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Comphensive Guide to Accessory Nutrients and Essential Oils


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Meschino Health Comprehensive Guide to Accessory Nutrients and Essential Oils
Accessory Nutrients and Essential Oils
Digestive Enzymes
General Features
The vast majority of Digestive Enzymes in the body are secreted by the pancreas and the epithelial cells of the upper
intestinal tract. Saliva and stomach juices contain small quantities of Digestive Enzymes, such as amylase, lipase and
pepsin, but these sources do not factor significantly into the overall digestion of a meal or snack.1 In certain conditions,
such as cystic fibrosis and pancreatitis, there is a corresponding pancreatic enzyme deficiency, and supplementation
of Digestive Enzymes has been shown to be a legitimate aspect of treatment.2 In health conditions, where there has
been damage to the intestinal tract epithelial cells, (e.g., giardiasis, damage from non steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, excess alcohol consumption, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease) or an in-born defect resulting in insufficient
lactase enzyme synthesis (lactose intolerance), the use of Digestive Enzymes is also of proven value.3,4,5,6 There is
also evidence that many people show a trend towards reduced digestive enzyme concentrations as they age. Some
authorities link this decline to an increased risk of degenerative diseases and provide some evidence that digestive
enzyme supplementation may be beneficial to counter these outcomes as we age.7 Other studies reveal that digestive
enzyme supplementation may be helpful in the management of various arthritic and allergic conditions as well as being
a potentially important adjunctive treatment for certain cancers.2,8,9
Clinical Application and Mechanism of Action
1. Post-Meal Bloating and Abdominal Discomfort (Indigestion or Dyspepsia)
Evidence has shown that digestive enzyme supplementation can improve digestion of a large, high fat, very rich
meal, in individuals with normal digestive processes. The subjects given the Digestive Enzymes reported less
bloating, perception of gas and fullness after consuming the same large, high fat, very rich meal as those given the
placebo. One clinical observation of significance suggests that individuals who chronically experience post-meal
(postprandial) bloating, belching or gas tend to have low gastric acidity if the symptoms arise shortly after
consuming a meal, whereas in patients where these symptoms develop an hour or more after eating, the problem
is more likely to be a result of digestive enzyme deficiency.10 Some reports indicate that 58% of the population
suffer from some type of digestive disorder and may thus, benefit from the use of digestive enzyme
supplementation.7
2. Cystic Fibrosis, Pancreatitis, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease
These conditions have been shown to benefit from the use of digestive enzyme supplementation as insufficient
digestive enzyme synthesis and secretion are hallmark features of each of these conditions.2,3,4,5,6
3. Arthritic Conditions
Although not well acknowledged, some health practitioners indicate good results with various arthritic patients when
Digestive Enzymes are added to the treatment program. Dr. A. Renshaw from Manchester in England, reported in
the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases that he obtained good results with enzyme treatment in over 700 patients with
rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or fibrositis. Some cases of ankylosing spondylitis and Still’s disease (Juvenile
Rheumatoid Arthritis) have also responded well to this intervention. 7 Other reports include favorable outcomes in
patients with multiple sclerosis and lupus (systemic lupus erthymatosus). The mechanism of action in these cases
appears to involve interaction with the body’s immune system. Animal and human studies demonstrated that, in
certain instances, a person can develop a leaky gut, which implies that the normal gut lining has been damaged or
is somehow defective, allowing certain partially digested food matter to be absorbed from the gut into the
bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream these substances trigger a response from the immune system, producing
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