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In this letter we hope to inform
you of new HNI products, give you useful information
on dietary enzyme supplements, and educate you, the
consumer, so that you can make good choices for your
dietary lifestyle. We welcome your comments and feedback, not
this newsletter, but also on our products. We want to
help you understand various subjects such as nutrition,
how enzymes work, and what you can do to keep your
family in tip-top digestive health!
HNI PRODUCTS ARE NOW "SCD-LEGAL"!
In response to numerous requests, Houston
Nutraceuticals, Inc now offers enzyme products free of
rice bran. Many families wish to make the Specific
Carbohydrate Diet a part of their lifestyle, and rice is
not considered to be a "legal" carbohydrate for the
SCD. Many families have found HNI enzymes to be of
benefit in supporting good digestion, but also want
to comply as much as possible with the constraints of
the diet. Dr. Devin Houston, founder of HNI, stated
that the search for an appropriate substitute for rice
bran was not easy. "Rice bran has many good qualities;
high in tocotrienols, good combination of oils, and ideal
for encapsulating powders. However, we want to do
everything possible to help our customers, so we felt
that finding an alternative was necessary." After much
testing by the manufacturer, National Enzyme
Company,it was determined that a combination of
cellulose and medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT oil)
would provide the necessary qualities for both
manufacturing and the SC diet. "Cellulose is extensively
used in the dietary supplement industry", states Dr.
Houston, "but by itself is too "fluffy" for encapsulating
enzymes. We could not get consistent capsule weights,
which also affects the dosing." A small amount of MCT
oil was found to help compact the enzyme powder
properly. Other oils are available, such as lecithin and
mineral oil, but are not considered appropriate additives
for the sensitive population comprising the HNI
customer base. MCT oil is very nutritious, and its
addition to the enzymes has no downside. Dr. Houston
added, "MCT oil itself is sold as a dietary supplement,
and is considered to have many nutritive properties."
The combination of cellulose and MCT oil as a filler and
excipient for powders is thought to be a first for a
dietary supplement company. "I wouldn't be surprised
to see other companies follow our lead on this", said Dr.
Houston. "They've done so before on our other
||NEW ZYME PRIME FORMULA!
HN-Zyme Prime, one of the top-selling products of the
HNI enzyme line, has undergone a change in
formulation. "For quite awhile now, we wanted to
remove the papain and bromelain enzymes from HN-
Zyme Prime", states Dr. Houston. "Interestingly,
many appear to be intolerant to fruit-derived enzymes,
and so could not take the product. By removing those
enzymes, we allow more people access to Zyme Prime
and also make a more targeted formulation, which is
the mainstay of our company's mission."
The removal of the fruit-derived enzymes allowed Dr.
Houston to increase the amount of other enzymes in
the formulation that are targeted to digestion of
starches, carbohydrates and fats. One protease
remains in Zyme Prime as a concession to those using
Zyme Prime as a broad-spectrum digestive aid.
Dr. Houston remarked that the new Zyme Prime (the
"HN" has been dropped) will help more with bloating,
gas production, and digestion of lactose, a milk
In addition, the rice bran has been replaced with a
combination of cellulose and MCT oil, (see the feature
article above) thus allowing Zyme Prime to be used by
those on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
||TIRED OF CAPSULES?
We at HNI have been very aware of the "capsule
controversy": Gelatin or Veggie-Caps? Which dissolve
faster? Who knows, and now you can say "Who
cares?" because we now offer our products as bottled
No more emptying capsules or worrying about when to
take the capsules. Just use the handy measuring
scoop (included) to measure out the amount of enzyme
you want. In addition, each bottle contains 200 doses,
and is more economical on a per-dose basis. If you
are happy with the current veggie capsules, don't
worry, we will still carry encapsulated product.
So if your child can't swallow capsules, or if you are
tired of trying to get all the enzyme powder out of
those little capsules, you now have an easy-to-use
alternative. Please specify your preference, capsule or
powder, when ordering by phone or email. If ordering
online, be sure you check the appropriate product box.
||NEW LOOK FOR HNI PRODUCTS
Your next order of HNI enzymes may look different,
but be assured that they are still the high-quality
products you've come to trust. The new labels were
designed to be more "shelf-friendly", as HNI products
are becoming more popular in retail outlets. The new
labels provide a UPC code plus more descriptive
language as to the function of each product.
Bulleted descriptions now appear on the labels, so
customers can easily decide which product is most
appropriate for their specific needs.
HNI products ALWAYS list enzyme potency in activity
units. Simple mass units, as used on many other
company's labels, are NOT a guarantee of enzyme
activity. Consumers should check the Supplement Facts
box on the label of an enzyme product to insure that
activity units (e.g. HUT, DU, FCCPU) are present.
Each month we will spotlight a specific enzyme found
in dietary supplements. Every enzyme is different: the
structure, function and source of an enzyme
determines its purpose in digestive and metabolic
pathways. At times, the terminology may be slightly
technical, but we are confident the information will be
This issue's featured enzyme is AMYLASE.
a carbohydrase enzyme, i.e., it breaks down certain
carbohydrates, in this case, starch. For a more
technical description of amylase's actions, click here.
The food grade amylase enzyme used in HNI products
is obtained from the controlled
fermentation of Aspergillus oryzae. It has a
"dextrinizing" action that reduces the viscosity of
gelatinous starch, amylose, and amylopectin solutions,
yielding soluble dextrins and liberating glucose and
maltose sugars. Amylase has an effective pH range of
4.0 to 7.0, with the optimum being 5.0. It is optimally
active at 55 degrees C (131 F).
Amylase is used in the baking, brewing, and juicing
industries, and as a digestive aid. Most fungal
amylase will contain various amounts of other
enzymes such as amyloglucosidase, acid protease, and
malt diastase. Amylase is found in HNI's Zyme Prime
Here is a neat science
project involving amylase!
articles regarding amylase:
Nutritious Weaning Mix
Takadiastase (Amylase) and Cherry