Supplementing with digestive enzymes reduces the strain on your own body’s enzyme production. It helps you get maximum benefit from your food. And it helps you avoid the discomfort of bad digestion.
When you’re looking for ways to improve your digestion, enzymes, Betaine Hydrochloride and probiotics are great options to help maintain a healthy acidic environment in your digestive tract:
- Digestive enzymes help break down your food.
- Betaine Hydrochloride increases stomach acid to support complete digestion of proteins and fats, as well as absorption of amino acids.
- Probiotics, like acidophilus, create lactic acid, supporting healthy digestion in your small intestine.
- Consuming apple cider vinegar is another natural way to support healthy digestion. Taken with a meal, such as on a salad, it helps support healthy acid levels in your stomach and improve your digestion.
The best approach to digestive enzyme supplementation is to go broad. That is, you want a wide variety of enzymatic activity.
So, if you have a supplement with a small assortment of enzyme types, it just doesn’t get the job done. You need a broad array of different types of enzymes in the formula to break down the variety of foods you eat.
Supplementing your body’s enzyme production helps with the essential task of breaking down food into the molecules that your body can absorb and use so you get the full benefit of the nutrients in your food.
At the same time, supplementing with enzymes can help reduce minor discomfort and occasional bloating, and that bogged-down feeling you sometimes get after a big meal.
A well-balanced digestive enzyme supplement that contains a broad variety of the types of enzymes your body needs helps reduce waste. So your body isn’t left struggling and uncomfortable from undigested food.
And because Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women contains higher activity levels of plant-digesting enzymes, this is a great option for vegetarians and vegans, regardless of gender. Men who are vegetarians can also benefit from this special formula.
Countless studies have shown that women and men have different eating habits.
Researchers have found that women tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, and have higher intakes of dietary fiber as well as lower intakes of fat than men do. And of course, as a group, women require fewer calories than men.
So, Dr Mercola designed Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women with these realities in mind.
Scientifically-formulated Full Spectrum Enzymes contains a broad range of enzymes derived from plant, bacterial and fungal sources to help you digest different types of foods, without gas, bloating or discomfort:
- A Full Spectrum pH Protease Blend of four different proteases to work at the different pHs in your digestive tract and break down proteins into smaller polypeptide fragments and amino acids – this supports the proper digestion of, and immune system response to, proteins in the diet.
- A Cellulase Blend of two different cellulases to break down cellulose (a carbohydrate) and cellulose derivatives into smaller polysaccharides and glucose, to help your body utilize plant nutrients
- A Lipase Blend of two different lipases to break down triglycerides, supporting proper fat utilization and gallbladder function
- A Plant-Derived Enzyme Blend of bromelain and papain from pineapple and papaya (from the stems only, to minimize allergenic response) to promote the complete digestion of proteins in a broad range of pH levels
- Beta-Glucanase to break down the beta D-glucans or polysaccharides in grains
- Glucoamylase to convert starch into glucose for energy
- Amylase to break down carbohydrates, such as starch and glycogen
- Diastase to degrade maltose into glucose
- Lactase to break down lactose (milk sugar) into its component sugars, glucose and galactose
- Pectinase to break down carbohydrates, such as the pectin in fruits and vegetables
- Xylanase to break down the xylose-containing polymers in wheat, oats and barley
- Alpha Galactosidase to help digest gas-promoting carbohydrates, such as those found in legumes and cruciferous vegetables
- Peptidase to release amino acids from proteins and polypeptides
- Phytase to support proper mineral absorption and to break down phytic acid, an indigestible form of phosphorus
- Hemicellulase to digest soluble fibers in plant cell walls and release nutrients bound in fruits and vegetables
- Invertase to split sucrose into glucose and fructose
- ATP for digestive signaling
That’s a total of 22 different enzymes – plus ATP. It would be difficult to find a more complete digestive enzyme product with such a broad range of enzymes that can work effectively in different parts of your gut.