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Unique Features and Application of Non-Animal Derived Enzymes 

BY DR. BRAD RACHMAN ABSTRACT: 

Application of non-animal enzymes derived from Aspergillus and other microbial species may prove valuable in a broad range of conditions associated with digestive weaknesses such as pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, maldigestion, malab-sorption, steatorrhea, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and food sensitivities. Because of their inherent uniqueness, i.e., their ability to breakdown or hydrolyze physiologically and/or pathologically important substrates over a wide pH range, non-animal enzymes may be particularly well-suited for human use. Although these enzymes are microbially derived, modern filtration technology removes all microbial residue and allows for a clean and pure product. Their unique features and application are discussed.


Intestinal Health 

BY DR. MARK PERCIVAL 

The intestinal microflora number in the trillions and are comprised of 100 to 400 different bacterial species.

Maintaining the delicate balance of intestinal microflora is critical, because microbial balance is the key factor that determines whether substances in the intestine are converted into compounds that are beneficial or detrimental to the host. If an imbalance occurs in favor of intestinal bacteria that express virulent properties, many manifestations of ill health may result.

Unfortunately, the growing arsenal of antibiotics used to fight disease is one of the main culprits in upsetting this delicate balance because antibiotics do not distinguish between healthful and pathogenic microbes. Shifting the intestinal bacterial population toward healthy microflora is essential in maintaining good health. Probiotics have been used for many years to aid in restoring and maintaining the intestinal balance in favor of healthful bacteria. Probiotics are organisms or supportive substances that improve intestinal microbial balance, and include Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacteria, fiber, oligosaccharides, and bioactive proteins such as immunoglobulin A and lactoferrin. Probiotics are an important source of supportive nutrition for human intestinal health.


Choosing a Probiotic Supplement

BY DR. MARK PERCIVAL 

Probiotics have been used for many years to aid in restoring and maintaining a healthy intestinal balance in favor of healthful bacteria, which is essential in maintaining good health.

Probiotics are organisms or supportive substances that improve intestinal microbial balance, and include Lactobacillus aci-dophilus, bifidobacteria, and bioactive proteins such as immunoglobulin A and lactoferrin. A major consideration in the choice of probiotics is to choose a strain that can survive and establish itself under the conditions encountered in the intestinal environment. Therefore, when choosing a probiotic supplement the healthcare professional must consider those qualities and characteristics essential to establishment and activity of L. aci-dophilus in the intestinal environment, such as bile resistance and intestinal adherence. The L. acidophilus NCFM strain has been thoroughly researched and is recognized for its ability to survive in the presence of bile or stomach acid and adhere to the intestinal mucosa. In addition, studies have demonstrated many beneficial effects of the L. acidophilus NCFM strain, such as cholesterol assimilation and reduction of pro-carcinogenic fecal bacterial enzyme activity.


Breakthrough Technology Produces Concentrated Whey Protein with Bioactive Immunoglobulins 

By David O. Lucas, Ph.D.

Whey protein is believed to be the highest quality protein available, even when compared to egg, casein, milk, beef, or soy. It contains all essential and non-essential amino acids and is an excellent source of glutamine and the branched-chain amino acids that are necessary for new cell growth. While whey protein supplements have been available for many years, a multi-patented, breakthrough process has been developed that produces a unique whey protein concentrate that contains high levels of naturally occurring, bioactive immunoglobulins. These immunoglobulins, or antibodies, promote the activity level of the immune system and are believed to support healthy, efficient intestinal function. For providing both a basic dietary form of high quality protein and for immune support, this concentrated whey protein is an excellent choice. 

 

 

 

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