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
3mg Lactobacillus acidophilus (providing approx 210 million cells)
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.