Bromelain: A proteolytic enzyme derived from pineapple. Bromelain attacks the long chain polypeptides of proteins ingested, breaking them down into shorter chain peptides, which are then able to be broken down further by other enzymes.
Protease: A proteolytic enzyme that is capable of digesting a broad range of proteins; protease is responsible for digesting the bulk of ingested proteins and is one of the three enzymes found in our body’s natural pancreatic juices. Devigest contains a blend of proteases to broaden the pH range of the product.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase: A proteolytic enzyme responsible for completing the digestion of peptides to basic amino acids. Dipeptidyl Peptidase is primarily responsible for the breakdown of gluten which is found in food items made from grains such as wheat or rye.
Alpha Galactosidase: The primary enzyme used in popular gas-relief products, alpha galactosidase is an enzyme responsible for breaking down complex sugars into simple sugars. This allows for certain foods such as cruciferous vegetables and legumes to be more easily digested.
Amylase: An enzyme which partially breaks starch down into maltose; amylase is naturally excreted from the pancreas and saliva.
Lipase: Triggers the breakdown of fat into fatty acids. Lipase is the third enzyme that is found in our body’s natural pancreatic juices along with protease and amylase.
Glucoamylase: Converts starch into sugar like amylase, but is most active in a highly acidic pH. The inclusion of this component allows for many sugars to be broken down prior to exiting the stomach.
Lactase: The enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose.
Cellulase: An enzyme that digests cellulose, or plant fiber. Most animals (including humans) do not produce cellulase naturally and are therefore unable to use most of the energy contained in plant material.
Xylanase: An enzyme with the ability to digest artificial food dyes and preservatives, and is usually lacking in other digestive formulas.
Papain: Derived from the papaya, papain hydrolyzes protein peptides into basic amino acids.
Potassium and Calcium Bicarbonates: Nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract are absorbed most efficiently when the environment is alkaline (pH over 7). Bicarbonates help to alkalize the digestive tract, allowing for optimal absorption of nutrients and can also ease the symptoms of indigestion when taken after meals.
Hemicellulase: Breaks down hemicellulose, a type of polysaccharide that is more complex than simple sugar and present along with cellulose in all plant cell walls.
B. subtilis: A spore-forming beneficial probiotic bacteria that aids in intestinal microflora balance. Sufficient colonies of probiotic bacteria in the intestine are essential for immune health, optimal nutrient absorption, and increased resistance to infection.
Warning: Do not take this product without the consent of your physician if you are currently taking anti-coagulants or if you are pregnant or nursing.
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