|International Institute of Nutritional Research|
For thousands of years humans have eaten a diet of raw foods that contain living enzymes. Scientific studies have shown that enzymes worked in the fundus portion of the stomach to create a predigestion of the food. Thus, as digestion progresses, the pancreas is only required to produce a small amount of enzymes in order to complete the process of digestion.
Today the diet has been radically altered. Almost all food has been processed, refined, and cooked. This has killed all the enzymes. We no longer receive assistance from food enzymes to predigest the food for us. Therefore, we must rely totally upon the pancreas for the production of enzymes to do the entire job of digestion.
This places an exceptionally heavy burden upon the pancreas. Numerous studies have shown that when animals are fed a diet of enzyme-free food, similar to that of the current human diet, their pancreas will enlarge to two and three times that of normal. This hypertrophy (enlarging of the gland) is due to its being overworked in order to produce enough enzymes to digest the food in an enzyme-depleted diet.
More significant is the discovery that the longer deficient they become in the production of pancreatic enzymes. The result of this decline in pancreatic enzyme production is very serious. Many health authorities feel this decline plays a major role in the creation of several health problems.
It is not suprising that so many American who have lived for years on enzyme-deficient diets of refined, processed and cooked foods, are now complaining of the very health problems that many authorities state are caused by an exhausted pancreas no longer able to create enough digestive enzymes.
For example, when digestion is not complete due to a lack of enzymes, intestinal bacteria begins to ferment the undigested food, thus creating intestinal gas and bloating. Undigested food may also create the ideal climate for intestinal yeast such as candida to grow.
Another problem which seems to be directly related to a lack of enzymes is food allergies. When food is not completely broken down by digestion, large food molecules may enter the blood—thus stimulating the immune system to create an allergic reaction. For some people this can include a wide range of foods, and the response to some may be so violent as to be life threatening.
Dr. Edward Howell states that another very serious health problem occurs when a diet of enzyme-deficient food (cooked, processed, and refined) has been followed for a number of years. This problem is a deficiency of metabolic enzymes in all-important organ systems. Metabolic enzymes are those which do all of the work in our cells and tissues. This deficiency of metabolic enzymes occur because the pancreas is forced to "borrow" metabolic enzymes and their precursors in order to convert them to digestive enzymes. On the ordinary American diet, the pancreas is unable to pay back what it "borrows," thus the other organs develop metabolic deficiencies. As a result, degenerative disease conditions may develop.
Many authorities feel these are two important steps to rebuilding health when confronted by any of the preceding problems. The first step is to supplement the diet with sufficient pancreatic enzymes to allow digestion to become thorough and complete.
This aids the body in normalizing the acid-alkaline balance of the intestines, as well as returning the bacterial flora back to normal, both of which improve the efficiency of digestion and create an environment that discourages the overgrowth of candida and putrefying bacteria. Such improvement eliminates intestinal gas and bloating and improves the quality of digestion to such an extent that many food allergies disappear.
There are three major problems with most pancreatic enzyme supplements. First, they work in such a very narrow acid-alkaline pH range that they may not be effective. Second, they often have such a heavy enteric coating they do not dissolve until they are so far into the intestines they have passed the point of effectiveness. Third, they are often "naked" enzymes—lacking the support elements necessary to be effective. For these reasons many people who have tried pancreatic enzyme supplements have not seen any improvements.
Panzyme has been especially formulated to solve all three of these problems. First, Panzyme contains a special strain of digestion enzymes derived from vegetable sources which are active over a broad range of pH from very acid to very alkaline. Each tablet has 20,000 N.F. units Amylase, sufficient to digest 20 grams of protein, and 1,600 N.F. units lipase, sufficient to digest 26 grams of fat—according to National Formulary (N.F.) test conditions.
Secondly, Panzyme is a special formulation designed to release the enzymes into the upper portion of the intestines—where they are most active. In addition, Panzyme contains the same natural buffer found in the duodenum of the small intestines which neutralizes stomach acid, thus increasing the effectiveness of the enzymes.
Thirdly, Panzyme contains raw duodenal and pancreatic tissue nutritional factors which many authorities feel are important to rebuild these glandular tissues. It also contains pepsin, the natural protein-digesting enzyme of the stomach, along with the protein digesting-enzyme bromelain from pineapple and pepsin from papaya. This unique combination of enzymes and nutritional factors come together to create what may be the most effective digestive enzyme formula available today.
Also, an important step in normalizing pancreatic hormone production is to develop as extensive a diet of raw, natural, enzyme-containing foods as possible.
One Panzyme tablet contains the following nutrient values:
Lyophilized Raw Duodenum ................ 20 mg.
Suggested Use: The Institute offers the following suggestion in the use of this product.
Vitality Product Code: #3019 (60 tablets)