What Are Digestive Enzymes?
Digestive enzymes play a key role in helping you break down the food you eat, so your body can absorb the nutrients locked into foods. Your saliva and some of your organs, including your pancreas, gallbladder, and liver, actually produce some digestive enzymes. But just like other important nutrients, our modern diet, exercise, and sleep do not always allow our bodies to produce the amount of enzymes we need for optimal digestion.
Digestive enzymes help break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and allow us to capture the nutrients in food that would otherwise go to waste. Some digestive disorders prevent the body from making enough enzymes, such as lactose, gluten, egg and grain intolerances – which are becoming increasingly common. If the small intestine does not have enough of the right enzymes after eating, it produces bacteria which causes uncomfortable symptoms like excessive gas, bloating and cramps. If ignored this can lead to malnutrition.
Supplemental digestive enzymes, like Zenesis Labs Digestive Enzymes, can aid your natural enzymes in helping your body break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Once foods are broken down enough, then the nutrients can be absorbed into your body through the wall of the small intestine and distributed through the bloodstream to all cells in your body. This is why digestion is so important. It affects your whole body!
Because Zenesis Labs Digestive Enzymes mimic your natural enzymes, they should be taken just before you eat. That way they can do their work on your food as it hits your stomach and small intestine. If you do not take them with food, they will not have much to work on.
The Three Main Types of Enzymes
Protease breaks down proteins into amino acids. A shortage of protease can lead to allergies and toxicity in the intestines.
Lipase works with bile from the liver to help break down fats. Without enough lipase the body may not absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K.
Amylase breaks down carbohydrates into sugar molecules. Insufficient amylase can lead to diarrhea.
Natural Sources of digestive enzymes include fruits, vegetables, and other foods like honey, apple cider vinegar and live yogurt. Eating them can improve your digestion. Raw honey contains amylase and protease. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar and live bioactive yogurt produce some digestive enzymes during the fermentation process. Avocados have the digestive enzyme lipase. Mangos and bananas have amylase and papaya has a type of protease called papain. Other foods containing some digestive enzymes include ginger, kefir, kiwi, and pineapples.
Digestive enzymes perform many different functions while they are breaking down food for energy – especially proteolytic enzymes which help break down and digest protein. These are also called peptidases, proteases, and papain as found in Zenesis Labs Digestive Enzymes formula! These important enzymes are produced by the pancreas and stomach and are considered essential for cell division, blood clotting, immune function and protein recycling. Some animal studies have even shown that some proteolytic enzymes may help fight cancer, with bromelain inhibiting the growth of stomach and colon cancers.
The three main proteolytic enzymes produced naturally in your digestive system are pepsin, trypsin and chymotrypsin, which help break down dietary proteins like meat, eggs and fish into smaller nutrients called amino acids. These amino acids can be more easily absorbed and digested by the body.
Proteolytic enzymes can be found naturally in certain foods and in Zenesis Labs Digestive Enzymes. Natural food sources of proteolytic enzymes include papaya containing papain, and pineapple which has bromelain.
Who Needs Supplemental Digestive Enzymes?
The simple answer is: almost everyone! People who experience stomachaches, diarrhea, gas, or other painful symptoms could use digestive enzyme help, but most people may avoid these uncomfortable symptoms by aiding their natural digestion with Zenesis Labs Digestive Enzymes, which include 18 enzymes that help digest fat, fiber, carbs, protein, lactose, and gluten including:
- Protease 1
- Protease 2
- Alpha galactosidase
- Beta glucanase
What makes Zenesis Labs Digestive Enzymes stand out from the pack is our special formulation, which includes Aspergillopepsin to aid in digesting gluten! In addition, lactase for lactose intolerance may reduce gas and bloating and cellulase, which is not found in the human body, helps capture the nutrients locked in fiber. Zenesis Labs vegetable capsules fully support intestinal health and may help reduce gas and bloating too.
And Zenesis Labs offers a 110% LIFETIME GUARANTEE, something you don’t see everyday. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with their products at any time, you can receive a 100% refund of your purchase price, and they will donate a further 10% to charity.
Cautions & Warnings
Allergen warning: The capsules may contain dairy, soy and wheat (from a fermentation process including dairy soy and wheat).
Suggested Use: 1 capsule taken 1 to 2 times a day at the beginning of each meal as a dietary supplement, or as directed by a health care professional. Do not exceed six capsules daily. Caution: Do not exceed the recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement.
The product is manufactured and packaged in a facility which may also process milk, soy, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish.
The statements presented herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Zenesis Labs’ Digestive Enzymes is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Keep reach out of reach of children. Do not use if safely seal is damaged or missing. Store in a cool, dry place.
Possible Side Effects: The most common side effect of digestive enzymes is constipation, but may include nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. If you have signs of an allergic reaction, contact your doctor immediately.
When to See a Doctor
If you have any questions about your digestion, if you are experiencing frequent or persistent digestive problems, or have signs of EPI, (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: a condition in which the body does not have the right amount of pancreatic enzymes to properly break down food), see your doctor as soon as possible. You may not be getting all the nutrients you need to maintain good health. If you need digestive enzyme replacement, you can discuss the pros and cons of prescription versus over-the-counter products with your health care professional. Certain medications can interfere with digestive enzymes, so it is important to tell your doctor about any medications and other supplements you are taking.
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