Digestive Formula is formulated to contain all the body’s naturally occurring enzymes to support proper digestion of carbohydrates, fat and proteins.
Learn more about the chemical processes involved in digestion.
Millions of people suffer from some sort of digestive problem on a frequent basis. Proper digestion of food is important for our health and when digestion is limited in any way, disease can result. When we age, the the digestive tract produces less digestive enzymes.
Impaired digestion can lead to a number of health issues including heartburn, reflux, bloating, excess gas, constipation, food allergies, parasite and yeast overgrowth, bowel inflammation, pancreatitis and abdominal cramping and tenderness. In addition, deficiencies in digestive enzymes, which could result in nutrient mal-absorption over time, can result in decreased energy, fatigue, headaches and an impaired immune system1. It should be noted however, that supplementation with digestive enzymes has not been proven 100% effective compared to the natural digestive enzymes secreted by the pancreas2.
Pancreatin, is a mixture of digestive enzymes secreted by the pancreas and includes amylase, lipase and protease. Supplementation with pancreatic enzymes may be beneficial for food allergies and celiac disease, but this has not been proven 100% effective1,2.
Trypsin (a serine protease) is a digestive enzyme secreted in the duodenum. It’s role is to cleave proteins into smaller parts such as peptides and amino acids.
Papain is a protease (enzyme that breaks down proteins) found in papayas (Carica papaya). Papain has been used for centuries as a meat tenderizer and can be used to stop the itch associated with bee stings, jellyfish by breaking down the toxin protein found in the venom.
Bromelain, traditionally used as a meat tenderizer, is an extract from the stems or the fruit of pineapples (plant family of the Bromeliaceae). Bromelain contains proteolytic enzymes (enzymes that break down proteins) and is thought to have some therapeutic effect on certain bacterial enterotoxins that can produce diarrhea3, although the therapeutic benefit of bromelain remains unproven.
1. Farber, S., Shwachman, H. and Maddock, C.L. (1943) Pancreatic Function And Disease In Early Life. I. Pancreatic Enzyme Activity And The Celiac Syndrome. J Clin Invest. 22, 827–838.
2. Layer, P. and Keller, J. (1999) Pancreatic Enzymes: Secretion and Luminal Nutrient Digestion in Health and Disease. J. Clin. Gastroenter. 28, 3-10.
3. Mynott, T.L., Guandalini, S., Raimondi, F. and Fasano, A. (1997) Bromelain prevents secretion caused by Vibrio cholerae and Escherichia coli enterotoxins in rabbit ileum in vitro. Gastroenterology 113, 175-184.