Digest (multiple varieties)
Digest contains a high potency blend of all the necessary enzymes to assist the body in the digestion and assimilation of food nutrients.*
Enzymes are biologically active proteins necessary for all living organisms. There are two types of enzymes that the body produces. The first, called metabolic enzymes, catalyze and regulate all biochemical reactions that occur within every living cell. The second, called digestive enzymes, turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes as they are needed. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes to provide the body with digestive assistance upon indigestion. Since most of the foods we eat are either cooked or processed, the enzymes naturally present in these foods are destroyed. Because of this, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require, unless we use supplemental enzymes to aid in the digestive process.
We are all born with the ability to produce a finite number of enzymes in our lifetime. Studies dating from the 1940s prove that this ability varies in each of us and is dependent on our individual DNA.1 This enzyme-making potential gives our body’s organs the ability to produce either metabolic enzymes or digestive enzymes. When we eat a meal, the requirements for digestive enzymes become a high priority. Our body must work overtime and often still cannot meet the demand for all of the enzyme requirements the body may have. Since digestion always takes precedence, many body functions requiring metabolic enzymes are often shortchanged during these times. The result is a general weakening of the body’s ability to mend itself. While enzyme deficiencies lead to malabsorption and poor nutrition, enzyme supplementation may enhance the digestion of foods to allow the availability of nutrients to be utilized by the body. Additional benefits from enzyme supplementation include decreasing the amount of energy the body utilizes for digestion and increasing enzyme potential to support other functions of the body.*
Poorly digested protein putrefies, fats turn rancid and carbohydrates ferment. These undigested food particles may leak back into the bloodstream from the colon and create further toxicity. Enzyme deficiency can manifest as energy loss and weakened immunity. Supplementing with a high potency plant based enzyme formulas such as Digest may aid in digesting foods to inhibit this process.* In addition, Acid Soothe may be taken after each meal for common gastrointestinal distress and discomfort.
1 Howell, Edward. (1985). Enzyme nutrition the food enzyme concept, Avery.