Houston Enzymes
Issue 71, February 2015
In This Issue
Enzyme spotlight: Phytase for nutritional support
Q and A with Dr. H: Dairy casein
Video: Will taking enzymes affect my body's own production of enzymes?
Events: See you in California, Indiana and Pennsylvania
Enzyme spotlight: Phytase for nutritional support


Phytase is an enzyme not well known to consumers but can provide a great deal of nutritional support.  


Phytase breaks down phytic acid, an anti-nutritional factor found in bran, cereals and grains. Pinto beans, sesame seed flour, lentils, chickpea and soybeans contain the highest amounts of phytic acid.  


Phytic acid binds strongly to minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorous, inositol, zinc and magnesium and prevents them from being absorbed from the small intestine. Phytic acid can also chelate the vitamin niacin which is necessary for prevention of pellagra.


Phytase is added to the commercial feeds of poultry and hogs to prevent excretion of phosphorous which pollutes waterways and causes algal growth. The addition of the enzyme allows the phosphorous and other minerals bound up by phytic acid to be released and absorbed by the animal, improving the animal's health and the environment. Zyme Prime  

Human studies have shown that the addition of phytase to the diet resulted in an increase in blood levels of iron and zinc. Many try to improve their diets by adding in more grains and legumes. Taking an enzyme product containing phytase insures availability of all the nutrition in these foods.


Houston Enzymes uses an enzyme blend called CereCalaseŽ which is a blend of cellulase, glucanase and phytase. Our Zyme Prime and
No-Fenol contain this blend and are recommended for meals high in phytate.


Devin Houston, Ph.D.

Q and A with Dr. H: Dairy casein


Q: What enzyme do you recommend for digesting casein in dairy?

A: Casein is a protein so you would need protease enzymes to help break it down. AFP-Peptizyde is our high-protease formula consisting of multiple proteases to help digest many food proteins. AFP-Peptizyde

Q: So the fact that AFP-Peptizyde also helps to break down gluten, which my daughter doesn't need help with, won't harm her?

A: Gluten is a food protein and so is broken down just like casein, soy protein or other food proteins. Enzymes are safe and have no side effects.
Video: Will taking enzymes affect my body's own production of enzymes?


Will taking enzyme supplements affect your body's own output of enzymes? Watch our video to find out.

Will taking enzymes affect my body's production of enzymes?



Register now: See you in California, Indiana, Pennsylvania 

Costa Mesa, CA - March 12-14: MAPS Spring 2015 Educational Forum for pediatric special needs health professionals. Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. 

Greenwood, IN - April 18: Biomedical Interventions for Autism Conference at Cornerstone Autism Center. Dr. Devin Houston will be a speaker.

Philadelphia, PA - May 1-2: TACA Autism Conference. Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor.

Visit the Houston Enzymes Event Calendar
for additional events and updates.
Devin Houston, PhD, CEO
Houston Enzymes 
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