514)
    HerbsPro: Kyo-Dophilus With Enzymes, Kyolic, 120 Caps (86484)
    HerbsPro: Essential Enzymes, Source Naturals, Vegetarian, 500 mg, 120 VCaps (6820)
    Each capsule contains 500 mg of an all-vegetarian, high-potency, broad-spectrum blend of the purest grade food enzymes. Essential Enzymes contains lipase, amylase and protease, to assist in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. This comprehensive formula contains enzymes, in the following optimal proportions, for breaking down a typical meal.
    HerbsPro: Ultra Essential Enzymes, Source Naturals, 120 VCaps (89084)
    HerbsPro: Plant Enzymes, 100% Vegetarian Formula, Now Foods, 120 VCaps (68612)
    This supplement provides a comprehensive blend of vegetarian enzymes active in a broad pH range to aid in food digestion. Protease breaks down protein, amylase breaks down starch, lipase breaks down fat. Cellulase breaks down fiber, and Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar). Papain and Bromelain are primarily protein digesting enzymes.
    HerbsPro: Dr. Murray's Multi-Enzyme Vegetarian Formula, Natural Factors, 120 VCaps (84293)
    HerbsPro: Omega-Zyme (O-Zyme), Garden of Life, 180 Caplets (82843)
    Omega-Zyme provides 20 different digestive enzymes. Each of these enzymes has a specific function. For example, the protease blend aids the digestion and utilization of dietary proteins. Amylase digests starch, lipase digests fats, and lactase digests the milk sugar lactose. Garden of Life understands that having a broad range of enzymes to support the digestion of a multitude of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract is vital to the efficacy of the product. Additionally, Garden of Life believes that enzyme viability at different pH levels is equally important. Omega-Zyme was specifically formulated to include enzymes that are active across different pH levels. Omega-Zyme provides a broad array of enzymes to help your body process a wide variety of foods.
    HerbsPro: O-Zyme Ultra, Garden of Life, 180 Caps (82868)
    HerbsPro: Super Enzymes, NOW Foods, 180 Caps (68784)
    HerbsPro: Super Enzymes, NOW Foods, 180 Tabs (68786)
    HerbsPro: Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 180 VCaps (100773)
    Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes Vcaps provide a unique blend of plant-based enzymes, including proteases, amylases and lipases. Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
    HerbsPro: Woenzym N, Garden of Life, 200 Tabs (73668)
    HerbsPro: Super Enzyme, Twinlab, 200 Caps (19900)
    HerbsPro: Medizyme Systemic Enzyme Formula, Naturally Vitamins, 200 Tabs (76102)
    HerbsPro: Kyolic A.G.E. With Enzymes Formula-102, Vegetarian, Kyolic, 200 Caps (20060)
    HerbsPro: Kyolic A.G.E. With Enzymes Formula-102, Vegetarian, Kyolic, 200 Tabs (20062)
    HerbsPro: Essential Enzymes, Source Naturals, Vegetarian, 500 mg, 240 VCaps (6821)
    Each capsule contains 500 mg of an all-vegetarian, high-potency, broad-spectrum blend of the purest grade food enzymes. Essential Enzymes contains lipase, amylase and protease, to assist in the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. This comprehensive formula contains enzymes, in the following optimal proportions, for breaking down a typical meal.
    HerbsPro: Essential Enzymes, Source Naturals, 500 mg, 240 VCaps (6818)
    HerbsPro: Plant Enzymes, 100% Vegetarian Formula, Now Foods, 240 VCaps (68611)
    This supplement provides a comprehensive blend of vegetarian enzymes active in a broad pH range to aid in food digestion. Protease breaks down protein, Amylase breaks down starch, Lipase breaks down fat, Cellulase breaks down fiber and Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar). Papain and Bromelain are primarily protein digesting enzymes.
    HerbsPro: Pancreatin Digestive Enzymes, Natures Life, 1400 mg, 250 Tabs (89779)
    Natures Life Pancreatin supplies all three principle groups of Pancreatic enzymes: Amylase, Protease (including Trypsin) and Lipase.
    HerbsPro: Enzyme-Aid Digestive, Natures Life, 250 Caps (89729)
    HerbsPro: Milk-Gestant Lactose Digestive Enzyme Formula, Life Time Nutritional Specialties, 250 Tabs (89870)
    HerbsPro: Essential Enzymes, Bio-Aligned Formula or Digestive Aid, Source Naturals, 500 mg, 360 Caps (62815)
    Essential Enzymes is a Bio-Aligned Formula, designed to ensure that you absorb the full nutritional value of your food. Essential Enzymes supports your body's systems for digestion of multiple food groups: carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber. Each capsule contains 500 mg of an all-vegetarian, high-potency, broad-spectrum blend of the purest grade food enzymes. This comprehensive formula contains enzymes, in the following optimal proportions, for breaking down a typical meal.
    HerbsPro: Papaya Enzyme Chewable, Now Foods, 360 Tabs (68585)
    HerbsPro: Vital Green-Enzyme Rich Green Food, Futurebiotics, 375 Tabs (15307)
    HerbsPro: Woenzym N, Garden of Life, 400 Tabs (73669)
    HerbsPro: Woenzym N, Garden of Life, 800 Tabs (73670)
    HerbsPro: Medizym V Systemic Enzyme, Naturally Vitamins, 800 Tabs (78442)


    LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS

    LEF: Extraordinary Enzymes, 60 Caps
    Human studies suggest that supplementary enzymes may improve digestion and help minimize post-meal glucose surges.10,11 Since proteins, plant fibers, and fats are broken down differently, one needs the proper spectrum of enzymes for optimal digestion. A new multi-enzyme formula facilitates.
    LEF: Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, 100 VCaps


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: 13 Powerful Food Digestion Enzymes, Natures Secret, 60 Softgels: HF
    Less Bloating Break Down and Absorb Hard-to-Digest Foods Fast-Acting Liquid Soft-gels With HemiSEB and Invertase Nature's Secret 13 Powerful Food Digestion Enzymes helps you maximize the nutritive benefits of the foods in your diet. It is formulated with a broad range of enzymes including protease, amylase, lipase, lactase, bromelain, papin and many others plus a proprietary blend of supportive nutrients.
    Top Secret Nutrition Digestive Enzymes - 90 capsules: HF Improves digestion of all foods. Helps absorption of nutrients. Helps digest lactose. Helps reduce bloating. Supports healthy microflora growth. Top Secret Digestive Enzymes is a unique and comprehensive blend of non-animal source digestive enzyme plus Prebiotics and Probiotics to support overall gastrointestinal and urogential health.
    Kalyx: Enzyme Probiotic Complex, American Health, 90 VCaps: K
    Enzyme Probiotic Complex is an advanced, dual-action formula delivering multi-level digestive and nutrient absorption benefits through both the stomach (enzymes) and intestinal tract (probiotics). This complex is specially formulated to help with occassional constipation, gas and bloating, and provides the essential foundation you need for daily regularity and gastric wellness. Multi-level dual action vegetarian formula>
    Kalyx: All-Zyme, Food Science Labs, 90 Tabs: K
    Contains 10 digestive enzymes and places special emphasis on Proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes.
    Kalyx: Vegetarian Enzyme Complex, Futurebiotics, 90 Tabs: HF
    Vegetarian Enzyme Complex contains multiple enzymes to assist in the breakdown of food and assist in the utilization of nutrients, along with the intestinal flora benefits of probiotics. Seven enzymes, extracted exclusively from vegetarian sources and produced as a result of fungal fermentation, provide a broad range of activity to help support digestion and nutrient absorption by helping the body process fats, proteins, carbohydrates and other difficult-to-digest foods: Protease, Papain and Bromelain (to help break down proteins). Lactase (helps break down lactose called milk sugars), Cellulase (helps break down cellulose and chitin). Amylase (helps break down carbohydrates, such as starch and glycogen), Lipase (helps break down lipids and improves fat utilization). Probiotics are of key importance in supporting upper and lower intestinal health by helping to promote the growth and balance of healthy intestinal flora.
    Kalyx: All-Zyme Double Strength, Rainbow Light, 120 Plus 60 Free VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Everyday Calcium With Enzymes, Rainbow Light, 240 Tabs: K
    Kalyx: Enzyme Restoration Plus. Aqua Flora, 2 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Simply Digestion Plus, Dynamic Health, 16 fl oz: HF
    Provides Fiber, Enzymes, Prebiotics, Aloe Vera and Papaya Promotes Regularity Naturally Mild and Gentle Dairy Free Liquid Formula Dynamic Health Simply Digestion Plus. Greast tasting liquid formula is easy to digest for maximum absorption and assimilation. Promotes regularity and internal cleansing. A convenient way to increasse the intake of dietary fiber. Provides Psyllium Husks and Flax Seeds as a source of fibers. Flax Seeds are a natural source for healthy Omega 3 and 6 oils. Liquids are quicker to digest than hard tablets, or powders. Provides the enzymes Papain, Amylase and Lipase (Plant source enzymes) to help ease digestion. Provides organic whole leaf Aloe Vera juice to help improve general metabolism. Contains Yucca Scidigera as an Internal Deordorant. No sugar or salt added. Does not contain artificial colors. Free Of Dairy.

    AMAZON PRODUCTS

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