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Have you ever wondered why your protein powder has added digestive enzymes? This is not just another nutritional fad or added to the protein to make up ingredients, instead they offer quite a lot of health benefits.

If you really want to take your health to the next level, one thing that you need to be thinking about is the process of digestion and what is happening in your gut.

Digestive enzymes, in simple terms are biological catalysts produced in the body to help break down foods into nutrients that nourish and fuel the body. These enzymes are produced primarily in the pancreas and liver, and there are thousands of them in your body!

It’s one thing to be eating a healthy diet, but you must make absolutely sure that your body can benefit from the healthy foods that you are feeding it. Sadly, not everyone has a digestive system that is fully optimized, thus they don’t experience the optimal level of digestion  and nutrient absorption they should.

Despite the natural production of digestive enzymes in the body, a lot of people still experience digestion problems for a variety of reasons. More so, as we age, our digestion becomes less efficient because our body produces fewer enzymes. In addition, as a physically active person or athlete, you may not be getting enough of the right kind of nutrition, particularly protein.

You can increase your protein intake by consuming high-quality sources such as ISO+, Whey Protein Isolate . It is rich in amino acids, can assist in building muscles and enhance your recovery after exercise.

How much of the protein is being absorbed by the body? The good news is that we can measure how protein is being absorbed and utilized by our body – this is called biological value (BV).

The BV of whey protein in formulas such as the whey protein isolate is up to 104, which is relatively high compared to the BV of milk (91) and meat (80). This high BV is one of the primary reasons why Whey Protein Isolate is one of the best post-workout sources of protein.

It is important to note that this high BV of whey protein does not mean it is 100% absorbed and utilized by the body. It won’t be efficiently absorbed unless there is an adequate supply of digestive enzymes. Hence, protein powders contain digestive enzymes, such as Alpha-amylase, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulase, and Neutral Protease.  These enzymes help to improve the absorption rate of whey proteins and other nutrients in the body to fuel muscle gains.

A study published in the Journal of Sports Nutrition reported that it took four hours for the concentration of blood amino acid to increase by 30 percent in subjects with whey protein alone. However, whey protein supplemented with digestive enzymes caused the rate of absorption to increase by 127 percent in the same timeframe.

Most of the protein you consume gets digested in the intestines. The protease enzyme is responsible for breaking proteins into peptides and further into amino acids, which gets absorbed through the walls of the small intestine. Other digestive enzymes include amylase, which breaks down carbohydrates and lipases, which break down fat.

As soon as proteins are broken down, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and circulated to the muscle tissues and other cells. So any form of tissue damage you sustained from exercise training would be repaired and rebuilt as the amino acids reach the cells. This absorption of proteins and nutrients helps you to develop stronger and bigger muscles.

But the failure of your body to break down the whey protein contained in the Whey Protein Isolate would lead to poor absorption of amino acids by your muscles to start the repair process. The truth is that whey protein stays for only 1.5 hours in the intestine. So, any unabsorbed protein content during the 1.5 hours window will either be excreted or stored as fat. Besides, whey protein has an absorption rate of 8-10g per hour. Hence, in 1.5 hours, your muscles will only get 15g of whey protein at the max. Herein rests the need for digestive enzymes to improve the absorption rate of protein, thereby helping you achieve your fitness goals.

Some of the causes of digestive enzyme deficiency include:

  • Low-grade chronic inflammation caused by infection, food intolerance, or nutrient deficiencies.
  • Chronic stress caused by adrenalin boost when we are in “fight” or “flight” mode
  • Genetic factors
  • Ageing

These factors can hinder the absorption of whey protein and cause some symptoms such as:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

So supplementing with Whey Protein Isolate that contains added digestive enzymes is essential for better absorption of nutrients to increase muscle strength and size as well as enhance recovery from training.

DigeZyme® is a benchmark enzyme blend consisting of gluten-free and GMO-free broad acting enzymes, including lactase, amylase, lipase, cellulose and protease. This multi-enzyme complex delivers a potent blend for digesting whey protein and it is resistant to the action of gastric juices.

So instead of drinking whey alone, you can choose a whey protein that contains DigeZyme®, such as ISO+. This natural sports nutrition blend helps to supply the needed digestive enzymes for maximum absorption of protein.

Listen to Leroy Colbert what he has to say about Digestive Enzymes.

Leroy Colbert is the first man to develop 21 inch arms and is in the Bodybuilding Hall of Fame for doing so. He has over 60 years in the business of health and building bodies. He is very knowledgeable in health and the philosophies of life.