DigestZyme™ Exclusive two-phase digestive enzyme. Each capsule contains: GASTRIC PHASE: Pepsin 1:10,000 30 mg. Betaine HCl 115 mg. Stomach Substance 5 mg. ENTERIC PHASE: Pancrelipase 100 mg. Papain 100 mg. Cellulase 2 mg. Ox Bile Extract 50 mg. Duodenal Substance 5 mg. ENZYMATIC ACTIVITY PER CAPSULE: Peptic 300,000 FCC Units Papaic 600,000 USP Units Proteolytic 10,000 USP Units Diastatic 10.000 USP Units Lipolytic 2,400 USP Units Cellulytic 20,000 mC Units 60 capsules
Exclusive Enteric Matrix Formula Allows for pH Sensitive Release
Different enzymes are active at different pH levels. The exclusive enteric matrix formulation of DigestZyme allows for two phase, pH sensitive release of the contents of the capsule, with some of the enzymes being released in the stomach or gastric phase and others in the upper intestine or enteric phase.
Incomplete Digestion Can Cause Food Allergies and Many Diseases
Proper digestion is a requirement for optimum health, and incomplete or disordered digestion can be a major contributor to the development of many diseases. Not only are foods and nutritional substances of little benefit when breakdown and assimilation are inadequate, but also, incompletely digested food molecules can be inappropriately absorbed into the systemic circulation. This can lead to various diseases and the development of food allergies.(1)
Enzymatic action originates in four areas: the salivary glands, the stomach, the pancreas and the wall of the small intestine. Each enzyme is capable of breaking down only a specific substance. For example, an enzyme capable of breaking down fats cannot break down proteins or carbohydrates or vice versa.(2)
Gastric Phase Releases Pepsin and HCl
The stomach is primarily responsible for digestion of proteins and ionization of minerals. The stomach secretes gastric acid (hydrochloric acid) and various hormones and enzymes.(1) In DigestZyme capsules, the gastric release phase provides the protein digestive enzyme, pepsin; Betaine HCl as a source of hydrochloric acid; and stomach substance to aid absorption and provide growth and repair factors for the stomach.
Although much is said about hyperacidity (as often occurs with peptic ulcers), probably more significant health problems are caused by lack of gastric acid secretion. There are many symptoms and signs that suggest impaired gastric acid secretion, and a number of specific diseases have been found to be associated with insufficient gastric acid output.(1,3,4)
Several studies have shown that the ability to secrete gastric acid decreases with age. Low stomach acidity has been found in over half of those over age 60.(1,5,6,)
Common symptoms of low gastric acidity include:
Other signs of low gastric acidity include weak, peeling and cracked fingernails, dilated blood vessels in the cheeks and nose (in non-alcoholics), acne, iron deficiency, chronic intestinal parasites or abnormal flora, undigested food in stool, chronic candida infections, upper digestive tract gassiness.(1)
Enteric Phase Releases Digestive Enzymes and Bile
The small intestine participates in all aspects of digestion, absorption and transport of ingested materials. It secretes a variety of digestive and protective substances as well as receiving the secretions of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.(1)
Diseases involving the small intestine often result in malabsorption syndromes characterized by multiple nutrient deficiencies. Common causes of malabsorption include celiac disease (gluten intolerance), food allergy or intolerance, intestinal infections and Crohn's disease.(1)
In DigestZyme, the enteric release phase supplies pancrelipase, cellulase, duodenal substance and ox bile extract to the small intestine.
The proteolytic (protein-Digestol) enzymes and bile also serve to keep the small intestine free of parasites (including bacteria, yeast, protozoa and intestinal worms).(1,11)
It is important to remember that digestive problems are caused by some glandular or organic dysfunction. While the digestive aid is being used, the glands or organs involved should also be treated.
In cases of pancreatic insufficiency, supplementation with pancreatic enzymes is also recommended.(1) Pan 5X and Pan 10X are excellent high potency pancreatic enzyme supplements.
WARNING: This information is provided for the health professionals only. This publication and the product contained herein have not been approved or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This publication, and the product contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The product relates to nutritional support only.
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9.Messer, M., Anderson, C.M. and Hubbard, L., “Studies on the mechanism of destruction of the toxic action of wheat gluten in celiac disease by crude papain”, Gut, 1964, 5, pp. 295-303.
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12.Dorland, W.A.N., The American illustrated Medical Dictionary, Twenty-first Edition, W.B. Saunders, Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1947.
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