A smoothly functioning gut is essential to overall health. Sabinsa has developed a multi-enzyme complex, the benefits of which go beyond digestive support.
Digestion accounts for one of the body's 11 major systems, but is one of its most neglected. This is perhaps because healthy digestion is often only noticeable by its absence. Today, many causes of digestive discomfort are due to drastic changes in lifestyle and diet patterns, which can disturb or deplete the associated enzymes; the resulting gastrointestinal difficulties can be addressed with supplements.
Enzymes are simple proteins within cells that act as catalysts to regulate various biological reactions. "Each of us, as with all living organisms, could be regarded as an orderly, integrated succession of enzyme reactions," said Dr Humbart Santillo, in his book, Food Enzymes: the Missing Link to Radiant Health.
Enzymes in the digestive tract help to break down larger food molecules in order to aid absorption. For example, amylase, protease and lipase deal with starch, proteins and fats respectively. In some people - particularly those with chronic gastrointestinal discomfort (gas, constipation, diarrhoea, and cramps, for example), and middle-aged and elderly individuals - they may not be secreted in adequate quantities and must therefore be supplemented in order for digestive equilibrium to be restored.
Rebalancing and maintaining optimal enzyme activity not only eases gastrointestinal symptoms but also helps to combat disease. Sabinsa's DigeZyme formulation is a multi-enzyme complex that is able to help support a healthy digestive system. It includes cellulase to help with fibrous food; lactase for individuals with lactose intolerance; and alpha-amylase, lipase and protease for anyone struggling to cope with carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is also effective in maintaining healthy body composition and helps lower the toxic load generated by undigested food.
A recently published double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial demonstrated the the efficacy of DigeZyme in reducing pain associated with delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) induced by standardised eccentric exercise.
In this study, 20 healthy male participants were to receive either a placebo or a multi-enzyme complex capsule thrice daily for three days.
The results suggested that that DigeZyme was able to decrease pain and tenderness (see Figure 1, left), and the McGill Pain Questionnaire (see Figure 2, above) showed high significance in the active arms. There was also a declining trend in the level of pro-inflammatory biomarkers (creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase).
Sabinsa believes that, for modern lifestyles - which increasingly tend to be associated with irregular, 'junk'-filled mealtimes, as well as more culturally diverse diets - enzyme supplementation can play an integral role in managing digestive problems.