Houston Enzymes
 Issue 50, April 2013
In This Issue
Did You Know...? Tip for starch digestion
"Truly the best"
Q and A
New from Nordic Naturals
Visit us in Chicago
Did you know...? Tip for starch digestion

from Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.

Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.


Some food enzymes work better in combination with other enzymes. For example, amylase is an enzyme associated with the breakdown of amylose, or starch, as known by most. However, for optimal breakdown of starch, amylase should be accompanied by another enzyme, glucoamylase.


A molecule of starch is large and complex. Think of it as a tree with many branches. 


Amylase can work on the branches beginning at the tip of the branch and working towards the fork of the branch. But amylase can't continue past the "fork" of the branch. It becomes blocked. The reason is that the type of glycoside bond for the "fork" is different from the bonds in the "branch".  


Glucoamylase, however, does break the bond of the "fork" but can't work on the bonds in the branch.  Once glucoamylase breaks the fork bond, amylase resumes its work on the remainder of the branches.


Remember: Always look for both amylase AND glucoamylase on the label of an enzyme product if you wish to improve the digestion of starches.


For products with both these enzymes, try Zyme Prime, ZyCarb or TriEnza.

Enzyme mailbag: Truly the best

I just wanted to thank you for creating the best enzymes ever! I have tried many other brands but only yours work truly the best for me. TriEnza has been a savior in my life, Dr. Houston! Many blessings to you for a reasonable price in this tough economy and an amazing Godsend product. You saved me and improved my quality of life so much.

Shikha Patel
Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston

Q: Do enzymes need to be rotated? I have read on various websites a recommendation that people taking enzymes should rotate them to prevent building up an allergy to that particular enzyme, similar to rotating foods. Since you are an expert in enzymes, I would like to understand your viewpoint on rotating.
A: I do not see the need for rotating enzymes and doing so may reduce their effetiveness. Since enzymes don't build up in the body or GI tract, they need to be administered to those meals containing the problem foods.
Rotating enzymes means periods of time where you would not be taking the enzymes needed for those foods.
If one is going to be allergic to enzymes, it is usually noticed upon their first dosing. Since they are proteins, they do have the potential for allergenic problems, but no more so than any other food protein. 
New from Nordic Naturals

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Visit our site to learn more about Pro-DHA, ProOmega-D, Nordic Berries multivitamin and Vitamin D3 Gummies.

Visit us in Chicago

Join us at the  Autism One Conference 2013 in Chicago May 23-26. 

Dr. Houston will be a speaker and Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. Visit our booth for a conference special. And don't miss the fun as we sponsor Karaoke Night!

Thank you for reading. Call or email us with any comments about products or service.


Devin Houston, PhD
CEO, Houston Enzymes 

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