The Future of Digestive Enzyme Supplements

The mark of a good enzyme product is longevity. Competitive markets quickly separate what works from what does not and this is ever so true with the supplemental enzyme market. Good Old Enzymes Enzymes from plant sources were first made available as digestive aids 70 years ago but did not catch on to mainstream awareness until the late 1990s. Much of the increased interest was due to the growing issue of gluten intolerance, followed closely soon after by broader awareness of food intolerances. [caption id="attachment_373" align="alignright" width="300"]DPP IV enzyme DPP IV enzyme[/caption] Protease enzymes derived from plant sources were useful for increased break down of food proteins, a fact now recognized by the medical community and vigorously pursued commercially as a possible therapy for gluten-related disorders. Lactose intolerance is relieved by the use of the enzyme lactase, a fact not gone unnoticed by the dairy industry. Increasing consumer use of foods associated with intolerance is the major reason behind commercial interests in enzymes. Meet the Microbiome The emphasis for digestive health in the next few years will be centered around understanding the bacterial environment of the gastrointestinal tract. We now know that the type and numbers of different bacterial species play an integral part in the health of the gut. Gut health then plays a role in other body systems as well, most notably the immune system and brain. Gut health is dependent on many factors: Diet, oxidative status, bacterial diversity, and lifestyle play huge roles. No single factor is more important than any of the others. What you eat determines what the gut absorbs only if the food is properly broken down during digestion. Digestion is adequate only when pancreatic and intestinal enzymes work sufficiently. Gut bacteria respond to the by-products of digestion - which in turn affects what is absorbed by the gut and released into remainder of the body. Enzyme companies must respond to the latest research findings especially pertaining to the gut microbiome. “Microbiome” is a word we will be hearing a lot about. It describes the type of gut flora and the gut environment and its response to outside stimuli, i.e. food. The main focus of microbiome research is to understand what bacteria species reside in the gut and what each species contributes to gut and overall health conditions. What is already known is that maintaining and nurturing an optimum microbiome is essential to good digestion. What the microbiome contributes beyond the gut is not fully known but will undoubtedly be of importance. Moving forward: Biomuve Houston Enzymes is committed to not only maintaining its current inventory of beneficial enzyme products; TriEnza, AFP Peptizyde, Zyme Prime and ZyCarb, No-Fenol, and Lypazyme; but is now developing enzyme-based products that incorporate botanical and probiotic blends for specific purposes. The first of these products is Biomuve, a product that will be launched in the coming weeks. Initial feedback from volunteers who have tested Biomuve is quite positive. This product will be aimed at children and adults who deal with difficult bowel movements. What makes Biomuve different is that specific botanical ingredients, enzymes, and probiotic bacteria were thoughtfully selected to work together. Each ingredient supplies benefits from different angles to work on the same target. The effect of each complements those of the other ingredients. Our customers realize that we don’t introduce new products very often. We don’t change our products unless we have a good reason for doing so. Our product development is not just for the sake of change. When we do come up with a new product, you know it may be important. We appreciate our customers, especially those who have been with us for many years. We are amazed by the intelligence and loyalty of our customers and will strive to keep working for your trust. What can we do for you? Send me your comments at devin.houston@houston-enzymes.com.