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Vitacost Digestive Enzymes -- 180 Capsules


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Vitacost Digestive Enzymes Description

A natural, multi-enzyme formula to support healthy digestion.* Helps alleviate discomforts associated with poor digestion.*


What is Vitacost Digestive Enzymes?


Vitacost Digestive Enzymes features a combination of enzymes that are important for healthy digestion. It may help alleviate discomforts, such as gas and bloating, associated with improperly digested carbohydrates.* Each single-capsule serving includes:

  • Protease: Supports digestion of protein.*
  • Amylase: Supports breakdown of carbohydrates such as glycogen and starches.*
  • Lipase: Supports breakdown of fats, improving their utilization.*
  • Cellulase: Aids in the digestion of cellulose, an indigestible fiber found in fruits and vegetables.*
  • Invertase: Supports simple carbohydrate (like sucrose) breakdown.*
  • Lactase: Supports breakdown of lactose, the milk sugar.*
  • Pectinase: Supports breakdown of pectins like those found in apples.*
  • Alpha galactosidase: When used at the beginning of a meal, will assist in breakdown of polysaccharides and oligosaccharides in foods like beans, preventing them from being metabolized by intestinal flora that can cause gas and intestinal discomfort.*

What are the key benefits of Vitacost® Digestive Enzymes?

  • Supplies enzyme "back up" for those whose diets may be lacking natural digestive enzymes.*
  • Supports digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.*
  • Supports breakdown of simple sugars and high fiber foods.*
  • If used at the beginning of a meal of complex carbohydrates, may prevent gas.*

Vitacost® Digestive Enzymes is a targeted wellness solution - just for you.

  • Features several types of digestive enzymes in one convenient formula.
  • Easy-to-take single-capsule servings.
  • Contains 180 servings per bottle.
  • Suitable for vegetarians.
  • Exceptional quality at an extraordinary value!

Potency • Purity • Pride
All Vitacost® supplements are formulated to deliver the level of support you expect and deserve. Whether you’re shopping Vitacost® vitamins, minerals, herbs or other key nutrients, their potency is guaranteed – what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle. Plus, all Vitacost® supplements adhere to the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), ensuring that they are manufactured to high standards of POTENCY, PURITY, efficacy and safety. We take PRIDE in what we do, which is why we promise if you don’t love your product, we’ll take it back – even if the bottle is empty.

 

About Vitacost® Brand
The search is over. Vitacost® Brand supplements are focused on helping you create a strong foundation with simple, transparent formulas that support – and easily fit into – your daily life. Whether it’s Everyday Essentials you’re looking for or Targeted Wellness support, Vitacost® Brand supplements offer the high-quality solution you need at the value price you deserve. We continuously look for ways to improve technology, processes and ingredients, so you feel confident about what you’re putting in your body or giving to your family. And it’s all right here, at Vitacost.com®.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Directions

As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily with a meal, or as directed by a healthcare professional.

 

Keep dry and at room temperature (59°-75°F [15°-24°C]).

Free Of
Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, crustacean shellfish, fish, soy, gluten, titanium dioxide.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 180
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Digestive Enzymes Blend400 mg*
   Protease (82,000 HUT)
   Amylase (8,000 SKB)
   Lipase (90 FIP)
   Cellulase (600 CU)
   Malt Diastase (215 DP)
   Invertase (525 Sumner)
   Lactase (1,000 ALU)
   Pectinase (55 ENDO-PG)
   Alpha-Galactosidase (300 GaIU)
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose and vegetable magnesium stearate.
Warnings

Pregnant or lactating women, those with diabetes, hypoglycemics, and people with known medical conditions and/or taking drugs should consult with a licensed physician and/or pharmacist prior to taking dietary supplements. Keep out of reach of children.

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Digestive Enzymes: Benefits for a Happy Belly & More

If you struggle with digestive distress, many types of food—even healthy kinds—may seem like your worst enemy. Or you might have found that foods that previous posed you no difficulty all of the sudden have you clutching at your tummy.

Whatever the case, if your digestion has you in the dumps, you’re in good company: According to a 2013 survey, almost three fourths of Americans are living with digestive symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloating and abdominal pain. But you may be able to have your cake and find relief too. As the ranks of the bloated swell, people are taking a commensurate interest in supplemental digestive enzymes.

Woman Demonstrating Digestive Enzymes Benefits With Hands Over Fruit on Belly | Vitacost.com/blog

A trifecta of enzymes

What are digestive enzymes? When our bodies are working on all cylinders, our digestive system employs roughly 22 different digestive enzymes to help us break down our food into nutrients. These enzymes facilitate specific chemical reactions to enhance the food’s absorption and utilization.

Humans produce multiple different enzymes during the different stages of the digestive process: first in the mouth, followed by the stomach, and then in the final stage, within the small intestine.

There are three main kinds of enzymes that help break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats, respectively. As soon as we start chewing, salivary amylase begins turning carbs into sugars. In the stomach, pepsin initiates protein digestion, turning it into amino acids, and then gets more help from other protein enzymes such as trypsin, pancreatic amylase and peptidase. To facilitate fat absorption, lipases secreted in the mouth and stomach tackle fats and oils.

Each enzyme has a very specific job description with no crossover—each enzyme will only incite a reaction with its designated food type.

Why take a supplement?

If our system is compromised, because of certain conditions, food intolerances or aging, some foods prove particularly challenging to smooth digestion. Enter the ignoble signs of a flare-up: farting, belching and bloating. At this point, many of us reach for the antacids.

But our inability to digest certain foods may have less to do with excess acid and more to do with enzyme function. Although antacids may provide a temporary respite, in the long term they may do more harm than help, ultimately inhibiting nutrient absorption, among other drawbacks.

This is where supplemental digestive enzymes come in, offering a much gentler and less invasive solution. “Digestive enzymes basically speed up the breakdown of macronutrients,” says Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD, a functional medicine practitioner based in Cleveland, Ohio. For those battling a perpetual stomachache, supplementing with over-the-counter digestive enzymes, especially in the short term, helps provide key digestive relief that allows the body to marshal its resources toward healing.

But before deciding whether you want to explore digestive enzymes, Titgemeier suggests most people start with something they tend to overlook—how much they chew their food. If you think of digestive enzymes as scissor-like proteins cutting food down in size, chewing is your first line of defense. “One of the main things that can trigger not having proper enzyme function is not chewing your food properly,” she says. “The larger molecules that accumulate in the intestine can lead to bad bacteria. The rule of thumb for chewing is to chew each bite 20-30 times.”

If you are still having issues, the next step would be to consult a doctor to see if digestive enzymes are a good fit. Certain conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, actually require supplementation with enzymes (pancreatic insufficiency is a signature of the disease). People with chronic pancreatitis, or have underwent pancreatic surgery; people who have liver disease, and those with hypochlorhydria (a lack of stomach acid) are also prime candidates for supplemental enzymes.

One of the most common objections to supplementation is that the body can produce all the digestive enzymes it needs. However, stress and poor nutrition can be catalysts for enzyme shortages. Lactase deficiency is another example of a widespread digestive enzyme shortage—it occurs in as much as 70 percent of the world’s adult population. Plus, as we age, enzyme production slows.

The upshot? You don’t need an overt enzyme deficiency to benefit from over the counter digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes can take the stress off any type of digestive issues such as gas, bloating, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and more. If you feel consistently gassy after meals, or that your food just sits in your stomach for hours after you eat, you may want to give enzymes a try.

Benefits of digestive enzymes

Here are three ways they can amp up a sluggish digestion and increase your nutrient absorption.

Energy support

“Since you are utilizing your food properly, you may find you have more energy,” says Titgemeier. Lethargic digestion robs the body of energy it could put toward other metabolic functions. Digestive enzymes can help convert carbs into glucose--the primary sugar molecule that the body uses for energy. A supplement that contains amylase may help you with the efficient conversion of carbohydrates into fuel.

 Healthy inflammatory response

Proteolytic enzymes are bromelain, papain, pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and rutin breakdown protein into smaller polypeptides or amino acids. Also known as proteases, these enzyme help digest the protein found in meats, poultry, fish, nuts, eggs and cheese. Because proteases make protein more bioavailable, they are linked to multiple protein interactions such as circulation, inflammatory response and immune function.

Implications for healthy weight support

Research on lipase, the enzyme that breaks down fat, is especially promising in terms of influencing weight. In 2012, scientists were able to make lipase three times as effective by manipulating a molecular “switch” that turns the enzyme on and off. In general, enzymes may help with weight loss by speeding digestion and supporting metabolism. An optimized digestive system can translate into less inflammation and toxic stagnation and therefore less excess weight.  

Choosing the right type of digestive enzyme

Unless you have an overt enzyme deficiency, you want to provide auxiliary support to the entire digestive process. A good place to start is with a “broad spectrum” formula that covers all the bases—a blend of the key enzyme players, such as amylase, protease and lipase.

A holistic approach to digestion

Titgemeier cautions a conservative approach to enzymes, such as using them for backup help for a few months. “Treat them as a temporary bandaid—but don’t neglect to investigate why your ability to secrete your own digestive enzymes is compromised.”

One way we impair our digestion is by eating too much cooked food, she says. “Raw food contains more enzymes and is beneficial for stimulating digestive enzymes.” Don’t go overboard with raw either, as that present its own set of challenges for digestion.

A combo of raw and cooked foods, plus a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, along with some good sources of probiotics, are the building blocks for an optimized digestive process. Once your digestion resumes a robust rhythm, opt for enzyme supplements on an as-needed basis.

These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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