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Digestion & Enzymes

The Digestive System is central not only to our food digestion and absorption, but also to our immunity and emotional wellbeing. Poor digestion can lead to a host of issues, both physical and emotional.

The Digestive System is what most people seem to complain about the most. The reason for this is that our modern diets are processed, unnatural, nutrient-poor and contain toxins.

Enzymes are usually a central part of any natural supplements aimed at digestion because these proteins are central to the process of digesting food. Indeed, our bodies produce enzymes for digestion, but often not sufficient for optimum health, especially due to the strain put on our systems by modern diets, pollution and chronic stress.

Enzymes are not only important for food digestion, but can also be used systemically to digest extraneous proteins and tissues in the body like scar tissue and cell clump coatings, as well as helping to reduce inflammation.

In addition to enzymes, healthy gut flora are also needed for good digestion for they are the ones that break down many of the components of our food, providing vital nutrients.

MicroMax: Biodynamic Effective Microorganisms

Micromax® is a naturally fermented live gut reconditioning supplement that helps to optimise the bacterial population profile in the gastrointestinal tract.There are up to a thousand or more different species of bacteria living in our intestinal tract that are vital for our survival and well-being. These “friendly bacteria”, which can weigh up to 2kg, number in the thousands of trillions and which collectively contain up to 3.3 million genes (compared to just 23,000 of the human genome), have developed a close symbiotic relationship with us over the course of evolution, making our gut flora an integral part of our biological and metabolic systems.It is well known that these friendly bacteria inhibit the growth of unhealthy bacteria and other pathogens that would normally thrive in the warm, moist and nutrient-rich environment of the intestines, but research is now showing that they have many other important functions such as: breaking down undigested food (including certain carbohydrates); helping with the absorption of vital minerals (such as magnesium, calcium and iron), lipids, vitamins (such as K) and other nutrients; synthesising particular vitamins such as biotin and folate; adjusting our metabolism and weight; regulating the functioning of the immune system and the production of antibodies and cytokines that are then effective outside the gut as well; and modulating our nervous system, psychological wellbeing (including anxiety and depression) and even memory.In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that healthy gut bacterial are absolutely central to both physical and psychological health, and that without them, none of us would be here today.Modern diets (which are usually low in fibre, nutrient-poor and/or toxin-rich), antibiotic use (both internally and topically), and the rise in C-section births have all had a deleterious effect on our gut flora, significantly reducing the number of friendly bacterial species inside of us. Some even call this a mass extinction! In fact, research on hunter-gatherers around the world indicate that they have up to 50% more bacterial species and twice as many bacterial genes than we do. This means that in modern humans the vital biological processes mentioned above are not as efficient or effective, making our health more fragile.Traditional ways to try to improve the bacterial populations in our gut have been to take probiotics — supplements that supply healthy bacteria — and/or prebiotics — supplements that supply food that healthy bacteria thrive on. However, when one considers that there are up to 1,000,000,000,000 (a trillion) microorganisms per gram of intestinal contents, with up to 2kg of gut flora in total, then adding a few billion extra per day, in the case of probiotics, is unlikely to make a significant impact, and neither are prebiotics which do not necessarily feed only healthy bacteria.Fortunately there is now an effective solution. Professor Teruo Higa in Japan has developed a very specific fermentation process that produces a perfect balance of approximately 80 different types of specific aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. These include lactic acid bacteria, yeast and photosynthetic bacteria and other accompanying species. (Even though the product contains yeast, it can actually be used to recover from yeast infections because the lactobacillus feed off the candida, producing peroxide in the process which further kills pathogens.)This specific microbe combination, which Professor Higa calls effective microorganisms, are supremely effective at promoting richer and healthier bacterial colonies, inhibiting pathogenic ones, and even persuading neutral bacteria to act in healthy ways! They are able to do all this by introducing health-promoting genetic information into our gut flora systems, taking advantage of the rapid twenty minute generational cycle of bacteria. In this way, our gut flora is fundamentally changed for the better at the genetic level.Micromax® is a new high-quality biodynamic version of Professor Higa’s effective microorganisms that uses organic fermentation ingredients — principally sugar cane molasses and up to 40 different wild Alpine herbs — to produce exceptionally high quality effective microorganisms — up to 80 different kinds of them. The herbs used supply antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutritional components, and as the sugar is used up in the fermentation process, Micromax is safe for diabetics. And although it is a fermented product, it can also be a part of an anti-candida treatment program and a digestive cleanse.When taken orally with water, Micromax is extremely effective at balancing gastrointestinal flora and inhibiting gut pathogens. But it can also be used externally on the skin, and internally in an enema, as a vaginal douche or even as a sinus cleanse. After all, bacteria are not just important for gut health but are found all over our bodies where they play vital roles in keeping us healthy. In fact, Micromax can even be used on surfaces as a natural disinfectant to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria and other pathogens, without damaging healthy bacteria (which as we know causes problems ecologically).The biodynamic manufacturing of Micromax is carried out to the very highest standards in Austria, and all batches are lab tested for safety, including for Shigatoxin-Geb 1 and 2 (EHEC). Finally, Micromax is vegan — no animal products are used in its manufacture.So forget probiotics and prebiotics: if you really want optimal gut health, Micromax is the way to go!Directions: Adults should start with a half tablespoon twice a day 20 minutes before meals (total daily dose 15mL), in water or juice (with no added sugar). If well tolerated, double to 1 tablespoon twice a day before meals (total daily dose 30mL). Alternatively, mix the total daily dosage in a litre of water and drink throughout the day. Never add to hot water. Children should take smaller amounts based on fraction of adult body weight. Do not exceed recommended dose.Potential Reactions: When starting Micromax one can sometimes experience rumbling in the gut and/or diarrhoea. This is a detox reaction and digestion should normalise in 1-3 days.Refrigerate once opened and consume within 6 weeks.Ingredients & Nutrients per 30 mL (2 tbsp)AmountMade without any artificial ingredients, additives, preservatives or flavourings. Solvent free, gluten-free, dairy-free, alcohol-free and vegan. Biodynamically produced and GMO-free. The plastic bottle is pharmaceutical grade and BPA-free.Starter ingredients: Pure spring water, organic cane molasses (used up), aerobic and anaerobic (effective) micro-organisms, a proprietary mixture of 40 different Alpine herbs*, rice bran, stone powder, maca, halite crystal saltProduction Notes: The molasses is used as a fuel source for the microbes during production and is not present in the final product fermentation process. This means that Micromax has a very low sugar content and is therefore safe for diabetics. The other nutritive ingredients — the herbs, maca, rice bran, stone powder and halite cyrstal salt — are provided to allow the microbes to reach their full vitality, and so are also used up or filtered out during production.*Herbs used in production include: Red clover, white clover, German Weidlgras, shepherd's purse, red fescue, yellow oat, yarrow, lady's mantle, Glathafer, meadow fescue, caraway, plantain, broad plantain, dandelion, nettle, thistle, vervain, wood cranesbill, common chickweed, fenugreek & many more…Aerobic micro-organisms42 million CFU (colony forming units)Anaerobic micro-organisms120 million CFUCalories8.7 kJ (2.1 kcal)Protein0.1 gCarbohydrates0.4 g       (of which sugars)(0.15 g)Fat<0.05 gBulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

PRL Digest, Premier

Premier Digest  by Premier Research Labs is a food supplement containing a broad spectrum of extremely potent and high quality plant enzymes for optimum digestion.These high quality digestive enzymes are completely plant based and deliver a potent source of protease, amylase and lipase, as well as invertase, lactase, maltase and cellulase.Premier Digest works in both acid (stomach) and alkaline (small intestine) media to help to promote high levels of digestive activity.Many of the enzyme forms in this product are derived from Aspergillus fermentation, and these have been consistently found suitable even for those with Aspergillus sensitivity.Directions: Adults or children over 12 take 1 capsule at the start of each meal daily. (Children 4 to 11 take 1 capsule at the start of main meal only.) Do not exceed recommended daily dosage. (Pregnant women should consult a doctor before taking any nutritional or enzyme supplements.Ingredients per veg capsuleAmountVegan product.100% solvent free, excipient-free. No magnesium stearate, corn, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colours, favours, preservatives, binders, glues, or other potentially toxic excipients often found in tablets and gelatin capsules.Premier Enzyme Blend Amylase 5,300 DU Diastase 152 DP Protease 9,000 HUT Opti-pH Protease 2,700 HUT Lipase 1,630 LU Lactase 462 ALU Invertase 1,875 SU Cellulase 302 CU258 mgPlant-Gest Support Noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) Apple Cider Vinegar Pepsin (Veg Source)170 mgOther Ingredients:vegetable capsule - hydroxypoply methyl cellulose100 mgBulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

PRL Digestase SP, Premier

Premier Digestase SP by Premier Research Labs is a food supplement containing Serratiopeptidase proteolytic enzymes for advanced digestion.This advanced enzyme formulation contains two categories of enzymes: peptidase and serratiopeptidase for breaking down and digesting proteins; and hemicellulase, beta-glucanase, glucoamylase and alpha-galactosidase enzymes for breaking down and digesting carbohydrates.Serratiopeptidase is a proteolytic (protein dissolving) enzyme similar to those used by silk worms which can powerfully breakdown non-living protein tissues in the body, making it much more than just a normal digestive enzyme. These enzymes are also extremely efficient at processing hard-to-digest foods such as gluten, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cabbage), and beans.Directions:Take 1 capsule with each meal daily. Especially effective when taken with cooked meals and when used with Premier Digest.Ingredients per veg capsuleAmountVegan product. 100% solvent free, excipient-free. No magnesium stearate, corn, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colours, favours, preservatives, binders, glues, or other potentially toxic excipients often found in tablets and gelatin capsules.Proprietary Blend Peptidase Enzymes DPP IV 36,000HUT Serratiopeptidase Enzymes 2,880 SPU Heicellulase Enzymes 215 HCU Beta Glucanase Enzymes 28 BGU Glucomylase Enzyme 27 AGU Alpha Galactosidase Enzymes 144 GaIU318 mgOther Ingredients: Stabilized Rice Bran, Vegetable Cellulose CapsuleBulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

PRL GastroVen

GastroVen by Premier Research Labs is a broad spectrum stomach and digestive support food supplement, and is especially helpful for those with sensitive stomachs.This unique stomach formula contains specific nutrients selected from the highest quality plant sources, nutrients that can be helpful with the stomach and digestive tract, helping to balance digestion.GastroVen also includes special live plant extracts that provide 10x to 100x the potency of most enzyme supplements. These proteolytic enzymes are extremely efficient at breaking down proteins over a wide range of different pH environments.Directions: Adults and children (age 4+) take 1 capsule three times daily, preferably before meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.For those with very sensitive stomachs, this product can also be taken as a tea: mix the contents of 3 capsules into a cup of hot purified water and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.Ingredients per veg capsuleAmountVegan product. Other Ingredients: 100% solvent-free, excipient-free vegetable capsules. No magnesium stearate, corn, milk, soy, salt, sugar, wheat, artificial colours, favours, preservatives, binders, glues or other potentially toxic excipients often found in tablets and gelatin capsules. Store in a cool, dry place.Bromelain(From pineapple. Yelding 526 GDU or Gelatin Digesting Units)263 mgStomach Digest ProNoni fruit (Morinda citrifolia), Organic Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)134 mgStomach Prime BlendGreen Tea Leaf Extract - Camellia sinensis, Organic Fennel Seed - Foeniculum vulgare56 mgOther Ingredientsvegetable capsule100 mgBulk Discount: Buy 6+ of this product and the unit price will be reduced by 15%.

PRL Glutathione Complex, Premier *

Premier Glutathione Complex contains glutathione GSH (the preferred reduced form) that delivers effective antioxidant support and broad spectrum free radical quenching. It also supports the detoxification process and promotes liver and immune health.Please note: this is a professional-formula food supplement generally used by healthcare practitioners.Glutathione is the most powerful endogenous antioxidant in our bodies, where it is produced and recycled because it provides absolutely vital antioxidant support. However, its production is diminished as we age and due to environmental toxins, pharmaceutical medications, illness, disease, poor diet and infections. This can be countered by supplementation of a good quality glutathione.Premier Glutathione Complex supplies the preferred reduced form of glutathione: a linear tripeptide of L-glutamine, L-cysteine and glycine. This form efficiently protects our cells from free radicals and other toxins.Directions:Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily or as directed by a health professional.Servings per bottle: 60Ingredients per veg capsuleAmountVegan product. No Added Stearates. Store in a cool, dry place.Calcium(as calcium carbonate from Aquamin® F Algae)30 mgPhytoActiv Support ™Aquamin® Mineralized Red Algae (whole) (Lithothamnion sp.), Reishi (fruiting body) (Ganoderma lucidum), Organic Turmeric (rhizome) (Curcuma longa), Hyssop (leaf, stem) (Hyssopus officinalis), Organic Burdock (root) (Arctium lappa), Organic Fennel (seed) (Foeniculum vulgare), Organic Lemon Peel (Citrus limon)274 mgL-glutathione (reduced)125 mgOther IngredientsVegetable Cellulose CapsulePRL stock levels: Whilst we keep normal stock levels of PRL best sellers, this range is very large and so we only keep low stock levels of the others listed on this site, including this one. And if the product you want is not listed at all, please contact us so we can look to special ordering it for you.