A combination of the most important enzymes for digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates
Digestzymes is comprised of a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes along with betaine HCL to support optimal digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. This product contains the special protease DPP IV (dipeptidyl peptidase IV), which aids in the breakdown of casomorphin (from casein) and gluteomorphin (from gluten). Digestzymes also includes the enzyme lactase, which helps break down the dairy sugar: lactose. The use of Digestzymes before meals may be helpful when patients experience gas and bloating after eating, constipation, or a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.
In order to assimilate vitamins and nutrients from our food and supplements, we must be able to digest them properly. Studies show that the foods in the typical American diet are devoid of natural enzymes and do little to help secrete our own production of enzymes. Thus, foods do not get digested well and nutrients from food are poorly absorbed. Poor digestive health can lead to various health disorders ( including asthma, osteoporosis, food allergies, depression and arthritis1).
Many health experts agree that regular consumption of enzymes and enzyme-rich foods is a key to vibrant health, disease prevention, and anti-aging. Every cell in the body needs enzymes for its biochemical functions, thus a deficiency will accelerate the aging process.
Benefits of Digestzymes Supplementation:
Replaces the missing enzymes from common foods which are destroyed while cooking.
Relieves gas and bloating
Relieves digestive problems
Increases absorption of vitamins and minerals from food.
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable stearate, rice bran.
Suggested dose: 1-2 capsules ideally just before each meal. They can also be taken during or after a meal.
Store In A Cool, Dry Place. Keep Out Of Reach Of Children.
This formula contains a combination of enzymes that are capable of aiding digestion. The Betaine HCl works in a similar manner to hydrochloric acid. It also contains pancreatic enzymes to aid the digestion of starch, protein and fat.
Click this for the DFH allergen statement regarding this product.
Here is the reply that we received from DFH's manufacturer regarding corn. "Corn is not one of the eight major allergens that is required to be disclosed on a dietary supplement label."
Corn maltodextrin is a carrier/standardizing agent in the fungal enzymes found in these formulations. It is a highly processed carbohydrate that is unlikely to contain allergenic proteins. However, in extremely sensitive corn individuals, it would be best to avoid the product.
Read customer questions and answers about Weight Loss on our blog.
Will Digestzymes help prevent heartburn? For optimal results, taking 1-2 capsules before a meal can prevent heartburn. Digestzymes can also be effective when taken during or after a meal.
Americas Diet is Devoid of Enzymes! Food enzyme supplementation is necessary in todays society of over-cooked and processed foods. Food enzymes are destroyed at 118o Fahrenheit, therefore, most of todays cooking methods leaves food without digestive enzyme activity. As a result, the body becomes overstressed and is unable to absorb foods vital nutrients.  Foods richest in natural enzymes are raw vegetables, greens, salads, and fruits which the US consumes very little of!
Impaired Digestive Enzymes Production from the Pancreas The pancreas two primary roles are the production of enzymes and insulin. When food passes through the stomach, a healthy pancreas manufactures and secretes specific enzymes that digest fats, carbohydrates, and protein. When the pancreas is overworked from over-consumption of sugar and refined foods devoid of natural enzymes, its ability to produce optimal amounts of enzymes is hindered, resulting in gas, bloating, and incomplete digestion of food.
There are 3 different categories of enzymes: lipase, amylase, and protease.
Protease aids in digestion by breaking long protein chains into smaller amino acids and eventually into single amino acids. 
Amylase aids in digestion by reducing large carbohydrates, such as starches and polysaccharides, and converting them into disaccharides including sucrose, lactose, and maltose. 
Lipase digests fats into free fatty acids and glycerol. 
Designs for Health is continually searching for manufacturing improvements and new science which is why we go to industry events such as Supply Side East and Westto stay up-to-date on the latest that scientists and technology have to offer. Designs for Health continues to be extremely impressed with National Enzyme Company (NEC), which maintains the industry standards for enzyme manufacturing. National Enzyme Company now supplies every ingredient in this improved Digestzymes formula. NEC was also chosen by Designs for Health because of their GMP certification.
Digestzymes The pancreas produces enzymes that are required for digestion and absorption of food. Enzymes secreted by the pancreas include lipases that digest fats, proteases that digest proteins, and amylases that digest starch. The health of the digestive tract is crucial for overall health of the body. If you cannot digest your food and eliminate toxins well, you do not stand a good chance of being optimally healthy. In addition, virtually every chronic condition will exacerbate if the intestinal tract accumulates toxic by-products. Production of our own digestive enzymes declines 1% every three years after age thirty. It is understandable why so many patients need to supplement them for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients from food. Symptoms of deficiency of digestive enzymes include gas, bloating, constipation, malabsorption and a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.
Inflammatory Disease The proteases are important in preventing tissue damage during inflammation and in the formation of fibrin clots. Fibrin promotes inflammation by forming a wall around the area of inflammation that results in the blockage of blood and leads to swelling. Fibrin can also cause the development of blood clots that may dislodge and produce strokes or heart attacks. Pancreatic enzymes are useful in the treatment of many acute and chronic inflammatory conditions, including arthritis1, sinusitis, sprains, strains, hematomas, dislocations, and even postoperative conditions. Pancreatic enzymes can also be used to prevent abnormal clot formation which can lead to cardiovascular disorders.
Food Allergies Individuals who do not secrete enough proteases suffer from multiple food allergies. Failure to digest food allows for large molecules of the undigested food to be absorbed and cause such problems as food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, colitis, and immune system weakness. Proteases are essential in preventing the deposit of immune complexes in body tissue. Protease enzymes are effective in reducing circulating immune complex levels in patients with autoimmune disease. Studies have shown that pancreatic enzymes are effective in preventing food allergies.  Undigested food also allows yeast organisms to thrive. Patients with Candida Albicans will benefit from Digestzymes supplementation with their meals.
Weight Loss Pancreatin supplementation can result in decreased food intake and loss of body weight in animals.  Pancreatin appears to either contain or stimulate the manufacture of compounds that suppress appetite. Evidence has been reported in human weight loss with pancreatic enzyme supplementation. Better digestion of food also allows for faster bowel transit time and more frequent bowel movements, both of which aid weight loss.
Suggested Dose: 1-2 capsules with each meal as recommended by a health practitioner. Do not take with history of ulcers.
Common Questions About Digestzymes: Q & A with Linda Lizotte, RD
Q: My ulcer is acting up and I am not digesting well. Can I take Digestzymes? A: Digestzymes contains HCL which can aggravate an ulcer so it would be contraindicated. DFH makes a Plant Enzyme formula without HCL. This would be a better choice for aiding digestion for those with ulcers. Q: Can Digestzymes alone stop my constipation problem? A: Clients of mine with difficult constipation problems have become completely regular taking Digestzymes with every meal. Always start with 1 capsule per meal and increase slowly if necessary. One particular client of mine with hypothyroid requires 4 capsules per meal to allow for regular bowel movements. She swears by Digestzymes and her husband loves them too. He did not believe in supplements until he started taking Digestzymes and his heartburn stopped. Now he takes whatever his wife gives him. Q: Won't they stop my production of my own HCL if I take them for a long time? A: This is possible, however many people are not producing enough HCL for adequate digestion and this can be difficult to correct. To be on the safe side, I limit use of Digestzymes to a 6 month period, and then change to the Plant Enzyme Formula without HCL for the next few months and resume Digestzymes again. Herbal Digestive Bitters can also be used in the interim. Q: How should Digestzymes be taken? A: Ideally, take these capsules right before eating so the body is ready for digesting when the food arrives. In case they are forgotten, it is appropriate to take them for up to 1 hour after eating since the body will still be digesting. I am often reminded to take them when I have eaten a heavy meal and still feel full 45 minutes later. They always help. I decide my dosage based on how much food I ate and how full I feel. Q: Do you really see Digestzymes make a difference with weight loss? A: Oh yes. I can't tell you how many times I've seen it make a difference. I'll give you one example. I had a client, age 52, who was exercising 6 times per week and followed all my protocols strictly. She was desperate to lose 10 lbs. I changed her diet 10 times and tried her on 10 different supplements. Her weight wouldn't budge. She complained of bloating which I assumed was from menopause, but in case it was poor digestion, I tried her on Digestzymes2 per meal. She lost 2 pounds every week after that and was at her goal in 5 weeks.
12/17/2012 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Amanda Avey from San Antonio, Texas.
These enzymes have really been a great addition to my supplement protocol for improved digestion and gut health. I highly recommend them if you're seeking a good quality enzyme.
9/4/2012 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Jessica from Maryland.
These are the best enzymes that I have tried. They were recommended by my doctor because of the HCl in them and they have done the job.
6/15/2012 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Sarah from Southbury.
I can feel the energy of this product right away. When I properly time this with digesting the appropriate super foods it is amazing!
2/27/2012 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Rhonda Star from Sandy Hook, MS.
I tried a bottle of these Digestzymes in place of the ones I have been taking from another company. The price on this one was cheaper and I felt that it had a good quality. I absolutely must take digestzymes with every meal and these worked very well. I have been very satisfied and have already made a purchase for several more bottles.
1/12/2012 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Kathy from Shelton, CT.
Just ordered and have not taken enough to fairly review this product but so far so good.
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7/5/2011 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Anne from Central SC.
We have used several Designs for Health products...and are impressed with their quality.
6/17/2011 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Margaret from Loudon, NH.
The digestzymes, Designs for Health, work better than any other brand I have tried . . . and I have tried quite a few in the last 5 years!
GERD greatly improved!
5/16/2011 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Carolyn from East hampstead, NH.
My GERD was greatly improved since taking the digestzymes you recommended. I also make sure I don't eat a few hours before going to bed. I will place another order soon. Thank you! Carolyn
5/13/2011 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)4
Reviewed by Ivy from California.
These help a lot with a feeling of fullness and gas issues. I actually noticed a little bit of a bigger difference when using Garden of Life OmegaZymes, but they are more expensive than these. And these do work well. I would recommend.
5/8/2011 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by AP from Irvine, CA.
I have been unsing this product for 2 months and it has produced great results. It has improved my digestion and improved overall well being.
Get the most from your food!
9/22/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Joyce from Buffalo, MN.
If you can't digest your food properly, you don't maximum benefit from it. I take these enzymes with every meal as an insurance policy. They work very well!!
9/14/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Chris from Brooklyn, NY.
I have finally found a product that really works. I take these with every meal and they've helped tremendously with my digestion.
8/13/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by MollyB from California.
I suffer from IBS and have recently added these to my routine. I don't take one with every meal, but they are great to have on hand when I've overeaten or eaten something that I shouldn't have. :o) They seem to help and I will probably repurchase when my supply runs out.
5/19/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Merc from Queens, NY.
These are very good they have helped me a lot with my digestion.
1/31/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by LINDA from FL.
IT HELPS TO DIGEST MY MEALS EASILY AND MAKES ME FEEL BETTER AFTER EATING. ALSO HELPS ME TO LOSE WEIGHT.
Help with digestion
1/19/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Mercedes from Queens, New York.
I like this product because it helps me digest food when I have over eaten. Its not too much nor too little its perfect.
Love these Digestive Enzymes!
1/4/2010 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Happy from Pittsboro, NC.
Fantastic product. Really does the job and keeps my stomach working properly. Of all the different ones I have tried over the years, these are the very best. I take them every day, morning, noon, and evening.
3/14/2009 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Sarah from Indianapolis, IN.
These enzymes are really helpful. I have struggled with digestive disorders for 5 years, and these really put my belly at ease. The digestive enzyme blend is hard to come by.
1/12/2009 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Fleur from Fort Worth, TX.
I use this product in conjuction with GI-microbiotx and probiotics to help with my Chrons disease and have been amazed at the results. I would recommend this combination to anyone with digestive problems.
11/22/2008 Digestzymes 90 caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by LINDA from BOYNTON BEACH, FL.
THIS IS THE BEST PRODUCT FOR ME AS I FEEL BETTER AFTER EATING. ALSO IT HELPS ME TO LOSE SOME LBS.