Enzymes are proteins that make it possible for life to exist by carrying out chemical reactions that are critical for survival.
As we age our bodies produce fewer and fewer enzymes. Our digestive system becomes more and more inefficient producing less enzymes and making it more difficult for the body to digest food and convert it to usable nutrients and energy.
Enzymes are also responsible for disposing of waste products and reducing inflammation. People who are deficient in digestive enzymes often suffer from:
Bloating and Gas
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
By eating a diet of at least 60% raw food, we can replenish and maintain a healthy digestive system. The problem is most people eat mostly dead processed food devoid of any live enzymes. Digestive enzymes aid in the breakdown of fibrin. Fibrin causes a wall to form around an area of inflammation resulting in a clot. Protease enzymes also aid in the breakdown of immune complexes. High levels of immune complexes in the blood are associated with autoimmune diseases.
One of the best digestive enzymes I have found is Dew’s Panteric.
Their special formula contains not only Lipase, Protease, and Amylase but includes Ox Bile, Trypsin, and Chymotrypsin not usually found in less expensive products. Trypsin and Chymotrypsin are particularly effective as anti-inflammatory agents, devourers of toxic substances, and aid in controlling yeast, protozoa, and intestinal worms.
To stress the importance of Chymotrypsin, the most expensive ingredient in the Panteric formula, is to point out its uses:
Aids in Digestion
Treats inflammation and swelling
Treats ulcers and abscesses
Liquefies mucus secretions
Treats worms and parasites
Treats Cancer (documented at Sloan Kettering to lower TNF ALPHA)
Treats shingles and acne
Decreases effects of sun damage and age spots
Chymotrypsin is generally well tolerated and not associated with any significant side effects. People who should not use enzyme therapy include those with hereditary clotting disorders such as hemophilia, those suffering from coagulation disturbances, those who are just about to or have undergone surgery, those on anticoagulant therapy, anyone suffering from protein allergies, and pregnant women or those breast-feeding. Since there is not much known about the effects of enzyme therapy on children, it would be prudent to avoid giving enzyme supplements to children.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ENZYMES
We have received many questions about pancreatic enzymes or peptones.
I would like to answer some of these questions and provide some valuable information about pancreatic enzymes.
What is a peptone?
A peptone is a secondary protein, usually from an animal source, that has been changed into a water soluble form. Peptones are excellent carriers for enzymes. To illustrate peptones as carriers, think of a bucket of water. The bucket is the carrier of the water. Peptones are the carrier of enzymes.
What are enzymes?
Enzymes are complex proteins that help break down the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the diet. By breaking them down, they make them into usable forms. Enzymes help change the nutrients a person consumes into forms that the body can utilize. They regulate the release of energy from foods or nutrients, so the body can use it most efficiently.
What primary activities do pancreatic enzymes have?
Pancreatic enzymes have three primary enzymatic activities:
1. PROTEASE – which has the ability to digest proteins.
2. AMYLASE – which has the ability to digest carbohydrates.
3. LIPASE – which has the ability to digest fats.
Determining the source of the peptone.
To determine the source of peptone (did it come from pork or beef?), you can look at the proteases, amylases, and lipases NF units. Cows have relatively no fat in their diet. They eat grass not meat; therefore they do not need very high fat digestion ability in their pancreas. Hogs have high percentage of fat in their diet. They are meat eaters; therefore they need high fat digesting ability in their pancreas. With this in mind, pancreatin derived from a porcine (pork) source always have much higher lipase digesting ability. (NF units).
Are there any secondary activities in pancreatic enzymes?
Under each of the primary enzymatic activities, there are secondary enzymatic activities. The secondary enzymes are:
1. TRYPSIN – which has the ability to digest certain types of protein. It has the ability to digest dead tissue or nutrients that had been isolated from their original source.
2. CHYMOTRYPSIN – which has the ability to digest many other types of proteins. It has ability to digest live tissue or nutrients that have not been isolated.
How can I know I am getting a good product?
In recent years, many pancreas products have been introduced by other companies, in an attempt to copy this product. They are not the same. Consumers should be aware of cheap imitations that could possibly be useless formulas with useless ability. When shopping for a pancreatic enzyme product, there are many factors to consider in your decision making. The most important of these include:
a) IS THE PANCREATIN PROCESSED CORRECTLY?
b) IS THE PANCREATIC ENZYME IN THE CORRECT FORM?
c) IS THE LABEL INFORMATION CORRECT, COMPLETE AND VALID?
These are important to know when shopping for your pancreatic product:
A) PROCESSING: How is the product processed? There are certain factors that can destroy the enzymatic activity of pancreatic enzymes. They are heat, incorrect processing and inadequate forms of extreme acidic or alkaline conditions.
B) INCORRECT OR CORRECT FORMS: Are the pancreatic enzymes in the correct form? Pancreatic enzymes must be in the correct form in order to reach the lower digestive tract. The lower tract is where the pancreatic enzymes must be in order to perform its functions properly.
C) LABEL CLAIMS: What is the label claiming? It is also important to understand what a label is claiming. Some labels indicate that the product has been standardized and no sugar is used. This is not true. Because if the label indicated that the product has been standardized to a particular potency such as 2x, 4x, or any other NF units, then federal law requires that it be cut with lactose, which is known as milk sugar.
Some labels also claim that their product is derived from beef. In order for product to be derived from beef, the lipase (NF units) will be lower than the protease and amylase (NF units).
Dew’s Panteric is processed at low temperature, slightly above room temperature. Dew’s pancreatin is derived from highest quality, range grass fed US beef. They always use natural ingredients. They NEVER use hydrocarbon, solvents, sugars, salts or fillers. Their product is NOT standardized, because their pancreatin is unique in the market. Their pancreatin is specially processed only in full strength, undiluted form. Their pancreatic enzymes are in an enteric matrix (most modern technology), which ensures the enzymes to go to the lower tract and properly perform their functions. They add ox bile. Ox bile is an enzyme that works in the lower tract to complete the job started by the pancreatin. Bile also helps digest fat.
In cooperation with the US Food & Drug Administration, please note that this information has not been submitted to the FDS for approval. The information is not intended to cure, mitigate or diagnose disease in humans and animals.