Houston Enzymes
 Issue 51, May 2013
In This Issue
3 Guidelines for Judging Enzymes
Enzymes and Hot Weather
Q and A with Dr. H
See You in Chicago
3 Guidelines for Judging Enzymes

from Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.

Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.


The science world is chock full of new data on different enzymes:


"Enzyme developed to digest plastic bags..."
"New yeast strain produces an enzyme that helps release and degrade biomass sugars..."
"Researchers create enzyme-based memory..."
This indicates that enzymes are an extremely hot area of research right now. Enzymes increase the efficiency of chemical reactions, which lowers costs of food production, bio-fuel development, and opens up promising avenues of treating disease. 
Digestive food enzymes, long considered to be boring and of little interest compared to enzymes involved in metabolism and disease, are also getting a second look. Several universities are studying food-based enzymes as possible treatments for celiac disease. Bromelain, derived from the plant stems of pineapples, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Papain appears to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Science lives and dies by well-controlled studies. Anecdotal evidence, while a good starting point, is often not sufficient evidence to call something a "treatment" or "cure". Good studies proving such, however, are expensive and take years to reach a satisfactory endpoint. Even when done, the results are often open to interpretation and difficult for the non-scientist lay person to understand.
So how are we to judge whether dietary supplements are effective or a waste of money?  Here are the guidelines I go by: 
1) Is the product safe?  Above all, safety in the use of a supplement is the most important factor. Enzyme supplements are considered extremely safe. Historical use over centuries, human studies showing no side effects even when taking huge doses of enzymes over long periods, and the fact that enzymes are well understood as to how they work - all indicate that enzyme products are most likely the safest supplement on the market. Other than potential allergic reactions to enzyme proteins, which can occur with any food protein, one need not worry about taking enzymes.

2) Can you notice a difference when you use the product?  In the absence of good studies on any supplement, make yourself or your child the subject of your own "study". I am a firm believer of not using a supplement unless I can tell that it makes a difference, either through lab analysis or change in how I feel (for digestion this would be less gas and bloating, regular bowel movements, etc.).

3) How long has the product been in use by the general public?  If a product is not working as it claims, then people won't buy it. If people don't buy it, the company that sells it will stop producing it. Think how many different products have come and gone in the last decade. There is a reason why they aren't around any more. Our enzymes have been in use now for 12 years, and each year's sales are better than the prior year. The products must be doing something right.

As long as the safety factor on a product is high, one can justify use of a product if they, or others, are seeing improved results when the product is used. Thankfully, enzymes have the highest safety factor of most any supplement. This means that families can use enzymes in any number of ways to find the protocol that works best for them. 
Enzymes and Hot Weather


As warmer weather approaches, many customers worry about our enzymes being shipped in the heat. Have no fear, these enzymes are very stable to environmental temperatures. In fact, many of these enzymes work better at temps of 105 - 125 degrees F.


We over-formulate our enzyme products, meaning that the amount you see listed on the label is actually less than what is put into the product.  In this way, we can provide long shelf life and a good reserve of activity to accommodate extreme conditions.


Please don't worry that the enzymes you received from Houston Enzymes are "deactivated" by the heat.  The bottle and box provide protection as well.  Even sitting in a mail truck or your mailbox for the weekend in Arizona will have little to no effect on the activity levels.

Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston

Q: Just wondering in light of the recent articles in the news about children with Autism tending to have higher amounts of C. bolteae (Clostridium bolteae) in their systems, what type of product would you suggest using for our kids?  Or would you suggest getting some type of testing done first?
Enzymes can help indirectly with GI bugs like C. bolteae by keeping undigested food in the gut to a minimum and providing a hospitable environment for friendly bacteria.

The enzymes that would help the most are the carbohydrases, enzymes that break down starches and carbs.  Since it is usually undigested starch that is most likely a food source for bacteria, it is important to use an enzyme product with many different carbohydrase enzymes and in good amount.  

Our Zyme Prime would be helpful and TriEnza also has the same complement of starch-busting enzymes as Zyme Prime, but in 2 capsules.

I don't think testing would be a good indicator of whether enzymes could help; it's more of a try-and-see type scenario.


See You in Chicago

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