Nuzyme Digestive Enzyme Complex
Nuzyme is a vegetarian sourced digestive enzyme complex. Products classified as digestive enzymes help facilitate digestion, absorption of nutrients, maintain the proper pH in the gastrointestinal tract, and act as a barrier against invasion of viruses and bacteria.
There are seven basic types of digestive enzymes, each with various sub-classifications and differing functions. The basic enzymes and their specific functions are as follows: amylase digests starches; cellulase digests fibers; lactase digests dairy products; lipases digest fats, oils and triglycerides; maltase digests starch and grains; protease digests proteins; and sucrase digests sugars. Although Nuzyme features vegetarian sourced enzymes, it is important to note that some other enzymes are extracted from animal sources such as the pancreas, liver and stomach of cows or pigs. Examples of animal enzymes include oxbile, trypsin, chymotrypsin, rennin, pepsin, and pancreatin. Nuzyme does include other plant-based enzymes such as bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya. Poor digestive function has been linked to many symptoms and a wide variety of clinical digestive conditions.
It is also important to note that there have been few clinical studies regarding the use of digestive enzyme products in the treatment of specific digestive conditions. The use of digestive enzymes to treat symptoms and health conditions associated with digestive problems come mostly from health care practitioner observations, anecdotal reports and manufacturer’s product claims. Even though there is a lack of scientific research to verify the effectiveness of digestive enzymes, these products have become widely accepted and used worldwide for assisting healthy digestion.