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copyright 2004-13 by Jon Miller, wellness educator & author


Enzymes are active components of living bio-systems that are crucial to life. These active agents are made of complex proteins and are involved in nearly every metabolic action performed in the body. Enzymes are manufactured by the body, but this ability diminishes as we age. Further, enzymes are depleted by stress, illness and over-consumption of cooked foods.

By design, we should obtain enzymes for restoring the body's supplies from fresh raw foods. Cooking destroys enzymes in foods rapidly. Further, today's fresh produce is usually raised on soils that have been depleted over time of important minerals, which are needed for plants to form their enzymes. Thus the food supply is enzyme-deficient. How long ago was it picked.

Dr. Edward Howell did research on enzymes and their importance in the body, beginning more than 70 years ago. He endeavored to get the message out for the rest of his life. His books Enzyme Nutrition and Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity are classics. Dr. Howell points out that there are two aspects to the body’s needs for enzymes: digestion and metabolic activities.


Plant-Source Enzyme Concentrates

For many years the health food stores and many natural health-oriented doctors and other practitioners have offered what could be called the traditional digestive enzyme supplements. These usually contain: pancreatin, pepsin, pancrealipase and bile, all from animal sources, along with betaine hydrochloride from beets, and perhaps papain from papaya and bromelain from pineapple. These help people digest somewhat better, but have limited effectiveness.

Pepsin requires strong acid to be formed in the stomach, whereas pancreatin works best in a very narrow alkaline pH range of 7.8 to 8.3.  The pH in the stomach is very acid, which would destroy pancreatin unless it is specifically buffered. Furthermore, the 7.8 to 8.3 pH  is not often achieved in the upper intestine of most people. Actually, poor pancreatic secretion is not usually the major problem, according to Dr. Howell, but rather the lack of enzymes for pre-digestion in the upper stomach, which leads to imbalances the rest of the way along the digestive tract.  

Twenty years ago, advanced plant-derived enzyme concentrates were brought to the U.S. market. These were based on Dr. Howell’s work and an Asian breakthrough in enzyme concentration methods. These are generally more effective than the traditional formulas because they work in a broader pH range, generally from about 5 to 9. A few products work from as low as a pH of 2 to as high as 12.


The Power of Enzymes

Enzymes are complex molecules, vital catalysts that are needed for every chemical reaction in the body. There are two major types of enzymes -- metabolic and digestive.

Metabolic enzymes assist bodily functions. Digestive enzymes work to break down proteins, fats, carbohydrates and sugars into smaller, readily absorbable components, building blocks the body requires.

Naturally grown raw foods contain the enzymes necessary to break food down to the essential nutrients the body needs, but if it is old when we process, refine, overcook, or microwave our food, most if not all enzymes are rendered useless.

Including enzyme supplements in a daily diet restores the body’s natural enzyme supply, and supports energy levels and immune system function.


Enzymes For Digestion

As many as 170 MILLION Americans rely on nutritional supplements to help improve or maintain their health. Much of these go right down the sewer un-utilized, with many of the benefits unrealized. The primary reason is the commonly poor state of the digestive system. 


If you eat cooked food, you cannot digest it fully well without enzyme supplementation when you eat. An enzyme supplement usually contains proteases for breaking down proteins, amylases for digesting carbohydrates, and lipase for fats, perhaps with other specific enzymes. These may include cellulase for the cell structures (cellulose fiber) of vegetables; maltase, an amylase that breaks down the type of sugars found in cereals, breads and other grain flour products; invertase for starches; or lactase for lactose milk sugar.

If you have any sore area in the stomach or esophagus such as an ulcer or gastritis, you should avoid any enzyme formula containing protease for a time. Protease can irritate such sore spots where the protective mucosal lining is missing. The protease treats the area like raw meat as it tries to digest it.

Meanwhile there are herbs that are soothing to such inflamed areas of the digestive wall, including aloe vera, slippery elm and marshmallow root. Once these problems have been cleared up, a formula with protease can gradually be introduced. Ultimately the protease is needed for the protein foods in the diet.

With a plant-source enzyme formula, which can work in a broad pH spectrum, you can be sure that digestion will take place as it is supposed to. Food that is held in the upper stomach for an hour before moving on, will be digested as much as 75% before progressing, instead of spoiling, as is commonly the case. The solution to “acid indigestion” and “heartburn” is not a calcium or aluminum-based drug-store relief medicine, it is supplemental enzymes.

With good pre-digestion and appropriate proteases, you can be sure that in the lower stomach the proteins in foods consumed will be properly digested to provide key amino acids at the right time. These are essential in forming neurotransmitters, key chemicals for brain function. The result could be a calmer and more effective nervous system and brain.

These plant enzymes can continue to work in the upper small intestine, helping to complete the digestion to insure that each nutrient is available before it reaches its distinct site of maximum absorption in the intestinal wall.

If you take extra enzymes with your meals this should help clean excess mucus off of the small intestinal walls resulting in better absorption. With more nutrients available from your food and better absorption of them, you should notice more energy and improved health.

A more complete digestion of foods means that there won’t be as much of the gluey residues that derive from several popular foods. In many people such residues have accumulated in layers of sticky waste build-up on the colon wall.

If you were to take two bowls of “stick-to-your-ribs” oatmeal and mix the contents of a capsule of a good quality multiple enzymes into one of the bowls, in just a minute you can see the dramatic difference between them. The one with the enzymes will turn rapidly to a liquid state while the other remains a sticky glob. Which would you rather have to move through your intestine? Thus the use of enzymes will make for easier bowel elimination as well.

Generally two to four enzyme capsule should be adequate for most people, depending on the quality of the product, the status of the person’s digestive function, and the size and complexity of the meal. The best time to take enzyme supplements for digestion is after a few bites of food so they mix in and go right to work on the food in the upper stomach.


Extra Enzymes for Better Health

In addition to assisting digestion, enzymes are also essential for numerous metabolic purposes in the body. Virtually every biochemical reaction that happens involves enzymes as a catalyst or an active agent.

We’ve heard about enzymes for cleaning clothes or contact lenses. Some of the metabolic functions of enzymes include: cleaning up unmetabolized proteins, carbohydrates, fats, toxins and unhealthy micro-organisms in the body; reducing arterial accumulations; and helping to reduce painful inflammation and to speed improvement of damaged tissue.

To add extra enzymes to the metabolic pool, enzyme supplements need to be taken apart from food. When taken with food, they go to work on the food. When taken in between meals they can be absorbed right into the bloodstream to work in the body.

It should be clear that supplementation of the diet with enzymes is of great value in maintaining optimal health.


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Superior Multiple Enzyme Formula

"Maximizer" is an excellent multiple enzyme product for benefits in both digestion and metabolism.

Maximizer is a plant enzyme supplement that contains 17 different types of digestive enzymes to aid in the pre-digestion of all the foods. This allows your body to use metabolic enzymes to do their vital work, rather than use them for food digestion.*

Each vegetarian capsule contains five different types of enzymes to digest proteins, two types for digesting fibers, one type for digesting fats and oils, two types that reduce starches, and seven types of enzymes for sugars and dairy products. Maximizer can help you restore your body's natural enzyme levels, promoting energy levels and overall health.*

DIRECTIONS: Take two to four capsules with meals, depending on the size of the meal.

Each capsule contains 283.5 mg of a proprietary enzyme blend with the following enzymes: amylase, protease, hemi-cellulase, Galactomannanase, papain, alpha-galactosidase, acid stable protease, gluco-amylase, pectinase, bromelain, lactase, lipase, xylanase, maltase, cellulase and invertase.

Other Ingredient: Maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate, Cellulose

DIRECTIONS: Take two to four capsules with meals, depending on the size of the meal.

Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 capsule (size #1)

Amount Per Serving: Proprietary Enzyme Blend 283.5 mg *

* Daily Value not established Capsule  Do not take if a stomach or colon condition such as ulcers, gastritis, severe burning sensations, irritable bowel syndrome, or intestinal lining damage exists. (Contact us for an alternative.) Keep out of reach of children.


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