Why Are Enzymes Important
Enzymes are required for all living functions, including eating, breathing, and sleeping. The body produces its own enzymes to support these functions. As we age, the body’s ability to produce sufficient levels of enzymes to maintain optimal health significantly decreases. Insufficient levels of enzymes may lead to excess fibrin buildup, impurities in the cardiovascular system, systemic inflammation, fatigue, and other symptoms of chronic illness. Catalysts: Enzymes act as biological catalysts, speeding up chemical reactions within cells. Without enzymes, many of these reactions would occur too slowly to sustain life. Enzymes make these reactions happen at a much faster rate by lowering the activation energy required for the reaction to proceed. Specificity: Enzymes are highly specific, meaning each enzyme catalyzes a particular chemical reaction. They bind to specific substrates (molecules involved in a reaction) and facilitate the conversion of these substrates into products. This specificity ensures that cellular reactions are tightly controlled and regulated. Metabolism: Enzymes are essential for metabolism, which includes processes such as digestion, respiration, and the synthesis of molecules like proteins, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates. Enzymes involved in these metabolic pathways regulate the breakdown of nutrients and the production of energy, as well as the synthesis of essential cellular components. Regulation: Enzymes play a crucial role in regulating various cellular processes. They can be activated or inhibited in response to specific signals or conditions, allowing cells to respond to changing environmental factors and maintain homeostasis. DNA replication and repair: Enzymes like DNA polymerase and DNA ligase are responsible for replicating and repairing DNA, ensuring the accurate transmission of genetic information during cell division. Defense mechanisms: Some enzymes are involved in the immune system’s defense mechanisms. For example, enzymes like lysozyme can break down the cell walls of bacteria, helping to protect the body against infections. Detoxification: Enzymes in the liver and other organs are responsible for detoxifying harmful substances by converting them into less toxic forms that can be eliminated from the body. Signal transduction: Enzymes participate in cellular signal transduction pathways, allowing cells to respond to external signals such as hormones, neurotransmitters, and growth factors. Digestion: In the digestive system, enzymes like amylase, lipase, and protease break down complex food molecules into simpler forms that can be absorbed and utilized by the body. In summary, enzymes are vital to life because they facilitate and regulate the numerous chemical reactions necessary for an organism’s survival and function. Their specificity, efficiency, and ability to be regulated make them indispensable in maintaining the complexity and order of biological systems.
Fibrenza is an advanced blend of 13 powerful systemic enzymes that are specially formulated to supplement the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, cleanse the blood, detoxify the body, and maintain a healthy inflammation response. (In today’s world inflammation is the number one problem for causing disease). These functions are the cornerstone of many anti-aging regimens. Fibrenza has been formulated to provide maximum body-wide benefit. Only the highest quality pharmaceutical grade enzymes are utilized. An enzyme supplement is only effective as its delivery system. Systemic enzymes must survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach before reaching the small intestine, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream. In order to protect against these stomach acids, many systemic enzymes on the market consist of enteric coated capsules that contain phthalates (plastics), genetically modified vegetable coatings, or other unhealthy fillers and binders which may be more difficult to break down for timely absorption. Fibrenza utilizes a technologically advanced capsule to provide maximum protection against stomach acids without the use of phthalates or harmful chemicals and solvents. Their cellulose barrier allows for a time release of the enzymes for absorption into the bloodstream. Fibrenza Ingredients: Seaprose-S is a proteolytic (protein eatin) enzyme that has shown to be one of the strongest anti-inflammatory oral enzymes available today. Nattokinase NSK-SD is an enzyme that is recommended for cardiovascular health due to its blood-cleansing and fibrin dissolving effects. Serratiopeptidase, Trypsin, Chymo-trypsin, Protease, Acid stable protease, Bromelain, Papain, and Peptidase are all proteolytic enzymes that break down proteins, toxins, and other cellular debris. Many studies have linked these to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in the cells,which may prevent damage to tissues. A potent antioxidant, it is the foundation for anti-aging and detoxification protocols worldwide. Amylase and lipase are enzymes that digest carbohydrates and fats. When administered for systemic effect, these enzymes work to cleanse the body of toxic debris. NO phthalates, magnesium stearate,, talc, artificial colors or flavors, titanium dioxide, fish, dairy, wheat, yeast, gluten, and non-GMO.
Ortho Molecular Products:
For more than 30 years, Ortho Molecular Products has partnered with health care providers to deliver solutions of the highest efficacy. The most trusted voices in health care put their faith in their products to help patients get better, faster. Their commitment to science, careful raw ingredient selection, and strict quality standards goes into every supplement they formulate. All products purchased through health care providers come with efficacy guaranteed. Knowing the source, extraction methods, and manufacturing processes of each ingredient is the first step in producing efficacious products. Ortho Molecular has a long history in the industry, and have cultivated relationships with only the best raw material vendors. Even if a formula includes evidence-based ingredients in a superior form, it will not work if the dosages are inadequate. They include the precise therapeutic potency of each ingredient, based on established research. Each formula includes only the therapeutic amount of ingredients and no additives, allowing for fewer capsules per serving. They follow rigid standard operating procedures, and methods of procedure throughout every stage of production. All raw material is core tested upon receipt and mixed in dedicated rooms using gravity-fed powder distribution systems. There is a guarantee of no cross contamination. Simply put, they are committed to formulation and raw ingredient efficacy that produces the highest possible levels of wellness.
supports healthy digestion and absorption, targets enzyme support for food sensitivities, designed to enhance the benefits of a plant-rich diet, stimulates the release of natural digestive enzymes in the pancreas, and supports gastric acid balance and digestive function. Because of our hectic lifestyle, and the way we often consume food that is frequently overcooked, digestion can often be less than optimal. Poor digestion can produce bloating and occasional gas, cramping, diarrhea or constipation, and even lead to incomplete digestion of food proteins that have been linked to food sensitivities. Conversely, more thorough digestion of foodstuffs with enzymes prevents foods from being fermented in the gut and the proliferation of “bad” bacteria and yeast at the expense of “good” intestinal bacteria. More complete digestion of carbohydrates removes the food source for these bad organisms. Another benefit of enzymes is that more nutrition can be derived from food. In addition, regular bowel movements result from this better digestion. Digestzyme-V is specifically designed to support digestion and help unlock more nutrition from food. Digestzyme-V is a comprehensive blend of acid-resistant, plant-based enzymes designed to help maximize the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. Each capsule includes lipase, amylase, lactase, CereCalase®and protease to aid in the digestion of protein, fat, starches, fiber and other difficult to digest foods known to cause food sensitivities. CereCalase®, a special blend of hemicellulase, beta-glucanase and phytase, is specially formulated to digest the cell walls of plants, providing better nutrition from a plant-based diet. Digestzyme-V also contains Gentian root, a traditional bitter herb as well as artichoke, a natural choleretic, added to stimulate the body’s natural production of enzymes and bile. Enzyme depletion: Chronic overuse of certain medications may contribute to side effects stemming from low acid production, including poor mineral absorption and poor absorption of B12. In addition, an estimated 30% of Americans suffer from low levels of acidity. The depletion of stomach acidity due to medications and age are further compounded by the age-related decline of enzyme production which both influence the breakdown of foods into absorbable nutrients. This can lead to suboptimal nutritional status of certain vitamins and minerals and insufficient enzyme activation in the stomach. Enzyme blends: Digestive enzymes have a long history of use for those who need digestive enzyme support. In the past, animal enzymes were preferred to vegetable enzymes for their protein digesting strength though they required a narrower pH window of 6.5-7.5 in order to be activated. Digestzyme-V utilizes new, plant- based enzymes which function within a broader pH range of 2.5-8.5, and still offer the digestive strength of animal-based enzymes. This broad pH window of activity makes it especially helpful for individuals with lower gastric acid levels or inconsistent pH’s. Each enzyme has been tested in pH, temperature, and gastric survivability studies to ensure enzyme activity. In addition, Digestzyme-V also includes DPP4, one of the primary components of peptidase, which has been shown to digest and neutralize gluten. This action may help to support gluten-sensitive individuals who ingest it inadvertently. The blend of proteases in Digestzyme-V is also effective in breaking down proteins from soy, whey, and casein from milk products. Lipases for fat breakdown as well as amylases for carbohydrate breakdown are also included for full- spectrum digestive support. Sustaining a plant rich diet: Digestzyme-V offers additional support for those who have difficulty digesting plant-based foods. Optimal breakdown of plant cell walls is complex and nutrients contained within the cell walls can be difficult to absorb; for this reason, CereCalase®, pectinase, xylanase, cellulose, glucoamylase and alpha galactosidase, plant enzymes not produced in the body, are added to the formula. The addition of CereCalase® assists in the breakdown of plant cell walls and helps to release trapped nutrients from plant materials. Alpha-galactosidase is also included for difficult-to-digest foods such as beans, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables, to help people maintain a plant-rich diet. Both animal and human trials indicate that the supplementation of phytase helps release these nutrients and improve the nutrition of the consumer. Furthermore, a large portion of the fibrous components of botanicals are composed of non-starchy polysaccharides (NSPs), the primary ones being hemicelluloses and beta-glucans. These two compounds can alter the transit times of foods, bind digestive enzymes, and trap essential plant constituents. Enzymes which degrade these components have been shown to improve the digestibility and nutrient profiles of plant foods and products. Gentian and artichoke are also added to help stimulate the body’s own digestive processes to help achieve optimal digestive capacity. Gentian root and artichoke: Herbalists have used bitters, including gentian, to stimulate natural digestive enzymes in the mouth and stomach for hundreds of years. Studies have shown that artichoke, categorized as a choleretic, stimulates the body’s natural production of bile, which is responsible for emulsifying fats in our diets. Artichoke also increases the surface area of fats, which allows enzymes to more efficiently break them down. Artichoke and gentian root provide an excellent vegetarian alternative to ox bile, which is traditionally used in digestive supplements to support bile production.
Supports healthy digestion and maximizes nutrient absorption, supports gastric acid balance and digestive function, provides protease-rich digestive enzymes for improved protein breakdown, helps maintain healthy gut flora. Hectic lifestyles and overcooked food can make digestion less than optimal. Poor digestion can produce bloating and gas, cramping, diarrhea or constipation, and even food intolerances. Incomplete digestion of food proteins may also be linked to food allergies, and improper digestion of foodstuffs can cause foods to be fermented in the gut, and can lead to the proliferation of “bad” bacteria and yeast at the expense of “good” intestinal bacteria. More complete digestion removes a potential food source for these bad bacteria, allowing for the complete breakdown of food proteins which helps support regular bowel movements. Ortho Digestzyme is a full-spectrum enzyme strategically designed to support each phase of digestion. In the gastric phase, betaine HCl and pepsin prime the stomach, ensuring proper pH to initiate the first phase of digestion. This sets up for the second stage of digestion, the enteric phase, in which high-concentration protease, amylase, lipase, and trypsin are released and activated in the small intestine to ensure proper protein breakdown and fat absorption. This unique blend of high-powered enzymes works to enhance digestion and ensure maximum nutrient intake. Enzyme and stomach depletion: Since stomach acid and healthy digestive enzymes are essential for access to nutrients from foods, depletion of enzymes and hydrochloric acid may result in suboptimal nutritional status. Gastric phase digestion (stomach) Betaine hydrochloride is an acidic form of betaine, used in the gastric phase to help bring the stomach to a more acidic pH to aid in digestion. Studies have shown the ability to secrete gastric acid decreases with age. Common symptoms of low gastric acidity include: bloating, belching, burning and flatulence immediately after meals, a sense of “fullness” after eating, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, multiple food sensitivities, and nausea after taking supplements. Ortho Digestzyme also contains pepsin, a protease secreted in the stomach by chief cells for added digestive power in the gastric phase. Enteric stage digestion (small intestine) Pancreatin, bromelain, papain and ox bile extract support enteric phase digestion in the small intestine for further digestion of proteins and fats. Pancreatin extract is composed of three different enzymes: amylase, lipase and protease. All help to digest starch, protein and fat and enhance enzyme activity to support digestion. Eighty percent of pancreatic enzymes by weight are proteases. Lipase works with ox bile extract to emulsify and digest fats. Research has shown that papain, a protease derived from papaya, can help digest wheat gluten in the small intestine and render it harmless in those who are gluten sensitive. Finally, bromelain, an enzyme extracted from pineapple, aids in the digestion of protein and has been shown to help maintain normal levels of inflammation. Questions about which product is right for you? Call or stop by to talk with any of our knowledgeable employees.