Supplement Review – Digestive Enzymes
Research in the last decade has established a clear link between gut microbiota (micro-organisms) and brain function. The human gut (esophagus, stomach, intestines & colon) is a complex, multifaceted communication system needed to establish a healthy balance for brain development and function. Digestion is a complicated business, so it makes sense to have a dedicated network of nerves to oversee it. As well as controlling the mechanical mixing of food in the stomach and coordinating muscle contractions to move it through the gut, the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) also maintains the biochemical environment within different sections of the gut, keeping them at the correct pH and chemical composition needed for digestive enzymes to do their job.
If that last paragraph was way over your head, then think of it this way – have you ever “trusted your gut” to make a critical decision? Have you ever got “butterflies in your stomach” before public speaking or the start of a race? If so, then you understand the connection between your brain and your gut!
Studies show that the ENS may trigger big emotional shifts experienced by people coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional bowel problems such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain and stomach upset. Researchers are finding evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system that trigger mood changes. Studies have shown a higher-than-normal percentage of people with IBS and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety.
So how do you take care of your gut? One way is to take Enzymes. Enzymes are living catalysts and the key to good digestion. Present in all whole live foods but destroyed by cooking and processing, digestive enzymes break down foods into nutrients your body can readily digest and utilize. Raw foods contain food enzymes that help in the digestive process. Since most people do not eat enough raw foods, supplementation is a great way to get the enzymes you need for optimum digestion.
Garden of Life brand Ω-Zyme™ ULTRA is a the ultimate high potency, broad spectrum digestive enzyme formula, providing 21 different digestive enzymes specifically selected to digest most of the proteins, fats and carbohydrates of a typical meal.
It is a unique enzyme blend with optimized activity across the varying range of pH levels throughout the gastrointestinal tract, enabling the enzymes to survive high stomach acidity to be delivered to the small intestine in their intact and biologically active form for maximum digestive benefit.
Do you ever have GI issues (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain and upset stomach)? Do you have bouts of anxiety or depression? If you answered yes to either of these, maybe it’s time to look at fixing your gut!
Start by cleaning up your diet and supplementing with a quality digestive enzyme.
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