If you suffer with occasional bloating, gas or other digestive concerns after eating, especially the foods you enjoy most, you’re not alone.
According to a recent national survey of 2,000 adults, 74 percent of Americans live with these types of common digestive symptoms.
And then there are sensitivities to specific foods...
While a U.K. study found that gluten sensitivity may affect as much as 13 percent of its population, Americans report the highest numbers anywhere. A whopping 30 percent in one recent study say they avoid gluten because they believe they are sensitive to the protein.
Lactose intolerance is another food sensitivity that affects a large number of people. Approximately 65 percent of the world’s population has a reduced ability to digest lactose in dairy.
As if experiencing occasional gut discomfort isn’t bad enough, the ill effects of food intolerances go even further.
Bloating, excess gas and other digestive concerns may be telling you your body can’t break down the food you eat and properly absorb nutrients.
I believe, in many cases, this doesn’t need to happen. By adding digestive enzymes that your body may be lacking, you may be able to help ease occasional complaints and more fully reap the benefits of the nutrients in your food.
The Role Digestive Enzymes Play When You Eat a Meal
Your digestive process starts in your mouth, even before you take that first bite of food, and continues in your stomach and small intestine.
Here’s how the three main groups of digestive enzymes help break down the components of your meal:
- Carbohydrases are enzymes that break down carbohydrates such as starches, sugars and cellulose into more easily absorbed sugar molecules. These include amylase, lactase, cellulose, and Beta-glucanase.
- Proteases are enzymes that break down intact protein molecules into individual amino acids for proper absorption. Examples of proteases are pepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and peptidase.
- Lipases are enzymes that break down fats into easily absorbable fatty acid and glycerol molecules. Bile aids the actions of lipases by breaking the fat into small droplets. Lipases break down triglycerides, support gall bladder function, and improve fat utilization by your body.
Once enzymes break down these macronutrients, the smaller molecules enter your bloodstream and play an important role in fueling your body, boosting your metabolism, and even making your cells’ DNA.
Your body naturally produces enzymes to help digest foods. In the diagram below, you can see some of the different enzymes produced in your body. These enzymes (plus more) are all essential for proper digestion.
“If My Body Makes Its Own Digestive Enzymes, Why Do I Need Supplemental Enzymes?”
Many factors can contribute to digestive enzyme deficiency, or a state in which your body doesn’t produce enough of its own enzymes to properly digest food.
A shortage of enzymes can especially be problematic when you eat a meal heavily loaded with carbs or fats or proteins…
Three of the biggest factors that decrease your body’s enzyme production include:
- Aging can lead to reduced enzyme production
- Leaky gut through the impairment of your small intestines’ lining
- Inflammation from toxins, stress, and food sensitivities
Your natural enzyme production starts to decline at around age 20. By age 40, your production of enzymes drops about 25 percent from that of your earlier years. You could be producing as little as a third of the enzymes you need by 70.
A leaky, damaged gut and an inflamed gastrointestinal tract can also cause an enzyme deficiency. When your gut lining wall becomes irritated or damaged (glyphosate is a potent gut destroyer), your production of enzymes can be impacted.
And when you don’t produce enough digestive enzymes – and you’re not taking a digestive supplement with meals – you run the risk of depleting your body’s production of metabolic enzymes. That’s not a good thing as every cell in your body requires enzymes to function.
For optimal digestion, you also need a highly acidic environment in your stomach. Pepsin and hydrochloric acid (HCl) help create this acidity. When you are young, your body produces enough of both to adequately digest your food.
As you age, your stomach acid levels drop. That can affect your digestion and lead to some of the uncomfortable symptoms we talked about earlier.
So, aging impacts your digestion in two ways with lower digestive enzyme production and lower stomach acid levels.
Don’t Make a Bad Situation Worse... Maintain Your Stomach’s Acidic Environment for Optimal Digestion
If you make the mistake that many people do – take antacids for what you believe is heartburn or acid reflux – you can actually make the situation much worse. Antacids do what they’re supposed to... lower acid levels in your stomach!
Instead, do all you can to help maintain a healthy acidic stomach environment for optimal digestion, and take a digestive enzyme. This approach can help ease the contributing factors to acid indigestion.*
Vitamin B12 is one nutrient that’s especially impacted by low acidic levels. This essential vitamin, one that many people, especially older individuals, may be deficient in, can only be absorbed when you have sufficient stomach acid.
Enzymes, Betaine HCl, and probiotics can help maintain an acidic environment to aid your digestion...*
- Digestive enzymes help break down your food*
- Betaine HCl increases stomach acid to ensure complete digestion of proteins and fats, as well as absorption of amino acids*
- Probiotics like acidophilus create lactic acid to help you maintain an acidic environment in your small intestine*
Apple cider vinegar is another excellent way to boost acidity. Taken with your meal, such as on a salad, it helps acidify your stomach and improve digestion.
You’ll find organic apple cider vinegar in my online store in both liquid and dried powder capsule form.
For all these reasons and more, I believe there’s value in adding enzymes to your daily regimen.
But not just any digestive enzyme supplement...
The Problems With Today’s Digestive Enzyme Formulas
There’s a popular trend today with digestive enzymes... and I believe it’s misguided for several reasons.
First, the makers of digestive enzymes assume that everyone needs the same dose and the same enzymes.
Most likely you don’t eat exactly the same way as your best friend or your neighbor. And your body certainly works differently. Maybe you have food sensitivities that your friend or neighbor doesn’t.
So why would you want to take the same digestive enzyme formula as them and everyone else?
You are unique, and so are your digestive enzyme needs.
The second problem with many of today’s enzyme formulas is that they contain too high levels of specific enzymes. The majority of manufacturers formulate their enzymes on the premise of “the more, the better.”
That misguided theory doesn’t apply to digestive enzymes. For enzymes to work, they must come in contact with food. Once you have the optimal amount of enzymes that your body needs to digest the food that’s there, the rest is wasted.
Rather, I believe an enzyme formula should be broad based. That is, you want a wide variety of enzymatic activity.
As I mentioned earlier, enzymes are substrate specific. That is, each type of enzyme breaks down a very specific type of food. For example, Lipase breaks down fat while Pectinase breaks down pectins found in fruits and vegetables.
A small assortment of enzyme types just doesn’t get the job done. You want a broad array of different types of enzymes in the formula to break down a variety of foods.
As I said, you want to go broad, not deep. Don’t be misled by claims of excessively high doses of enzymes. You want optimal effectiveness without waste.
Let’s take a closer look at why that matters...
Why You Want to ‘Go Broad, Not Deep’ When It Comes to Digestive Enzymes
As you saw in the diagram earlier, you have a wide variety of enzymes that work together to:
- Break down food molecules to digestible size for absorption in the small intestine
- Digest carbohydrates, proteins and fats in your diet
- Assist in the proper absorption of nutrients
Whatever your body can’t break down into an absorbable size will be excreted as waste.
If you’re like the many people whose enzyme levels have decreased or become depleted, you may not be able to break down food adequately and benefit from their nutrients.
And don’t expect to get the enzymes you need from your food...
Unless you are eating a predominately raw diet, your food is mostly enzyme deficient. Processing and cooking at temperatures above 116 degrees Fahrenheit renders most naturally occurring enzymes inactive.
Supplementing your body’s enzyme production can help with the essential tasks of breaking down food molecules, digestion and absorption.* At the same time, supplemental enzymes can help reduce minor discomfort and occasional bloating, and that bogged-down feeling you sometimes get after a big meal!
However, if you took a digestive enzyme supplement that contained only a small handful of the types of enzymes your body needs (as is the case with many enzyme supplements), you will not fully benefit.
No matter how large of doses, a limited array of enzymes can’t fill in and cover the actions of the missing enzyme varieties!
A Revolutionary Way to Formulate Digestive Enzymes: We Went Back to the Basics and Took a Scientific Approach
As I hinted at earlier, my team and I have discovered what I believe to be a much better approach to supplementing digestive enzymes.
Instead of just loading an enzyme supplement with high activity levels of enzymes that exceed what you really need, we decided to go back to the basics and take a scientific approach...
We’ve based our formulas on what real people actually eat, and added an appropriate allowance for enzyme deficiencies and loss of enzymes due to age.
So how did we accomplish this? It was a multi-step process...
- First, we looked at USDA tables for the actual reported numbers of calories, carbs, fats, fiber, and protein that the average man and woman typically eats at a meal
- We did in-depth scientific research on enzyme deficiencies in the general population (we found that people, on average, have only 85 percent of their enzyme capabilities)
- We added 15 percent to bring that number up to 100 percent enzyme capability, to compensate for age-related enzyme loss, deficiencies, and absorption variances
- Then, we added an extra insurance to allow for shelf life and other factors
This scientific approach is revolutionary, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring the fruits of our labor to you.
Before I introduce you to our unique formulas, let me tell you about one other outstanding feature that sets ours apart from all the others...
We Added the Universal Energy Storage Molecule, ATP, so Your Body Wouldn’t Have to Do the Heavy Lifting
ATP, or adenosine-5’-triphosphate, is your body’s natural energy source. It’s in every cell of your body and plays an important role in cellular energy storage and transfer.
Unprocessed and uncooked foods contain ATP, and when you eat these types of foods, the ATP they provide plays a crucial role in digestion.
Most likely you’re familiar with ATP as the energy currency of your cells. But is also serves a crucial role in your digestion that you may not be aware of…
Inside your body, extracellular ATP (or the ATP that’s outside your cells) acts as important signaling molecules for your digestion. When you eat raw food, the ATP in that food signals to your body to start the digestive process.
Your gut contains enzymes called ATPases. When these enzymes find ATP, they digest it and this signals the body to start the digestive process. ATP influences gastric acid and pepsin secretions as well as stomach contractions.
An unprocessed, uncooked meal provides the ideal amount of these ATP signaling molecules to start the digestive process. Cooked or processed food does not...
However, most meals today are processed so they contribute little or no ATP to initiate digestion. Instead, your body must waste precious resources by excreting its own ATP into your digestive tract for that signaling.
Your body has come to expect this extracellular ATP from a healthy diet.
When you don’t get ATP from the food you eat, and you don’t provide it through supplementation, your body has to pay the price.
That’s why I decided it was so important to add ATP to all of our digestive enzyme formulas...
My One-of-a-Kind Flagship Digestive Enzyme Blend: All-Vegan Full Spectrum Enzymes
We developed our first – and flagship – enzyme formula to meet the needs of the general population using data on how the average person eats.
Scientifically formulated Full Spectrum Enzymes contains a very broad range of enzymes derived from plant, bacterial and fungal sources to help digest different types of foods, and to digest them quickly:*
- A Full Spectrum pH Protease Blend of four different proteases to work at the different pH’s in your digestive tract, in order to break down proteins into smaller polypeptide fragments and amino acids.* This supports the proper digestion of and immune system response to proteins in the diet*
- A Cellulase Blend of two different cellulases to break down cellulose (a carbohydrate) and cellulose derivatives into smaller polysaccharides and glucose, and to help free up plant nutrients*
- A Lipase Blend of two different lipases to break down triglycerides, support proper fat utilization and gallbladder function*
- A Plant-Derived Enzyme Blend of bromelain and papain from pineapple and papaya (stems only to minimize allergenic response) to promote the complete digestion of proteins in a broad range of pH levels*
- Beta-Glucanase to break down the beta D-glucans or polysaccharides in grains*
- Glucoamylase to convert starch into glucose for energy*
- Amylase to break down carbohydrates, such as starch and glycogen*
- Diastase to degrade maltose to glucose*
- Lactase to break down lactose or the sugar in milk into its components sugars, glucose and galactose for utilization by the body*
- Pectinase to break down carbohydrates, such as the pectin in fruits and vegetables
- Xylanase to break down the xylose-containing polymers in wheat, oats and barley*
- Alpha Galactosidase to help digest gas promoting carbohydrates, such as those found in legumes and cruciferous vegetables*
- Peptidase to release amino acids from proteins and polypeptides*
- Phytase to support proper mineral absorption and to break down phytic acid, an indigestible form of phosphorus
- Hemicellulase to digest soluble fibers in plant cell walls and to release nutrients bound in fruits and vegetables
- Invertase to split sucrose into glucose and fructose so they can be utilized*
- ATP for digestive signaling*
That’s a total of 22 different enzymes – plus ATP! I challenge you to find a more complete digestive enzyme product with such a broad range of enzymes that can work effectively in different parts of your gut.*
Here’s another very important benefit of this unique vegan formula that you won’t find in most enzyme formulas... Full Spectrum Enzymes works at a wide range of different pH’s throughout your digestive tract to cover various phases of digestion.
This helps ensure the rapid digestion of food and helps relieve occasional bloating, gas and intestinal discomfort.*
Many Women Eat Differently Than Men, so We Created an Enzyme Supplement Specially for Women (and Vegetarians, Too!)
Chances are, if you’re a woman, you don’t eat all of the same foods and the same amounts of food as the men in your life.
So doesn’t it make sense to take an enzyme supplement that caters to your way of eating?
I certainly think so. And that’s why I created Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women.
Similar to how we formulated regular Full Spectrum Enzymes, my team and I looked at USDA data for an average woman along with dietary preferences.
Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women contains a scientifically formulated broad range of vegan enzymes derived from plants, fungal, and bacterial sources to help digest different types of foods:*
- Enzyme levels are based on a typical meal that a woman might eat to ensure complete digestion of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fibers and more*
- Formula adjusted to account for specific women’s diet preferences such as increased vegetable and reduced protein consumption
- Formula takes into account enzyme deficiencies and compensates for age-related enzyme loss*
- Includes ATP, which may act as a signaling molecule, prompting the body to start digestion*
- Enzymes work at different pH’s to cover various phases of digestion, helping to digest food rapidly and relieve occasional bloating, gas and intestinal discomfort*
You’ll find all of the same enzyme blends and 22 total enzymes that are in Full Spectrum Enzymes. We’ve just customized their enzyme activity to more closely fit your way of eating.
And because Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women contains higher activity levels of plant digesting enzymes, this is a great option for vegetarians and vegans, regardless of gender. Men who are vegetarians will also benefit from this special formula.
Once you have your base formula – Full Spectrum Enzymes or Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women, then you’re ready to add on additional enzymes to meet your special needs.
Gluten Enzymes Take the Guesswork and Worry Out of Dining Out or With Friends
Gluten, a combination of several different proteins, is extremely difficult to digest. It’s most notably present in wheat, but is also found hidden in many prepared foods.
Undigested gluten proteins trigger the immune system to attack the inner lining of your small intestine, which can lead to gluten sensitivity.
Breaking down the proteins can help ease the symptoms that go with gluten sensitivity and help prevent further damage to your intestine.
If you currently avoid gluten, you know how challenging it can be to dine out at a restaurant or friend’s house.
Just by looking at a food, you can’t tell you if it contains wheat, gluten, or gluten-containing thickeners, binders, and flavor enhancers.
I formulated Gluten Enzymes to help take away the guesswork from dining out. While I’m not suggesting you indulge in gluten-containing foods, Gluten Enzymes can help you enjoy your meal when you can’t be sure.
Like my other enzyme formulas, Gluten Enzymes was scientifically designed to aid in the rapid and complete digestion of gluten to relieve occasional bloating, gas and intestinal discomfort.* Rapid digestion of gluten is critical for good gluten tolerance.
This formula promotes the optimal breakdown of gluten protein to support the healthy digestion of wheat, barley, and rye grains, as well as the hidden sources of gluten.
Two Key Factors That Set Our Gluten Enzymes Apart From Other Gluten Enzymes
Whereas other gluten enzymes simply splice the gluten protein down the middle, the peptidase enzyme in our Gluten Enzymes cleaves the gluten protein’s peptide bonds in the center and at both ends for faster breakdown.
And that’s not all… We’ve also included Amylase, an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates quickly.* Gluten-containing foods are often heavy in carbohydrate and those carbs can protect the gluten from digestion and allow it to reach your small intestine where it causes the majority of discomfort.
By including Amylase in our formula, the carbohydrate surrounding the gluten is rapidly digested, allowing the Proteases easy access to break down the gluten completely before it reaches your small intestine.*
Gluten Enzymes contains:
- Amylase to digest the carbohydrate so the other enzymes can target the gluten*
- Optimal pH Proteases for the speedy breakdown of gluten proteins in different areas and at varying pH’s into smaller polypeptide fragments and amino acids*
- Peptidase to release amino acids from gluten proteins and polypeptides*
- ATP to signal your body to start digestion*
Just a reminder if you do chose to eat wheat or other grains with gluten… Make sure they are organic. Non-organic versions are often sprayed with glyphosate and enzymes are not typically suitable for breaking down glyphosate.
You can take Gluten Enzymes by itself for the digestion of gluten and carbohydrates or, for best results, I recommend pairing it with Full Spectrum Enzymes or Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women for a comprehensive vegan enzyme program to aid in complete meal digestion.*
Ketozyme – The Ideal Companion to Your Ketogenic Diet
Often when you start introducing more high fat foods into your diet and cutting back on carbs, it’s not unusual to notice a heavy, full feeling after eating.
If so, you may not be digesting and absorbing fat properly. Many people don’t, especially as they age.
A healthy level of fat absorption is 95 percent. When your absorption drops to between 85 and 93 percent, you are considered deficient. At that point, you need a boost of about 10 percent to bring you to healthy levels.
This is the baseline data we had in mind when we formulated Ketozyme for the digestion of fats.
Scientifically formulated to aid in the rapid digestion of higher levels of fat typically consumed when following a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, Ketozyme contains:*
- Betaine Hydrochloride (HCl) increases stomach acid to ensure complete digestion of proteins and fats, as well as absorption of amino acids*
- A Blend of 3 Lipases to support gallbladder function and to break down triglycerides and support proper fat utilization*
- Dandelion Root Extract contains an amino acid called kynurenic acid that promotes normal bile production and the flow of bile from the liver through the gallbladder, aiding in the digestion of fat*
- Globe Artichoke Leaf Extract (Cynara scolymus) supports liver and gallbladder health, aiding in digestion of fat and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as D3, E and K2*
- Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) which may act as a signaling molecule, prompting the body to start digestion*
You can take Ketozyme by itself for fat digestion or, for best results, pair with Full Spectrum Enzymes or Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women for a comprehensive vegan enzyme program to aid in complete meal digestion.*
You’ve Lost Your Gallbladder – Now What? Bring on the Gallbladder Enzymes...
The gallbladder is a small organ that lies on the underside of your liver. Its main purpose is to store bile produced by your liver, and release it into the digestive tract as needed to digest fat.
While I believe it is far better to treat a malfunctioning gallbladder by looking at your diet and addressing digestive concerns, sometimes the condition is too far advanced and removal becomes necessary.
When this happens, or especially if you’ve already had your gallbladder removed, you can expect some difficulty in digesting fats.
Without your gallbladder, you can aid your digestion with enzymes, specifically pancreatic enzymes.
Pancreatic lipase enzymes can help compensate for the lack of bile that is common with gallbladder removal.
Specially designed to combat digestive distress after gallbladder removal, Gallbladder Enzymes...
- Contains Pancrelipase, a high activity enzyme blend of Pancreatic Protease, Amylase and Lipase to support digestive health after gallbladder removal and to help relieve occasional bloating, gas and intestinal discomfort*
- Are scientifically formulated with ox bile to compensate for bile and enzyme loss, and stimulate proper movement through the digestive tract*
- Include ATP to initiate the digestive process*
This unique formula comes in a Delayed Release capsule to help protect fragile animal-based enzymes from stomach acids.* Many enzyme formulas are not encapsulated in a delayed release capsule and the stomach acids degrade the activity of these animal enzymes, making them much less effective.
My Gallbladder Enzymes can be taken alone for a boost of pancreatic enzymes or, for best results, I recommend pairing them with Full Spectrum Enzymes or Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women for a comprehensive enzyme program to aid in complete meal digestion.*
Take Control of Your Health™ With Our ‘Go Broad, Not Deep’ Scientifically Formulated Digestive Enzymes
Supplementing digestive enzymes is a simple, yet profound way to make significant changes in your overall health.*
When you more fully digest your healthy food, you absorb more nutrients.
You spend good money for high-quality whole food to reap valuable nutritional benefits. Yet, without adequate digestive enzymes, you may not be getting your money’s worth. And you may be setting yourself up for health-threatening deficiencies...
Our digestive enzyme formulas:
- Are scientifically formulated with a broad range of enzymes to digest different types of food*
- Contain enzyme levels based on a typical meal to ensure complete digestion of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fibers and more*
- Are designed for speed to break down food fast and reduce digestive discomfort*
- Are formulated for maximum effectiveness without waste*
- Take into account enzyme deficiencies and compensate for age-related enzyme loss*
- Include hard-to-find ATP for initiating digestive processes, yet largely unavailable in today’s highly processed food diets*
- Work at different pH’s to cover various phases of digestion, helping to digest food rapidly and relieve occasional bloating, gas, and intestinal discomfort*
- Contain no genetically engineered ingredients
- Include fruit enzymes derived from stem, and not the fruit itself to minimize allergies*
- Are potent plant- , bacterial- and fungal-derived enzymes, instead of animal sources (except for Gallbladder Enzymes which contain ox bile)*
Get the nutrients nature intended you to have from healthy, wholesome food. Choose either Full Spectrum Enzymes or Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women and then mix and match formulas for the way you like to eat.
Order today and get started on your path to wellness and vitality!*
Remember, you won’t be risking anything to try my Full Spectrum Enzymes, Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women, Gluten Enzymes, Gallbladder Enzymes or Ketozyme.