Vegetarian Enzyme tablets, provided by Douglas Laboratories, are dietary supplements of vegetable-source enzymes (suitable for vegetarians) which are specific for starches, proteins, fats, and cellulose, a dietary fiber.
FUNCTIONS The pancreas supplies the major digestive enzymes that catalyze the breakdown of starches (carbohydrates), proteins, and fats, so that the breakdown products can be absorbed in the upper small intestine. Some carbohydrate digestion takes place in the mouth by salivary amylase, but pancreatic amylase is the major carbohydrate-digesting enzyme. Amylases break down starches to maltose and maltotriose, which are further hydrolyzed into glucose by the disaccharidases of the mucosal cells, and then absorbed. Although cellulose is indigestible by pancreatic and intestinal enzymes, the microflora within the large intestine may degrade it and produce uncomfortable symptoms in the process. Although fat digestion starts in the mouth with the action of salivary lipase, the great majority of fat triglycerides are digested by pancreatic lipase secreted by the exocrine pancreas into the duodenum. Lipases break down triglycerides into monoglycerides and free fatty acids, which are efficiently absorbed in the upper small intestine. Protein digestion is initiated in the stomach by pepsin and hydrochloric acid, which denature and break large proteins down to smaller polypeptides. In the small intestine, proteases break down these polypeptides into free amino acids, and di- and tripeptides, which are directly absorbed by the intestinal mucosa. Vegetarian Enzyme provides catalytically active enzymes specific for fats, carbohydrates and proteins, similar in effectiveness to pancrease-derived digestive enzymes.
INDICATIONS Vegetarian Enzyme tablets may be a useful nutritional adjunct for vegetarians who wish to supplement their diets with digestive enzymes that do not come from animals.
As a dietary supplement, adults take 1 to 2 tablets 3 times daily with meals, or as directed by your healthcare professional.
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Amount Per Serving
Vegetarian Enzyme Concentrate ...225mg
Amylase (Acid stabilized) ...2, 100 D.U.1
Protease (Acid stabilized) ..250 SAPU.2
Lipase (Acid stabilized) ........1, 200 L.U.3
Cellulase (Acid stabilized) .... 300 C.U.4
1 Alpha Amylase Dextrinizing Unit
2 Spectrophotometric Acid Protease Unit
3 Lipase Unit
4 Cellulase Unit
Other ingredients: Cellulose, hydroxypropylcellulose, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, vegetable stearate and silica.
This product contains no animal products.
Vegetarian Enzyme is a special blend of plant enzymes.
This product contains NO yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, arti?cial coloring, preservatives or fl?avoring.
Tamper resistant package, do not use if outer seal is broken or missing.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store in a cool, dry place.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.