If the body is healthy and
working properly, and receiving nutritious foods, it should produce all of the necessary enzymes in sufficient quantities to ensure proper digestion. There is currently an epidemic of digestive illness in American affecting one-third to one-half of all adults at a cost of 41 billion per year.1 Most Americans are overfed but under nourished because we often fail to digest and absorb all the nutrients needed for unlimited health. There is also a growing consensus of agreement among health professionals that the depletion of enzymes in our food supply is responsible!
Let's Talk Enzymes
Enzymes are protein catalysts necessary for the metabolic function of the body. Without enzymes, there is no life.2 Enzymes represent "life force" which is biologically recognized and can be measured in terms of enzyme activity. If you photograph foods with Kirlian photography, living foods have energy fields, while processed foods have little or none.3
There are three classification of enzymes: metabolic, digestive and food.
- Metabolic enzymes cause various chemical reactions within the ells, such as the rebuilding of organs, bones, connective tissue and energy production.
- Digestive enzymes are secreted along the gastrointestinal tract in the pancreas, stomach and small
intestine to digest food.
- Food enzymes are found in any kink of natural, raw, unprocessed food and are there to aid the digestion or breakdown of food.
Factor Seven: Digestin is a food enzyme supplement containing the three groups of enzymes necessary for proper food digestion. Specifically the protein-digesting, proteolytic enzymes (protease), the fat-digesting lipolytic enzymes (lipase) and
the carbohydrate-digesting amylolytic enzymes (amylase).
If there are inadequate amounts of these enzymes, or if enzyme producing organs become overworked, our foods putrefy and/or ferment in the intestinal tract. This results in gas, bloating, allergies, belching, constipation digestive upset, fatigue and nutrient deficiencies leading to obesity.
Factor Seven: Digestin Provides Gastrointestinal Anti-inflammatory Support
Bromelain is incorporated into the Factor Seven: Digestin formulation because of its excellent anti-inflammatory effects.4 The enzyme bromelain has also been demonstrated effective in reducing angina pain, decreasing blood pressure and in breaking down atherosclerotic plaques.5
Betaine HCL is hydrochloric acid derived from beets and is the body's first line of defense against disease causing microbes.6
Most people take antacids because TV ads have convinced them they have too much stomach acid when, ironically, the reverse is true in most cases. As we age the parietal cells in the stomach ling produce less hydrochloric acid.7 Half of all people over age 60 have hypochlorhydria or low stomach acid.
Indigestion is not caused by a Rolaids deficiency! Antacids, while providing temporary relief, actually slows down or stop the digestive process which virtually guarantees toxic buildup in the colon.
Research has also proven that commercial banana powder thickened the stomach lining, as opposed to aspirin and Tagamet, which actually thinned the stomach lining.8
Factor Seven: Digestin provides Gut Flora Normalization and pH Balance
A digestive enzyme's effectiveness depends largely on whether it has a wide pH range. The pH level measures acidity and alkalinity, with a 7.0 pH being neutral. Our blood is alkaline at around 7.2 to 7.4 while stomach acid typically ranges from an acidic 1.0 to 3.0
People needing digestive enzymes are often prescribed animal-derived pancreatic enzymes (usually from pigs) that contain lipase, amylase and protease. These enzyme preparations are not active over as broad a pH range as plant-derived extratcs.9
No animal enzymes are utilized in the Factor Seven formulation. The formulation employs plant-based enzymes extracted from foods which have a pH of 2.0 to 10.0.
Further, studies have shown that a small dose of lipase from plant source was as effective as a 25 times larger dosage of conventional animal pancreatin in the treatment of malabsorption and malnutrition due to pancreatic insufficiency.10
Chronic pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis are the most common causes of pancreatic insufficiency. Unlike pancreatin, plant enzyme lipase delivers
enzyme activity in the broad pH range from 3 to 9 and safely digests fat in pancreatic insufficiency patients.11
Enzymes, Food Allergies & Arthritis
Many of today's food allergies stem from the lack of certain enzymes. Yeast and bacterial growth usually start with undigested foods. Extreme fatigue may be caused by an inability to digest proteins and fats,
causing blood cells to stick together so they can't circulate as efficiently to transport oxygen. 12
Arthritic joint pain and gout could come from undigested proteins, fats and minerals that form uric acid crystals, which in turn get caught in joints. Many individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are deficient in stomach acid and other digestive factors. 13
Enzymes and Longevity
A clinical experiment was conducted on two groups of people showing the relationship between enzymes and the aging process. The first group ranged in age from 21 to 31 years, while the second group was age 69 to 100. The younger group was found to have 30 times more amylase (starch enzymes) in their saliva than the elderly group. This is why younger people can tolerate a diet of white bred,
pastries, fried foods and candy while a similar diet caused rapid aging and chronic diseases in older groups.14
Enzymes and Athletics
Enzymes are the missing link in sports nutrition. A double blind study of karate fighters was conducted using enzymes as a precaution before fighting. At the end of the testing period the enzyme group recovered from injuries in 7
days while the placebo group recovered in 16 days.15
“Dietary excess accounts for nearly two-thirds of the deaths occurring each year in the United
USDA Food Review, April 1994
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