✔ Supports Healthy Digestion Of Macronutrients And Enhances Nutrient Absorption
✔ Supports Breakdown Of Polysaccharides In Beans And Cruciferous Vegetables
✔ Helps Support Pancreatic And Brush Border Enzyme Function
✔ Supports Breakdown Of Lactose
Do Carbs, Veggies, Beans and Vegan Proteins Make You Bloat?
It’s not uncommon to experience the following symptoms after meals
- Abdominal distention
- Feeling of Fullness
- Diarrhea or Constipation
The use of digestive enzymes for these symptoms as well as the complaints associated with irritable bowel syndrome has been prevalent for over 60 years.Lifestyle modifications (eg, smoking cessation, limiting or avoiding alcoholic drinks, and reducing dietary fat intake) and enzyme supplements can be used to help restore normal digestion and absorption of dietary nutrients. A vegan enzyme formula is free of animal products like ox bile and pancreatin.
Clear Vegan Digest is a digestive enzyme formula suitable for vegans and designed to support the digestion of fat, protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. This comprehensive formula contains lipase, proteases, alpha-galactosidase, hemicellulase, papain, lactase, and other key digestive enzymes. Clear Vegan Digest works in a wide pH range—unlike porcine pancreatin, which works in a narrow pH range.
Digestion: Food must be broken down into its component parts in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Though salivary secretions, chewing, gastric acid, and pepsin begin the process of digestion, the majority of digestion takes place farther down the gastrointestinal tract in the small intestine. Once food leaves the stomach and enters the small intestine, digestive enzymes begin the monumental task of turning it into the building blocks and fuel that the body needs for structural support and metabolic processes. Digestive enzymes are produced primarily in the pancreas and brush border of the small intestine, and the health and function of these organs is vital to digestion and absorption. Proteolytic enzymes, amylases, and lipases are responsible for the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The complete digestion of these macronutrients produces small peptides, amino acids, monosaccharides and disaccharides, and free fatty acids that can easily pass through the intestinal microvilli and enter the bloodstream. Healthy digestion assures that incompletely digested molecules and proteins don’t enter the bloodstream where they may be recognized as “foreign” by a vigilant immune system.
Pancreatic and Intestinal Enzymes: Pancreatic production of proteases, amylases, and lipases is complemented by intestinal production of lactase, maltase, sucrase, enterokinase, and various peptidases, highlighting the importance of the pancreas and the intestines in the digestive process. The enzyme lactase is required to break down lactose into glucose and galactose before the intact lactose can draw excess water into the bowel, and before colonic bacteria can break it down into volatile gases and acids. Though lactose (a disaccharide found only in mammals’ milk) is readily digested by most infants, normal production decreases as a child is weaned onto whole foods and may eventually cease in adulthood. Exogenous administration of lactase can support lactose digestion and allow for continued consumption of milk-based products. Maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal flora helps support brush border function and digestive capacity as well.
Digestion of Plant-Based Compounds: Clear Vegan Digest contains several principle digestive enzymes as well as a complement of enzymes designed to break down plant compounds and fibers that humans would otherwise be unable to digest. Raffinose and melibiose, carbohydrates commonly found in legumes, can be broken down by the intestinal enzyme alpha-galactosidase. In the absence of this enzyme, these carbohydrates pass into the large intestine, where microbes can ferment them and produce volatile gases. Exogenous administration of alpha-galactosidase, present in XymoZyme, supports the digestion of these plant-based compounds and has been used safely. Beta-glucanase, hemicellulase, pectinase, xylanase, and dipeptidyl peptidase (DPPIV) are also present and improve the digestibility of plant-based foods by breaking down plant cell walls, fibers, and proteins. Phytase is present to facilitate the breakdown of indigestible phytates from grains and seeds, and release phosphorus, calcium, inositol, and other nutrients for absorption. Bromelain and papain offer additional support for protein digestion. The enzyme invertase catalyzes sugar to glucose and fructose.
Ingredients: Protease (pH 3.0-9.0) 120,000 HUT; Papain (from papaya) 50,000 TU; Bromelain (from pineapple) 120 GDU; Amylase 4,000 SKB; Amyloglucosidase (glucoamylase) 30 AG; Cellulase 4,000 CU; Beta-Glucanase 50 BGU; Alpha-Galactosidase 400 GAL, Invertase 2,000 Sumner; Peptidase (29 DPPIV) 2,400 HUT; Pectinase 70 Endo PG; Lactase 700 ALU; Phytase 20 U; Acid Stable Protease (pH 2.0-3.5) 400 HUT; Lipase 1,200 FIP; Xylanase 300 XU; Hemicellulase 200 HCU
Recommended Dosage: Take three to five capsules daily on an empty stomach, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner
Contraindications: Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Individuals taking blood thinners or other medication as well as those with bleeding disorders or liver damage should discuss potential contraindications with their healthcare practitioner.