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Enzyme Property Summary

February 5, 2013

FoodThe following is a summary of the plant and plant-based enzymes.

Alpha-Galactosidase

•Breaks down carbohydrates, such as raffinose, and stachyose.*
•Especially helpful with the digestion of raw vegetables and beans.*
•Measured in GALU (Galactosidase Units).

Amylase (Carbohydrase)

•Breaks down carbohydrates such as starch and glycogen, and polysaccarides into smaller units.*
•Measured in SKB and DU (Dextrinizing Units).

Betaglucanase

•Breaks down beta D-glucan components.*
•Betaglucanase helps break down beta-linked glucose bonds often associated with grains, such as barley, oats and wheat.*
•Measured in BGU (Betaglucanase Units)

Bromelain

•Breaks down protein.*
•Beneficial for reducing normal inflammation in the body.*
•Measured in GDU (Gelatin Digesting Units and FCCPU. 2400 GDU = 50,000,000 FCCPU).

Catalase

•Breaks hydrogen peroxide down into water and oxygen.*
•One of the most potent antioxidants.*
•Measured in Baker Units.

Cellulase

•Breaks down cellulose and chitin (chitin is cellulose like fiber found in the cell wall of Candida).*
•Helps free nutrients in both fruits and vegetables.*
•Measured in CU (Cellulase Units).

Diastase

•Breaks down carbohydrates, malt and grain sugars.*
•Breaks down complex and simple sugars.*
•Measured in DP (Degrees of Diastatic Power).

Glucoamylase

•Breaks down carbohydrates, specifically polysaccharides into glucose.*
•Measured in AG (Amyloglucosidase Units).*

Hemicellulase

•Breaks down carbohydrates.*
•Especially helpful with polysaccharides found in plant foods.*
•Measured in HCU (Hemicellulase Units).

Invertase (Sucrase)

•Breaks down carbohydrates, especially sucrose.*
•Measured in INVU (Invertase Activity Units).

Lactase

•Breaks down lactose (milk sugar).*
•Used for lactose intolerance.*
•Measured in ALU (Lactase Units).

Lipase

•Breaks down lipids and improves fat utilization.*
•Supports gallbladder function.*
•Measured in FCCFIP and LU (Lipase Units).

Maltase (Diastase, Malt Diastase)

•Breaks down carbohydrates, malt and grain sugars.*
•Breaks down complex and simple sugars.*
•Measured in DP (Degrees of Diastatic Power).

Nattokinase

•Breaks down inappropriate cross linked protein.*
•For promoting cardiovascular health, inhibits ACE, reduces C-Reactive Protein.*
•Measured in FU (Fibrinolytic Units).

Papain

•Breaks down protein.*
•For reducing normal inflammation in the body.*
•Measured in FCCPU (Papain Units).

Pectinase

•Breaks down carbohydrates, such as pectin found in many fruits and vegetables.*
•Measured in endo-Pgu. (Pectinase units)

Protease

•Breaks down protein.*
•Bonds with alpha 2-macroglobulin to support immune function when taken on an empty stomach.*
•Measured in HUT (Hemoglobin Units in a Tyrosine Base).

Phytase

•Breaks down carbohydrates.*
•Especially helpful in breaking down phytic acid found in the leaves of plants.*
•Helps with mineral absorption.*
•Measured in endo-Pgu (Phytase Units).

Sucrase

•Breaks down carbohydrates, especially sucrose.*
•Measured in INVU (Invertase Activity Units).

Xylanase

•A type of Hemmicellulase found in grains.
•Breaks down soluble fiber.
•Measured in XU (Xylanase Units).

(*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.)

Source: Enzymedica

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