Houston Enzymes
 Issue 55, September 2013
In This Issue
DPP IV discovered! Again!?
Q and A with Dr. H
TriEnza Chewable returning soon
Join us in Wisconsin and Florida
DPP IV discovered! Again!?

from Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.  

Dr. Devin Houston 
The year 1999 doesn't seem that long ago to me.  That was the year I found that some food-grade protease blends contained an unusual enzyme, DPP IV (dipeptidyl peptidase IV).  This enzyme was known to researchers in the field but enzyme manufacturers were not aware that it was present as an undocumented activity in certain protease enzyme blends.
The enzyme was interesting to me because it explained what was being observed by many parents of children with wheat and dairy intolerances.  When taking the enzyme with meals that contained wheat, dairy, or soy, the adverse effects that had been observed previously from eating such foods were reduced or abolished.  
A little digging in the medical literature offered an explanation: the enzyme degraded opiate-like peptides called exorphins and did so in the rather protected environment of the stomach.  
I say protected because peptides and proteins are not absorbed from the stomach.  This allows acid-stable enzymes a chance to "defuse" or break down
proteins before they enter the small intestine where they can be absorbed into the body.  The "discovery" of DPP IV was serendipitous but led to many other companies following suit and producing DPP IV-based enzyme products.  It is interesting that some companies are now, 14 years later, finding out about DPP IV and announcing it as a "new" discovery.
DPP IV enzyme
Better late than never, I guess. It is important that
newcomers to enzyme products understand how enzymes work in their diet. DPP IV is a helpful enzyme but it has its downsides as well.  

It does not work as fast as other enzymes.  It requires very strict circumstances in order to function.  It also needs the presence of other proteases in order to work optimally.  

DPP IV should always be accompanied by other different proteases to "set the stage" for DPP IV to function correctly.

While DPP IV seems to get all the publicity, remember to acknowledge and look for DPP IV's supporting staff: the other more humble proteases on the label of your
high-protease enzyme product.
Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston

Q:  If I take an enzyme and then don't eat, is it harmful?
No, the enzymes only work on food. Since enzymes are protein, the body will eventually process the enzymes as any other food protein. 
Many take high doses of enzyme products on an empty stomach to facilitate systemic enzyme uptake, that is, the uptake of enzymes into the circulation. To do this requires large amounts of enzyme, as only a small fraction of the enzyme is absorbed.
TriEnza Chewable returning soon

Watch your email, facebook or twitter for the announcement of the return of TriEnza Chewable! We expect to have it ready to ship by mid-October. TriEnza Chewable will have a new pomegranate-lemonade flavor we think you'll love.

Learn more about TriEnza

Join us in Wisconsin and Florida

September 27 - 28, Madison: Join us in Madison, Wisconsin at the TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Real Help Now Conference. The conference is brought to you by TACA families with autism helping families with autism.

Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. Come by our booth for a conference special.

TACA Conference

October 3 - 5, Tampa: If you are a health professional, we MAPS Corporate Partner hope to see you in Tampa, Florida for the MAPS Clinician Conference (Medical Academy of Special Needs). Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. 
Visit the MAPS site to register or to find a clinician in your area.
November 17 - 18, St. Pete's Beach: Join us again in Florida at St. Petersburg's Beach for the National Autism National Autism Conference Association's National Autism Conference.
Dr. Houston will be a speaker and Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor.

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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