Emperical Labs Proteolytic enzymes 180 Count
Protein digesting ultra concentrated enzymes
1,000,000 HUT Protease, 2,000 GDU Bromelain 40,000 FCC Papain from green papaya fruit.
Other Ingredients, Rice bran, Cellulose capsule.
Protein-digesting enzymes called proteases are generated naturally from the pancreas, which channels them into the small intestine via a short duct. Using supplemental proteases eases the burden on the body of producing these complex enzymes entirely on its own.24 Studies have shown that animals supplemented with proteases experience enhanced digestion.27
One important reason to supplement with proteases is to reduce the risk of intolerance reactions to foods such as meat proteins, gluten (from wheat) and casein (from milk).28 The structures of these food molecules make them relatively resistant to the limited enzymatic activity in the aging digestive tract. When proteins arrive relatively undigested in the lower intestinal tract, they can trigger inflammation, excessive mucous production, cramping, and even bleeding. Millions of people suffer from gluten intolerance or milk protein intolerance.29,30 Fortunately, the use of supplemental proteases may help ease their discomfort.31
Aging individuals may receive the greatest potential benefits from supplementing with protease enzymes in order to speed protein digestion. Scientists speak of fast and slow digesting proteins. These terms indicate how rapidly amino acids are released from the protein in the intestine, how completely they are absorbed into the bloodstream, and how efficiently they are put to work generating healthy new proteins in the body following a meal.32,33
Because of the decline in enzyme production with age, and also the loss of ability to thoroughly chew foods, older people lose the ability to break down fast-digesting proteins that include meat and the dairy protein, called whey.23,34 That puts older people at increased risk for poor protein absorption and malnutrition.
Additionally, for aging adults, supplementation with extra protein-digesting enzymes could help them convert foods typically containing slow-digesting proteins that include the dairy protein, casein, into those that are more rapidly broken down.
This idea is further supported by studies showing that predigested proteins already broken down into amino acids, result in more rapid and complete appearance of amino acids into the bloodstream, and greater incorporation into healthy new proteins.35
Finally, in athletes and others who use concentrated protein supplements, it has been shown that adding a blend of protein-digesting enzymes to their regimen can afford more complete protein breakdown, allowing people to achieve the full benefit of their additional protein intake.36 That's important, because excessively high concentrations of protein in the digestive tract may overwhelm the existing enzymes' ability to fully break down the proteins.