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- Comprehensive digestive enzyme formula that contains Betaine HCL
- Breaks down food products into their smallest usable components allowing the body to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from your meal
Why you'll love it
Because you love food, but not how it makes you feel. Even those who consume a healthful diet with plenty of whole foods can still experience digestive upset after a meal, including issues such as upset stomach, bloating, gas or heartburn. It is important to determine the root cause of these concerns to eliminate any underlying issues, but while you are working with your primary care provider, Digestive Enzymes may come in handy.
Digestive Enzymes help to process the chemical reactions that properly break down food in the digestive tract. While these are naturally present in our body and whole food sources, some people do not produce or consume enough enzymes, making it hard for them to fully break down food, thereby leading to decreased nutrient absorption and digestive upset. There are different enzymes that are responsible for breaking down the different components of food such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, dairy, plant and vegetable material (cellulose) and sugars, and it’s not always clear which one(s) an individual is lacking. Often times, digestive disturbances happen when an individual consumes a combination of food because their body simply cannot process it all at once. That is why it is important to select a formula that contains a diverse balance of different enzymes that all work together at the body’s native pH for optimal results.
In the body, Digestive Enzymes start to take action from the moment you take your first bite, and continue to be released at different stages of the gastrointestinal tract. They are produced by the salivary glands and by the secretory cells in the stomach, pancreas and small intestine and break food down into smaller, more absorbable nutrients for your body to use.
Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) is another important factor when it comes to ensuring proper digestion and nutrient absorption. It’s a little counter intuitive, but heartburn and acid reflux is most often experienced by individuals who do not produce enough stomach acid. So, ensuring your Digestive Enzyme complex contains HCl not only helps to prevent and reduce heartburn after a meal, but it also helps to break down food into its smallest usable components, allowing your body to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients, leaving little food behind for the ”bad” bacteria to survive on. A proper acid balance in the stomach is also critical for ensuring a sterile environment, preventing the proliferation of bacterial overgrowth. When there are too many bacteria present in the system, they produce a lot of gas and volatile fatty acids which can often lead to bloating. A good quality Probiotic Supplement can also help keep bacteria at bay.
Why this formula?
There is a huge variety of Digestive Enzyme supplements available on the market, each with a unique formula of enzymes with varying activity, making it hard to know which one to select. To help digest all the information out there, we’ve outlined a few key factors to consider:
- Each component of your supplement should be measured in activity units and not milligrams like most supplements. Looking for things like GDU (Gelatin Digesting Units), FCC (Food Chemical Codex) should give you confidence that the manufacturer has a good understanding of enzymes and enzyme activity. A label that lists enzymes only in milligrams tells you nothing about its activity, and should be put back on the shelf.
- A good formula will contain a variety of enzymes with differing activities to ensure proper breakdown of all components including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, dairy and plant material. Here, more isn’t always better, and its diversity that counts.
- The pH function and stability range of your supplement is also important. Because digestion can happen at different parts of the GI tract, it’s critical that your supplement contains a range of enzymes that are active at various pH levels. Ours, for example, contains a combination of enzymes that function under the whole range of gastric pH’s from 2-14.
Our supplement also contains Cellulase and Phytase which are very important enzymes for individuals who follow a plant based diet, such as vegetarians and vegans. Cellulase breaks down the plant fibers that cause bloating and gas in many people while Phytase breaks down potentially harmful phytates found in seeds, grains and legumes, that can block the absorption of many minerals.
How much do I really need?
The amount of Digestive Enzymes you need is really individualized. Some people may only require an enzyme periodically if they know they are going to be having a meal that tends to irritate them such as one that is high in fat or plant materials. Others who suffer from chronic heartburn, bloating and indigestion may benefit from taking a supplement with the first bite of every meal. Work with your primary care provider to determine the dose that is right for you.
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Supplement FactsDIGESTIVE ENZYMES (DIGEST MORE HCL) PER 1 CAPSULE
Amount Per Serving
Alpha-Amylase (Aspergillus flavus var. Oryzae – Whole)
90mg / 9000 FCC DU
Protease (Fungal Protease, Aspergillus flavus var. Oryzae – Whole)
40mg /20,000 FCC HUT
Lipase (Triacylglcerol lipase, Aspergillus niger – Whole)
11.25mg / 36 FCC LU
Cellulase (Trichoderma reesei – Whole)
Cellulase 2mg / 250 FCC CU
Invertase (sucrose Saccharomyces cerevisiae – Whole)
0.5mg / 50 FCC SU
Lactase (Aspergillus flavus var. Oryzae – Whole)
2.5mg /250 FCC ALU
Malt Diastase (Hordeum vulgare – Seed)
12.5mg / 125 FCC DP
Pectinase (Aspergillus niger – Whole)
4mg / 60 Endo-PG
Phytase (Aspergillus niger – Whole)
1mg / 2 FCC FTU
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Vegetable capsules (hypromellose, water), Peppermint Flavour, Maltodextrin (potato source)
Recommended Use or Purpose: Provides HCI (stomach acid) for those who do not produce enough. and works to break down food products into their smallest usable components (nutrients).
Recommended Dose (Adults): Take 1 capsule with each meal to a maximum of 3 capsules per day. Take with the first bite of food.
Cautions & Warning: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have diabetes, gastrointestinal lesions/ulcers, excess stomach acid, are taking anticoagulant agents/blood thinners, or anti-inflammatory agents, or are having upcoming surgery. If you have a peptic ulcer, consult a health care practitioner prior to use. Hypersensitivity/allergy, headaches, heartburn or bloating have been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use. Discontinue use if abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting occurs.
As with any natural health product, you should consult your healthcare practitioner on the use of this product. Store product in a cool and dry place. Keep out of reach of children. If you experience an adverse event or allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and contact a healthcare professional.