Houston Enzymes
 Issue 34,  June 2010
In This Issue
Hot enzyme tips for summer
TriEnza Chewable returns soon, better than ever
Enzyme Email: Groups send gratitude
Share your results: Take a quick survey
Q and A with Dr. H
Join us at these exciting events
Hot enzyme tips for summer
From Dr. Houston:
Summer is here in full force!  Along with the heat, humidity and bugs comes more outdoor activities for the kids, which means more chance of bumps, bites, and bruises.

We have emphasized how enzymes help digestion, but there are other uses for these enzymes - especially for this time of year.  For minor stings, make a poultice of AFP-Peptizyde onto the sting as quickly as possible.  Alternatively, soak the finger or area with an enzyme solution (4 capsules per 15 ml of warm water). 

Many of the toxins in bee and wasp stings are peptide in nature, and the proteases can break those toxins down as well as reduce the swelling.  Make sure the enzyme powder gets moist as the enzymes won't activate until in solution.  Of course, this advice is not applicable to those who are highly allergic to insect stings and bites.  If you do have anaphylactic reactions to insect stings, remember to keep your "epi pens" handy!

Minor bruises can be reduced by taking AFP-Peptizyde every 4 hours (at least 3 capsules) for 2 days after the incident.

Grass stains in clothes can be a problem.  Make a paste of AFP-Peptizyde and work into the stain, let sit for 5 minutes, then wash out. 

I'm betting you're eating a lot of fresh food from the garden.  Many of us have a hard time digesting fibrous raw or steamed veggies.  Add in some No-Fenol with those meals. 
Remember that many of the fruits and vegetables we eat during the summer are highly phenolic.  No-Fenol can reduce the reactions from those intolerances so the kids can enjoy all the blueberries, watermelon, cherries, and peaches they want.

Our starch intake increases during summer as well, so keep the Zyme Prime handy for those ears of corn you'll be munching on the 4th of July.

Enjoy your summer!

-Devin Houston
TriEnza Chewable returns soon, better than ever
TriEnza Chewables will be back in stock mid-July along with a great tasting new flavor, Organic Grape!  This offers a better taste for the TriEnza formula than the previous pineapple mix.  In addition to the flavor change, we've removed xylitol and added stevia, which greatly reduces the overall amount of sweetener. 
Check our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates on ordering.
Enzyme email: Groups send gratitude
From our email:
Dr. Devin Houston delivered a very impressive and informative presentation on "The role of enzymes in autism".
Dr. Houston was able to give each participant a better understanding of the digestive system.  He discussed the importance and function of digestive enzymes and how these enzymes allow more foods in their diet.
Dr. Houston was very conscientious to the various levels of understanding of each audience member. Every participant left the evening with an understanding of the negative effect that an impaired digestive system can have on the nutritional well-being of their child. Members of the support group found Dr. Houston's presentation a valuable tool to assist them in making an informed decision regarding their own child's health.

Tricia Zarro
Parent and Moderator of
Biomedical Learning Cooperative Group (BLC)
Lisa Rudley
Parent and Moderator of
Healing with Homeopathy (HWH) Support Group
Tarrytown, NY
We were privileged to have Dr. Houston at our Talk About Curing Autism chapter in Santa Rosa.  He explained very simply how enzymes can help make foods more digestible and help our children.  
Houston Enzymes is a pioneer in enzyme formulations that target specific digestive issues.  Dr. Houston traveled to California at no expense to TACA and we want to publicly thank him for his generosity.

Nancy Cook
Talk About Curing Autism, Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, CA
Share your results: Take a quick survey 
If you didn't get a chance to take our survey we posted last fall, please make your voice heard now.  This is a short questionnaire for customers who have tried using Peptizyde, AFP-Peptizye or TriEnza as an alternative to the GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet. We will post the results from time to time in our blog, newsletter and Facebook.
Click here to take the survey.
Q and A with Dr. H


Q: I was wondering, could you give me any indication of the expected speed of degradation of gluten by your Peptizyde product and where this degradation is expected to occur?
Also, are you aware of how significant is the degradation of the enzymes themselves in the stomach and what proportion of each enzyme you expect to maintain viability? My understanding is that DPP IV enzymes only start to become active in an alkaline pH once they have left the stomach, and that many DPP IV in particular, but also many proteases, are highly vulnerable to inactivation by stomach acid and particularly pepsin.
A:  These enzymes begin work as soon as they are in solution.  They are active in the stomach and GI tract, as they are acid-stable.  Speed of food break down is dependent on how much is eaten and the enzyme dose.  For most meals, the enzymes can do the bulk of work in the two-hour period that the meal is in the stomach. Enzymes continue to work on the food as it moves along in the gut. 

The working pH of most plant-based enzymes is between 2 and 10.  Pancreatic enzymes are not acid-stable so will not survive the stomach unless enteric coated.

Enzymes themselves are resistant to the effects of other proteases due to their structure.
Q: I read online an opinion that taking enzymes affects our trytophan intake (and therefore, trytophan-related behavior).  Is this true?
  Here's the crux of the matter: when we eat protein from normal food sources, it is the intent of digestion to make available all of the components of the food for absorption.  So, all 20 amino acids will be found in the proteins we eat.  The proteases simply do what digestion is supposed to do: break down the proteins into amino acids. 
If you are actively supplementing with a specific amino acid, or restricting your diet to just certain proteins, then you may be getting an unequal distribution of amino acids.

If your diet is normal, then the amino acid balance should be fine, regardless if you take enzymes or not.

The amino acid transport system is more complex than some people assume. Competition for any one amino acid to be transported would still result in a normal distribution curve if diet is normal and not skewed by taking say, methionine or tryptophan supplements.
Join us at these exciting events
Dr. Houston will be speaking/exhibiting at the events below.  Find more details at our Event Calendar.    
Does your group want to learn more about enzymes? Contact Outreach Coordinator Cindy Kelley for:
  • Presentations
  • DVDs
  • Literature
Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D. enzyme biochemist, speaks at no cost to parent groups and parent conferences.
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