June 30, 2020 3 min read

Digestive Enzymes Explained

Digestive enzymes are made and used by our bodies to digest food and help us absorb nutrients. They take larger food particles, called macromolecules, and break-them down into nutrients and molecules that our bodies can readily absorb. Digestive enzymes have become popularized, unfortunately, due to widespread GI illnesses and digestive issues. Over 2,500 years ago, the great Greek physician Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut.” Lacking the proper enzymes prevents proper digestion, stopping the body from absorbing nutrients from food and making it vulnerable to a variety of illnesses.

What causes a low level of digestive enzymes? There are many factors. Firstly, the pancreas slows down enzyme production with age. Secondly, bad lifestyle habits such as excessive alcohol consumption and having a poor diet also lead to pancreatic inflammationcausing enzyme production to drop dramatically. Whether lack of enzyme production can be fixed is still inconclusive according to clinical studies.

There are many types of digestive enzymes, but the main groups that break down the three macronutrients protein, fat, and carbs are:

  • Lipase – created in the mouth, stomach, and pancreas to break down the fats we eat. It turns fats into absorbable fatty acids
  • Amylase – produced by salivary glands and in the pancreas, these enzymes are responsible for breaking down carbohydrates. Critical for breaking down frequently consumed starches into sugars
  • Proteases and peptidases – a group of numerous enzymes that break down proteins into amino acids

Many people have turned to a few categories of digestive enzyme supplements. People who have trouble digesting specific food groups consume special formulas that provide individual groups of enzymes to meet a deficiency. Some others find that the best digestive enzyme supplements are complete formulas that aid them in the digestion of all foods. There are even enzyme formulas that promote various bodily functions such as healthy joints and joint mobility, and actually have a small relation to food digestion.

Zen Supplements – Superzymes

This all-inclusive multi-enzyme supplement comes with both animal and plant derived enzymes to provide you with nutrient absorption and proper digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It contains Pepsin, Bromelain, Papain, Ox bile extract, Pancreatin, and Betaine HCL in high concentration to ensure potency and potential benefits.

Features and Benefits:

  • Complete full spectrum digestive enzyme formula
  • Includes ox bile extract for enhanced protein digestion
  • Designed to function in low pH and high acid environments such as the stomach
  • Absolutely NO dairy, yeast, wheat, soy, preservatives, artificial colors or preservatives

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Zen Supplements – Ultra Veggie Digest

This is a vegetarian blend formulated for the digestion of vegetables, beans, and all carbohydrates. It contains all three major enzyme groups Lipase, Protease, and Amylase in high concentration to ensure consistency and potency. We also included fruit enzymes Bromelain and Papain for added digestion support. Lastly, this formula is manufactured by National Enzyme Company, the industry leader in enzyme technology.

Features and Benefits:

  • Complete digestive enzyme formula that excludes animal sourced enzymes
  • Proprietary blend manufactured by an industry leader, National Enzyme Company
  • Includes over 10 additional enzymes and ingredients for complete digestion aid
  • Absolutely NO dairy, yeast, wheat, soy, preservatives, artificial colors or preservatives

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Zen Supplements – Gluten-Ade

This Zen Supplements blend is a complete gluten digestive formula which includes enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics. It contains three different types of the carb digesting enzyme, Amylase, as well as trademarked FloraFit and FiberAid formulas for optimal digestion and potential benefits.

Features and Benefits:

  • Comprehensive prebiotic, probiotic, and enzyme blend
  • Formulated to be potent throughout broad pH levels in stomach and small intestine
  • Absolutely NO dairy, yeast, wheat, soy, preservatives, artificial colors or preservatives

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Zen Supplements – Ultra Proteo-Zimes (different LP?)

This Zen Supplements formula contains the highest possible concentration of chymotrypsin trypsin, papain, and pancreatin to ensure consistency and potency. This group of enzymes is responsible for supporting numerous biological processes including healthy joints and cardiovascular health, with some support in protein digestion. This blend has enter-coated tablets, to guarantee potency by preventing enzyme destruction in the stomach acid.

Features and Benefits:

  • Highest commercial concentration of selected enzymes
  • Systemic enzyme formula
  • Guaranteed potency
  • Enteric-coated to protect enzymes in stomach acid
  • Absolutely NO yeast, wheat, gluten, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors

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Additional Digestive Enzyme information by WebMD

https://www.webmd.com/diet/what-are-digestive-enzymes

Research and studies done on Digestive Enzymes by NIH

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4923703/


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