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What are Enzymes?

Enzymes are biological catalysts. A catalyst is defined as a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any change.

Enzymes do precisely the same thing, but in living beings. For example, in the human body there are about twenty-one enzymes involved in the conversion of a molecule of glucose to carbon dioxide and water, accompanied by release of energy. Without these enzymes, metabolism would stop and so would life.

Enzymes are capable of enormous rate enhancement of chemical reactions that take place in biological systems.

They can accelerate the rate of a reaction up to a billion fold. In short, enzymes are essential for life.

Why Take Enzyme Supplements?

The enzymes naturally present in food play an important role in digestion by helping to predigest the ingested food in the upper stomach. Cooking and processing destroys the natural enzymes found in foods. This places the full digestive burden on the body, which can cause extra stress on the digestive system, leading to incomplete digestion. As a result, vital nutrients may not be released from the food for assimilation by the body.

Nearly every person can benefit from supplementation with enzymes. People may improve their absorption and utilization of nutrients through the use of digestive enzymes. Of course the benefits will vary, depending upon the individual’s diet and general health. Individuals in good health can expect to notice less fullness after meals, increased energy, faster emptying of the stomach contents, decreased gas, and regular bowel habits.

How enzymes aid in digestion?

No matter what specific foods we eat, our diets are composed of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Digestive enzymes break down protein, carbohydrates, and fats into progressively smaller components. Enzyme supplements normally contain amylase, protease, and lipase. Cellulase, lactase, malt diastase, invertase (sucrase), glucoamylase, bromelain, and papain may also be included in digestive products. These enzymes increase the level of digestion in the stomach, increasing the amount o f food broken down. Therefore less undigested food is passed into the colon, and food nutrients are more available for absorption.

The body’s enzymes

The human body makes many different digestive enzymes. The digestion of food takes place in stages: beginning in the mouth then moving to the stomach, and finally into the small intestine.

“Enzymes are substances that make life possible, the key to unlocking good health and vitality. Without enzymes our bodies would not be able to harvest the nutrients from the foods we eat. They are the manual workers that build the body from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats” - Dr. Edward Howell

When food enters the upper portion of the small intestine, the pancreas provides pancreatic enzymes to further break down the food. At each step, specific enzymes break down different types of food. Final breakdown of remaining small molecules of food occurs in the lower small intestine.

Enzymes Survive in the Stomach

The belief that stomach pH destroys all supplemental enzymes is erroneous. Food often remains in the upper region of the stomach for as long as an hour. Much of the digestive activity of supplemental enzymes occurs during this time before food becomes mixed with the digestive secretions. While the pH of these digestive secretions is quite low (pH 1.0 - 1.5), when mixed with food, the pH of the mixture can typically range from pH 2.5 - 5.0. In this environment, microbial enzymes are not harmed; in fact, many function optimally under these conditions.

Why Use Microbial Enzymes?

Microbial enzyme supplements, including those from bacterial or fungal sources,are more popular than animal-based supplements. Microbial enzymes function over a broader pH range, and therefore work in the upper stomach as well as the small intestine(See chart).

Microbial Enzyme Chart

Choosing a quality enzyme supplement involves more than just looking for a microbial product. The activity of digestive enzymes is measured by assaying the quantity of digestion that occurs under specific conditions. This activity depends on concentration, quantity, pH, temperature, and substrate. Potency and activity should not be evaluated by weight, because weight does not necessarily correlate with digestive capability.

Supplementation with Enzymes

Raw foods such as fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of enzymes, but these enzymes are destroyed when the food is processed, canned, or cooked. The modern diet consists of predominantly enzyme-deficient cooked foods. Supplementation with enzymes replaces those lost in cooking, and enhances the enzymes found in raw foods. Naturally -occurring food enzymes and supplemental enzymes begin the process of digestion earlier in the digestive tract. In the absence of supplemental enzymes, the bulk of digestion occurs in the small intestine. The chance of undigested food entering the colon is increased. Incomplete digestion of food gives colon bacteria the opportunity to feed, producing gas and toxins that can leave people feeling uncomfortable and even sick.

Types of enzymes

Lipases - Break down fat as is found in butter, cheese, and meat.

Carbohydrases - Break down starches, polysaccharides, sugars, and fiber.

Proteases - as are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and snack foods.

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Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 50

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Digãz Proprietary Blend
  • 204 mg
  • Amylase
  • 5,000 DU*
  • Protease 6.0
  • 12,000 HUT*
  • Protease 4.5
  • 10,000 HUT*
  • Alpha-galactosidase
  • 150 GalU*
  • Glucoamylase
  • 10 AGU*
  • Protease 3.0
  • 10 SAPU*
  • Invertase
  • 460 SU*
  • Lipase
  • 500 FIP*
  • Acid maltase
  • 1 MaltU*
  • Lactase
  • 100 ALU*
  • Peptidase
  • 200 HUT*
  • Herbal Blend
  • 190 mg*

Papaya (leaf), Marshmallow (root), Peppermint (leaf), Fennel (seed), English Lavender (aerial part)

* %Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Rice bran, vegetable cellulose, and water.



WARNINGS: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Digãz is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients contained in the product.

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Suggested use

Adults and children over 12 years of age: 1 to 2 capsules with each meal or snack, or as directed by a healthcare provider.

STORAGE: Store in a cool, dry place.


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