When the Foods You Love, Hate You Back

Are the foods you love – legumes, dairy, cruciferous vegetables – waging a war against your digestive tract? Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, carnivore or something in between, the indigestion – gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort  – can be well … embarrassing, if not painful. Enzyme deficiencies may be causing that annoying burping, heartburn, intestinal cramping. Rather than waging war against your favorite foods and avoiding them, you may benefit from taking supplements with digestive enzymes.

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Digestive Enzymes: What They Are

Digestive enzymes are protein catalysts that enable you to break down foods into molecules so your body can absorb nutrients. They’re vital, not only for digestion, but for your overall health.

Regardless of your diet, you need an array of digestive enzymes to properly digest the foods you eat. Here are the main types of digestive enzymes:

  • Proteolytic enzymes: break protein into amino acids. These include protease, bromelain and papain.
  • Lipases: break fat into fatty acids.
  • Amylases: break carbohydrates into simple sugars. These also include alpha galactosidase, invertase, lactase and glucoamylase.

You may be wondering how we break down plant-based foods. Although animals have the enzymes to digest plants – cellulase, hemicellulose, xylanse and beta glucanase – humans do not. This could explain why you experience gas and bloating when you eat cruciferous vegetables. All the more reason why you may need to supplement with digestive enzymes.


Digestive Enzymes: How They Work

From the time you start chewing your food, until the time your digested food enters the small intestine, digestive enzymes work in concert through your digestive pathway to break down the food into absorbable products. Here’s a simplified version of that pathway:

  1. Salivary amylase released in the mouth begins breaking down food, and continues working after food enters your stomach.
  2. The stomach releases acids, pepsin and gastric amylase to form partially-digested food called chyme.
  3. Stomach acid also neutralizes the salivary amylase, allowing gastric (stomach) amylase to take over.
  4. After about an hour, the chyme enters the upper small intestine, where the hormone, secretin, is released.
  5. This, in turn, notifies the pancreas to release hormones, bicarbonate, bile and other pancreatic enzymes, including lipase, trypsin, amylase and nuclease.
  6. The bicarbonate changes the acidic chyme to alkaline, which enables the enzymes to further degrade food and kill bacteria that are not capable of surviving in the acid environment of the stomach.

An effective enzyme supplement should include enzymes from the three major types and additional enzymes to help you digest plant-based foods.


Signs Your Digestive System May Need a Boost

People with sufficient enzymes will not have any trouble breaking down proteins, carbohydrates and fats during the digestive process. However, if you’re deficient in enzymes, you may experience, for example:

  • Gas, bloating and diarrhea if you’re lacking amylase to break down carbohydrates.
  • Oily stools if you’re deficient in lipase that breaks down fat.
  • Foul-smelling gas if you’re deficient in proteolytic enzymes that break down proteins.
  • Diarrhea and bloating if you’re deficient in lactase that breaks down lactose in dairy products.


Digest HPE: Intensive, Broad Spectrum Enzyme Formula

Without adequate enzyme levels, undigested food passes through your gastrointestinal tract, which may cause occasional heartburn, upset stomach, gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort. If you are looking for a serious enzyme formula to address a range of “heavyweight” digestive concerns, Digest HPE™ is an excellent choice.

Digest HPE™ contains 13 distinct, naturally derived protein-, carbohydrate- and fat-digesting enzymes, including those not naturally produced by the body, such as cellulase, bromelain and papain. Along with amylase, protease, lipase and lactase, these enzymes work to break down foods into nutrient molecules your body can absorb.

The enzymes in Digest HPE were formulated to reflect the highest activity levels using standards from the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), the accepted standard of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Digest HPE gives you the edge to feel better about the foods you enjoy – so they’ll LOVE you back!

If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications, consult your physician before use. Medications that may deplete the nutrients in Digest HPE include antibiotics, antimicrobial agents and anticoagulants.


Digest HPE contains no milk or milk derivatives, no lactose, no egg, no grapefruit, no sugar, no artificial color, no artificial flavor. It’s natural.

Non-GMO. Suitable for vegans.


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