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DigestMore Ultra

Enzyme Supplement for Healthy Digestion: ǂ

  • All natural plant-based enzymes
  • One of the highest concentration of enzymes for digestion
  • Helps digest protein, carbs, fats, sugars
    and dairy ǂ
  • Helps relieve occasional gas, bloating, and
    acid digestion ǂ

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Enzyme Formula—For Healthy Digestion

Healthy digestion, and indeed every metabolic process in the body, depends on some form of enzyme. Enzymes bring about a biochemical reaction—they produce energy and in some way facilitate all the body’s functions. Enzymes are present in every living cell.

Digestive enzymes specifically target the breakdown of food so that nutrients can be absorbed and waste eliminated properly. Your body produces digestive enzymes in the pancreas and small intestine which, along with stomach acid, help you digest your food. We also obtain vital enzymes from our diet, primarily from fresh fruits and vegetables. These enzymes play an important part in regulating healthy digestion.

Are My Digestive Enzyme Levels Low?

This is not the first question that springs to mind for most of us when we turn our focus to healthy digestion. We might think of what foods our daily diet is missing, or what foods need to be cut out, rather than consider whether our digestive enzyme levels are high enough to efficiently break down our food. Many people simply pop an acid blocker or over the counter digestive aid when they feel they need it without stopping to consider the underlying lack of enzymes that may be causing the digestive upset.

Signs you have low levels of digestive enzymes:

  • Low energy, especially after eating
  • Poor nutrient absorption/nutrient deficiency
  • Bloating and gas, a sign of food sitting too long in the stomach and upper small intestine
  • Acid irritation while eating and between meals
  • Excessive belching
  • Low blood sugar
  • Food sensitivities
  • Slow digestive transit time. Ideally, waste should pass through the body in less than 12 hours.

These and other signs of a change in healthy digestion have become normal to so many of us that we rarely attribute them to a lack of digestive enzymes. Just as many of us aren’t getting the assistive dietary enzymes we need by eating enough raw fruits and vegetables (2-3 servings each day), others are seeing a depletion of the digestive enzymes their body produces as they age.

Another factor to weigh in the balance is that our modern supply of raw fruits and veggies usually doesn’t provide us with truly fresh produce. These foods sit for weeks and sometimes months in cold storage, during transport, and in the grocery store. With each day off the tree or vine, the enzyme levels in a fruit or vegetable decreases. And, any cooked, pre-frozen, pre-prepared, or processed fruits and veggies don’t count as their enzyme levels have been largely destroyed.

Healthy Digestion Enzyme Supplements

What do my enzymes digest?
The quick list below gives a general overview of the nutrients that each type of enzyme found in supplements breaks down. Look for a supplement that contains all the listed enzymes for maximum digestive support of these food types:

  • Protein. Protease and papain enzymes, derived from papaya and other plants.
  • Fat. Lipase enzymes break down fats.
  • Starch. Amylase, glucoamylase, and alpha galactosidase break down starches and foods that are difficult to digest such as cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower).
  • Vegetables and fruits. Cellulase, hemicellulase, pectinase, and xylanase help break down the cellulose and pectin in veggies and fruit.
  • Dairy. Lactase breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk products.
  • Carbohydrates/grains. Beta Glucanase and phytase break down carbs and grains.
  • Sugars. Invertase breaks down sugars for digestion.

Supplementing your body with the enzymes it needs for proper digestion is as easy as making your supplement a part of your meal routine. Enzyme supplements should be taken just before you eat or with meals, not afterward, to add the additional enzymes needed for breaking down the wide variety of foods we eat.

Two important points to remember when choosing an enzyme formula are source and concentration.

  • Enzyme source. Plants are naturally rich in the different types of enzymes necessary for healthy digestion. Some enzyme formulas are made with animal derived enzymes. Plant enzymes are a superior source because they are generally considered safer and are completely natural.
  • Enzyme concentration. Protease is the important enzyme that breaks down proteins. The amount of protease in your supplement is measured in hemoglobin units on the tyrosine basis (HUT), or the enzyme activity with which the protease enzyme can break down proteins. Look for at least 100,000 HUT of protease in your supplement plus papain, a potent protein digester. Also look for at least 18,000 Lipase Units (LU) in your supplement, which shows that your lipase enzyme has a high fat digesting activity. Lastly, look for a mixture of at least 10 different enzymes that break down the complex array of carbs, fibers, and sugars we consume.

Another important consideration when shopping for a digestive enzyme supplement is whether or not your supplement contains added ingredients. Added and artificial ingredients are sometimes used during the supplement blending process but are not needed in any way to enhance the effectiveness of the formula. Some of these ingredients may actually be harmful.

The only ingredient listed under the “Other Ingredients” section on your supplement label should be a natural vegetable capsule used to encapsulate your enzymes to make them easier to take.