Take one to three capsules before each meal.
Digeston is a very potent enzyme formula that is based upon formulas for which extensive clinical research has been carried out in Europe (primarily Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Its major enzymes are proteases (in the form of pancreatin, bromelain, papain, trypsin and chymotrypsin). These are all proteases or protease-containing digestive juices, which break down proteins into smaller units – polypeptides and ultimately into the constituent molecules – amino-acids. No other formulas have been as widely researched or tested clinically as have the German preparations: Wobenzym®, Mulstal® and Wobe-Mugos®.
Each capsule contains:
|Pancreatin 1:8 (180 mg)|
|Trypsin 1:75 (35 mg)||2625 USP|
|Chymotrypsin 1:25 (1mg)||25 USP|
|Lipase (Aspergillus oryzae)||20 mg|
|Amylase (Aspergillus oryzae)||20 mg|
Pancreatin is derived from pancreatic digestive juice. A highly concentrated form is used in Digeston. It contains activity of the following enzymes: protease (protein digestion), lipase (lipid digestion), and amylase (carbohydrate digestion).
Bromelain is a protease derived from pineapples.
Papain is derived from papaya. It is a powerful protease with particular activity in cleaving peptide bonds involving basic amino-acids, leucine, or glycine.
Trypsin has particular activity in cleaving peptides at the carboxyl group of arginine and lysine.
The chymotrypsin used in Digeston is highly concentrated. It cleaves peptide bonds adjacent to aromatic amino-acids.
TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE DISEASES
For treating chronic degenerative diseases, where immune complexes, or damaged proteins are a factor, it is the protease part of the formula, which is important, since proteases act on breaking down immune complexes, and damaged or diseased tissue. Many proteins have attached to them carbohydrate moieties, which require enzymes to break them down. Hence a carbohydrase (amylase) is also included in this formula.
For treatment protocol see “Enzymes in the Treatment of Chronic Degenerative Diseases and Other Disorders.”
ENZYMES FOR AIDING DIGESTION
In treating digestive problems a potent lipase to break down triglycerides also needs to be included, so that all major food types (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) can be digested.
Insufficient enzyme production leads to maldigestion, resulting in impaired nutrient absorption and digestive problems. Commonly encountered symptoms are flatulence and digestive disturbances: constipation or steatorrhea depending on the predominant enzyme deficiency. Deficient enzyme production is found in the following conditions: aging, stress, damage to the intestinal wall (See article on Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and glandular insufficiency. A full diagnostic work-up needs to be performed, since steatorrhea can be a sign of serious disease.