I became aware of Enzymedica, which manufactures a line of products that may alleviate common digestive discomforts and food intolerances; they may also promote cardiovascular health, proper immune function, and healthy inflammatory responses. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned problems, you might give Enzymedica products a try. Enzymedica is a Florida company that was founded in 1998 with the purpose of offering consumers high-potency enzyme products. To garner information about the product line, I interviewed Keri Glassman, MS, RDN. She is the president of Keri Glassman, A Nutritious Life, which is a nutrition counseling and consulting practice that emphasizes a whole-person approach to health. My queries and her responses are listed below.
What role do enzymes play in our bodies?
Enzymes are responsible for helping to break down the food we eat. Different types of enzymes break down different nutrients. For example, proteases break down proteins, lipases break down fat, and lactase breaks down lactose. Digestion begins with our saliva, which is rich with amylase that breaks down sugar and carbohydrates. In the stomach, the enzyme pepsin begins to break down proteins into smaller chains of amino acids. Food is then released into the small intestine, where the pancreas releases enzymes such as lipase, amylase and trypsin, which further break down protein.
What are the benefits of supplementing with enzymes?
There are two major factors that affect our enzymes abilities: age and diet. As we age our bodies gradually produce fewer of the enzymes we need. Another strike against us? Enzymes found naturally in foods are destroyed when they are cooked or processed, and our modern diets consist primarily of cooked or processed foods. These deficiencies can lead to a variety of digestive discomforts, including occasional gas, bloating, irregularity and indigestion.
Supplementing with the right combination of digestive enzymes can help improve and maintain digestive health. Supplements can help with regularity, relieve digestive discomfort, increase nutrient absorption, improve joint function, and support the cardiovascular and immune systems.
What should someone look for when purchasing digestive enzymes? What brand do you recommend?
Choosing a high quality potency enzyme helps you digest foods better and means you have less pills to pop. I recommend the brand Enzymedica, which is GMP-Certified, does not add fillers, and uses Non-GMO ingredients. They use a Thera-blend process which blends enzyme strands together and results in superior potency.
Are you aware if any clinical studies on enzyme replacement therapy?
Research has shown the use of enzyme replacement therapy is safe and has few side effects. Supplemental enzymes have been found to help increase nutrition absorption and relieve symptoms.
How can the consumer determine false claims?
Digestive enzymes, like other supplements, are not regulated by the FDA but certifications are available to ensure quality. To make sure that what’s in the bottle is the same as what’s on the label, chose products that have been manufactured at a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility or see if the product is NSF certified.
We believe knowledge has the power to change lives. Our goal of educating people about the importance of enzymes in overall health is what motivates Enzymedica every day.
Enzymedica asserts that all their products are made from only the highest quality enzymes and contain absolutely no fillers to ensure purity. Every product is 100% vegetarian, and the company seeks out vegan and Kosher ingredients whenever possible. Each product is specifically formulated to provide targeted support for common digestive discomforts, food intolerances, cardiovascular health, proper immune function or healthy inflammatory responses.
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