Houston Enzymes
Issue 61, April 2014
In This Issue
Get the most from your fruits and veggies
Q and A with Dr. H
See you in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City & Chicago
Get the most from your fruits and veggies 

from Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.   Dr. Devin Houston


With warmer weather approaching, thoughts turn to planting gardens and visiting farmers' markets in order to get those healthy fruits and vegetables. These foods not only taste good, they are nutritious as well.  


Vegetables and fruits are good sources of fiber, natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and many other compounds. We now know that the best way to derive the nutrition of these foods is by ingesting them as a whole food. Many of the nutritive compounds from fruits and veggies have been isolated and made available for consumption, but often other factors from these foods are needed to reap the full benefit.


Polyphenols are factors which provide protection from oxidative stress, carcinogens, and mutagens. Polyphenols comprise a large class of complex structures found in plants.  


The problem is that the majority of polyphenols are in a form that is inactive or otherwise not bio-available.  Most polyphenols are made active by enzymes produced by bacteria in the colon.


Another problem is that these same bacteria may also produce substances that degrade the polyphenol before it can be absorbed. The fact that these actions occur in the colon is also a concern since absorption is not optimal within the colon.


If only there was a way to activate the polyphenols earlier on in the digestive process....Oh, wait - there is!  


It is thought that certain enzymes produced by good fungi and bacteria may be able to clip the glycone groups that are attached to and inactivate polyphenols. These same enzymes, when taken with foods high in polyphenols, can start working on the inactive compounds while still in the stomach and small intestine. By releasing the sugar group that held the polyphenol in check, the compound is activated much earlier in the digestive tract.  


Absorption in the small intestine can then occur rather than being lost through elimination. It also prevents the polyphenol from being degraded by the colonic bacteria. 


Enzymes specific for polyphenol digestion, such as
No-Fenol, can enhance the absorption of these compounds such that their nutritive benefits occur quicker and with greater effect.

Q and A with Dr. H
Q: Can enzymes have an effect on urinary pH levels?


A: Enzymes have no direct effect on urinary pH.  The foods we eat may affect pH slightly, but the enzymes only break down foods, which should not be a factor in urine acidity.
See You in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City & Chicago
April 26, 2014 in Malvern, PA (Philadelphia): TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Real Help Now Autism Conference. Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. 
Register here


May 2 - 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City: Intersect4Kids Symposium for Health Professionals - "Biomedical Neurochemistry & Functional Nutrition for Children". Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. Register here.  


May 22 - 25 in Chicago: Autism One Conference. Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. Register here.
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Thank you for reading. Contact us with any comments or questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Devin Houston, PhD, CEO
Houston Enzymes 
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