Digestive Enzymes – for those with food intollerance

I take a broad spectrum high potency enzyme complex, derived from vegetable sources, to digest all the elements in food for more efficient absorption. Also contains L.acidophilus to help maintain a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria.

(Caution: Not suitable for people with colitis, gastritis or ulcerative conditions of the stomach or colon )

Biocare Digestive Enzymes, called Polyzyme Forte (onlyavailable in the UK I think – but there are lots of similar products – so do a yahoo search and I’m sure you will find some for every country)

More Details About This Product:

Ingredients typically per vegetable capsule
120mg Protease
100mg Amylase
100mg Bromelain
80mg Lipase
10mg Cellulase
10mg Lactase
5mg Maltase
5mg Sucrase
3mg Lactobacillus acidophilus (providing approx 210 million cells)

Non-active ingredients:
Vegetable Magnesium Stearate
Capsule: Cellulose and water

Polyzyme Forte is a mixture of digestive enzymes, derived from vegetable sources rather than from animal sources, which is enhanced with Lactobacillus acidophilus. Polyzyme Forte is vacuum packed to maintain potency, stability and shelf-life of the enzymes.

Benefits and Features of Polyzyme Forte
· A broad spectrum digestive enzyme complex derived from vegetable sources to digest all the elements in food for more efficient absorption
· Protease and bromelain assist in the breakdown of food proteins into amino acids and polypeptides
· Lipase helps with the efficient digestion of fats and oils
· Amylase is required for the complete digestion of carbohydrates
· Lactase, sucrase and maltase hydrolyse complex sugars into simple sugars
· L.acidophilus helps to maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora
· Contains 430mg of pure enzymes in each capsule and is two to three times more potent than many animal based enzyme products
· Vacuum packed to maintain potency, stability and shelf-life of the enzymes
· Acid stable against stomach pH and able to retain digestive capability over a wide range of pH variances
· Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

About Digestive Enzymes

Proper digestion is one of the body’s most important physiological functions in maintaining overall health and wellness. Maintaining normal digestion aids in proper absorption and elimination.

When digestion is incomplete or disordered, food and other nutritional substances don’t break down and assimilate properly; so you can’t obtain their full nutritional value. In addition, food molecules that have not been completely digested can be inappropriately absorbed into the systemic circulation, contributing to a variety of food associated disorders, such as food intolerance. Incomplete digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates may also contribute to nutritional deficiency.

Natural digestive enzymes and emulsifying agents are excellent aids to the digestive and absorption processes.

Two important digestive enzymes are extracted from tropical fruits. Papain, from papayas, has a mild, soothing effect on the stomach and helps aid in protein digestion. Bromelain, from pineapple, also helps aid protein digestion.

Amylase digests starch and carbohydrates in foods such as potatoes, rice, cereals, beans and all legumes. Amylase is produced by the salivary glands in the mouth, by the pancreas and by the small intestine. Improper or incomplete digestion of carbohydrates may cause a variety of symptoms such as bloatedness, flatulence, low energy levels and other digestive problems. It may also reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from foods containing carbohydrates.

Lactase has been shown to be effective in breaking down milk sugar (lactose).

Lipase helps to break down fats in the diet to a more assimilable form which can be absorbed by the body (i.e. into glycerol and fatty acids). Lipase is secreted by the pancreas and the small intestine. Supplemental lipase may be helpful when the diet is high in fats, placing a burden on the digestion. Fat-soluble vitamins such as A, E, E and K are absorbed more efficiently from the gut along with dietary fats. Carotenoids such as beta carotene and lycopene are absorbed more efficiently with dietary fats.

Sucrase, maltase and lactase break down complex sugars into simple sugars.

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45 thoughts on “Digestive Enzymes – for those with food intollerance

  1. This is a very interesting topic and Im completetly convinced now that digestive enzymes is a must to try for the acne sufferer.

    I can say I used to have stomach bloating and with the digestive enzymes I dont suffer anymore and I feel great. Interesting thing is that I was using B6 for the bloating and now that with the enzymes it makes more sense to me that my problem was rather digestive and I believe its helping with my skin along with the accutane.

    Kuddos for Maya on this one. You are genious!

    Mari 😀

  2. Maybe I will try that maya gal! Will it give me an upset grumbling stomach? I am sensitive to this I think…will it give me gas and diarrea? :oops Amelia

  3. No, it won’t give you anything you haven’t already got old gal!!!! LOL….
    so nice to see your name on the boards again.

    Worth a try for everyone I think.

    I’m going to give your hormone thread a good read when I get the chance. Been a bit of a busy weekend with my sister around, but she’s gone now.

  4. :lilangel oh maya I will add that to my list and give it a whirl :angel You DA BEST! you know my old gut aint what she use to be! LOL! Amelia

  5. yes Check out the hormone thread babe! Add to it…us old gals need this info I know you could add tons on there so get to typing….LOL! :lol Amelia

  6. I think digestive enzymes are great also. And I do take them on and off, not on a regular basis. But I did want to add, that I gave a pill to my sister, who suffers from constipation, and she had diarreha sooo bad, she said she’d never take them again! So some of them might be a little strong for some people.(?) Here is what the ones I take have in them:
    ox bile extract(?)
    betaine HCI
    bromelain(from pineapple stem)
    aloe vera gel
    They’re by Solaray, and it works wonders for constipation!

  7. I am bumping this as I think out of all my supplements – this one has to be THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

    For those not currently taking digestive enzymes – please add them to your supplementation – you cannot OD on these!

  8. I’ve tried about 4-5 different brands and I think that Para-Zyme is the best. It’s made by Renew for Life, the intestinal cleansing folks. It has the following:

    750 mg of the following per 1 capsule:
    Betain hydrochloride
    borage seed
    flax seed
    soy lecithin
    butyric acid
    and the following plant based enzymes:
    amylase 417du
    protease 2083 hut
    lipase 17 lu
    lactase 58 lacU
    cellulase 167 cu
    invertase 0.08 iau
    maltase 1.87 dp
    pectinase with phytase 6.25 endo pgu
    probiotic blend
    bromelain (2400 gdu/gm, 3600 mcu/gm)
    gamma cryzanol
    n-acetyl d glucosamine

    These are a bit expensive…..but they really make a huge difference….especially after a heavy x-mas meal :wink

  9. could you please post a link or a website as to where you buy your digestive enzymes. This sounds good. I’ve been taking a colon care system that has natural fiber as well as minerals to protect the colon. It doesn’t contain any laxatives which is a good thing.
    But I’m interested in this digestive enzyme thing.



  10. sorry…..It was to maya. But thank you as well for giving me a link. Yours looks interesting too.


  11. Ryan

    I buy mine i the Uk from the health store – I don’t think they are available to ship overseas, sorry. BUT, I think there are obviously lots of good suppliers, and Denise is extremely knowledgeable. You need to check what your local supplier have. Where are u based?

  12. I was hoping that if any of you are in the UK, you could tell me how much these enzymes cost, and exactly where you can buy them. I did read this thread some time ago and saw that it was a good idea and now my interest has been renewed because some guys on the absolutte board have been talking about it too.

    Any idea of cost?


  13. This is kind of embarassing, but I was wondering if digestive enzymes could help with gas or bloating? I’ve been a vegetarian for ten years or more, but I recently have tried to up my fiber intake. I feel great, but I feel bloated and gassy at times and I don’t like to fart in public. Does anyone think that taking digestive enzmes prior to meals could help with this? I just started acidophilous, but it’s only been a couple days- too soon to see a difference.

    Please let me know if these enzmes might be able to alleviate some of the gassy and bloating feeling that I get after eating high fiber foods. Laso, as far as acne goes, has anyone seen an improvement in the skin while taking enzymes?


  14. Sam – they cost around £18 for 90, and you can take 1 before every meal. The brand I take is Biocare and you should be able to buy them from any independent health store. They also have a website – do a search fro Biocare and you will find them.

    Pamamaco – yes, they will help you! Actually, they work well in conjunction with the probiotics. My skin improved a lot when I started to take these enzymes, it definately helps with breaking down foods that I am intollerant to.


  15. Lack of enzymes contributes to disease and chronic degenerative conditions. With assimilation impaired, absorption of putrefying matter can occur throughout the body. Thus, an unhealthy body lacks resistance to germs, which proliferate in this environment. Working on all pH levels (2.5-9), these enzymes affect the length and quality of life by breaking down old cellular mucous and toxins, then expelling it from the organism. Inflammation can be reduced while immune system activity is increased.

    check out these link:


    it was very interesting to read that there is a decline in digestive enzymes production in our bodies after 30 years old. Didnt knew that. :scratch

    Mari 😀

  16. Denise,
    I tried the link you posted. Clicked on the enzyme link but didn’t see the para-zyme any where. Which exact product are you talking about?

  17. I just ordered some of the para-zyme pills. How should I take them? How many times a day? What time of day?

    I also ordered some MSM pills and cream to hopefully help with the eczema around my nose. How should I be taking those?

  18. Just take the amount recomended in the bottles for the paraenzymes. Not sure about wheat will be recomened dose about MSM.. :eek

  19. Wally, I don’t take them every day – but if I eat wheat or take a lot of dairy in the day, then yes, I will take one. I find they really help – and they are part of my anti-acne strategy.

  20. Thanks Maya. I think I will add them to my attack too. Lately, I have become convince that for people whos acne is constant/severe, the digestive process ESPECIALLY THE LIVER is impairied or something is wrong. I read in one of my anatomy books that the liver’s digestion related functions include:
    – controlling glucose levels in the blood
    – metabolizing amino acids and fats
    – storing vitamins and minerals
    When I read this I was kind of taken back, I knew that the liver was important, but just about every internal “alternative” treatment that is done can be traced to one of these three things. So right now i am trying to find the right mix to help my liver and hopefully help my acne.

    Enough about me, how are you doing? I havent been doing the vinegar thing that much, as I have begun to realize that when I use it on my face, my face will be dry for a little bit then overcompensate and my skin will become oiler. Still doing the breathing exercises? I hope you are doing good, I noticed that you are doing the lasers too. I hope all goes well-its about time for you! 🙂

  21. Wally, I don’t take them every day – but if I eat wheat or take a lot of dairy in the day, then yes, I will take one. I find they really help – and they are part of my anti-acne strategy.

    How well do these help?
    Did you notice a significant decrease in acne after taking the enzymes?

  22. Im glad this thread has been brought back because digestive enzymes should be part of the antiacne strategy plan for everybody. 😀

  23. Maya,
    Hope you’re going well Hun….thanks for all the info.
    I just wanted to ask, can I get any good stuff at say Boots or Superdrug? As I both live and work in the ‘Square Mile’, it can be a bit tricky getting to a decent health store.
    Any advice, (as always), will be very gratefully received!
    Regards, Emma.

  24. Hi gorgeous Emma 😀

    Biocare do a mail order service http://www.biocare.co.uk/ – they even have nutritionists you can speak to for free. In the UK, Biocare and Solgar are the best brands – expenvive but worthwhile in my eyes.

  25. Oh, on another note – just wanted to add something about wheat, dairy and other intollernaces (which seem to be very common these days).

    The chances are that most people do not have a ‘REAL’ intollerance to these foods, it’s just when your stomach and spleen energy (both organs are responsible for transformation and transportion of nutrients in the body) you will find these foods hard to digest and therefore bloating, acne etc.. can appear. When you can get your energy back in order – through proper diet, exercise, positive thinking (yes!! positive thinking helps – just think, when you worry and get anxious, have too much fear etc.. your stomach contracts and isn’t functioning properly) then you are back on the right track and you shouldn’t need to take enzymes forever.

    A sure way to help your digetsion:
    1. Only eat when you’re hungry and don’t overeat (when you’re hungry, your stomach has enzymes ready to help you break down food – that is what the growling noises are about!!)
    2. Don’t eat raw foods – always have vegetables lightly cooked (it’s a lot of work for your body to break down raw foods – and if it is weak, it’s spending too much energy -you can intordue raw foods only if your body is strong)
    3. Never drink cold drinks – always warm or at least at room temperature (cold drinks kill the digestive fires in the body).
    4. Never eat when you are angry or in a sad mood – eat when you are calm. Otherwise the nutrients won’t enter/transform.

    I find it a little hard to explain but I am studying Qi Gong/Chi Kung and it has a lot of basis for self healing based around making sure the energy in the body works efficienty. On my last weekend course, one of the Masters talked about some of the above points I made – it makes a lot of sense if you think about it or are to research it for yourself (find info on Traditional Chinese Medicine).

    Ask yourself – why was I able to take wheat and dairy with no problems when I was younger.. and now I am intollerant??? The reason is because your stomach is no longer able to process foods because it is weak (due to years of poor digestion etc..)… so digestive enzymes can definately help to get you back on track. You don’t have to give up the foods that you have enjoyed previously – don’t think long term about this – just get your health back and then you can start adding in what you want. Life is for living after all.

    Haven’t got time to discuss any more – got to go to work.. but thought this was important for you to understand.

  26. A sure way to help your digestion:
    1. Only eat when you’re hungry and don’t overeat (when you’re hungry, your stomach has enzymes ready to help you break down food – that is what the growling noises are about!!)
    2. Don’t eat raw foods – always have vegetables lightly cooked (it’s a lot of work for your body to break down raw foods – and if it is weak, it’s spending too much energy -you can intordue raw foods only if your body is strong)
    3. Never drink cold drinks – always warm or at least at room temperature (cold drinks kill the digestive fires in the body).
    4. Never eat when you are angry or in a sad mood – eat when you are calm. Otherwise the nutrients won’t enter/transform.

    This would be a good set of rules to post in the kitchen for everyone not just people who have problems with their skin. This is a great thread!

    I keep a bottle of Whole Foods Wholezyme vegetarian formula in my kitchen all the time. It is a less expensive ‘store brand’ that is put together by a major producer of this type of supplement. It is not unusual for a major chain store to contract with producers of well known products to produce products with their own store label that competes with major brands here in the U.S. This is a part of the American ‘system.’

    It is true that many people seem to be developing ‘sensitivities’ to grains. I don’t know why this is happening but I personally know 3 people who have also developed a problem with bad gas and bloating each time they consume wheat products, in the past year.

    I have read that there is genetic engineering of wheat and other grains going on in the U.S. This research has been going on for a number of years. I don’t know if this same type of research is happening in other countries. I also do not know if these genetically engineered grains have been incorporated into our food supply. I do wonder if this is what has happened to us. The purpose of all of this ‘research’ is to improve grain production with grains that are more resistant to drought and disease in order to feed the billions of people we have on the planet today. Perhaps the end result for many of us could be an ‘intolerance’ to the new strains of grain products? I am not sure at all if this is what is going on here, all I am sure of is that many of us are having a problem right now, especially with wheat.

  27. The problem with Lactobacillus 230million is that to have any effect you need to be talking in billions with Lactobacillus. Much of what is sold is very misleading and extremely low potency. In clinic trials where Lactobacillus has been shown to be helpful to people with digestive problems they were using a dosage of 10 billion Lactobacillus each day.

  28. [quote]Wally, I don’t take them every day – but if I eat wheat or take a lot of dairy in the day, then yes, I will take one. I find they really help – and they are part of my anti-acne strategy.

    How well do these help?
    Did you notice a significant decrease in acne after taking the enzymes?[/quote]I’d really like to know…

  29. Gustav,
    You will get some enzyme info from this thread; that is why I bumped it up for you, and for anyone else who is interested in supplementing enzymes.

    I use Whole Foods Wholezyme vegetarian formula myself. I feel much better when I take these enzymes than when I don’t take them. I have gon on and off these enzymes but right now I am sticking with taking them. I have developed a problem with digesting WHEAT within the last year. If I eat wheat pasta or wheat based bread without taking any enzymes I will break out.

    I take 2 of these gel caps about 5 minutes BEFORE eating. This formula contains:
    Protase to digest protein
    Amylase to digest Carbs
    Sucrase to digest simple sugar
    Lipase to digest fats
    Lactose to digest milk sugar, which is in all dairy products, and
    Maltase to digest grains.

    Actually there are many other enzymes involved in the proper digestion of food. The above are the most important.

    Normally we manufacturer all the enzymes we need, within our own bodies, but for those of us who have skin problems it seems that there is something missing here. That is why we tend to have problems with our stomachs not digesting food and toxins from these undigested foods getting into our blood, and then our livers do not or can not filter out all the toxins that are thrown into the blood, and the result is ofter seen on our skins as breakouts.

    Good luck in curing your acne, Gustav!

  30. Solomio //

    Thanks a lot! 🙂

    I have just ordered. This it what “mine” contains. I think they have all I need.

    Amalys 5000 DU, Proteas 15000 HUT, Lipas 120 LU, Cellulas 80 CU, Glukoamalys 9 AG, Invertas .4 IAU, Laktas 100 LacU, Bromelain 10000 FCCPU, Papain 12000 FCCPU.

  31. I haven’t tried them, but they seem to be alright. I use one from my local health store and its a local brand.

  32. I am bumping this thread to answer the question on digestive enzymes.

    I used to take Wholezymes just when I was having any wheat based food product in a meal. Since my last surgery I have been taking the zymes with every meal, and the result has been very satisfactory. No break outs and no digestive problems at all. Well, this tells me that I have been having a problem with some other food besides wheat, and the zymes have solved this problem.


  33. I take digestive enzymes every day, I used to take one that specifically broke down protein, why I don’t know, but I broke out a lot then. Could that be because the digestive ezyme that broke down the protein caused me to break out because the protein was being broken down too much?

  34. I’m new to this site and this post sounds interesting. I think I might have digestive problems, coz I have bloating and gas and constipation.
    I have very mild cystic acne, normally on the nose or the cheeks ( does the location of my acne means its digestive related? )
    I have started eating healthy by cutting all the refined sugars and most of the dairy products.
    I feel this digestive enzymes can help me with all my problems with stomach and skin. I live in the east coast, can you please recommend me a good brand and a store to buy this enzymes?

    Also, I read on some of the posts some users have a Anti-Acne plan, can you please expand on that?

    Thanks alot!!!!

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