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1What are enzymes?
Enzymes are energy-rich protein molecules and necessary for life. They catalyze and regulate chemical reactions, an essential part of every activity in the body. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, releasing vital nutrients to feed our cells and support optimal health.
2Where do supplemental enzymes come from? Are they safe?
These formulas use mycelial (fungal) enzymes derived from the fermentation of non-toxic strains of various fungi. The organisms used have been studied extensively by the food and pharmaceutical industries to establish their safe use in the production of amino acids, enzymes, antibiotics, and other beneficial compounds.
3Why do I need to supplement with digestive enzymes?
Our bodies naturally produce digestive enzymes and the enzymes that run our metabolic processes. However, genetics, lifestyle, diet, processed foods, prescription drugs, and environmental factors all influence digestion on a daily basis. Digestion must take place. Every person with or without digestive challenges will benefit from a digestive enzyme formula.* Digestive enzyme formulas are designed to promote optimal digestion, support nutrient availability, and help reduce food intolerances, thereby leading to a healthy and efficient immune system and the timely elimination of wastes.*
4Will taking enzymes affect my natural ability to make its own enzymes?
No. It is the presence of hormones, not enzymes, that signals for secretion of more or less enzymes. In the duodenum, secreted GI hormones are taken to the pancreas, where they communicate that digestive enzymes and sodium bicarbonate for digestion of chime are needed. And then the complete breakdown of food causes the hormones secretin and cholecystekinin to signal the pancreas to stop secreting pancreatic juices. When you take digestive enzymes, you are not in any way, shape, or form acting on that pathway.
5Can enzymes be harmful if you take too many?
When speaking about digestive enzyme formulas, no. Enzymes do not accumulate in the body. They impart enzymatic activity that generally lasts one to four hours and then are eliminated from the body or the proteins are broken down to amino acids for other purposes. As with any herbal or nutritional supplement, evaluation of amounts and over-consumption should be determined on an individual basis.
6Can children take digestive enzymes?
Yes, you can log on to www.revicore.com for more information.
7Can enzymes be taken with other prescription medications?
Digestive enzymes function by breaking down specific chemical bonds in foods. Therefore, in most cases, they can be taken safely with medications. We recommend telling your health care provider all the supplements you are taking. One area of concern is that of prescription blood-thinning agents. These prescription drugs interfere with natural blood-clotting mechanisms. They can be taken in conjunction, but it is recommended to take them at least four hours apart and monitor lab work closely.*
8Are your products “100% natural” and organic?
The preference of natural, synthetic, or organic ingredients and the definition of each can be very confusing and controversial. We believe the real question should be: “Are your ingredients safe, effective, and free from harmful chemicals?” Our goal, in conjunction with its manufacturers, is therefore to provide safe, effective, high-quality nutritional supplements that are free of any pesticide or herbicide residuals.*
9Are your digestive enzymes gluten-free? Dairy-free? Vegetarian?
These digestive enzyme formulas are not formulated with any dairy or wheat.
10Why do I need probiotics?
Supplementation with probiotics helps maintain the beneficial bacteria in your GI tract for: Digestion - Probiotics produce enzymes such as protease, lipase, and lactase to assist with protein and fat digestion as well as reduce problems associated with lactose intolerance.* Immunity - 80% of the immune system is found in the gut. A healthy GI tract supports a healthy immune system.* Elimination - Probiotics act as natural stool softeners for healthy, timely removal of waste.*
11Are your products FDA approved?
These products use only the highest quality digestive enzymes. In general, the FDA’s role with a dietary supplement product begins after the product enters the marketplace. Once a dietary supplement is on the market, FDA has certain safety monitoring regulations which are enforced. As a responsible member of the health care supplement industry, our company and our manufacturers are committed to being fully compliant with the most current FDA regulations and enforcing the highest quality control standards.