Gluten-Free – the finished product contains no detectable gluten (<10ppm gluten)
No Detectable GMOs – the finished product contains no detectable genetically-modified organism
Isotonic-capable Drinkable Supplements – easy-to-swallow supplements in liquid form are immediately available to the body for absorption
Vegetarian – Isotonix Digestive Health Formula is a vegetarian product
Why Isotonix Digestive Health Formula is the best!
Isotonix Digestive Health Formula, an isotonic-capable food supplement, is a blend of amylase, protease, cellulase, lactase, maltase, sucrase and lipase enzymes. Enzymes are important for the body’s proper absorption and utilization of food. Over time, the body’s ability to make certain enzymes decreases as part of the natural aging process. Many scientists now believe that maintaining normal levels of key enzymes is important to maintaining overall health. Enzymes are responsible for every activity of life including proteases (aid in digesting protein), amylases (aid in digesting carbohydrates), and lipases (aid in digesting fats) which are digestive enzymes, which function as the biological catalyst to breaking down food.
Why the Isotonix® Delivery System is Great!
Isotonix Delivery System
Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state. Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do to in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.
Amylases are enzymes that break down carbohydrates so the body can more easily absorb them. This process is completed when amylase catalyzes the hydrolysis of alpha-1, 4-glycosidic linkages of polysaccharides to yield dextrins, oligosaccharides, maltose and D-glucose. Amylases are derived from animal, fungal and plant sources.
Proteases are enzymes that break peptide bonds between amino acids in proteins. Proteases occur naturally in all organisms and are involved in a multitude of physiological reactions from simple digestion of food proteins to highly complex functions (e.g., blood clotting).
Lactase are enzymes are involved in the hydrolysis of lactose into the smaller sugars galactose and glucose. In humans, lactase is present in the small intestine. Lactase is essential for digestive hydrolysis of lactose in milk. Deficiency of the enzyme causes lactose intolerance; many people become lactose intolerant as adults.
Lipase is an enzyme that aids in the digestion of lipid (fat) substrates. Pancreatic lipase (HPL) is a lipase acts to convert triglyceride substrates found in oils from food to monoglycerides and free fatty acids. Pancreatic lipases are found in the spaces outside of cells and have roles in the metabolism, absorption and transport of lipids throughout the body. Lipases are involved in diverse biological processes ranging from routine metabolism of dietary triglycerides to cell signaling and inflammation.
Cellulase is an enzyme which breaks down cellulose to beta-glucose. Humans do not produce cellulase in their bodies and are, therefore, unable to use most of the energy contained in plant material. Cellulase is a plant enzyme that aids in the digestion of fibrous substances. Cellulase is used as a digestive aid and for the management of flatulence. The activity of cellulase is expressed in cellulose units or CU.
Maltase is an enzyme that aids in the digestion of the disaccharide maltose. Maltase works by separating the bonds in maltose to produce glucose.
Sucrase is the enzyme involved in the breakdown of sucrose to fructose and glucose.
What are digestive enzymes?
Digestive enzymes are special catalytic proteins that help our bodies break down food to utilize the complete spectrum of nutrients in the food we eat. Isotonix Digestive Health Formula acts to supplement and maximize the activity of the body’s own enzymes in an easy-to-take, pleasant-tasting drink. Isotonix Digestive Health Formula provides additional digestive enzymes for the body in order to maximize the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat.
How do enzymes function in the body?
Enzymes are the workhorses of our cells. They are proteins that catalyze many thousands of biochemical reactions in the body. While most enzymes work inside our cells, digestive enzymes operate outside the cells in the gastrointestinal tract. The start of digestion begins with digestive enzymes secreted by salivary gland cells into our mouths. Cells lining the gastrointestinal tract also contribute enzymes, such as pepsin in the stomach. In addition, digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas and are emptied into the upper part of the small intestine. These enzymes help to break apart proteins, allowing the body to optimize its effort to digest proteins from plant and animal sources as well as break down starch, lactose, fats and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). The result is a more complete digestive process, resulting in better nutritional absorption. Isotonix Digestive Health Formula supplies enzymes that are not inactivated by stomach acid. What this means is that the supplemental enzymes mix with and work in concert with the ingested food and begin to work with the body’s own digestive enzymes to release as many of the nutrients as possible.
How do we digest food?
Even before we eat, our body‘s digestive action begins to take place. Simply smelling food activates our salivary glands ("mouth watering"). As the food enters the stomach, the stomach acid and pepsin work together to begin breaking the food down into material the small intestine (where most nutrients are absorbed) can use. Enzymes specific to each of the three nutrient groups are released at this stage, further breaking down the food, and contributing to the digestive and absorption processes. These processes continue into the large intestine until the food’s nutritional content is extracted by the body.
What are the three basic enzymes and the four specialty food enzymes?
There are three basic food enzymes that help us digest our food. Each has a specific function and purpose, and each is necessary for the releasing of nutrients into our bodies. They are: protease (which digests proteins), amylase (which digests starch) and lipase (which digests fats). In addition to these basic enzymes, there are also some specialty enzymes including: lactase (for the sugar lactose in dairy products), maltase (for the sugar maltose in foods), sucrase (for table sugar and fruit), and cellulase (which helps us digest cellulose fibres). Each of these enzymes play a significant part in the body’s overall health by promoting better digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
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Love my Digestive Enzymes
Works Great if you over eat. Gets rid of the stuffy feeling and indigestion with in 15 minutes. I take them with me on vacation.
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If I ever eat anything that bothers my stomach or causes bloating I just take a packet of these. In about 15 minutes I am noticeably better. They are perfect for traveling too!
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Isotonix is a great product
I have used this product on and off for about 14 years now. A massage therapist friend of mine introduced me to it when it was only available in the large bottle. It is much more user friendly now in the tiny 2 serving packets. My only suggestion is to re-vamp the package to have a zip top, so that you can store the second dose in your pocket or purse for later in the day. I have now introduced a new friend of mine (that is a massage therapist) to your product for her and her sister, whom both have GI problems. They are both happy and will order more! All of our tummies are feeling good again. Thanks!