The gastrointestinal tract is a long muscular tube that functions as the food processor for the human body. The digestive system includes the following organs: the mouth and salivary glands, stomach, the small and large intestines, colon, liver, pancreas, and the gall bladder.
The gastrointestinal tract is not a passive system; rather it has the capability to sense and react to the materials that are passed through it. For a healthy digestive system, every person requires different food selections that match their gastrointestinal tract capacity.
The aging process and certain disease conditions cause a reduction in the body’s enzyme production. One effect of this deficiency is a bloated feeling soon after eating a large meal.
Enzymes are essential to the body’s absorption and full use of food. The primary digestive enzymes are proteases (to digest protein), amylases (to digest carbohydrate), and lipases (to digest fat). These enzymes function as a biological catalyst to help break down food. Raw foods also provide enzymes that naturally break down food for proper absorption. The capacity of the living organism to make enzymes diminishes with age, often resulting in a variety of chronic disorders.
In addition to the age-related depletion of digestive enzymes, the use of antibiotics to fight disease causes the reduction or elimination of beneficial bacteria that normally reside in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These friendly intestinal bacteria also aid the digestive process, reducing the need for enzymes and keeping harmful bacteria that can generate toxins from proliferating.
After antibiotic therapy, it may be useful to directly supplement with bifido bacteria to prevent the growth of the harmful bacteria.
Bromelain is a proteolytic digestive enzyme that can enhance absorption of protein. It may also affect protein turnover in the body including proteins found in joint tissue. The strength of enzymes is often expressed as milk-clotting units (MCU) and gelatin-digestive units (GDU) per gram. The bromelain used in this powder has a strength of 1207 MCU or 690 GDU per gram.