The term “you are what you eat,” whilst being somewhat true would be better phrased as…
“You are what you digest.” Why?
If you can’t digest your food effectively, then you can’t absorb any of the nutrients into your body. This is known as nutrient malabsorption and is often the underlying cause of many health problems.
If the body fails to produce enough digestive enzymes, certain foods are not digested properly. This leads to digestive stress that is often the beginning of a food intolerances and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
A growing number of health problems can be directly linked to nutrient malabsorption due to a lack of digestive enzymes
Foods that are left undigested start to fester in the gut and can cause a raft of health problems such as yeast overgrowth, candida, IBS, foul smelling gas, constipation and stubborn bloating that refuses to go away.
Unfortunately, some are also genetically predisposed to low levels of certain enzymes. This makes them prime candidates for food intolerances and digestive disturbances.
To make things worse, digestive enzyme production starts to drops off in the body around the age of 27. This makes you more prone to food intolerances and digestive disturbances as you age.
You may be deficient in digestive enzymes if you have any of the following: stubborn bloating, foul gas, leaky gut, IBS, ulcerative colitis, nutrient malabsorption or constipation.
If you produce pale or floating stools, this is indicative of the pancreatic enzymes not functioning correctly (as fat floats). Another indication can be greasy or fatty deposits left in the toilet water after you poop.
Recent research suggests fluoride in water may be responsible for the decreased activity of lipase and protease enzymes.
If your stomach acid levels are low, then certain digestive enzymes are not triggered. In the absence of these enzymes, the acid itself will also fail to breakdown and help you absorb vitamins, minerals and important nutrients.
If around 1-2 hours after eating you experience diarrhea, stomach distention or foul smelling flatulence, then you likely have an enzyme deficiency.
Enzyme production can be dramatically affected as we age because our stomach acid becomes more alkaline.
Lipase and other pancreatic enzymes can help reduce gas, bloating and that “I’ve eaten too much” feeling following a meal. These sorts of symptoms are associated with digestive disturbances such as IBS. Research indicates that some patients with irritable bowel syndrome may have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. This means they have the inability to digest food because of the lack of digestive enzymes made by the pancreas. A 2010 scientific study also indicates that pancreatic enzyme therapy can help reduce unpleasant symptoms like diarrhea and abdominal pain for IBS sufferers.
A recent scientific study published in the 2008 “Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic found the enzyme lactase to be an effective support for digestive imbalances.
Sufficient levels of lipase enables your body to effectively absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. As you can see, it’s not just important to consume the right amount of foods. It’s critical to have the right enzyme balance to ensure these healthy foods are digested. Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy is currently the mainstay of treatment for nutrient malabsorption.
Protease enzymes play a pivotal role in eliminating unwanted harmful organisms in the body and break down unwanted wastes such as toxins, cellular debris, and undigested proteins. Protease enzymes partner with the immune system and digest all the small nutrients so your immune system can effectively help you avoid a full-blown toxin overload.
Scientists are now understanding the link between the digestive system and genetics. Studies suggest that the use of the enzyme lactase in human studies have shown significant clinical improvements in children with these extremely challenging digestive conditions. This research further suggests a clear link between the use of carbohydrate enzymes like lactase as a useful aid for supporting digestive upset associated with enzyme deficiencies.
If you have a deficiency in lipase (the enzyme that helps digest fat), then you likely have higher and more unhealthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. This in turn can contribute to a raft of cardiovascular issues. Once triglyceride levels get close to 1,000 mg/dL, pancreatitis (a serious inflammation of the pancreas) and heart disease can start to develop. High triglyceride levels are also linked to type 2 diabetes, alzheimer’s, metabolic syndromes and obesity.
Protease enzymes help regulate the inflammatory processes through a number of processes including the decreasing capillary permeability, reducing the swelling of mucous membranes and dissolving blood clot-forming fibrin deposits and microthrombi. Protease enzymes also help break down plasma proteins and cellular debris at the site of an injury into smaller fragments. This greatly facilitates their passage through the lymphatic system, resulting in more rapid resolution of swelling, with the consequent relief of pain and discomfort in the bones and joints affected. These enzymes can help athletes recover faster from hard workouts and races.
Studies have shown that the use of certain proteolytic enzymes help reduce the severity of inflammatory bowel diseases and induced remission of ulcerative colitis. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that oral administration of five milligrams per day of bromelain markedly decreased the development and severity of inflammatory bowel disease. Bromelain was also anecdotally reported to induce remission in two patients with refractory ulcerative colitis.
Mood swings can often be attributed to your bodies ability is lacking when it comes to effectively digesting foods. Many people are unable to digest specific types of problematic nutrients such as nitrates, caffeine, yeast, aspartic acid (found in foods like asparagus, soy and egg whites), glutamates (found in mushrooms, peas, walnuts and cured meats), sugar and fructose. If you have mood swings and digestive disturbances after consuming these foods, then it’s likely you may be deficient in enzymes.
Research has shown that lipase could be complementary to weight loss since it breaks down fat that is in the body. A few years ago, scientists were able to manipulate lipase and triple its power by flipping on a molecular “switch” that turns the enzyme on and off. They actually succeeded in making lipase enzymes work three times harder, increasing fat digestion from 15 percent to 45 percent of the time.
In a double-blind randomized study of children with celiac disease, the children who received pancreatic enzyme therapy (including lipase), had a modest weight gain compared to those who received placebo. The weight gain happened during the first month, and the study concludes that pancreatic enzymes seem to be especially helpful during the first 30 days after diagnosis. This finding is helpful and significant since kids and adults with celiac disease often experience diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain and bloating, fatigue, or painful skin rashes. In fact, about half of all people diagnosed with celiac disease experience weight loss.
Stress (particularly chronic stress) is one of the absolute worst things for your health. Research is now showing that the enzyme amylase is a helpful and accurate marker of stress. A scientific study delved into the link between salvia based amylase activity and stress-caused bodily changes. The results indicated that salivary alpha-amylase is sensitive to psychosocial stress and may be a very helpful additional parameter for the measurement of stress in humans.
A 2013 peer reviewed journal article by the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research discovered that when diabetic patients had higher blood sugar levels, serum amylase activity was found to be significantly lower. This finding was reflective of pancreas malfunction and displays the importance of a healthy pancreas producing healthy amounts of amylase. Another scientific study indicated that low serum amylase levels are linked to a risk of metabolic abnormalities like diabetes as well as metabolic syndrome.
Your food not only provides you with energy but also with the energy you require on a daily basis. Whilst glucose is the body’s preferred energy source, you don’t want high glucose levels because this eventually contributes to diabetes. However, you do want some glucose from natural sources. The amylase enzyme helps your body break down starch into isomaltose and maltose (both sugar units). Food high in starch are carbohydrate rich foods such as grains, breads, pasta rice and beans. If you have low levels of amylase, you will not be able to effectively break down these nutrients which leads to digestive disturbances.
Essential for breaking down fats
Lipase is the key to the effective digestion of fats which is directly linked to many critical bodily functions and health conditions.
Lipase hydrolyzes fats like triglycerides into their component fatty acid and glycerol molecules. It is found in the blood, gastric juices, pancreatic secretions, intestinal juices and adipose tissues.
In conjunction with protease and amylase, lipase can naturally help heal major digestive disorders like celiac disease and cystic fibrosis. Lipase is great for people with:
Gallbladder malfunction (or lack of a gallbladder, healthy cholesterol levels, cardiovascular health, boost nutrient absorption and weight loss
Helps your body break down fat fast
Essential for breaking down carbs
Amylase is one of the most vital enzymes in your body and helps convert starches into simple sugars for your body to use as energy. Amylase also has the ability to speed up life preserving reactions in the body. Amylase production begins in the mouth (salvia) and is the first enzyme produced to assist in breaking down food into the proper molecules.
Amylase is a digestive or systemic enzyme that is somewhat unique in that it is produced at two points in your body. It first activates as a component of saliva, where it begins the breakdown of starches into smaller, more easily digested components.
Further on in the digestive process, it is created again in the pancreas. At this point, it is referred to as pancreatic amylase and it works to complete the process of digesting carbohydrates and producing glucose.
Effective carbohydrate absorption
Helps prevent and treat diabetes
Helps alleviate stress
Has anti-cancer properties
Essential for breaking down proteins
Protease enzymes are extremely important for the human body. They break down the bonds by a process known as hydrolysis and convert proteins into smaller chains called peptides or even smaller units called amino acids.
Commonly found in plant sources like papaya and pineapple, proteases also play a key role in many physiological processes. Proteins have a complex folded structure requiring these types of enzymes to disassemble the molecule in very specific ways. Without proteases the intestinal lining would not be able to digest proteins, causing serious consequences to your health.
Naturally, these enzymes can be found in the intestinal, pancreatic and stomach juices. They are very beneficial for people that have various food allergies.
Reduce the inflammation
Reduce phlebitis pain
Diminish inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis
Alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and varicose veins
Minimise muscle pain
Essential for breaking down fibre
When we eat plants, we take in a large amount of plant cells surrounded by a fibrous complex called a cell wall. A major component of this cell wall is cellulose. Humans do not manufacture the cellulase enzyme needed to digest this type of fiber and must rely on fermentation by the flora in the large intestine.
This process allows us to break down a small portion of these plant fibers, but the rest act as bulking agents that are eliminated in the stool. Cellulase turns cellulose into beta-glucose.
Glucose from cellulose is released slowly and should not dramatically increase blood sugar but rather provide a more stable fuel for the body. In addition, the fiber that is not digested by the cellulase can also slow down or decrease the absorption of fats including cholesterol.
Helps control blood sugar levels
Eliminates toxic chemicals, free radicals and other harmful organisms from cell membranes
Useful for breaking down some elements found in the microbial biofilms called polysaccharides
Helps keep cholesterol in the bloodstream at optimal levels
Essential for breaking lactose from dairy
Lactase is an enzyme found in the human body that acts like an agent that decomposes disaccharide lactose and milk sugars. This enzyme is extremely crucial because it assimilates milk sugars, and without it the body couldn’t have any benefits from dairy products.
People who lack lactase from the body are known to be lactose intolerant, since there is no other substance to break down the dairy products ingested. Thus milk, that contains the highest level of lactose, will reach the colon undigested where it will be fermented by bacteria and it will produce hydrogen, organic acids and carbon dioxide.
Helps eliminate stubborn bloating, gas and digestive disturbances caused by dairy
Break down lactose molecules and dairy products
This enzyme can also be useful for people who usually experience irritable bowel syndrome, because the hydrogen, organic acids and carbon dioxide are produced in much lower amounts
Helps relieve indigestion
Helps relieve heartburn
Happy Mammoth Digestive Super Enzymes contains a full spectrum blend of 5 important enzymes which assist in the breakdown of carbohydrates, starch, protein, fat and dietary fibre. Together, these enzymes assist in providing relief for sluggish digestive systems.
Whilst whole foods are rich in natural enzymes, these enzymes get destroyed during the cooking process. Taking digestive enzymes in supplement form helps replace the enzymes destroyed during cooking and supports your body’s natural enzyme production.
Every enzyme in Digestive Super Enzymes is scientifically dosed in high potency form with the full unit amount disclosed. Our full spectrum formula contains:
Protease (90,000 HUT/g): Converts proteins found in foods into amino acid
Amylase (45,000 DU/g): Converts carbohydrates and starches into sugars
Cellulase (750CU/g): Breaks down fibres into cellulose and converts them into beta-glucose
Lactase (500 Lac U/g): Responsible for converting lactose to glucose
Lipase (400 LU/g): Converts triglycerides into both fatty acids and glycerol
Digestive Super Enzymes are in their natural state and are neutral in taste. They are easily consumed with water or can be added to your meals, acai bowls or collagen protein smoothies for extra digestive benefits.
We suggest taking one scoop (1 gram) prior to your first meal of the day. If you have chronic digestive issues, then we suggest taking one scoop prior to each meal. Do not consume more than two scoops daily.