Enzyme Supplement Promotes Healthy Digestion and Alleviates Food Allergies

Food sensitivities (or intolerances) are not only common, but also increasing in prevalence. They consist of an adverse reaction, sometimes delayed, to a food or one of its compounds. Usually these sensitivities are rooted in enzyme deficiencies. A classic example is lactose intolerance, which stems from a deficiency of the enzyme lactase (needed to break down the lactose sugar found in dairy products).  In such ways, enzyme deficiencies prevent complete digestion and can result in a myriad of symptoms that usually affect the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and skin. Symptoms most commonly observed with food sensitivities include nausea, constipation, gas, diarrhea, skin rash, hives, mucus production, congestion, and cough.  Many of these symptoms share similarities with an allergic response, but whereas allergies are an immune system reaction, sensitivities are a digestive system issue.

Reducing or eliminating the foods which trigger digestive problems is a key part of managing food sensitivities, but this is often easier said than done. Too restrictive a diet is not only a challenge to adhere to, but may also result in nutrient deficiencies. While special diets are helpful to those with impaired digestion, dietary modification in combination with enzyme supplementation is ideal.  Supporting digestive functioning should always be a top priority when trying to maintain or regain your health, especially when dealing with food intolerances. In this regard, supplemental digestive enzymes can make a world of difference.

Our bodies use enzymes to enhance digestion and absorption, turning the food we eat into energy. Produced throughout the digestive tract and available from raw foods and supplements, these enzymes include: amylase for carbohydrate digestion, lipase for fat digestion, and protease for protein digestion. Like tiny shears, enzymes help break down the foods we eat, leaving particles small enough to provide nutrition to the cells after they enter the bloodstream.

Poor food choices, constipation, and various health challenges can lead to impaired digestion – a widespread cause of food sensitivities. “Undigested food particles in the intestine can irritate and potentially damage the bowel wall,” states Ellen Cutler, MD, who has more than 20 years of clinical experience treating digestion and allergy-related conditions. “Given time, this irritation may reduce our digestive capacity and influence the absorption process.”

Some food choices are more likely than others to be associated with food sensitivities. Among the most frequent triggers are foods containing gluten, casein, dairy lactose, and phenols. Children and adults alike demonstrate a higher probability of sensitivity to these dietary culprits.

Now, a new enzyme formula from Enzymedica® has been formulated with these very concerns in mind. Digest Spectrum™ combines multiple strains of amylase, protease, lipase, and cellulase (to break down fibre) with specialized enzymes for gluten, phenol, dairy, and casein digestion to provide a complete solution for anyone dealing with multiple food sensitivities.

“Taking a daily enzyme supplement can create the foundation of a healthy digestive process,” says Dr. Cutler, author of the best-selling book MicroMiracles: Discover the Healing Power of Enzymes. “A product containing a full spectrum blend of all four key enzymes is considered an ideal digestive aid.”

What further sets Digest Spectrum™ apart from other enzyme formulas is Enzymedica’s unique Thera-blend™ technology, which ensures broad spectrum enzyme activity in varying pH ranges, thereby assisting digestion throughout the different stages of the gastrointestinal tract. Digest Spectrum™ contains no corn, rice, soy, potato, gluten, casein, sugar, or fillers, making it an ideal choice for people with food intolerances.

Those familiar with Enzymedica® know that they are not only regarded as “The Enzyme Experts” in the natural health product field, but are also closely involved with Autism Hope Alliance, a non-profit foundation working to promote autism education and provide help for children with neurological difficulties.

Approximately one in every 91 children is afflicted with autism, and food sensitivities are reported to be commonplace in the autistic population. Figures indicate that 80% experience digestive problems, particularly with gluten, lactose, and casein.  In recent years, great interest has arisen in the use of supplemental enzymes in autism therapy.  Karen DeFelice, author of Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions, writes: “Enzyme therapy for children has moved from being a ‘radical’ new idea under much scrutiny to a staple recommendation from many autism biomedical specialists…The key seems to be enzymes’ ability to help in many areas of health simultaneously.” As such, one of the most exciting aspects of Digest Spectrum™ is its potential to better the lives of these children, both through the digestive support it offers and the proceeds of its sales, part of which are donated to the Autism Hope Alliance.

In a world full of digestive challenges, Digest Spectrum™ makes every food easier to stomach. Try it and experience the difference. Enzymedica’s number one selling formulas are available at health and supplement stores across Canada.

For more information, visit: http://www.advantagehealthmatters.com or call 1-800-304-1497, ext. 104.

Mark Schneider is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. He currently works as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner in the Greater Toronto Area. Call (905) 415-3324.

New Topical Gel-Cream From RUB A535 Contains Arnica for Tissue Trauma

Arnica, a natural source ingredient that provides effective relief for sore muscles, inflammation and bruising has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, it is often the first remedy used today to treat bruising and swelling. RUB A535 has incorporated the healing properties of this therapeutic plant into its new RUB A535 Arnica, a topical gel-cream used to help treat swelling, bruising and muscle aches and pains.

“Arnica has been used to treat muscle aches, bruising and swelling for ages,” says Dr. Kelly Shaw, Doctor of Pharmacy, Pediatric Specialist and mother of two. “Now, this natural healing agent is available in a convenient format that families recognize and trust.”

RUB A535 Arnica is a great addition to the medicine cabinet, ideal for people who suffer from muscle or joint pain, and those who experience bruising and want effective and safe treatment. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Arnica, this topical cream is especially effective for treating bruises and swelling from falls or blows. Once applied, the gel-cream provides fast and effective relief to affected areas, focusing directly where the pain is. The gel-cream has a refreshing soothing feel without an intense heating or cooling effect, with the added benefits of both a gel and a cream. The gel provides fast absorption while the cream creates a light, non-greasy feel on the skin.

RUB A535 Arnica is available at drugstores and grocery retailers across Canada for $9.99. Visit http://www.ruba535.ca

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