Digestive Enzymes Complex

Plant Sourced (Vegan) Enzyme Multi Enhance uptake of food nutrients
60 (Vegan) Capsules

Ancient Purity's plant based Digestive Enzyme Complex, containing Bromelain, Lipase, Protease, Amylase, Papain, Lactase and Cellulase. Digestive Enzymes are produced naturally in the body and work as biological catalysts to break down the food we eat into its basic components, allowing the nutrients to be absorbed. This is a high potency, multiple, Digestive Enzyme Complex containing a broad-spectrum of plant enzymes which smoothly digest protein, fat, fibre, dairy sugars and carbohydrates. It is Plant-Sourced high bioavailability, easily accepted in the digestive tract, largely resistant to degradation by hydrochloric acid from the stomach, reaching the small intestine where digestion happens. With age our bodies produce less Digestive Enzymes we can keep in a peak state for longer by supporting our body with a whole food organic diet and using smart natural food-based supplements, like this plant based DE Complex. Our Digestive Enzyme Complex contains enzymes that are active in a wide range of pH levels, so this complex allows for individual variations, this can make a huge difference in the effect. Store in a Miron 'Dark Violet' Glass Jar.

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Ancient Purity presents a Vegan Digestive Enzyme Complex, designed to offer full spectrum digestive support. Enzymes are proteins our bodies create to catalyse specific chemical reactions. Digestive enzymes play a main part in breaking down the foods you consume. Chemical reactions are speeded up by these proteins turning nutrients into substances that your digestive tract can absorb. The pancreas, stomach, salivary glands, and the brush border of your small intestine all release enzymes which aid the breaking down the food we eat into nutrients that are absorbed. Enzymes also protect your gut by breaking down inflammatory compounds such as lectins. Different enzymes work to digest different compounds, such as amino acids or sugars.

The enzymes present in this complex are active in a wide range of pH to allow for individual variations. Digestive enzymes aid in the absorption of nutrients and assist in the break- down of the food particles you eat. This process allows the food that you eat to be used as energy, to support the building of new muscle and nerve cells, as well as protecting your blood from toxins. Inadequate enzyme production can lead to digestive discomfort, gas, bloating, low energy and allergy-like reactions to food. The three main categories of digestive enzymes are Amylase, Protease and Lipase. Let's explain why Digestive Enzymes may be a simple, natural solution for your health and well-being.

Ancient Purity Plant-Based Digestive Enzyme Complex

  • Helps Digest Food Rapidly.
  • Relieve Occasional Bloating, Gas & Intestinal Discomfort.
  • Covers Enzyme Deficiencies and compensate for age-related enzyme loss.
  • Ensures the Natural, Healthy Digestion of Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Fibres & More.
  • Full Spectrum Digestive Enzymes.
  • Work at Different pH’s Covering Various Digestion Stages. 
  • Enhances or Restore your Uptake of Food's Nutrients. 
  • FREE from Genetically Engineered Ingredients.
  • Enzyme Levels Based on a Typical Meal.
  • Might Reduce the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Vegan Formulated. 
  • Specific Instructions that Ensure Positive Outcome.
  • Can Help to Increase your Energy.
  • Promotes Methylation. 
  • Might Decreases Chronic Tiredness & Bodily Discomfort.
  • Might Help to Prevent Leakage From The Gut.
  • Hypochlorhydria Relief.
Digestive Enzyme Complex containing a broad-spectrum of plant enzymes which smoothly digest protein, fat, fibre, dairy sugars and carbohydrates. It is Plant-Sourced high bioavailability, easily accepted in the digestive tract, largely resistant to degradation by hydrochloric acid from the stomach, reaching the small intestine where digestion happens.

As we Age our Bodies Produce less Digestive Enzymes

There are a number of factors that can contribute to Digestive Enzyme Deficiency, or shall we say a state where our body doesn’t produce enough enzymes to properly digest food. A shortage of enzymes can especially be problematic when you eat a meal heavily loaded with carbs or fats or proteins, there are three big factors that decrease our body’s Digestive Enzyme production. Ageing can lead to reduced enzyme production. A leaky gut through the impairment of your small intestines’ lining and inflammation from toxins, stress, and food sensitivities decreases enzymes production as well. Natural enzyme production starts to decline at around age 20. By age 40, your production of enzymes drops about 25% from that of your earlier years. You could be producing as little as a third of the enzymes you need by 70.

Health issues within our stomach and digestive system pose major threats to us down the line. A leaky, damaged gut and an inflamed gastrointestinal tract can also cause an enzyme deficiency. When your gut lining wall becomes irritated or damaged (glyphosate is a potent gut destroyer), your production of enzymes can be impacted. When you don’t produce enough digestive enzymes – and you’re not taking a digestive supplement with meals – you run the risk of depleting your body’s production of metabolic enzymes. That’s not a good thing as every cell in your body requires enzymes to function. For optimal digestion, you also need a highly acidic environment in your stomach. Pepsin and Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) help create this acidity. When you are young, your body produces enough of both to adequately digest your food. As you age, your stomach acid levels drop. That can affect your digestion and lead to some of the uncomfortable symptoms we talked about earlier. So, ageing impacts your digestion in two ways with lower digestive enzyme production and lower stomach acid levels.

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Digestive Enzymes

The enzymes we need to digest our food are either created by the body (digestive enzymes) or are already present in the food we eat (food enzymes). Digestive enzymes are catalysts which break down food into its basic components; so that our bodies can absorb the nutrients that require building cells, tissues and organs. Our body makes enzymes and when we are young our body has an abundant supply of enzymes. As we age, we slowly begin to lose this efficiency. For example not being able to eat spicy foods and being less able to recover from physical activity, with reduced stamina. This reduced vitality signals a weakened and compromised immune system and also shows you are running short of the enzymes you need to fuel your life.

We also run short of enzymes due to lifestyle problems: for example, fast food and excessive intake of fat and sugars all require large quantities of enzymes. In addition, stress kills and damages cells, resulting in our enzyme-making machinery having to work overtime to help rebuild and replace them. If you notice digestive symptoms such as bloating, food intolerance's, discomfort after eating, cramping or any other similar and related digestive symptoms, it is likely your body is not able to provide sufficient digestive enzymes for the food you eat. If you do experience digestive symptoms, it is always a good idea to change your diet to eat as much raw, fresh (enzyme-rich) food as possible in small, frequent amounts. You might also consider taking our, broad-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement. Further down the page you'll see what the components of the Digestive Enzyme Complex are.

Digestive Enzymes... Easing your Digestion

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Could Digestive Enzymes be the Missing Pieces?

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You won't really benefit from eating healthy food if your body doesn’t have the enzymes needed to break the food down into smaller nutrients.

Pancreatic problems, damage to the intestinal brush border, or severe inflammatory digestive conditions can all hinder enzyme production. 

These conditions range from leaky gut, bacterial overgrowth, to minor food intolerances. With low enzyme counts, undigested proteins can pass through your gut and cause more inflammation. 

Age and low stomach acid is also linked to low enzyme production It's no surprise though that it’s actually stress which impacts digestive enzyme production.

If not dealt with these low levels can lead to malabsorption (Difficulty in the digestion or absorption of nutrients from foods) or malnutrition.  

I’ll mention it again because it is so important: If our bodies don’t make enough digestive enzymes, they can't digest foods well. That might lead to stomach aches, diarrhoea, gas, or other symptoms. 

“If there's one thing to know about the human body; it's this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut” - Nancy Mure

Essential Digestive Enzymes

Amylase... Amylase is needed to break down carbohydrates, including whole grains, white flours, sugars and starchy vegetables. Amylase is found in pancreatic and intestinal juices but is also found in your saliva. This means that the digestive process of carbohydrates actually begins in the mouth and therefore it is so very important to chew your food very well.  

Betaine HCL... With age, our hydrochloric acid production in the stomach declines, this can cause symptoms like bloating and feeling excessively full even for a long time after eating. Betaine supports our liver function and liver detoxification. Betaine HCL Increases our stomach acid to ensure complete digestion of proteins and fats, as well as absorption of amino acids.

Bromelain... Sourced from pineapple extracts, it is an anti-inflammatory enzyme. It helps to fight painful feelings, reduce bruising and swelling but also helps to fight more serious health issues. This is the reason for Bromelain to be present in this excellent Digestive Enzyme Complex as it is incredible for Digestive Health. This is the reason why Pineapple is one of the very few fruits that mix well with food, have you seen many other fruits being put on a pizza or burger? It's just to make a point that those aren't great food choices. Bromelain can also help with weight loss. Bromelain is a collection of various thiol endopeptidases (Enzymes which break down proteins). Also, it contains Phosphatase, Peroxidase, Glucosidase, Cellulase, Escharase, and other protease inhibitors. These Protease inhibitors stop the protease enzymes from breaking down proteins.

Papain (Papaya Proteinase)... A powerful DE extracted from Papaya (fruit/leaves/stems). Papain plays a vital part in the digestive process, breaking down tough protein fibres. For this reason Papaya is used in South America for digestion when eating meat and even to tenderise the meat before cooking. When I was with my friend Paul on travels, he ate a few Papayas during the trip in Thailand, he went at least 8 times to the toilet! Over time I have learned what fruits do what now, so don't worry the Papain presented here is in the right amount.

Enzymes Extracted from Pineapple to Papaya


Essential Digestive Enzymes Continued...

Cellulase (Trichoderma)... Cellulase is an enzyme that breaks down the cellulose plant fibres we eat into beta-glucose and short-chain polysaccharides. Almost all species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa produce cellulase, but humans and animals do not. Cellulase is made up of a complex of several different enzymes, including exoglucanases (Also called cellobiohydrolases), endoglucanases and beta-glucosidases. These enzymes work together to allow an animal to fully break down (or hydrolyse) cellulose into the simple sugar beta-glucose. This process is called cellulolysis, the scientific term for the breakdown of cellulose. (Cellulolysis is the process of breaking down cellulose into smaller polysaccharides called cellodextrins or completely into glucose units) Once cellulase breaks down cellulose into polysaccharides or beta-glucose, the body either uses these by-products or expels them. The rest of the plant cellulose fibre acts as a bulking agent that is eliminated in the stool. 

Different microflora species produce different types of cellulases, and their activity is pH-dependent: some prefer an alkaline environment (low pH) and others are more active in an acidic (high pH) or neutral environment. Cellulose isn't as quickly digested as other nutrients or components of plant food. In fact, when it comes to digesting cellulose, a slower-moving digestive system is beneficial in that it will better digest cellulose than a digestive system that passes food through too quickly. People, with the help of the cellulase enzyme, also digest the cellulose in different plants with different levels of success. For example, research suggests people digest the cellulose in cabbage and carrots better than cottonseed hulls.

Lactase (Aspergillus Oryzae)... The Lactase Enzyme breaks down lactose. That is if one is eating dairy foods. Without lactase, those who are lactose intolerant pass the lactose undigested to their colon where bacteria breaks it down creating carbon dioxide and that leads to bloating and flatulence. Studies suggest that a reduced amount of intestinal lactase enzyme activity may contribute to diarrhoea, illness, mucosal presence and other negative responses in the gut. So lactase enzymes may ease indigestion, loose stools, and sinus irritation.

Lipase... Lipase is what allows your body to properly digest fat. Lipase is found in many foods that contain fat. Choosing the right healthy fats allows your body to burn fat more efficiently. Your body needs both the lipase produced in your stomach and pancreatic juices, as well lipase from food sources, in order to optimally use the nutrients from the fat you eat. This is why Ancient Purity’s Biodynamic® Extra Virgin Olive Oil could be the right healthy fat for you.       

Protease... Protease helps you to digest protein. The proper digestion of protein is vital. Undigested protein particles can pass through your intestinal wall and end up in your bloodstream. This process is called "leaky gut syndrome" and can cause allergic reactions ranging from fever to abdominal pain. Proper absorption of protein is needed for energy and the rebuilding of muscle and cell tissue.

Digestive Enzymes... Helping to Keep your Body Fit

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Ancient Purity's Digestive Enzyme Complex Goes Much Further

Because most manufacturers of Digestive Enzymes work on the premise that everyone needs the same dose and the same enzymes. None of us eats exactly the same diet, especially as we look at different countries and cultures. Our bodies certainly work differently. Factors like food sensitivities, family makeup, environmental factors, climate etc. So we need unique digestive enzymes for us as individuals. Also, most enzyme formulas contain too high levels of specific enzymes. The majority of manufacturers formulate their enzymes on the premise of “the more, the better“. That theory doesn’t apply to digestive enzymes.

For enzymes to work, they must come in contact with food. Once you have the optimal amount of enzymes that your body needs to digest the food that’s there, the rest is wasted. An enzyme formula should be broad-based. That is, you want a wide variety of enzymatic activity. Enzymes are substrate specific. Each type of enzyme breaks down a very specific type of food. For example, Lipase breaks down fat, while Protease helps you to digest protein. We need a broad array of different types of enzymes in the formula to break down a variety of foods. Don’t be misled by claims of excessively high doses of enzymes. You want optimal effectiveness without waste.

Digestive Enzymes - Natural Support

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Digestive Enzymes... Closing Thoughts

Enzymes are proteins that help speed up chemical reactions in our bodies. Enzymes are essential for digestion, liver function and much more. Too much or too little of a certain enzyme can cause health problems. Enzymes in our blood can also help healthcare providers check for injuries and diseases. Enzymes are proteins that help speed up metabolism, or the chemical reactions in our bodies. They build some substances and break others down. All living things have enzymes. Our bodies naturally produce enzymes. But enzymes are also present in manufactured products and food. One of the most important roles of enzymes is to aid in digestion.

Digestion is the process of turning the food we eat into energy. For example, there are enzymes in our saliva, pancreas, intestines and stomach. They break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Enzymes use these nutrients for growth and cell repair. Enzymes also help with: Building muscles, Breathing, Ridding our bodies of toxins and Nerve Function. There are thousands of individual enzymes in the body. Each type of enzyme only has one job. For example, the enzyme Sucrase breaks down a sugar called sucrose. Lactase breaks down lactose, a kind of sugar found in milk products. Some of the most common digestive enzymes are: Carbohydrase breaks down carbohydrates into sugars. Lipase breaks down fats into fatty acids. Protease breaks down protein into amino acids.

“Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion.”  - Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living 

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Active Ingredient 
Per capsule
Activity* per capsule 
100.0 mg
203 FIP
100.0 mg
100.0 mg
75.0 mg
50.0 mg
10.0 mg
658.18 U
10.0 mg
30.0 U

* Enzyme activity is measured and expressed in Food Chemical Codex (FCC) units, 
the national standard for food enzymes.
** This ingredient is not an enzyme.

Bromelain; Lipase; Protease; Amylase; capsule shell (vegetable cellulose), Betaine hydrochloride; Papain; Lactase; Cellulase trichoderma.
Non-Active Ingredients: Capsule shell (vegetable cellulose). 

  • Take 1-2 capsules daily just before the main meal of the day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
  • Consider taking Digestive enzyme supplements 30 minutes before a meal to lessen the stress on the pancreas.
  • Do not take them too far in advance of a meal because your stomach acid might damage the enzymes before your body can use them for the meal.

Warning: Do not take if pregnant/lactating, or if suffering from (confirmed/suspected): peptic ulcer, hiatus hernia or any GI tract inflammation.

  • Brand: Ancient Purity.
  • Size: 60 Capsules.
  • Container: Miron Glass Jar.
  • Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2 years.

Nature Portfolio - Enzymes

Biology Online - Enzyme Definition and Examples

Khan Academy  - Enzyme structure and function

ScienceDirect - Enzymes

Supporting Scientific Research

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