Houston Enzymes
Issue 56, November 2013
In This Issue
TriEnza Chewables and Capsules are BACK
Enzyme Co-Factors: Enzyme's Little Helpers
Q and A with Dr. H
See You at St. Pete Beach
TriEnza Chewables and Capsules are Back

TriEnza Chewables are back! The chewable version of our popular broad-TriEnza Chewablespectrum product is in a new lemonade-pomegranate flavor. Sweetened with fructose and xylitol. 


TriEnza breaks down 

  • gluten, casein, soy and other proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • fats
  • phenols

Add a description TriEnza is a blend of the main enzymes from AFP-Peptizyde, Zyme Prime and No-Fenol. 
Email us for a free sample to try out the new chewable flavor.


Our TriEnza capsules and powder forms are also back in stock - same great products as before. Stock up now for holiday dinners!


We will have No-Fenol back in stock soon - check our site for updates.

 Order TriEnza Now

Enzyme Co-Factors: Enzyme's Little Helpers

from Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.  

Dr. Devin Houston 
Enzymes don't work in a vacuum. They are regulators and control points for thousands of biological pathways. But they in turn are regulated as well. 


Enzyme co-factors are compounds that attach and detach from enzymes and control enzyme activity. These compounds may be metals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, or manganese. In some cases organic molecules such as vitamins (thiamine pyrophosphate), amides of lipids, or Adenosine triphosphate may be required for an enzyme to be active. Some enzymes require more than one co-factor. The addition of co-factors provides another layer of control of a particular enzyme's function. This is why it is important that the diet include adequate amounts of minerals and vitamins.

The body's own pancreatic enzymes may require co-factors. Lipase from the pancreas requires a co-factor called colipase in order to work optimally in breaking down fats. Colipase is a small protein produced by the pancreas and keeps lipase from being inhibited by bile salts.  


Plant-based lipase, however, does not require colipase and is resistant to inhibition by bile. That is one reason an enzyme supplement may be superior to our own digestive enzymes. 
Plant-based enzymes may require metals such as calcium and magnesium to work but they are already embedded and bound within the enzyme before you take them. The metal co-factor is very difficult to dislodge from the enzyme. This means that supplemental enzymes are always in active form and start working as soon as the enzyme powder becomes liquefied.  

Some foods, such as legumes, contain phytic acid, a compound that has high affinity or strength for binding phosphate, calcium, and magnesium. In some cases, phytic acid can pull the metal ions out of the enzyme. Luckily another enzyme, phytase, breaks down phytic acid and releases the bound metals. Taking an enzyme product with phytase is a good idea if your meal contains soy, beans, or other legumes. Phytase is found in Houston enzymes in the CereCalase™ blend in Zyme Prime and No-Fenol.

So the next time you take your enzymes, remember to thank the "little helpers" that make their work possible!
Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston

Q:  Can you recommend an enzyme product for digesting protein, specifically meat? 
A:   We often think of beef, chicken, and pork as meat protein. While the majority of meat is protein, it is important to keep in mind that fats make up a good portion of meat and can have an effect on digestion.
Fats in the stomach tend to delay stomach emptying. As long as there is food in the stomach the acid pumps will keep working. This is why many of us suffer from heartburn and/or reflux after eating a meat-rich meal. Eating these heavy meals in the evening with the delayed emptying and then positioning our bodies horizontally when going to bed can lead to a night of heartburn and indigestion.
Lipase is the enzyme that breaks down fats in foods. Plant-derived lipase, such as Lypazyme, is acid-stable and so starts working on those fats while they are in the stomach. This can promote stomach emptying which in turn shuts off the acid pumps. 
Protease enzymes, such as AFP-Peptizyde, can help as well but one should really take the lipase enzyme with the protease for optimal results.
See You at St. Pete Beach

November 14-17, St. Pete's Beach: 
Join us this week in Florida at St. Pete Beach for the National Autism
Dr. Houston will be a speaker and Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. Come by our booth for a conference special. 
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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