Houston Enzymes
 Issue 42, November/December 2011
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Tips for matching enzymes and foods
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 Tips for matching enzymes and foods

From Dr. Houston

Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.


Some enzyme - food pairings are obvious: lactase with lactose (dairy) and cellulase for cellulose (fibrous foods). But most enzyme names are somewhat ambiguous as to which foods they affect. So I have listed some enzyme-food pairings along with an explanation for the not-so-obvious groupings.

Let's talk about

- steaks

- vegetables

- fruits

- dairy 


Steaks - Most would assume that high protease formulas would be best for a nice juicy beef steak. After all, proteases break down protein and muscle is protein, right? That is true, but what gives many problems after a steak dinner is not digesting the protein, but the fat that permeates the meat. Fats can delay the emptying of the stomach, which in turn can cause problems such as heartburn and reflux.


I don't usually recommend taking a large amount of protease with steak dinners, especially for the last meal of the day. When proteases break down proteins, the result is a thinned liquid mixture in the stomach. Combine that with lying in bed and fat-delayed stomach emptying and you have a recipe for a night of tossing and turning. I recommend using a lipase and lower protease enzyme product such as Zyme Prime or ZyCarb to break down the fats, which in turn results in normal times for stomach emptying.


Vegetables - Not all veggies are created equal or require the same set of enzymes.

Starchy types
- These would be potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, turnips, etc. Starches can be a problem if not thoroughly broken down. Carbs and starches are excellent food sources for the bacteria and yeast in our gut and will increase their population. The best enzyme pairing is a combination of amylase and glucoamylase, which act together to convert the starch to monosaccharide sugars like glucose. These enzymes are found in Zyme Prime, ZyCarb, and TriEnza.


Leafy veggies - Lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and such can create havoc in those with sensitive guts. The "roughage" tends to go right through them causing frequent bowel movements and loose stools. These types of foods are worked on by cellulase and xylanase enzymes, such as in No-Fenol. The specialized structures found in leafy plants are broken down by these enzymes- resulting in smoother digestion, and less cramping and gas. As a side benefit, a good portion of the insoluble fiber is converted to soluble fiber.

Broccoli and cabbage also contain raffinose and stachyose - carbohydrates that may cause gassiness.  These carbs are broken down by the alpha-galactosidase enzyme.


Fruits - Can be similar to veggies in that some are starchy but in addition can also be highly phenolic. By "phenolic" we mean they are high in polyphenols which are the antioxidants and nutritional compounds we need to help with oxidative stress. In some, phenolics are not transformed to their most absorbable form and if not absorbed, there is little benefit. Xylanase, in No-Fenol, seems to help accomplish this transformation process. Combine with amylase and glucoamylase (such as with ZyCarb) to get help with the starchy components.


Dairy - We already mentioned using lactase for lactose intolerance but keep in mind that dairy protein (casein) can be a digestive problem as well. For this we would want to use a high-protease formula like AFP-Peptizyde.   


Turnabout withTriEnza 

quotation marksYour products seemed to help my nephew, and I share symptoms with him. So I tried the TriEnza too - 4 or 5 years ago. I ran out once, never again.  Within three days of my last dose, I was in severe pain and crawling to the bathroom.  I had forgotten how my life was before TriEnza. Now I promote it to anyone with gastric issues. Thank you for giving back a quality life!"

Rhonda Rogers,
Baytown, TX 


Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston 

Q: I have been taking Prilosec OTC for several years and am interested in trying some natural alternatives for my indigestion issues.  I am currently using an apple cider vinegar/baking soda combination diluted in water. 

Could you please suggest any enzyme solutions you would have that could be used in combination with the above or by themselves?  

A: Yes, our Zyme Prime is a great complement to Prilosec and other H2 blockers.  Many of those with indigestion find the Zyme Prime to have a soothing effect on the stomach: decreasing gas, bloating, that rumbling feeling, etc.

Try a couple of capsules with meals.  The enzymes will be fine with the vinegar or baking soda (just don't use vinegar and baking soda together!).

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