TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ are a unique, comprehensive blend of non-animal sourced digestive enzymes that support the body’s ability to break down proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber.* This innovative formulation also contains prebiotics and probiotics to support overall gastrointestinal and urogenital health.* Digestive enzymes also play a key role in nutrient absorption.*
The formula also includes Bioperine®, an extract from Piper nigrum L. (black pepper). Bioperine® is the only product sourced from piperine to obtain a patent for its ability to increase the bioavailability of nutritional compounds. It is also the only product sourced from piperine to have undergone clinical studies in the U.S., substantiating its safety and efficacy for nutritional use.
TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ were specifically designed to counter the natural reduction in the production of digestive enzymes caused by cooked foods low in nutrients, stress, and environmental toxins.*
TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ can provide you with the following benefits:
Humans have one hundred trillion bacteria living in the digestive system, with 400 to 500 different types, weighing in at approximately four pounds. Your intestines are in a constant balancing act of trying to make sure the “good” bacteria, or probiotics, outweigh the number of harmful bacteria.
As you age, your body’s production of digestive enzymes gradually declines. In addition to this inevitable reduction in enzymes, your digestive system also becomes burdened with the effects from environmental toxins, nutrient-deficient foods and stress.
TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ provide the nutritional building blocks you need to help support the body’s digestive physiology.*
TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ are for anyone who would like to promote an efficient digestive system and overall health.* If you are looking for a nutritional supplement that can support a healthy balance of digestive enzymes, and intestinal flora and bacteria, this is the product for you.*
TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ have been formulated with ingredients that work synergistically to help the body break down foods faster and easier, and to absorb essential and vital nutrients — helping you maintain energy levels and support your overall health.*
THE DIGESTIVE ENZYME TEAM:
Is responsible for digesting proteins.
Which comes from pineapple.*
Which comes from pineapple, helps break down protein and promote a healthy inflammatory response.*
Breaks down starches and carbohydrates into maltose, a disaccharide.*
Breaks down carbohydrates, specifically polysaccharides into glucose.*
Digests lactose, the sugar in dairy products.*
Is an enzyme that breaks down fats. Lipases perform essential roles in the digestion, transport, and processing of dietary lipids (fats and oils).*
Is an enzyme that breaks down phytic acid and allows the release of stored minerals from nuts, seeds, and grains.*
Is an enzyme that breaks down sucrose (table sugar) into fructose and glucose.*
Is responsible for breaking down plant material and fiber. Some plants and vegetables contain beneficial nutrients within the cell walls that normally are inaccessible to the body due to the fibrous make-up of the plant.*
Breaks down carbohydrates, and is especially helpful with the digestion of gas-producing vegetables like beans.*
Are food for probiotics. They stimulate production and enhance the beneficial properties of probiotics. Prebiotics make intestinal pH more acidic, promoting an environment that enhances absorption of essential minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.* Several studies in animals and humans have suggested positive effects of nondigestible oligosaccharides (NDO), including fructooligosaccharides, on mineral absorption, metabolism, and bone composition.*1
Are plant sugars that act as prebiotics. Your body depends upon certain bacteria for its health. These are essential to help break down and digest certain foods, and also to promote health.* FOS is used to feed these friendly bacteria (probiotics). Just like any other living organism, bacteria require nourishment, and while they get plenty of food from our own diet, especially from the fiber content, they find FOS particularly appetizing.
Are the flora (good bacteria) that populate the intestine and are believed to support health.* Probiotics can help support healthy intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines.*2
Is a probiotic, or "friendly" bacteria. Many healthy bacteria live in the intestines and vagina, where they protect against "bad" bacteria.
Is a standardized extract from the fruits of Piper nigrum L. (black pepper, a common household spice) or Piper longum L. (long pepper). Studies have suggested that Bioperine® increases the absorption of nutrients.*3,4
Q. Doesn’t my body already produce Digestive Enzymes?
A. This is a good question, and one that requires a lengthy explanation. Firstly, the body does make digestive enzymes; however, the more digestive enzymes it is required to produce for digestion, the fewer enzymes it can create to maintain optimal health. Secondly, the cooked and processed foods that many people eat are depleted of enzymes. Science will debate if this is significant or not. Logically, we believe it is. This is why:
Every single activity you perform – even thinking and sleeping – requires enzymes. The two primary types of enzymes required for normal functioning are digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes. Digestive enzymes, including protease, amylase, and lipase (all found in TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™), are essential for breaking down the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that you ingest on a daily basis. These types of enzymes are also found in raw foods. Unfortunately, the Western diet that most people eat does not include enough raw foods. Metabolic enzymes serve a different function in the body. Rather than breaking down food, they help repair damaged cells. This constant enzymatic effort to keep your body – every cell, organ, and tissue in your body – in optimal health means that you need sufficient enzymes on a daily basis. If you don’t get enough of these critical enzymes in your diet, supplementing with TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ can give your body the boost it needs.*
The act of digestion creates a significant demand for enzymes. From the moment you put food in your mouth, enzymes in your saliva start breaking it down; other digestive enzymes are required in the stomach and through the entire digestion process. If you don’t produce or ingest enough enzymes, digestion may become difficult.
Aging is a natural contributor to enzyme depletion in the body, but factors such as a poor diet, eating too quickly, or not chewing enough can also contribute to poor food absorption.
In the book Enzyme Nutrition, Dr. Edward Howell, a noted biochemist and nutrition researcher, highlights several animal studies suggesting the benefit of enzymes.*
So the answer to the question is yes, your body does produce digestive enzymes, but supplementing with
TOP SECRET® DIGESTIVE ENZYMES™ may help support enzymatic production and activity.*
(1) “Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Synbiotics Support Mineral Absorption, Bone Mineral Content, and Bone Structure.” J Nutr. 137.3 Suppl 2 (2007): 838S-46S.
(2) . “Lactobacillus acidophilus LA 1 Binds to Cultured Human Intestinal Cell Lines and Inhibits Cell Attachment and Cell Invasion by Enterovirulent Bacteria.” Gut 35 (1994): 483-489 doi:10.1136/gut.35.4.483
(3) Badmaev, V., et al. "Piperine Derived from Black Pepper Supports the Plasma Levels of Coenzyme Q10 Following Oral Supplementation." J Nutr Biochem 11.2 (2000): 109-13.
(4) "Piperine Increases Serum Response of Beta-Carotene During 14 Days of Oral Beta Carotene Supplementation." Nutrition Research Journal: March 1999.