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Plant Digestive Enzymes
This product enhances the digestion
and assimilation of food while reducing the body's need to produce
DIGEST™ is recognized as a maintenance formulation for those that have addressed their imbalances and now have a need to maintain that balance.
DIGEST™ should be used for any of the symptoms mentioned below:
• Most digestive disorders
• Dairy intolerance
• Gallbladder stress (see below)
• Prevention of malabsorption
• Intestinal toxemia
• Food allergies
• Sugar intolerance
• Gallbladder stress may show itself with these indications:
• Nausea following meal
• Headache prior to meal or following meal
This product contains no fillers.
Suggested Use: 1-3 capsules. The
dosage is dependent on the types of foods eaten and the individual's
difficulty of digestion. And If alcohol is consumed with the meal.
Symptoms should dissipate within fifteen to thirty minutes.
Some people may require an additional 2 capsules of ACID SOOTHE™ for diarrhea or heartburn.
Individuals with extreme gallbladder or gastrointestinal problems may benefit from a regimen of ACID SOOTHE™ for one week followed by a continuing program of DIGEST™ along with ACID SOOTHE™.
| Digest Gold represents the most
potent digestive enzyme formula available. It has been formulated to
assist in digesting proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber. Digest
Gold is more potent than Digest. It contains 4 more enzymes and is
approximately three times stronger than Digest in most categories.
Digest Gold™ is ideal for anyone suffering from health issues not necessarily associated with digestion.
When stress is reduced to the
system responsible for breaking down and assimilating the foods
consumed, more energy and thus more metabolic enzymes are made
available to other systems of the body responsible for overall health.
Suggested Use: One capsule at the beginning of each meal. More may be taken if needed.
|This product helps alleviate
conditions associated with gastrointestinal distress! • Heartburn
• Acid Reflux
• Digestive discomfort
The ingredients in Acid Soothe™ provide the body with pure plant enzymes for delivery along with nutrients specific to the gastrointestinal region.
Marshmallow Root has a high protein and mucilage-carbohydrate content which the body can use to manufacture the necessary materials for new tissue production. Marshmallow also has mucilaginous (adhesive) properties enabling it to surround and expel foreign and toxic matter, having a soothing effect on the inflamed mucosal membrane tissue. Marshmallow has been found to relieve irritation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts and to help normalize mucous secretions. In conditions where inflammation is induced by excess accumulation of uric acid. Marshmallow Root helps remove this acid from the body.
Papaya Leaf has been known for its wonderful digestive work and contains proteolytic (acts on protein) enzymes. Papaya Leaf has inherited the reputation of ''biological scalpel" because it selectively digests dead tissue without affecting the surrounding live tissue. It has been used to treat wounds and ulcers. Papaya Leaf has properties to protect the stomach mucosa from damage and ulcer formation.
Prickly Ash is known for its support of the glands and aid in tissue repair, colic, ulcers and gastrointestinal distress. Prickly Ash will fortify the nervous system as well.
Gota Kola is known in India as a longevity herb, it is uncommonly rich in B vitamins and potassium and is used as a natural diuretic.
Suggested Use: 2 capsules with
every meal or snack (when used without DIGEST™) and for
gastrointestinal tract discomfort.
|Allerase was formulated to be
taken on an empty stomach for relief of symptoms often associated with
pollen and dander sensitivities. It contains the highest amount of
Allerase can be taken between meals for therapeutic effect to support those individuals who suspect they are amylase deficient. Common symptoms include but are not limited to sinus congestion, itchy watery eyes, fatigue, blood sugar imbalance or frequent headaches.
Sugar Imbalance, Sugar Intolerance:
|For Yeast Overgrowth
with High Potency Cellulase and Protease Enzymes Candidiasis: Yeast Overgrowth, Candida
The combination of Cellulase and Protease enzymes was formulated to manage yeast overgrowth. This product contain(s)s the highest amount of cellulase enzymes than any Enzymedica product.
New allergies to foods, fatigue, poor digestion, gas, heartburn, sugar cravings, irritability, frequent headaches, poor memory, "fogged in" feeling, dizziness, recurring depression, vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, prostatitis, urinary tract infections, hay fever, postnasal drip, habitual coughing, catch colds easily, sore throat, athlete's foot, skin rash, psoriasis, cold extremities, arthritis-like symptoms.
Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that normally lives in healthy balance in the body. It is found mostly in the intestines, genital tract, mouth, and throat. When the balance is upset, infection results. This is known as Candidiasis and the fungus travels to all parts of the body through the bloodstream. It affects both men and woman.
Candida in the mouth is called
* In individuals with yeast overgrowth there is often a large amount of undigested fiber in the large intestine. It is believed that the mucous that the body naturally produces due to the difficulty of digesting this fiber (cellulose) may protect the yeast overgrowth from our body’s natural overgrowth prevention mechanisms.
Cellulase is the enzyme that breaks down fiber. It is also the only digestive enzyme our body does not make. By adding cellulase to the diet this fiber can be removed along with the mucous and our body is able to achieve balance.
* Fungi is a group of organisms formerly regarded as plants lacking chlorophyll. They can either exist as single cells or make up a multi-cellular body called a mycelium, which consists of filaments known as hyphae. The cell contains some fungal cellulose or a compound called chitin. Chitin is a polysaccharide, or carbohydrate, which is structurally very similar to cellulose. For the same reasons cellulase may help remove undigested fiber in the colon, it has been used in breaking down this “cellulose-like” chitin.*
* The inside of the cell of yeast is mostly protein. The enzyme protease has the ability to hydrolyze (digest) protein. Protease has been used in clinics all over the world to break down this fungus and prevent its overgrowth. The addition of protease to this formula helps prevent "die-off".
Suggested Use: Take Candidase™ for
moderate symptoms of yeast overgrowth take 2 capsules, 3 times a day at
least ½ hour before or 2 hours after a meal for 7 days (for
maintenance 2 a day).
Candidase™ should not be taken with timed release medications that use cellulose as its timed release mechanism.
|This product contains a high
potency lactase along with eight additional enzymes.This lactase enzyme
supplement, is formulated for individuals who have difficulty digesting
foods that contain Lactose and dairy protein.
Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance is a condition caused by a lack of an enzyme called lactase. Certain ethnic and racial populations are more widely affected than others. As many as 75 percent of all African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans are lactose intolerant. The condition is least common among persons of northern European descent.
Lactase is the enzyme in the small
intestine that digests lactose (a dairy protein). Normally, lactase
breaks lactose down into a form that can be easily absorbed by the
blood. When there is not enough lactase to digest the amount of lactose
consumed, water is retained in the bowel, which, results in bloating
and diarrhea. Lactose that passes into the large intestine is fermented
by bacteria. This produces carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane. This
may lead to bloating, cramping and gas.
Symptoms include cramps, gas and diarrhea. They usually occur 30 minutes to two hours after ingesting lactose containing foods. The severity of symptoms usually depends on the amount of lactose ingested and how much of the enzyme, lactase, remains in the intestinal tract.
Supplementation of lactase allows
for lactose to be more readily digestible and absorbed. By taking Lacto
with meals that contain lactose, you are providing your body with the
enzymes needed for proper digestion of not only
Suggested Use: One capsule at the
beginning of each meal that contains dairy. More may be taken as needed.
|This product was formulated to aid
in the proper digestion of fats. It is for the fat digestion and
metabolism, as well as the health of the cardiovascular system.
• Cholesterol support
It is a proven fact the enzyme lipase breaks down (digests) fat. When added to your meal as a supplement it is able to do this in the digestive tract. This takes stress off the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. When taken between meals, it will be stored in the liver and called upon as needed. Lipase is present in all of the Enzymedica Enzyme Fortifiers.
The pancreas produces about a liter and a half of digestive juices per day in an array of enzymes (protease, amylase, cellulase, lactase and lipase). Lipase is the enzyme designed to digest fats. With advancing age the body produces less and less digestive juice, about 13% less per decade of life.
For these same reasons, fat blockers such as Olean and Elestra are undesirable. They keep fat from being absorbed, but they also keep fatty nutrients from being available. Under-nutrition occurs in about half of the patients with chronic heart failure.
Fats are a major source of fuel for the heart muscle. The use of lipase has been suggested to improve fat absorption (Am J cardiology 8: 43, 1963).
It was not until 1997 that
researchers found that lipase also can help to control LDL cholesterol
and is helpful in stubborn cases of high triglycerides. (Lipids 32:
Since lipase digests fat, fat-soluble vitamins and balances fatty acids, lipase deficient people can be expected to have a tendency towards high cholesterol, high triglycerides and difficulty losing weight. Lipase deficient people also have decreased cell permeability, meaning nutrients cannot get in and the waste cannot get out.
Suggested Use: Two capsules, two to three times a day, 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a meal.
|This product contains a blend of
enzymes formulated to break down mucous and reduce histamine.
The active ingredient is a potent mucolytic enzyme which has been studied for its effectiveness at reducing mucus and is combined with proteases and amylases blended to assist in overcoming the symptoms often associated with sinus and chest congestion.
MucoStop™ Mucolytic Enzyme Formula:
Mucous is defined as the clear viscid secretion of the mucous membranes, consisting of mucin, epithelial cells and leukocytes.
Enzymes classified as proteolytic (breaks down protein) and mucolytic (breaks down mucous) are beneficial at breaking down mucous.
Proteolytic enzymes are enzymes
that break down proteins. Not all proteases, however, can break down
all proteins. For example, a protease that is an effective
digester of food protein will not be a good protease for mucous
protein. The mucous protein requires an enzyme classified as
proteolytic and mucolytic (breaks down mucous). Seaprose stands alone
in this category.
Seaprose has at least six separate studies to support the effect it has on individuals with bronchial and sinus mucous as well as inflammatory issues. In one study it stated: "Eight days after the end of treatment with seaprose, there was still a significant beneficial effect on the viscoelasticity of mucous and a sort of "post-mucolytic effect" can be postulated.
Suggested Use: Two capsules, three
times a day on an empty stomach.
This product is a proprietary blend containing the enzyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, which has been shown to have a high fibrinolytic activity (breaks down fibrin) and antioxidant activity.
Nattokinase breaks down Fibrin. Fibrin is a protein that forms in the blood after trauma or injury. This is essential to stop excess blood loss but excess fibrin has been shown to contribute to cardiovascular issues, poor circulation and slow tissue repair.
There are more than twenty enzymes in the body that assist in clotting the blood, while only one that can break the clot down (plasmin).
Bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins
present in the blood also trigger an inflammatory condition resulting
in excess cross-linked Fibrin. Since there is no danger of blood loss
and trauma has not occurred, this cross-linked fibrin will circulate
through the blood and will stick to the walls of blood vessels.
Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi, M.D. (a.k.a, Dr.
Natto) a researcher of the Japan Ministry of Education and majoring in
the physiological chemistry at the blood laboratory of the University
of Chicago, had long researched thrombolytic enzymes. He was searching
for a natural agent that could successfully dissolve thrombus
associated with cardiac and cerebral infarction (blood clots associated
with heart attacks and stroke).
Nattokinase has been the subject of 17 studies, including two small human trials. Researchers from JCR Pharmaceuticals, Oklahoma State University, and Miyazaki Medical College tested nattokinase on 12 healthy Japanese volunteers (6 men and 6 women, between the ages of 21 and 55).
They gave the volunteers 200 grams of natto (the food) before breakfast, then tracked fibrinolytic activity through a series of blood plasma tests.
The tests indicated that the natto
generated a heightened ability to support circulation. On average, the
volunteers'' ELT (a measure of how long it takes to dissolve a blood
clot) dropped by 48 percent within two hours of treatment. An
additional study showed a 11% decrease in blood pressure after just two
1.Natto-Traditional Japanese Fermented Soy Beans with Recently Discovered Health Benefits and Novel Industrial Applications, Enzyme Wave, Volume 3, June 2002, Amano Enzyme, Inc., page 2-4.
2. Maruyama M, Sumi H. Effect of Natto Diet on Blood Pressure. JTTAS, 1995.
3. Sumi H, Hamada H, Tsushima H, Mihara H, Muraki H. A novel fibrinolytic enzyme (nattokinase) in the vegetable cheese Natto; a typical and popular soybean food in the Japanese diet. Experientia 1987, Oct 15;43(10):1110-1.
4. Sumi H. Healthy Microbe "Bacillus natto". Japan Bio Science Laboratory Co. Ltd.
Suggested Use: One capsule right before bed. For a therapeutic effect, one capsule three times a day.
This product is specifically designed to raise alkalinity. Each bottle of pH-Basic™ contains pH test strips to help determine the effectiveness of the product. It contains a synergistic blend of minerals, enzymes, super-foods and herbs. It can be taken for maintenance or therapeutically to elevate your body's pH if you are finding it difficult to make an impact through diet. It also serves to enhance the efficiency of enzymes in the body (digestive and metabolic).
As a result of acid forming foods,
high fat, mucous forming foods, and toxic food residues, the body
becomes too acidic. The human body should be slightly alkaline in order
to build an alkaline reserve for acid-forming conditions such as
stress, lack of exercise, or poor dietary habits.
The term pH stands for "potential" of "Hydrogen". It is the amount of hydrogen ions in a particular solution. The more ions, the more acid the solution. The fewer ions the more alkaline (base) the solution.
pH is measured on a scale of 0 to 14 with seven being neutral. The lower the pH number the more acidic it is and the higher the number the more alkaline. For example, a pH of 3 is more acidic than a pH of 5 and a pH of 9 is more alkaline than a pH of 6.
As humans, a normal pH of all tissues and fluids of the body (except the stomach) is slightly alkaline. The most critical pH is in the blood. All other organs and fluids will fluctuate in their range in order to keep the blood a strict pH between 7.35 and 7.45 (slightly alkaline). This process is called homeostasis. The body makes constant adjustments in tissue and fluid pH to maintain this very narrow pH range in the blood.
To be too acidic in the body can have far reaching consequences. For example, if the blood becomes too acidic the body will balance the pH at all costs. This can lead to common symptoms which include but are not limited to heart burn, acid reflux, indigestion, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, poor metabolism, mineral deficiencies, constipation, fatigue, brain fog, frequent urination, hormonal imbalances, sore muscles and the list goes on.
Similar problems may occur if we
become too alkaline, though this is much less likely. Obviously,
maintaining the proper pH in the blood, digestive tract, tissues and
fluids is essential in supporting optimal health.
When Enzymedica first tried to balance pH with enzymes and minerals, success was temporary. Though short term success was possible with ingredients like coral calcium, it could not be sustained. It has taken two years of research and "trial and error" to come up with what we feel is the most effective alkalinizing supplement on the market for some of the following reasons.
(They are chelated and pharmaceutical grade for safety and absorbability.)
Suggested Use: For maintenance one
to two capsules before bed with at least six ounces of water.
PRO-BIO has been formulated to
support healthy intestinal microflora balance. The probiotics chosen
for Pro-Bio have a history of beneficial use and are manufactured in a
way that guarantees potency at room temperature for twelve months.*
Pro-Bio contains 8 species of beneficial bacteria. Each capsule contains 5 Billion micro-organisms, which are guaranteed shelf stable for 12 months at room temperature or 24 months refrigerated. Pro-Bio is enteric coated to bypass and survive the acid environment of the stomach.*
The condition and function of the gastrointestinal tract is essential to our well being. This condition is highly dependent on the presence of intestinal microflora (bacteria). The beneficial microflora protects against the overgrowth of already present, potentially pathogenic organisms. Additionally, they produce enzymes (lactase, protease, and amylase) to complete digestion and are synergistic with enzymes in supporting the immune system. Probiotics are instrumental in protecting the host from invading bacteria and viruses. (note: Enzymes eventually “wear out” but probiotics live, colonize and create more enzymes.)*
Administration of antibiotics is
the most common cause of disruption of the balance and leads to
decreased resistance to colonization and to alterations in the
metabolic activities of the intestinal flora. The use of probiotics may
be the most natural, safe and common sense approach for keeping the
balance of the intestinal ecosystem.*
The remaining strains are fairly common in probiotic formulations. They have been shown to promote a healthy microflora balance in the intestinal tract, improve immune function, assist digestion, remove toxins and manufacture enzymes and vitamins.*
Combined total, no less than 1
Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule per day with water. Best if taken on an empty stomach, though it may also be taken with food. More may be taken as needed.
This product contains the highest amount of proteolytic enzymes that have exhibited qualities that reduce discomfort, speed recovery, and increase circulation
Proteolytic Enzymes Increase Circulation and Speed Recovery
Capillary Blood Flow - These small blood vessels are responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells and removing waste. After an injury some of these capillaries may be damaged, making them incapable of carrying fluid to and from the damaged tissue. The result is pain, swelling, redness, heat and loss of function. By repairing the capillaries, the bruises, swelling and pain disappear.
Proteolytic enzymes (enzymes that
have the ability to break down protein) have been shown to reduce the
amount of fibrin in the damaged capillary, improve circulation and
speed recovery. Once in the blood stream proteolytic enzymes hydrolyze
(digest) the fibrin network and enhance blood flow. Additionally, these
same proteases have been known to stimulate phagocytes (cells that
ingest foreign particles and debris) and accelerate elimination by way
of the lymphatic system.
In a recent study, runners were given protease supplements or a placebo four times a day for three days. This consisted of 24 hours before and 48 hours after running. The participants were evaluated for mood, muscle soreness and pain threshold 24 and 48 hours after running 30 minutes at about 7 miles per hour.
The result was a decrease in soreness, improved pain threshold and no mood change with those taking the proteolytic enzymes supplements over the group who took the placebo. This is not new.
According to some sports medicine reports, there is scarcely a top athlete in Germany who is not familiar with enzyme therapy. Additionally, in Australia, athletes are provided with enzyme capsules as a precaution to aid in rapid recovery after injury. Dr. Sumi found that the sticky part of natto, commonly called "threads", exhibited a strong fibrinolytic ("blood clot busting") activity. He named the corresponding fibrinolytic enzyme "nattokinase". Dr. Sumi commented that nattokinase showed "a potency matched by no other enzyme." 1,4
Suggested Use: 2 capsules, 2 to 3
times daily, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after a meal
V-gest is formulated with high quality amylase digestive enzymes to aid in the proper digestion of carbohydrates, protein, fats and dairy products. V-gest is ideal for vegetarians or anyone exhibiting amylase deficiency.
Amylase Digestive Enzymes that Break Down Carbohydrates V-gest contains four different types of enzymes that break down carbohydrates found in grains, seeds, legumes, vegetables and other plants. These enzymes stop gas, flatulence, bloating and discomfort from: Beans, broccoli, cabbage, onion, peppers, soy products, whole grain cereals, seeds and more.
Certain foods produce more gas than others because they contain more indigestible carbohydrates (fiber). The enzyme primarily responsible for breaking these types of carbohydrates down is known as alpha-galactosidase. V-gest contains more of this enzyme than any other Enzymedica product.
Suggested Use: One capsule with meals. V-gest™ works best when combined with Digest™. For issues associated with Amylase deficiency take 1 between meals 3 times a day.
This product helps digest protein and supports immune function.
Protease is able to dissolve almost all proteins as long as they are not components of living cells. Viruses are cell parasites consisting of nucleic acids covered by a protein film. Parasites, fungal forms and bacteria are made up of protein. Virastop contains eight different proteases which 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 invasion.
Protease Enzyme Supplement Virastop™ recommended usage provides you with 150,000 units of activity. This formulation is used to optimize the amount of protease absorbed into the bloodstream to break down the protein invaders which are not part of the natural body. The results of Virastop™ have been seen in the blood within ten minutes after ingestion whether there was food in the stomach or not.
Virastop™ may also be taken with DIGEST™ or DIGEST GOLD™ at a meal if animal protein is eaten. DIGEST™ contains a large amount of protease however, if protein digestive problems are present and red meat remains in the diet, the following may be a safeguard to do no further harm. Take 2 Virastop™ capsules with 3 DIGEST™ or 1 DIGEST GOLD™. Virastop™ is also good for chronic constipation.
The Virastop™ formulation is based on the needs of the individual and not on the individual's size or weight. Children may safely take Virastop™. It can be taken out of the capsule and mixed with liquid for easier ingestion.
Oral proteases taken on an empty stomach have been shown to be absorbed and carried into the blood stream where they are bound to alpha 2-macroglobulin.
Several studies have indicated that oral proteases bound to the macroglobulins hydrolyze immune complexes, proteinaceous debris, damaged proteins, and acute phase plasma proteins in the blood stream.
It is suggested that oral proteases
may help hydrolyze and remove extracellular proteins damaged by free
radicals. This is based on the absorbability of the protease into the
circulatory system, their hydrolytic activity and ability to remove
proteinaceous debris in blood and extracellular fluid, and their
susceptibility due to their unfolding and other conformational
modifications from their native state.
If at anytime you feel discomfort, take 2 capsules of ACID SOOTHE™. For support, continue to take ACID SOOTHE™ with your Virastop™ or DIGEST™ with meals and when needed.
Suggested Use: For maintenance, take one capsule two times a day, one hour before or two hours after a meal (empty stomach). For Therapeutic effect Virastop should be taken three to four times a day. More may be taken if needed.