QUESTION: Hi Dr. Fuller, just wondering what’s the difference compared to taking just basic papaya and pineapple tablet enzymes compared to your digest enzymes? I’m guessing there must just be a higher concentration and variety?
ANSWER: They are actually different forms of enzymes. The two you are asking about are “plant” enzymes and the other contains “plant based” enzymes.
Plant enzymes include bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme and a milk-clotting enzyme derived from the pineapple stem, and papain, an enzyme derived from the papaya tree. They were first used as meat tenderizers and ingredients in beer until they became more refined to be used in supplements. There are some who experience bowel irritation from the use of papain which is similar to the bloating from eating at salad bars. These plant enzymes work at a higher pH than the plant based enzymes and most of digestion is over with before they begin to activate. Bromelain should be used for inflammation rather than digestion in the human body.
Plant-based supplemental digestive enzymes have the ability to aid digestion throughout the entire digestive process. Therefore, these enzymes are more useful to the body’s digestion than the other type of enzyme supplement.
Supplemental plant-based digestive enzymes are grown on plant foods (as their host) in a laboratory where they are fed to become whatever digestive enzyme is required, but they do not contain their host. The host is a plant food source and its use is just a platform to host the mycelial or biochemical enzymes. They must be grown on a plant form and extracted without chemicals in a laboratory process. The remainder is a pure fluid that is dried to a fine pure powder substance. They are known as plant enzymes but they are really mycelial or microbial produced bio-identical enzymes to the human body. Enzymes cannot be made like man-made synthetic vitamins and minerals and are considered a food substance.