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  • Welcome to the introductory newsletter for Houston Nutraceuticals, Inc! You are receiving this letter because you purchased product from our company, or requested to be on our newsletter list. If you do not wish to receive future issues, simply click on the "Unsubscribe" button at the bottom of the page.

    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 only on 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!


    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 innovations."

    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 carbohydrate.

    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.

    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 powder!

    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.

    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 helpful.

    This issue's featured enzyme is AMYLASE. Amylase is 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 formulation.

    Here is a neat science project involving amylase!

    Some interesting articles regarding amylase:
    Nutritious Weaning Mix
    Takadiastase (Amylase) and Cherry Trees

    Quick Links...

  • HNI Website
  • Enzyme University
  • Enzyme Technical Association

  • Order HNI Products
  • Practical Enzyme Info
  • Bio-Cat Enzymes

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