Supporting Healthy Digestion
Poor digestion can lead to conditions such as constipation, diarrhoea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, excess gas, nausea, Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn & indigestion to name a few. Many are unaware of how poor digestion can affect one’s overall health but it can cause quite uncomfortable chronic symptoms that ‘could’ be rectified by improving the health of one’s digestive tract.
Digestamax Digestive Enhancer is a unique formulation designed to enhance the body's complex digestive system. The formula boasts a high-quality blend of natural ingredients, including lipase, protease, peppermint leaf, fennel seed, bromelain, papain and ginger extract.
Lipase & Protease Enzymes for Digestive Health
Lipase is an enzyme the body uses to break down fats in food so they can be absorbed in the intestines. Protease is a type of enzyme that functions mainly to help us digest different kinds of proteins. This is why they are two key ingredients within this formulation.
The gall bladder is extremely important in digestion as it produces bile. Bile helps breakdown fats in food. If the functionality of the gall bladder is impaired, it cannot produce enough bile to breakdown fat. Incorporating Lipase into the body helps counteract a gall bladder impairment and enables the body to break down fats effectively so the body can absorb them and use them for energy.
Lipase is often taken with protease and amylase as while lipase breaks down fats, protease processes proteins and amylase processes carbohydrates. When these enzymes are at the optimal levels in the body, digestion is its best.
Protease specifically digests proteins, freeing the amino acids required by the body for health. Bromelain is a type of protease enzyme that has been found to help the body digest food and absorb nutrients more efficiently, helping promote the health of the digestive tract. If proteins are not broken down properly before being absorbed, it can lead to an impaired immune system and poor nutrient absorption.
As we age, the body produces less protease and lipase, so digestion of protein and fats may become impaired as we get older.
Betaine HCl for Digestive Health
The stomach already contains hydrochloric acid as it is the acid required to breakdown foods we consume and to use nutrients. Betaine HCI is believed to increase the concentration of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Those with low stomach acid levels can experience a range of digestive problems such as excess gas, bloating (as foods are fermented instead of being digested) and Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that Betaine HCl can help relieve.
Why Does the Body Need Acid?
Acid is required for the digestion of protein and for the stomach to empty correctly as failure to do so results in GERD. Acid is also required to sterilise the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested (if such bacteria/yeast travelled to the intestines, it could impair the functionality of the immune system). And an acid environment is also necessary for the absorption of certain micronutrients, including, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, boron and more.
It is important to note that with age, our body’s ability to produce stomach acid declines. Some, on the other hand, are simply not very good at producing stomach acid, and these cases may require Betaine HCL to help relieve symptoms.
Those experiencing chronic GERD, wind or bloating have found Betaine HCL to be beneficial when taken before a meal to help the stomach dissolve and process foods. Doing this may also help the stomach make better use of food’s nutrients and improve the health of the digestive tract.
Fennel Seed and Peppermint
Fennel Seed is rich in volatile oil compounds that are thought to be responsible for its antispasmodic abilities. These oils that are believed to help reduce bloating and flatulence as they help relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and can help reduce stomach cramps & bloating.
Fennel should help digested food and trapped gas pass through the system more easily, so it is less likely that food ferments in the large intestine, also helping reduce the stench of flatulence.
Peppermint is commonly taken by many of us to help relieve bloating after a heavy meal or help relieve gas. Such prescribed medication exists to help relieve symptoms of IBS whereby the active ingredient is peppermint oil. Therefore, it is common knowledge peppermint aids digestion.
Peppermint also contains volatile oils that possess antispasmodic effects, which again help reduce stomach cramps, relieve trapped wind and bloating. Peppermint also improves the flow of bile (which the body uses to digest fats) allowing food to pass through the stomach quicker promoting digestion.
How Digestion Works
The Digestive System is comprised of the GI tract (digestive tract) which includes the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (including rectum and anus). Food enters the mouth and passes to the anus through the GI tract. Then there is the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder which are the other necessary components of the digestive system. The digestive system helps the body digest food.
Digestion occurs as food travels through the GI tract. Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing and ends in the small intestine. As food passes through the GI tract, it mixes with digestive juices produced by the stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder, causing food to break down into smaller molecules. The body absorbs these molecules through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream, which distributes them to the rest of the body. Waste produced from digestion travels through the large intestine and passes out of the body as a solid matter called stool.
Features and Benefits – Why Take Digestamax Digestive Enhancer
- Lipase is an enzyme the body uses to break down fats in food so they can be absorbed in the intestines.
- Protease is a type of enzyme that functions mainly to help us digest different kinds of proteins.
- Betaine HCl helps produce stomach acid necessary for digestion
- Fennel and peppermint are known for their natural ability to help settle the stomach.
Is Digestamax Digestive Enhancer Right for Me?
Chronic digestive issues can cause discomfort and impact life negatively. A healthy digestive tract is vital to help support a healthy immune system, for optimum nutrient absorption from foods, and to minimise digestive health problems such as bloating, gas, stomach cramps, reflux, heartburn and/or indigestion. If you do suffer from any digestive issues, then this extensive formulation may be beneficial for you to help relieve symptoms and support healthy digestion naturally.
Digestive Health in the Press
Health Article: Daily Mail: Ginger - aids digestion, travel sickness and pain relief
Ginger root (zingiber officinale) has been used in traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and herbal medicine for centuries, with a history tracking back to 2000 BC. It finally reached Western shores in the 15th Century AD.
Reviews of scientific studies have concluded that ginger holds promise for the relief of nausea and vomiting, whether caused by motion sickness or pregnancy, and is known to be useful in treating stomach flu.
Research has isolated a component of ginger known as zingibain, a digestive enzyme that assists the body's digestive mechanisms and increases the absorption of other nutrients.
Health Article: Daily Mail: What can ease digestion after a gall bladder removal?
The gallbladder sits just underneath the liver. Its function is collect bile made in the liver, which it then stores and concentrates.
When fat is eaten, the gallbladder contracts to squeeze bile into the small intestine.
Here, the function of bile is to 'emulsify' fat. This action is a bit like the effect washing-up liquid has on grease - basically breaking the fat up.
After this, the digestion of fat is completed through the secretion of an enzyme called lipase.
Those who have had their gallbladder removed sometimes find that they are unable to digest food, principally fatty food, as well as before their operation.
The Science behind Digestamax Digestive Enhancer
Published in Molecular Pharmaceutics, Yago et al 2013 conducted a study titled ‘Gastric Re-acidification with Betaine HCl in Healthy Volunteers with Rabeprazole-Induced Hypochlorhydria’. Here they wanted to determine if betaine HCl could significantly impact the absorption of weakly basic drugs that work best depending on pH.
They used healthy volunteers who they gave medication to in order to make them have Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid).
Once gastric ph was greater than 4, betaine HCl was given. Betaine HCl significantly lowered gastric pH. Researchers noted that this significant, temporary effect was rapid.
Betaine HCl has been scientifically shown to help promote the acidic ph in stomach acid, indicating its ability to help aid digestion. Stomach acid needs to be acidic enough to fully digest and break down food, once ph levels become alkaline, processes the body should undergo to fully digest food do not occur resulting in conditions, such as constipation, diarrhoea, or irritable bowel syndrome.
What Makes Digestamax Digestive Enhancer better than other Digestive Health Supplements?
- Made from only pure ingredients.
- Contains 9 natural digestive tract enhancing ingredients in one capsule
- Capsule formulation easier to swallow.
- Higher strength than other leading high street outlets.
- Contains no: Gluten or Lactose.
- Suitable for vegetarians & vegans. Approved kosher.
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Recommended by our health experts Digestamax Digestive Enhancer has been developed by clinical healthcare experts. The ingredients have been carefully formulated with research to ensure they deliver results. Digestamax Digestive Enhancer is also recommended by nutritionists.