Enzymes

Enzymes

Many people experience digestive discomfort on a daily basis. A largely overlooked factor may be enzymes—biological catalysts that are essential to break down protein, fat, and carbohydrates and assimilate important nutrients from food.

Reduced enzyme production can make it harder to digest food and assimilate nutrients. Several factors may influence enzyme activity and digestion, including poor eating habits (e.g., inadequate chewing of food), dietary choices, age, and high cooking temperatures.

All of the products in the SpectraZyme family use non-GMO ingredients and are clinically shown to support healthy digestion.* To ensure the quality and efficacy of every formula, we test each batch of product for enzyme activity, using methodologies published from both the Food Chemical Codex (FCC) and United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a compendium of standards used internationally for establishing the quality and purity of ingredients.

A functional digestive system is key to maintaining overall wellness. Our comprehensive formulas are designed to support proper digestion of proteins (including gluten), peptides, carbohydrates, fats, cellulose, maltose, lactose, and sucrose—for thorough digestive support you can count on.*


Products

SpectraZyme® Metagest® (formerly Metagest) SpectraZyme® Metagest® (formerly Metagest)
Stomach Acid Support* Features Betaine HCl & Pepsin
SpectraZyme® Complete SpectraZyme® Complete
Broad Spectrum Digestive Support*
SpectraZyme® Pan 9x ES SpectraZyme® Pan 9x ES
Bioactive Pancreatic Enzymes for Digestive Support*
SpectraZyme® Gluten Digest SpectraZyme® Gluten Digest
Targeted Support for Enzymatic Breakdown of Gluten*
SpectraZyme® Pan 9x SpectraZyme® Pan 9x
Bioactive Pancreatic Enzymes for Digestive Support*

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Enzymes Are Essential for Healthy Digestion

Up to 1 in 4 Americans suffer from digestive discomfort that affects daily living.1 A largely overlooked factor may be enzymes—biological catalysts that are essential to break down protein, fat, and carbohydrates and assimilate important nutrients from food.

How Enzyme Activity Works to Facilitate Digestion
Enzyme activity begins in the mouth where salivary amylase, lingual lipase, and ptyalin initiate starch and fat digestion. In the stomach, hydrochloric acid activates pepsinogen to pepsin, which breaks down protein, and gastric lipase begins the hydrolysis of fats. Most digestion and absorption takes place in the small intestine and is mediated by pancreatic amylase, protease, lipase, and bile salts.

Many Factors Affect Enzyme Production & Digestion
Reduced enzyme production can make it harder to digest food and assimilate nutrients. Several factors may influence enzyme activity and digestion:

  • Poor eating habits, such as inadequate chewing of food, “eating on the run,” or eating late in the day
  • Dietary choices such as refined carbohydrates, fat, and high amounts of meat
  • Hydrochloric acid and enzyme secretion generally decline with age
  • Naturally occurring enzymes are destroyed when food is cooked at 118° F or greater

 

The SpectraZyme Difference

SpectraZyme enzyme formulas, recommended by your healthcare practitioner, provide you exceptional quality and personalized options that feature a wide array of digestive enzymes:

Enzyme What it Helps Break Down for Digestion
Amylase Carbohydrates (starches and other polysaccharides)
Protease Protein (large amino acid chains)
Peptides & Pepsin Peptides (smaller amino acid chains)
Lipase Fats (triglycerides and other lipids)
Lactase Lactose (milk sugar)
Cellulase, Pectinase, Xylanase & Hemicellulase Cellulose, pectin, xylan & hemicellulose (plant fibers and carbohydrates)
Maltase PMaltose (malt sugar)
Invertase Sucrose (table sugar)

 

Which SpectraZyme Formula is Right for You?
Product Ideal for:
SpectraZyme Complete Wild digestive support13, protein breakdown13, 14, carbohydrate breakdown15, 16, fat breakdown17, 18, plant cellulose breakdown19, lactose breakdown20, sucrose breakdown16, non-animal derived
SpectraZyme Gluten Digest Significant gluten breakdown8, 10, 11, non-animal derived
SpectraZyme Pan 9x Wild digestive support13, protein breakdown13, 14, carbohydrate breakdown15, 16, fat breakdown17, 18
SpectraZyme Pan 9x ES Extra strength digestive support14, protein breakdown13, 14, carbohydrate breakdown15, 16, fat breakdown17, 18
SpectraZyme Metagest Protein breakdown, stomach acid support21

 

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Resources 

SpectraZyme Gluten Digest Patient Brochure
SpectraZyme Patient Brochure