Digestive Complaints? Enzymes to the Rescue!

DigestiveComplaintsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Essential for whole body wellness, a properly working digestive system allows food to be broken down into small, usable molecules for complete nutrient absorption without intestinal discomfort. Proteins break down into amino acids that are utilized to build, repair and replace bodily tissues. Fats subdivide into fatty acids and glycerol, catalyzing reactions that control growth, immune function, reproduction, energy storage, insulation, vital organ protection, and various aspects of basic metabolism. Carbohydrates disassemble into simple sugars to provide glucose, the body’s main cellular energy source. Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that does not convert into glucose. Instead, undigestible fibers keep the digestive tract operating smoothly, supporting proper waste elimination.

Scientific research has established that implementation of healthy diet, proper sleep and exercise supports improved health, promotes a healthy weight and discourages chronic disease. An efficiently run digestive system supports energy production, immunity, proper bodily functions, and overall wellness. By some estimates, more than 100 million Americans appear to struggle with indigestion that can result in uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and problems with elimination. For some, this can be a sign of a serious underlying medical condition including Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). For many others, low-grade inflammation, infections, allergies, dysbiosis, food intolerances, poor diet or normal aging may lead to improper digestion of food and poor absorption of nutrients.

Even with a healthy varied diet, the ability or inability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients greatly impacts the state of one’s health. Many times, food is not the cause of intestinal distress, rather the improper digestion of food is what leads to uncomfortable symptoms. In order to break down food effectively and efficiently, a sufficient supply of digestive enzymes is necessary. Although we produce enzymes in our bodies, we must continually replenish enzymes through proper nutrition and good eating habits. Lifestyle changes, dietary modification and enzyme supplementation can often help to lessen the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms associated with impaired digestion. Insufficient digestion can lead to a very wide range of health concerns including autoimmune disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. With aging, we often have reduced amounts of gastric, pancreatic and other digestive system secretions.

Supplementation can take the stress off the pancreas and ultimately the entire body. Powerful digestive enzyme supplements support normal body organ functioning while preserving the natural production of digestive enzymes. Taking a digestive enzyme supplement with meals reduces the amount of energy we spend digesting our foods and helps to maximize our enzyme producing potential. Supplementing with high quality, well-researched digestive enzymes works with the body’s own natural processes to fortify digestive health and optimize overall wellbeing. For best results, take digestive enzymes before or at the beginning of a meal.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality digestive enzyme formulations in support of digestive and overall wellbeing:

Digest Gold™ With...Digest Gold™ with ATPro™ by Enzymedica®: On Sale This top selling, high performing advanced formula assists in the optimal digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber, as well as the absorption of energy creating nutrients. Digest Gold® is designed and recommended for those seeking to maximize the benefits of nutrients consumed, liberate energy otherwise relegated to digestion, increase metabolic enzyme potential and support all bodily functions. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, yeast, preservative and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO, kosher vegetarian formulation.


Digestive Enzymes...Digestive Enzymes Ultra by Pure Encapsulations®: This comprehensive formula provides a high-strength blend of vegetarian enzymes designed to promote optimal nutrient bioavailability and absorption. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


UltrazymeUltrazyme™ by Douglas Laboratories®: This natural formulation provides bile and active digestive enzymes that act synergistically to assist in the healthy metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in the digestive tract. Wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, sugar and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO formulation.


Plant Digestive...Plant Digestive Enzyme Formula by Designs for Health®: This high ORAC value proprietary digestive enzyme blend provides support for protein, fat and carbohydrate digestion, as well as relief of digestive distress after meals. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

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