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Nutritional FAQ's

  1. Is there a good liquid diet for fast weight loss ?
  2. Hydroxicut review about "What is hydroxicut"?
  3. Enzyme supplements, do I take them with meals or not?
  4. Is aspergillus lactase better than others?
  5. How do you pronounce the word chitosan
  6. Is potassium helpful for heartburn
  7. Collagen + to buy
  8. Is there an alternative to collagen injection in houston?
  9. About coenzyme q10, what md anderson says
  10. Antioxidants with alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme q10 and lcarnitine?
  11. Is colostrum good for heartburn?
  12. Is colostrum helpful for hypothyroid?
  13. What is the main cortisol creator?
  14. Where can I get super carb blockers?
  15. Pyruvate and cellular respiration in the medil field
  16. Are carbohydrate blockers bad for you?
  17. Is there new research on grape seed extract?
  18. What is the most effective form of glucosamine sulfate to take?
  19. Compare Osteobiflex to Joint Care RX Ultra- Why leave home?
  20. What are the possible side effects of oral chelation edta?
  21. Effects on mitral valve prolapse with glucosamine sulfate
  22. Coral calcium and the colon
  23. (Byping byp)Bypassing the Bypass: The new technique of chelation therapy
  24. Chelation practitioners in Columbus, OH
  25. Prostate cancer: radiation therapy versus surgery?
  26. Can pomgranate boost prostate health
  27. EDTA chelation therapy: Alternative to amputation or ischemic attack?
  28. Chelation and renal failure
  29. Dong quai herbal supplement for women
  30. Sleep apnea, night sweat and fainting
  31. Help for hot flashes in women
  32. Natural vitamins for lowering homocysteine levels

  33. Is there a liquid diet for fast weight loss ?
    A good liquid for weight loss is Collagen Nite Loss. Lose weight while you sleep! Need to slim down or firm up and don't like dieting? This product is a must for you. Collagen Nite Loss is a natural nutritional supplement that does not stimulate, starve, or trick the body into weight loss. This formula feeds the body with a collagen protein supplement resulting in the shedding of excess fat and toxins naturally!
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    What is hydroxicut?
    We did a review and found out that hydroxicut is another weight product that is not as good as our product, Chitosan. Chitosan taken with your meal will trap the fat in your food and pass it through, unabsorbed by the body. You should notice the weightloss in about a week. Of course, all bodies are different and we all metablolise differently.
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    Enzyme supplements, do I take them with meals or not? Enzymes should be taken both with meals and on an empty stomach. First thing in the morning take three digestive enzymes to clean your blood system. Then take two during each meal, or immediately after, to aid in digestion. More can be taken for more severe digestive problems.
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    Is aspergillus lactase better than others?
    Digestive enzymes derived from plants are more precious than gold or diamonds. This enzyme is one of eight included in Ultimate Enzymes formulation.
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    How do you pronounce the word chitosan?
    Chitosan (kite-o-san) is a fiber that has unique properties that allows it bind to fat and oils. This binding action allows the fat to pass through the digestive system along with the fiber.
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    Is potassium helpful for heartburn?
    Digestive enzymes will help heartburn and indigestion almost immediately. Antacids provide only temporary relief by neutralizing the acidity in the stomach, but will cause a much greater problem. Antacids stop the body from doing its digestive job...while enzymes help the body to do its digestive job. Plant enzymes are safe and effective...antacids are not!
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    Collagen + to buy
    Collagen is the most abundant protein form in our bodies. Our product uses hydrolyzed collagen, from the United States, that has natural amino acids. Amino acids are used by our bodies to help provide energy, to help maintain muscle/lean mass, and to help build body tissue. Collagen is the main component of our skin, nails, bones, cartilage, and connective tissue and is found in all of the body organs.
    Amino acids help maintain lean muscle mass and allows the body to more readily consume fat for energy. This contributes to weight loss from fat reduction. Collagen Nite-Loss also helps reduce lethargy and the desire to eat by giving a boost to energy levels.
    As we age, the production of collagen drops off tremendously, and it is this reduction that is a contributor to an `older' appearance and reduced mobility. Cartilage is the cushion and shock absorber between joints. Healthy cartilage increases mobility and flexibility. After a few months of taking our Collagen Nite-Loss many of our customers report a healthier look to their hair, skin, and nails.
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    Is there an alternative to collagen injection in houston?
    See answer above about Collagen Nite Loss. Why visit a doctor's office and pay outragious fees?
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    About coenzyme q10, what md anderson says
    CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant and may protect the heart from being damaged. Some researchers feel that CoQ10 supplementation before chemotherapy may protect against the cardiac toxic effects caused by certain chemotherapy agents. If this is the case, it may allow for higher, more effective doses of chemotherapy to be administered. This excerpt is taken from MD Anderson website.
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    Antioxidants with alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme q10 and lcarnitine?
    Nature's RxTM NanohydrateTM containing Silica Hydride is perhaps the perfect antioxidant. Perfect because Silica Hydride is a powerful antioxidant itself and that Silica Hydride acts to recharge other antioxidants. Also powerful because NanohydrateTM contains added Alpha Lipoic Acid or ALA and Beta 1,3 d-glucan or beta glucan as an added antioxidant bonus. Compare NanohydrateTM to Micohydrin® and other products costing up to four times the price which provide fewer active ingredients than Nature's RxTM NanohydrateTM.
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    Is colostrum good for heartburn?
    Several factors exist in colostrum that work to supercharge the functioning of our immune and digestive systems. Colostrum has been shown to provide a boost to the immune system and to provide our bodies with other important factors for maintaining a more youthful appearance. Our product, Colostrum RX, is 30% Standardized Immunoglobulin G content as compared to many being sold today which are 15% or less.
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    Is colostrum helpful for hypothyroid?
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    What is the main cortisol creator?
    The adrenals are walnut-sized glands located on top of each kidney, and are important control centers for many of the body’s hormones. The outer layer of the gland, called the adrenal cortex, produces hormones including cortisol, DHEA, estrogen and testosterone. The centers of the glands produce adrenaline, the hormone named after them. A good supplement to take for cortisol build up is Corticept RXTM.
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    Where can I get super carb blockers?
    CarboLock Rx contains a high potency extract of Northern White Kidney Beans, Nature's latest all natural weight loss nutrient. It disrupts the breakdown of carbs and stops simple sugars from being converted into fat, so you can still enjoy your favorite foods without guilt and weight gain! CarboLock supports stable blood sugar levels, helps reduce cravings, aids in retention of lean muscle, and provides natural energizers for increased vitality and better workouts. CarboLock Rx is the "Value Leader!" No other product approaches our potency and price combination!
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    Pyruvate and cellular respiration in the medil field
    Scientists who have been studying pyruvate believe it may accelerate fat loss by increasing "cellular respiration"- the amount of energy the mitochondria uses.
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    Are carbohydrate blockers bad for you?
    Phaseolamin is an amazing, non-stimulant, all-natural nutritional ingredient that is derived from the white kidney bean. It is the first nutritional ingredient that has been clinically & scientifically proven to neutralize starch, found in in your favorite foods such as potatoes, breads, pasta. rice, corn and crackers. Phaseolamin is a safe yet powerful nutritional ingredient, clinically studied to reduce the absorption of starch calories. Our product, CarboLock Rx, is an excellent product.
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    >Is there new research on grape seed extract?
    Studies detail the benefits of moderate red wine consumption on health. These studies distinguish the difference from red wine and white wine. A recent study shows that a particular polyphenol in red grape skins, resveratrol, inhibits platelet aggregation and is the component responsible for red wine's health benefits. Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes and is included in Natures Rx Grape Seed Extract RxTM. Grape Seed Extract RxTM also contains ellagic acid which is found in grape seeds.
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    What is the most effective form of glucosamine sulfate to take?
    This product includes a combination of supplements called Glucosamine (GLU-COSE-A-MINE) and Chondroitin (CON-DROY-TIN) sulfates. Glucosamine is prescribed extensively in Europe as a prescription drug for osteoarthritis. Chondroitin is often used with Glucosamine because of the synergistic effects these two nutrients have when used together. Many doctors in Europe, Asia, and an increasing number in the United States are now recommending the combination of Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfates as a dietary supplement. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin are available without prescription as dietary supplements in the United States. Joint Care Rx UltraTM contains the entire range of nutrients recommended in the best-selling book "The Arthritis Cure" by Dr. Jason Theodosakis, Author. Joint Care Rx UltraTM also now contains MSM, a bioavailable form of elemental sulfur necessary for joint tissue repair.
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    Compare Osteobiflex to Joint Care RX Ultra- Why leave home?
    See above answer about Joint Care RX Ultra
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    What are the possible side effects of oral chelation edta?
    Orally ingested EDTA is believed to be about 5% effective when compared to intravenous dripped solutions of EDTA. This means that if you take four Cardio Chelate Oral™ capsules per day for a month, you achieve about the same results, cleansing wise, as one intravenous chelation treatment at your doctor’s office. Side effect would be a cleaner circulatory system.
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    Effects on mitral valve prolapse with glucosamine sulfate
    Studies show that Magnesium is effective on mitral valve porlapse. Our Coral Calcium with magnesium has gotten rave reviews from our customers. Minerals are the basic foundation for health. From our bones to the multitude of enzymatic activities within and without our cells, minerals are the key that opens the door to optimum health. This is accomplished by supplying the body with missing minerals that have crucial roles to play and by bringing overall mineral levels up, thereby raising the pH of body fluids and tissues back to their natural healthy levels. A high pH (alkaline) is important because most disease thrives in a low pH (acidic) environment.
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    Coral calcium and the colon
    There is no refernce to coral calcium helping the colon. However a good colon cleanser will help immensely. You would be surprised how much the colon affects your whole body (fatigue,lithargy,back pain,leg pain,etc). Colon RX is an excellent colon cleanser and it won't break the bank.
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    (Byping byp)Bypassing the Bypass: The new technique of chelation therapy
    Before you take the plunge of bypass surgery, try chelation therapy.Cardio Chelate Oral is "Nature's Cardio Cleanser". The new technique of Chelation Therapy, is a non-surgical treatment for improving circulation and slowing the aging process.
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    Chelation practitioners in Columbus, OH
    Check out practitioners in/near your city then order Cardio Chelate Oral™ either as your chelation regimen or along with your practitioners regimen. This product is designed to supplement intravenous chelation, and is a must product for all those people who have in the past, or are now receiving intravenous chelation.
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    Prostate cancer: radiation therapy versus surgery?
    While you get checked out and while you decide which is best for you, try drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day. Doctors have found that the juice lowered PSA levels. It's possible that drinking pomegranate juice can delay the need for such treatments. Also, take Prostate Health RxTM to further aid in prostate health.
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    Can pomgranate boost prostate health
    Prostate cancer patients with rising PSA levels usually opt for treatment with drugs that block testosterone. This "chemical castration" can have serious side effects, including bone loss, depression and sexual dysfunction. It's possible that drinking pomegranate juice can delay the need for such treatments. Nature's Rx Prostate Health RxTM is the comprehensive doctor recommended formula for prostate support. Prostate Health RxTM contains a synergistic blend of amino acids, minerals, herbs and potent herbal extracts formulated specifically for male prostate health and support.
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    EDTA chelation therapy: Alternative to amputation or ischemic attack?
    Here is what you really need to take, keeping in mind this is an overview....A quality oral chelation product....Nature's Rx Cardio Chelate w/EDTA is a great product! Also CoQ10....Nature's features all natural Q10, in softgels, the preferred kind....Also, lots of Omega 3 Fish Oils, lots of Phosphatidyl Choline, L-Arginine, lots of Garlic and Cayenne, and a quality B-12-6-Folic Acid product....Nature's has the best one available.
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    Chelation and renal failure
    In early experiments, EDTA was often used in doses up to 10 times the amount now recommended. This resulted in serious adverse side effects including renal failure. With the use of laboratory testing, including kidney function tests, and by following recommended protocols, a physician can chelate safely. Now you can take Cardio Chelate w/EDTA with confidence.
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    Dong quai herbal supplement for women
    Dong Quai, found in Perfect Female Rx, is widely known as a female tonic herb and is used by women for the relief of premenstrual symptoms and menopausal support. Chinese women have used this herb to regulate the menstrual cycle for centuries. Compounds within Dong Quai which provide female support include coumarins and flavonoids. These have the effect to stimulate the central nervous system and act as an energizer.
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    Sleep apnea, night sweat and fainting
    Epimedium, also known as di-huang, is a root used by the Chinese for hot flashes and night sweats. Natures Rx Perfect Female Rx is the comprehensive vitamin, mineral, amino acid and herbal support formula for female sexual support, hormonal support and metabolism support.
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    Help for hot flashes in women
    Damiana, found in Perfect Female Rx, historically has been considered a female sex stimulant by acting as a female aphrodisiac increasing female sex drive. North American Indian shamen and medicine men used Damiana as an aphrodisiac for frigidity in women. Historical uses of Damiana also included women who were suffering from hormone imbalance related conditions such as menopause and hot flashes.
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    Natural vitamins for lowering homocysteine levels
    B12-6-Folic Rx (Sublingual) tm w/Zinc lozenges is recommended by the American Heart Association to lower homocysteine.
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FAQs about Digestive Enzymes

Why do I need digestive enzyme supplements?
Raw food contains the enzymes needed to digest it. However, most of us don’t live on a raw food diet. When we cook our food, the enzymes in the food are destroyed and our body has to make them in order to digest our food. This puts stress on our system especially since people eat more processed foods and meals higher in calories and fat. Digestive enzyme supplements help you digest your meals more efficiently and deliver the nutrients from your food to your body. Enzyme supplements are clinically proven to reduce the effects of bloating, gas, occasional heartburn and occasional acid reflux. [back to top]

Are digestive enzyme supplements destroyed in the stomach?
Enzyme Essentials' plant-based digestive enzymes have either a wide range of pH and/or are stable and active in the acid range. Our enzymes have been carefully selected to withstand the conditions of the GI tract. The theory that enzymes are destroyed in the stomach is outdated and has been disproven by various studies.

National Enzyme Company, a large enzyme manufacturer, conducted a study proving quantitative evidence of the efficacy of supplemental digestive enzymes.
You can download the report here.[PDF] [back to top]

I don’t have gas or digestive problems. Why should I take digestive enzyme supplements?
Digestive enzymes can help with digestive problems, but since they help strengthen your body's immune system, then their uses are much broader than just digestion related discomforts. There is a connection between the strength of our immune system and our enzyme level. The more enzymes we have, the stronger our immune system will be. The field of digestive enzyme research is growing and many studies using digestive enzymes can be found in well known journals such as the International Journal of Oncology, Lancet, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Digestion, International Journal of Immunotherapy, American Journal of Digestive Disease and Nutrition, and many more. [back to top]

Why are enzymes important?
Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in our body. They are responsible for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating the many ingredients and chemicals our body uses in its daily business of living. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production and cell growth and repair. [back to top]

What is happening to our enzymes?
The reason we are running out of enzymes is a LIFESTYLE PROBLEM. Research has shown that older people and people with chronic disease have fewer enzymes in their saliva, urine and tissues. Our poor dietary habits require excessive amounts of enzymes to digest our foods. Stress kills and damages cells, resulting in our enzyme-making machinery having to work overtime to help rebuild and replace them. Environmental pollution causes cellular damage requiring ongoing assistance from enzymes just to maintain a healthy immune system. And time is a big factor. Time and the process of living uses up enzymes that must be replaced if we expect to retain the healthy active lifestyle we have grown accustomed to. ENZYMES are ESSENTIAL, but your enzyme levels are dropping. [back to top]

Supplemental digestive enzymes can help can help improve your health and bring your systems into balance.

How can I maintain my enzyme levels?
You can begin a digestive enzyme supplement regimen! By taking supplemental enzymes such as OxiCellZyme or DigestZyme at meals to help your body with digestion, you allow your body to devote more energy to repairing and maintaining your organs and tissues. Taking additional protease enzymes (as found in PureZyme) between meals on an empty stomach can help strengthen the immune system by breaking down free-radicals and blood toxins. [back to top]

Who is Enzyme Essentials?
Enzyme Essentials has been selling Transformation's enzyme supplements online and direct to consumers since 1998. We partnered with Transformation Enzyme Company in Houston to bring you the best enzyme formulations on the market backed by clinical study. Dr. DicQie Fuller, a leading enzyme expert and the founder of Transformation, has been developing enzyme formulas for almost 20 years and the company’s focus is enzymes and overall digestive health. They did not jump on the “enzyme band wagon” that has emerged in the last few years, but have been a leader in the digestive enzyme field for almost two decades. When you purchase our products, you know you are getting some of the best and most clinically proven direct-to-consumer plant-enzyme formulas on the market.
Read more about the Enzyme Essentials story.
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Why do I need supplemental digestive enzymes if my body already makes them?
The body can make digestive enzymes; however, the more digestive enzymes it is required to produce for digestion, the fewer enzymes it can create to maintain optimal health. It is very important that we preserve the body’s ability to make enzymes. If supplemental plant digestive enzymes are taken with a meal, these digestive enzymes begin their work immediately. The supplemental digestive enzymes in DigestZyme and OxiCellZyme will break down the food, thus saving the body from having to release as many of its own enzymes. This allows the body to devote its attention to supplying more metabolic enzymes so the organs and tissues can carry on their daily work. [back to top]

Enzyme Essentials has a lot of products. Which ones should I start with?
Every person has different needs for their digestive system. But, if you are just starting a digestive enzyme regimen, we suggest starting with our Basic Maintenance products which include a digestive enzyme supplement such as OxiCellZyme or DigestZyme taken with meals and our Plantadophilus probiotic taken at night before bed. This will get your body on track to optimum digestive health.

The digestive enzymes taken with meals along with a daily probiotic help with complete digestion along with:

  • helping to balance pH
  • breaking down and eliminates proteins
  • reinforcing nutrient acquisition to replenish important nutrients on a regular basis
  • promoting timely elimination of toxins through the colon, kidneys, skin, and lungs
  • decreasing the incidence of improperly digested food becoming toxic in the body
  • promoting blood circulation, cellular vitality, and overall health and wellness

Our E-Club is the best way to ensure that you always have your enzymes! When you order OxiCellZyme or DigestZyme with Plantadophilus as an E-Club, you get the products at 25% off the retail price.

We also have digestive enzyme products to help with other health concerns:

  • BalanceZyme Plus can help support healthy weight management and appetite control*
  • CalmZyme is the perfect non-habit forming, natural solution for supporting a healthy nervous system and promoting restful sleep.*
  • ExcellZyme is an enzyme supplement with herbs that supports the kidneys, liver, and hypothalamus for balancing and energy.*
  • GastroZyme is a soothing formula of herbs and enzymes that can be used for occasional indigestion or diarrhea*
  • LypoZyme is uniquely formulated with lipase for supporting healthy fat digestion, cardiovascular health, and weight management.*
  • MasterZyme provides natural, nutritional support for healthy hormone balance*
  • PureZyme is well-tolerated, GI and pH stable proteolytic enzymes designed for natural support of the cardiovascular system for supporting muscular health, immune system health, urinary health, and healthy elimination.*
  • ReleaseZyme is designed for helping occasional constipation, occasional bowel irregularity, and support of a colon cleanse or detox program.*
  • RepairZyme is an enzyme supplement with herbs and minerals designed to help repair cells and tissues of the body. Great for after exercising.*
  • Super CellZyme is a natural whole food supplement for the entire family*
  • NEED is a powdered drink mix with enzymes that contains 100% of the RDA for the 13 essential water and fat soluble vitamins and is an excellent source of minerals and antioxidants
  • Vitamin C Complex is an easily assimilable, buffered Vitamin C which promotes collagen metabolism and supports the immune system

Click for our complete product list with pricing.

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What should I expect to feel when I begin taking digestive enzymes?
Most people feel better in terms of energy, digestion, and elimination. Occasionally persons may experience a period of increased detoxification when beginning enzyme therapy. This is actually a good sign as the body is now able to eliminate excess toxins, although you may feel tired or achy for a few days. Increasing enzyme dosages and water intake is often the best recommendation to help you through this natural process. [back to top]

Can enzymes be harmful if you take too many?
When speaking about digestive enzyme formulas, no. As active protein molecules, the enzymes do not accumulate in the body. They impart enzymatic activity that lasts anywhere from one to four hours and then they are eliminated from the body or the proteins are broken down and the amino acids are used for other purposes. As with any herbal or nutritional supplement, evaluation of amounts and over consumption should be determined on an individual basis. [back to top]

Can children take digestive enzymes?
Yes, absolutely. You can give digestive enzymes to infants, toddlers, and young children. For toddlers and young children, Enzyme Essentials recommends the basic protocol of Digestzyme or Powdered DigestZyme, Purezyme, and Plantadophilus.

Many children like to chew the capsules and/or are able to swallow them. But if you prefer, the capsules can be pulled apart easily and mixed with water or juice. [back to top]

Can enzymes be taken with other prescription medications?
Digestive enzymes function by breaking down specific chemical bonds in foods. In most cases digestive enzymes can therefore safely be taken with medications. However, it is of course always recommended to let your health care provider know what you are taking.

One area of caution is with prescription blood thinning agents. If you are on this type of medication, you should consult with your physician before beginning an enzyme regimen. [back to top]

Can you take protease enzymes when taking prescription “protease inhibitors”?
More often than not, the term “protease” that describes proteolytic enzymes is used in very general terms. There are many metabolic proteases in our body, each with many different functions. The medications that are designed as protease inhibitors are targeting a very specific viral protease. The supplemental digestive proteases are very different and will not interfere with the medication.[back to top]

Will taking supplemental digestive enzymes inhibit the body’s ability to make its own enzymes?
No. It is the presence of hormones, not enzymes, that signals for secretion of more or less enzymes. Whether from internal or external (supplemental) enzymes, complete hydrolysis of food macromolecules is the indicator for the hormones secretin and cholecystekinin to signal the pancreas to stop secreting pancreatic juices. Taking supplemental digestive enzymes supports and assists the digestive function; it does not inhibit it. [back to top]

Are your products “100% natural” and organic?
The preference of natural, synthetic, or organic ingredients and the definition of each can be very confusing and controversial. We believe the real question should be: “Are your ingredients safe, effective, and free from harmful chemicals?” Our goal, in conjunction with our manufacturers, is therefore to provide safe, effective, high quality nutritional supplements that are free of any pesticide or herbicide residuals.

Enzyme Essentials and Transformation impose very strict quality control standards on ingredient selection and our manufacturer has been certified as a GMP company. To each raw material received, a unique set of methodologies and specifications is developed in accordance with all available compendial literature. This set of methods and specifications is then applied to each subsequent batch received. All reasonable efforts are made to completely and effectively characterize each raw material intended for production. Read more detail about our manufacturing standards. [back to top]

Are your digestive enzymes gluten-free? Dairy-free? Vegetarian?
Most of our digestive enzyme formulas are vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free and they come in vegetarian (cellulose) capsules. In fact, the digestive formulas are very effective in breaking down gluten, lactose and casein the food molecules that often cause problems for those with gluten or dairy intolerance. See individual products specifications for more information. [back to top]

Are your products FDA approved?
We use only the highest quality pharmaceutical grade digestive enzymes. Our products are considered as Dietary Supplements and therefore do not fall under FDA guidelines. As a leader in the health care supplement industry, Enzyme Essentials, Transformation and our manufacturer are committed to enforcing the highest quality control standards. [back to top]

What are probiotics?
“Probiotics” refers to a group of microorganisms that colonize the GI tract, where they live in symbiosis with their host. Within that symbiotic relationship, they provide several benefits to the host, including the synthesis of several important molecules and nutrients as well as the control of potentially pathogenic organisms.

The human gastrointestinal tract hosts over 400 species of mircroorganisms. Some of these are friendly to the human host as mentioned above, whereas others are potentially harmful, should they be allowed to grow uncontrollably. The organisms most frequently observed (according to Mitsuoka) include Enterococci, Lactobacilli, Clostridia, and Staphylococci. [back to top]

Why do I need probiotics?
Taking probiotics, like Plantadophilus, offers many health benefits such as improved digestion, immunity, and elimination.

  • Digestion – Probiotics produce enzymes such as protease, lipase, and lactase to further assist with protein and fat digestion as well as reduce problems associated with lactose intolerance. Probiotics also produce B vitamins, particularly folic acid and B12, which are biocatalysts in food digestion.
  • Immunity – Intestinal microbes are a key factor in the development of the post-natal immune system and in acquired immune response and inflammation. Probiotics produce the natural antibiotic-like substance acidophilin and inhibit the growth of opportunistic microorganisms.
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Are your probiotics lactose free?
Lactobacillus denotes ”lactic acid producing” or “acid loving.” The term “Lacto” does not indicate a relation to lactose or dairy, as is commonly misunderstood. Lactose may be used in the medium to grow the probiotic culture; however, this is completely removed from the final product. Our probiotic formula, Plantadophilus, is lactose-free, and prefers a pH of 6.5 to 6.8. [back to top]

Are your probiotics GI tract stable?
Lactobacilli probiotics are GI tract stable by nature. That is a given according to an understanding of digestion and the nature of probiotics. Some of the bacteria will be lost in transit, but the vast majority survive the GI tract. This is especially true when taken during times when the digestive system is dormant, such as first thing in the morning and at bedtime. When digestion is not in progress, the stomach pH is closer to neutral. Only in the peak of digestion does it hit 2.0 - 3.0, and even then some probiotics survive.

Enzyme Essentials’ Plantadophilus probiotic is live bacteria and is assigned a one-year shelf life. The probiotics are manufactured under refrigeration and inventoried under refrigeration prior to shipment. The products are not shipped on ice as it has been determined unnecessary for short periods of time. However, to help preserve maximum activity for the longest amount of time, we strongly recommend that the customer refrigerate our probiotics to maintain activity once they have been received. You may occasionally come across some probiotics that use an enteric coating. We believe this is used to increase shelf life, and it may improve gastric survival but is not absolutely necessary. Enzyme Essentials prefers refrigeration over enteric coating to avoid the use of additives that provide no nutritional value.

When traveling, it is recommended to only take with you only the amount needed, perhaps in a separate container or pillbox. For short periods of time, non-refrigeration is acceptable. The probiotics may lose a slight amount of activity but do not go “bad” if left in warmer environments. [back to top]

When looking for an enzyme product, what label information is important?
The enzyme activity rather than its weight is the information that tells you the real value of the enzyme product. The enzymes should also be acid stable and function in a broad pH range. Lastly, take a close look at the “other ingredients” list for excipients, fillers, or additives that may not provide nutritional or digestive benefits.

Enzyme Essentials and Transformation use pharmaceutical grade enzymes that are GI stable and function in a broad pH range. These products are formulated to provide optimal enzyme activity for healthy digestion. The ingredients have been rigorously tested to ensure safety and efficacy. We do not use any fillers, additives, or other excipients in our products. [back to top]

When should I take the different kinds of enzymes? How strict is the timing?
We suggest a digestive formula such as OxiCellZyme or DigestZyme at the beginning of the meal because that is when the digestive process begins. You will want the enzymes available as soon as possible to assist the digestive process. However, if you forget, then it is perfectly fine to take them in the middle, at the end, or whenever you remember, as digestion lasts several hours.

We suggest taking protease such as PureZyme between meals (or on an empty stomach) because the goal here is to get the protease into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, its fibrinolytic and proteolytic action benefits circulation, the immune system, inflammation, and detoxification. There is usually enough protease in the digestive formulas to meet the need for protein digestion during meals. If you are sensitive to taking supplements on an empty stomach, we might suggest taking the protease at the end of a meal. However, we often find that after the patient has been on the enzymes for a period of time, this “sensitivity” is resolved.

We suggest taking probiotics such as Plantadophilus at bedtime because the gut is at rest during the night. The probiotic organisms have the best opportunity to adhere to the intestinal wall for colonization during this time of least activity in the GI tract. We may also suggest additional probiotics in the morning to assist with bowel regulation, and the probiotics may also be taken with meals to reduce digestive discomfort from gas and bloating.

As you can see, the recommended timing is ideal, but not strict. For the very busy patient who just can’t seem to take them as recommended, we say: “Taking them when you remember is better than not taking them at all!” [back to top]

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.