TACKLE FOOD INTOLERANCES HEAD ON WITH THE HELP OF DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
According to statistics, 10% of the UK population will have a confirmed intolerance by the time they reach adulthood, whilst 20% of adults will experience an adverse reaction to food1. The most common symptoms of food intolerance, which is not to be confused with food allergies, include wind, diarrhoea, bloating and abdominal discomfort, which occur after eating certain foods, as well as less obvious symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, headaches, skin rashes and irritability. However, what most people do not know, is that a food intolerance is often due to the body’s inability to produce enough of a specific digestive enzyme required to properly digest “the problem” food or ingredient, and this can be resolved by introducing a digestive enzyme supplement into their diet to help digest the problematic food and/or ingredient.
Items that tend to cause many food intolerance symptoms include wheat-based foods such as bread, cereals, cake and biscuits, dairy foods such as milk, cheese and ice-cream, and foods that contain plant compounds called phenols such as tomatoes, apples, peanuts, coffee and red grapes.
Identifying and then reducing, or even eliminating, the food item that triggers digestive problems, is a good first step to improving uncomfortable symptoms. A second easy step is to take a digestive enzyme supplement, which has been scientifically formulated with the enzymes required to digest the food item that you are sensitive to. The good news is that it has never been easier to find an enzyme supplement to suit your specific intolerance thanks to EnzymedicaTM, The Enzyme Experts, who have created a range of digestive supplements to help deal with food intolerances.
Digestive enzymes are protein catalysts that play an important role in reducing food intolerances by helping our digestive system break down the chemical bonds that hold food together. When broken down efficiently, food particles become extremely small in size and can be absorbed easily in the small intestine. However, if they are not broken down properly, food molecules end up too large in size to be absorbed effectively, creating irritation and inflammation in the small intestines. This then leads to unwanted symptoms associated with food intolerances.
Many factors can contribute to the lack of, or insufficient amount of a certain enzyme needed to digest a specific food. For example, as we age, there is a natural decline in our personal digestive enzyme production and with our love of cooked and packaged foods, it is not always possible to get enough digestive enzymes through diet alone.
All EnzymedicaTM digestive enzyme supplements are made using a unique blending process called Thera-BlendTM, which incorporates multiple variants of specially selected enzymes to break down different food groups at various stages of the digestive process. This blending process allows the digestive enzymes to work at every pH level of the human body, even surviving harsh stomach acid. When taken with the first bite of food, Thera-blendTM enzymes provide superior digestive performance, working faster2 to break down food particles into macro and micro-nutrients, so the nutrition from our food can be easily absorbed into the blood stream and utilised effectively by the body.
Enzymedica’s food intolerance range is 100% vegan, contains no fillers or flow agents and includes:
In the UK, one in ten people have a lactose intolerance,3 and it usually affects older children and adults because the amount of our own source of lactase reduces naturally as we get older. LactoTM is a maximum strength dairy formula with a combination of 9 different enzymes scientifically selected to break down all the components of dairy, including lactase enzymes to assist in breaking down lactose (milk sugars), lipases to break down milk fats and protease and invertase enzymes to break down dairy proteins (including the dairy protein, casein, which gives milk its white colour).
Researchers have estimated it may be as high as 6% of the population4 that have an intolerance to gluten, which is a type of protein found in grains including wheat, barley and rye. GlutenEaseTM contains 4 specific enzymes including the enzyme DPP- IV, an enzyme responsible for breaking down gluten, and Thera-blendTM amylase enzymes and Glucoamylase enzymes, which are both starch-digesting enzymes to assist in breaking down the carbohydrate portion of grains. GlutenEaseTM is also ideal for individuals who may be concerned about gluten cross-contamination when eating out or when eating packaged and processed foods.
Foods such as beans, cabbage and broccoli can often be difficult to digest, leading to wind, bloating and digestive discomfort. Whilst this does not necessarily indicate an intolerance, it can suggest that there is a deficiency or absence of an enzyme called alpha galactosidase. BeanAssistTM is a fast-acting formula containing alpha galactosidase which breaks down the complex carbohydrates found in these fibre-rich foods into simple sugars that are easier to digest. This makes BeanAssistTM ideal for people following a vegan or high plant-based diet.
So, whether you are dining out with friends or simply want to eat more freely, prevent food intolerance symptoms by supporting your digestion with a supplement from Enzymedica’s range of digestive enzymes. These powerful plant-based enzyme capsules will not only help with the breakdown and absorption of foods, in doing this work they take the stress of your pancreas and help to free up energy which would have otherwise been spent working hard to digest problematic foods.
LactoTM retails from £25.29 (30 capsules)
GlutenEaseTM retails from £34.09 (60 capsules)
BeanAssistTM retails from £8.49 (30 capsules)
Available now from www.enzymedica.co.uk and all good independent health food stores