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What is the recommended daily intake of enzymes and which do you recommend? I have my degree in cellular and molecular biology. There are a ton of different enzymes. What regimen would you suggest?

First let’s make sure we are speaking about supplemental plant based digestive enzymes.  You are correct in saying there are many different enzymes.  There are those for laundry, oil spills and other commercial grade enzymes.  There are enzymes for human use such as animal enzymes from slaughterhouse animals pancreas, actual plant enzymes and various plant based enzymes.  I prefer and formulate the plant based enzymes.  The reason for my decision is animal enzymes only work in an alkaline pH and require coating which makes them unusable during digestion, plant enzymes such as bromelain or papain have a limited pH to work in that only make them useable after most of digestion is complete, and there are plant based enzymes that are grown off the food they are meant to breakdown and require no coating to protect them during the digestive system.

The common denominator is that all enzymes those we ingest (supplemental) and those our body makes (metabolic) requires the same things such as water to make them work and the proper pH of your body they are meant to work in.

Just as there are different enzymes everyone has different needs.  Ingesting supplemental digestive enzymes is not necessarily about the size of the person but their own personal need. Example: a newborn not fed breast milk will require supplemental digestive enzymes to assist in breaking down man-made formula.  The only metabolic digestive enzymes the baby will make until they are 18 months old is for their own Mothers breast milk.  That need might differ from a child given sugar and carbohydrates before they are able to break those foods down.  This comes after the growth of their 14 baby teeth and they are 36 months old.

Compare the above to a teenager who is still not complete until puberty and eats junk food and drinks sodas.  An adult that is suffering from a condition or disease and requires even more digestive enzymes because of their lifestyle or condition.  Now think of a senior citizen who is aging and part of the aging process is the lack of producing digestive enzymes.  How many might they require?

I do have some experience throughout the 30 some years I have been in practice:

  •  Supplemental Digestive Enzymes taken with meals to assist in the proper breakdown of food and the delivery of nutrients is important.  How many they need depends on their own need or health.  Normally I suggest at least two capsules with food.
  • First thing in the AM and last thing at PM I suggest Supplemental Systemic Protease Enzymes for inflammation, circulation and carrying away the waste.
  • With the Protease in the evening I suggest a good Probiotic to balance the pH of the system.

For me this is the basic elements for health.

I was wondering if you knew the answer to this Question? If we take enzyme supplements overtime will that decrease the enzyme production our body produces?
Good question and one I am asked often: Supplemental Enzymes are not hormones and are not stored. The need for enzymes is so great they are used up. If we were to take more than we need – the enzymes (which are proteins) are then used by the body to make metabolic enzymes, repair inflammation, improve circulation and various other needs the body has. It is called polymorphic.

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