Now Foods Super Enzymes is an excellent supplement for a range of digestive problems as acid reflux, indigestion and assimilation of food. Consuming additional enzymes is more important the older you get as the body’s own production starts to wane after the age of 30. Poor diet, stress and other factors can also disturb the production of enzymes.
There are many digestive enzyme supplements available. I’ve often found that Now Foods can be trusted to produce high-quality supplements for a good price. Now Foods Super Enzymes proved no exception to this.
Now Foods Super Enzymes Description
Many enzyme supplements contain similar ingredients. But there are a few differences, more or less important. Here’s a list of main features of Now Foods Super Enzymes.
- I very much like that they’ve included betaine HCI (hydrochloric acid). This can greatly benefit most people with a low production of stomach acid, which can cause acid reflux (heartburn), gas, constipation and many other digestive symptoms. It’s a great combination to have betaine and digestive enzymes in the same supplement.
- It contains the most important enzymes that break down fats, Carbs and Protein. These enzymes promote complete digestion of food and the assimilation of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. (Complete list of enzymes at the end of the post.)
- This supplement has a quality assurance and is produced with Good Manufacturing Principles. It’s not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. But Now Foods Super Enzymes is produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens. However, this is usually not a problem unless you’re extremely sensitive.
- Other ingredients include cellulose, silica, stearic acid (vegetable source), magnesium stearate (vegetable source) croscarmellose sodium and tablet coating. Contains sulfites. For most people these substances are completely harmless.
Benefits of Now Foods Super Enzymes
Acid reflux: A main cause of heartburn is a lack of stomach acid, not too much as many believe. Now Foods included betaine HCI (hydrochloric acid) which can prove very helpful. For some, it might completely resolve heartburn symptoms.
Aids in digestion: Around age 30 the body’s ability to produce some enzymes gets impaired. This can cause gas, bloating and a general feeling of discomfort, especially after a big meal. Adding enzymes daily is a simple, cost-effective way to lessen or completely remove such symptoms.
Assimilation of nutrients: Enzymes are essential for the body to be able use nutrients in food that’s consumed. Adding extra enzymes promotes a more complete uptake of vitamins, minerals and other materials needed to keep the body healthy.
Allergies, intolerances: Some people with gluten or lactose sensitivity report improvement when using a combination of betaine HCI and digestive enzymes. Most likely this is because incomplete digestion causes problems with the intestine and the immune system. It has been noted that some people may need a higher betaine dose to get the desired effect.
How to take Now Foods Super Enzymes
It depend on the symptoms. For many, 1 capsule with each main meal might be enough. Others might need 2 or even 3 capsules, especially with a big or heavy meal. The effect of enzymes is immediate so you will notice quickly if they work or not. If you only have digestive problems after bigger meals containing more fat and carbohydrates, then it might be enough to take the capsules with those meals.
Some think that taking enzymes 15-20 minutes before the meal works better. Others just take the capsule together with the meal. Try what works best for you. You should notice an improvement after the meal. Some have been able to completely resolved digestive issues only by consuming additional enzymes. However, others might need to include other strategies as well. One example is to add a probiotic supplement or fermented food that will strengthen the effect of the digestive enzymes.
I really like this supplement. It is well-composed, has received positive reports from many satisfied customers and has an appealing price tag. This supplement is also an Amazon’s Choice, so that it also an assurance. I had just received a bottle Now Foods Enzymes when I had a rare attack of acid reflux. The supplement immediately alleviated most of the pain. Excellent!
What about cost?
One bottle of Now Foods Super Enzymes containing 180 capsules costs below $20 (May 2018). This is a very compatible price for a well-composed supplement.
If this supplement can help alleviate digestive discomfort, then the price is really a minor issue. Most people with digestive issues benefit from extra enzymes and hydrochloric acid. They make digestive tract function better.
Contents of Now Foods Super Enzymes
|Calcium (from Calcium Carbonate)||Strengthens effect of enzymes||Promotes breakdown of food, imrove assimilation of nutrients|
|Betaine HCl||Improves digestion;|
enables stomach to completely dissolve nutrients
|Excellent to alleviate acid reflux, bloating, gas, indigestion|
|Pancreatin||Improves absorption of fat, protein||Food allergies, celiac disease, autoimmune disease, weight loss|
|Amylase||Most long-chain carbohydrates||Prevents swelling, anti aging|
|Protease||Protein||Lowers inflammation, herpes; boosts immunity|
|Lipase||Dietary fat in dairy, nuts, oils and meat||Boosts immunity, alleviates celiac, cystic fibrosis, heartburn, allergy, Crohn’s|
|Ox Bile Extract||Dietary fat||Prevents gallstones, liver diseases and inflammation|
|Papaya Fruit Powder||Protein||Alleviates pain, swelling, inflammation|
|Bromelain (from Pineapple)||Protein||Powerful enzyme; alleviates inflammation, pain, urinary infections and arthritis|
|Papain (from Papaya)||Protein||Alleviates pain, swelling, inflammation|
|Pepsin||Protein in meat, eggs, nuts, dairy||Great digestion aid|
|Cellulase||Fiber from plants||Supports entire digestive system|