Enzymes are essential for sparking thousands of chemical reactions in the functions of growth, repair, reproduction, digestion, and metabolism throughout the body. They also play a key role in regulating inflammation and fibrin, signaling the body when to stop producing fibrin, as well as eliminating excess fibrin that has accumulated.
The strength and concentration of our enzymes is directly related to how well our bodies fight disease and infection, repair injured tissue, and sustain the body’s multitude of functions. Without an adequate supply of systemic enzymes, we can suffer from impairment in digestion, scar tissue/fibrin regulation, blood coagulation, reproduction, respiration, and the immune system. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a quality enzyme supplement:
- strength of the ingredients
- purity of the ingredients
- delivery method of the ingredients
Vitälzӯm™ Xe is the only systemic enzyme supplement to employ a vegetarian-friendly enzyme demonstrated to be stronger than animal-derived enzymes.1,2 Vitälzӯm™ Xe is formulated with the highest of standards and is free of toxic fillers and animal by-products. VitälzӯmXe™ is also the only enteric-coated liquid-filled gel capsule systemic enzyme blend. These three factors set Vitälzӯm™ Xe apart from other products on the market today.
Vitälzӯm™ Xe is formulated with a proprietary blend of proteolytic enzymes, digestive enzymes, and anti-oxidants that synergistically provide systemic support as well as targeted relief in the areas of pain and inflammation, immune dysfunction, excess fibrin/scar tissue, and impaired circulatory function. * This unique and proprietary blend contains:
|Serrapeptase||Also known as serratia peptidase; a proteolytic enzyme isolated from the non-pathogenic enterobacteria Serratia E15. Studies show that serrapeptase induces fibrinolytic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-edemic (preventing swelling and fluid retention) activity in a number of tissues.1,2 Its anti-inflammatory effects are widely believed superior to other proteolytic enzymes. Another primary benefit of serrapeptase is the reduction of pain attributed to the enzyme’s ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues. Physicians in Europe and Asia use serrapeptase as an alternative to aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs.|
|Bromelain||A protein-digesting enzyme found in the core of pineapples that has anti-inflammatory properties.|
|Papain||A proteolytic enzyme obtained from the unripe papaya.|
|Rutin||Citrus flavonoid and anti-oxidant. Flavonoids support health by strengthening capillaries and other connective tissue; some function as anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, and anti-viral agents.|
|Amylase||A group of enzymes found in saliva, produced by the pancreas, and parts of plants. Amylase digests carbohydrates and helps convert starch to sugar.|
|Protease||A group of enzymes that catalyze the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis necessary for digestion of proteins.|
|Lipase||An enzyme secreted in the digestive tract that catalyzes the breakdown of fats into individual fatty acids that can be absorbed into the bloodstream.|
|Amla||Also known as Indian Gooseberry, amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Packed with compounds like polyphenols, minerals like iron and zinc, carotenes, vitamin A, and vitamin B complex, amla is considered to have restorative and preventive properties. It also contains tannic acid, glucose, protein, cellulose, and calcium.|
The power and potency of Vitälzӯm™ Xe is formulated around serrapeptase, one of the strongest anti-fibrolytic enzymes available. Other manufacturers typically use the animal-derived enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin. Serrapeptase has demonstrated its capacity to be 18 times stronger than chymotrypsin in terms of bradykinin-decomposing activity.1 (Bradykinin is a protein found in the body that causes a strong inflammatory response.) The proteolytic enzymes found in our systemic, digestive, and hybrid enzyme blends are derived exclusively from plants and laboratory-cultured bacteria, making them suitable for those who may have experienced negative side-effects from animal-derived enzymes or for those who are vegetarian. While Vitälzӯm™ Xe follows a unique proprietary blend of enzymes, other manufacturers utilize animal-derived enzymes which may include pancreatin, trypsin, and chymotrypsin.
Vitälzӯm™ Xe is specifically formulated to provide a vegetarian-friendly and powerful systemic enzyme supplement. World Nutrition is proud to manufacture a safe and viable option for everyone, even devoted and self-labeled vegetarians who, according to Vegetarian Times, make up nearly 7.3 million Americans today.3
Plant-derived enzymes have additional benefits. Animal-derived enzymes function in a limited range of pH levels. Animal-derived enzymes are less effective in aiding digestion than plant derived enzymes.4 Additionally, it is important to note that animal-derived enzymes come from the belly of fermented animals, most commonly pigs and cows, which many people (vegetarians and meat eaters alike) may view as inhumane and would rather not support. Finally, Vitälzӯm™ Xe ingredients are free of toxic fillers, lactose, gluten, GMOs, yeast, and talc.
In addition to ensuring vegetarian-sourced ingredients, practitioners and consumers are also increasingly concerned with the manufacture and encapsulation of nutritional supplements. For a variety of reasons, supplements that are free of animal ingredients and animal by-products are frequently sought by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. To support your patients’ education on this matter, the following information explains the differences among product delivery types.
According to researchers, tablets are thought to date back to 1500 BC. They are the oldest and most common form of encapsulation. They require the use of several excipients such as binding agents, disintegrants, glidants, and lubricants. Materials used as excipients include, but are not limited to, lactose, talc, shellac, gelatin, polymers, stearic acid, preservatives, artificial colorings, and artificial flavorings. The list of possible additives is quite extensive and many times the source of inactive ingredients are not labeled. Many of those mentioned here are animal-derived or by-products of common allergens. Practitioners and patients called for an alternative that did not include these chemical agents and the capsule was born. Today, consumers may choose between two primary types of capsules: gelatin based capsules and vegetarian based capsules.
Unless otherwise stated, capsules made from gelatin are animal-derived. The process of creating gelatin involves boiling down the hooves, bones, and collagen (a protein derived from connective tissue) of cows and pigs until a gel-like substance is achieved. The gelatinous material then cools and expands in water until odor, color, and taste are removed. The material in this stage is either supplied to glue manufacturers or formed into the capsules for a variety of consumer products.
Vegetarian capsules utilize only plant-based raw materials. Vegetarian capsules rely on the use of plant polysaccharides rather than animal proteins for encapsulation of the active ingredients. Besides the obvious reasons for choosing a vegetarian product, vegetarian capsules are also indicated for those concerned about potential allergens, negative reactions, and highly processed additives.
While both types may be formed into either soft or hard gel capsules, there are differences between gelatin and vegetarian capsules. The most significant difference is also the most obvious: vegetarian capsules do not use any animal by-products. Consumers also choose vegetarian products for a variety of reasons related to overall purity. Due to this demand, many vegetarian capsules meet these standards which include:
- Vegetarian capsules generally contain no preservatives, wheat, artificial colors, soy, sugar, or dairy and are typically GMO-free.
- Vegetarian capsules are often carefully formulated for those with allergic and dietary considerations.
- While gelatin capsules only support powdered contents, vegetarian capsules can support both powdered and liquid gel contents.
- Vegetarian capsules are generally more soothing to the stomach during the digestive process.
- Vegetarian capsules are very often the product of choice for those with moral and religious preferences. Many manufacturers ensure processing that meets Halal and Kosher certification requirements.
Lastly, Vitälzӯm™ Xe is the only systemic enzyme supplement to employ an enteric-coated liquid-filled gel delivery method.
Enteric-Coated Liquid-Filled Gel Capsule Delivery
Vitälzӯm™ Xe liquid gel capsules provide the best and most effective oral delivery system in the enzyme market because of their ability to distribute the highest quantity of active enzymes. At the heart of this advanced delivery system is the liquid gel capsule, which further enhances enzyme absorption in the small intestine. The enteric coating protects the enzymes from the acidic environment of the stomach as the capsule passes through unharmed until it reaches the small intestine. Here, the enzymes become available for absorption into the bloodstream and are then dispersed throughout the entire body. The combination of enteric coating and a liquid-filled gel capsule preserves enzyme integrity allowing for nearly 100% absorption. (For more information, please visit The Vitalzym™ Difference.)
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1 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 1988 May; 85(9): 3245-3249