sotonix Digestive Health Formula, an isotonic-capable food supplement, is a blend of amylase, protease, cellulase, lactase, maltase, sucrase and lipase enzymes. Enzymes are important for the body’s proper absorption and utilization of food. Over time, the body’s ability to make certain enzymes decreases as part of the natural aging process. Many scientists now believe that maintaining normal levels of key enzymes is important to maintaining overall health. Enzymes are responsible for every activity of life including proteases (aid in digesting protein), amylases (aid in digesting carbohydrates), and lipases (aid in digesting fats) which are digestive enzymes, which function as the biological catalyst to breaking down food.
Amylases are enzymes that break down carbohydrates so the body can more easily absorb them. This process is completed when amylase catalyzes the hydrolysis of alpha-1, 4-glycosidic linkages of polysaccharides to yield dextrins, oligosaccharides, maltose and D-glucose. Amylases are derived from animal, fungal and plant sources
Proteases are enzymes that break peptide bonds between amino acids in proteins. Proteases occur naturally in all organisms and are involved in a multitude of physiological reactions from simple digestion of food proteins to highly complex functions (e.g., blood clotting).
Lactase are enzymes are involved in the hydrolysis of lactose into the smaller sugars galactose and glucose. In humans, lactase is present in the small intestine. Lactase is essential for digestive hydrolysis of lactose in milk. Deficiency of the enzyme causes lactose intolerance; many people become lactose intolerant as adults.
Lipase is an enzyme that aids in the digestion of lipid (fat) substrates. Pancreatic lipase (HPL) is a lipase acts to convert triglyceride substrates found in oils from food to monoglycerides and free fatty acids. Pancreatic lipases are found in the spaces outside of cells and have roles in the metabolism, absorption and transport of lipids throughout the body. Lipases are involved in diverse biological processes ranging from routine metabolism of dietary triglycerides to cell signaling and inflammation.
Cellulase is an enzyme which breaks down cellulose to beta-glucose. Humans do not produce cellulase in their bodies and are, therefore, unable to use most of the energy contained in plant material. Cellulase is a plant enzyme that aids in the digestion of fibrous substances. Cellulase is used as a digestive aid and for the management of flatulence. The activity of cellulase is expressed in cellulose units or CU.
Maltase is an enzyme that aids in the digestion of the disaccharide maltose. Maltase works by separating the bonds in maltose to produce glucose.
Sucrase is the enzyme involved in the breakdown of sucrose to fructose and glucose.
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