August 11, 2014

New 'Gluten-Free' Labeling Standards

Did you know that many "Gluten Free" foods can still contain hidden gluten? Companies that may cross-contaminate certain foods with gluten still have the ability to label a food as "Gluten Free." Additionally, there are many wheat-free foods that still contain gluten as well as other ingredients that many don't know may contain gluten such as barley and rye. If you are gluten-sensitive, the best thing to do is to arm yourself with a quality digestive enzyme that contains a special Peptidase enzyme known as DPP-IV for gluten breakdown. Devigest contains 500 units of this DPP-IV Peptidase to ensure complete, symptom-free digestion of gluten. If you're taking Devigest, you need not worry about those accidental contaminants. →


March 18, 2014

Lactose Intolerance

Clinical Strength Devigest

There are many forms of sugar, including the disaccharide lactose, made up of the two simple sugars glucose and galactose. Lactose is naturally found in milk and most dairy products, as a result its name literally means “milk sugar.” For our body to use the nutrients found in lactose, an enzyme, called lactase, must split it into the two sugars it is made of.*

Enzymes, like those found in Devigest, are proteins that act as a catalyst in the body, to speed up a reaction that normally happens much slower. Without enzymes, the metabolic processes of our body would simply not be possible in many cases. The enzyme lactase is produced by the cells that line the small intestines, it then breaks down the disaccharide lactose into glucose and galactose, both of which are then absorbed into the blood.*

Lactose Intolerance

Unfortunately, in many cases, the body does not make enough lactase, or does not make any at all, so that the sugar lactose passes undigested into the colon, where bacteria then break it down, creating a lot of gas and causing pain. When the body does not make enough of the enzyme lactase, this is what we call “lactose intolerance,” as we cannot tolerate eating lactose without discomfort.*

The small intestines are most effective at making lactase from birth until a few years later, to allow infants to digest milk from the mother. Because babies can digest milk from the mother, they can also consume other types of milk as well, like cow’s milk. As many people get older, the body stops making lactase, or makes less of it. If the person continues to drink milk or eat milk products after this occurs, the lactose cannot be digested.*

Symptoms of lactose intolerance can include pain or bloating in the abdomen, excess gas, and in more severe cases, nausea or diarrhea after consuming lactose-containing products. Babies are normally born with the ability to make lactase, but it is common for older children and adults to be lactose intolerant. In fact, as many as 75% of the world's population suffers from lactose intolerance [1]. While the condition is not dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable and can also interfere with the pleasures of consuming dairy products. In addition to adults being more likely to have lactose intolerance, there are differences among ethnic groups in the tendency to stop making lactase [2,3].*

Lactose in the Diet

People with lactose intolerance have different types of reactions to lactose [4], and the more severe your reaction to lactose, the more you need help in getting your digestion back into balance with the right enzymes. If you have lactose intolerance, you may try to manage the condition by avoiding milk or milk products, like cheese or yogurt. However, it can be extremely difficult to avoid milk completely, as it is often used as an additive for many processed foods, such as bread and baked goods, salad dressings, candy, and even some processed meats, plus many more [3].*

Besides the difficulty of avoiding all milk in processed foods, when we avoid milk, we not only skip the lactose in the milk, but all the other nutrients in dairy as well, so that cutting out milk can potentially have other possible health effects [5]. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children consume dairy products to maintain good health, and cutting out dairy products because of lactose intolerance goes against these recommendations [6]. Therefore, taking an enzyme supplement like Devigest that contains lactase allows you to continue eating dairy products without the pain and discomfort that usually accompanies lactose ingestion.*

Devigest contains 580mg of lactase in two capsules, the recommended dosage. For the best results, Devigest should be taken immediately prior to eating or with food, so that the enzyme is present with the lactose and can break down any lactose in the food. Because lactase will safely hydrolize lactose into glucose and galactose, Devigest will help to maintain the natural process of the body and treat lactose intolerance [6,7].*

Why Choose Devigest?

Devigest is more powerful and concentrated than other digestive enzyme supplements on the market. Devigest was also specifically formulated to be more effective and provide even greater relief for those suffering from all types of negative reactions to milk and dairy products.*

Lactose intolerance is very different to a milk allergy. However, with Devigest the treatment is the same. This is because Devigest contains a highly potent peptidase with 500 units of DPP-IV activity per serving that effectively breaks down casein, the protein that triggers the allergic reaction [8]. While many digestive enzyme supplements utilize either peptidase or lactase, Devigest is the only supplement to combine highly potent forms of both. Since Devigest contains such a complete and broad-spectrum formula, it makes other digestive enzyme supplements obsolete.*

February 19, 2014


Probiotics to Alleviate Constipation

Nearly everyone has experienced constipation at some point in their lives, and oftentimes the discomfort of infrequent bowel movements can become too difficult to bear. That's when people take matters into their own hands, turning to the promised relief of laxatives. However, though taking a laxative might stimulate the bowel to empty, it won't touch the underlying cause of the constipation. It's no wonder then that using laxatives can turn into a vicious, habit-forming cycle.*

On the other hand, Syntol's unique combination of probiotics, prebiotics and enzymes synergistically works to resolve the fundamental issues underlying constipation. Its powerful formula restores stool consistency and frequency while reducing abdominal pain and bloating.*

Syntol's Digestive Enzymes Prevent the Accumulation of Wastes

There are many different mechanisms that can lead to constipation. A fundamental, but often overlooked, cause is incomplete digestion. Usually the digestion process begins in our mouths and stomachs when digestive enzymes begin breaking down food into its essential components: simple sugars, amino acids, etc. However, as we age our bodies stop producing enough of these enzymes to digest food completely, which causes wastes to build up in the colon. This may be why the incidence of constipation increases with age.*

In order to combat this accumulation of wastes in the intestines, Syntol contains an extremely potent blend of enzymes. Proteases work to break down proteins, glucoamylase and amylase help break down sugars, and cellulase and hemicellulase break down the cellulose found in plant-based foods.This gentle action improves your digestion and helps accelerate the movement of food through your gastrointestinal tract.*

Syntol's Probiotic Formula Decreases Transit Time and Softens Stools

Your intestines house more than 400 different types of bacteria. When this microflora is in balance, it promotes gastrointestinal health and regularity, but when it becomes disturbed, gastrointestinal conditions like constipation can result.*

One of the easiest ways to restore a healthy microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract is by supplementing with probiotics. Probiotics are "good" bacteria that boost health when they are taken orally and allowed to multiply in the body [1]. Restoring optimal levels of "good" bacteria in the intestines, especially with bacteria from the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus families, has been shown to effectively relieve constipation in both children and adults [2-4].*

Syntol contains billions of eight different non-competing strains of probiotics, seven of which are from the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus families. Research has shown that these families of probiotics produce lactic, acetic and other acids in the colon, which lowers colonic pH. A low colonic pH subsequently improves muscle contractions in the colon called peristalsis, and reduces the time for stool to make it from the start to the end of the colon (colonic transit time) [5,6]. In a study published in the Nutrition Journal, this decrease in colonic transit time caused by low pH increased stool frequency and reduced abdominal pain in a group of constipated children [3].*

Researchers have also found that probiotic supplementation softens stools, oftentimes with less side effects than other commonly used medications [2]. This is thought to be due to an increased stimulation of water and electrolyte secretion in the gut [3].*

Syntol's Prebiotic Inulin Improves Regularity

Inulin is a soluble fiber that cannot be digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract; however, it is fermented by the "good" bacteria located in the intestines. This process helps promote the growth and activity of health-promoting bacteria in the gut.*

In a study of constipated elderly patients, taking inulin alone significantly increased the amount of digestion-promoting bifidobacteria in the intestines, which reduced their defecation difficulties within 28 days of starting supplementation [7]. Since the inulin in Syntol is combined with a potent probiotic formula, this beneficial increase in intestinal microflora should be compounded [8].*

Fermented inulin also has its own laxative-like effects in the body. Studies have shown that inulin holds water and adds tostool bulk, which increases stool frequency and improves bowel regularity [9-11]. Several other studies have suggested that the fermentation of unabsorbed carbohydrates like inulin stimulates movement in the colon [12,13].*

Syntol Is Safe and Effective, Even for Children and the Elderly

Syntol is the only product on the market that combines prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes into one capsule. This powerfulcombination of ingredients targets the mechanisms underlying constipation, providing rapid relief. However, despite this strength, all of Syntol's ingredients have a low risk of side effects and have been shown to be safe and effective for the people who suffer from constipation the most – young children and the elderly.*

February 19, 2014

Neprinol Comparison

Neprinol vs Vitalzym vs Wobenzym

A comparative analysis on the leading systemic enzymes based upon their fibrinolytic activity ratings.

Neprinol was recently tested against some of the leading systemic enzymes based on their overall fibrinolytic activity. While this assay is generally used to specifically measure the strength of the enzyme Nattokinase, the same method can be applied to any enzyme formula to measure its ability to break down fibrin. Fibrinolytic testing is an excellent way to discover a product’s ability to eliminate unwanted proteins and other waste materials from the body. This study was conducted by an independent third party laboratory. Each product sample was purchased directly from the manufacturer to ensure proper handling, storage, and batch freshness. The results shown below demonstrate the potency of each respective product per gram, measured in fibrinolytic units.

Neprinol AFD is a blend of pharmaceutical grade, ultra concentrated systemic enzymes specially formulated to support healthy circulatory and immune function.

Systemic enzymes are similar to digestive enzymes, but are primarily used throughout the bloodstream rather than the gastrointestinal tract. These enzymes support healthy levels of Endogenous Blood Particles or EBP’s. EBP’s can be decayed cells, fibrin, fatty proteins or other unwanted materials that normally accumulate in the blood. Systemic enzymes essentially purify the blood of these EBP’s, supporting healthy liver function and maintaining healthy inflammatory levels. Sustaining a healthy level of EBP’s is also beneficial for maintaining optimal immune and circulatory function.