Dr. Mercola Full Spectrum Enzymes is a digestive enzyme supplement. It might be the most complete formula, similar to Doctor’s Best Enzymes.
The new Mercola Full Spectrum Enzymes is an entirely updated approach. The same can be said about the other enzyme supplements in the same series.
- Mercola Ketozyme—for those on a high-fat diet
- Mercola Gluten Enzymes—for a rapid digestion of gluten
- Mercola Full Spectrum Enzymes for Women (and vegetarians)
Mercola Full Spectrum Enzymes
Here is a summery of the main features of this supplement. A more detailed description of the enzymes and how they work can be found at the end of the post.
- The new formula is adapted to what an average person in the 21 century actually consumes. The large amounts of enzymes are good as processed food is low in natural enzymes. And many have an impaired capacity to produce digestive enzymes.
- Full Spectrum Enzymes contains a broad range of 22 enzymes derived from plants, bacteria and fungus. The enzymes work in different parts of the gut containing different levels of acidity.
- High levels of enzymes—some are twice as much as earlier. More enzymes compensates for any storage loss.
- It includes ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which is present in raw food (not processed) and is important for a good digestion. This is a great for those who eat less raw food (ATP video link end of post).
- It is designed to quickly break down carbs, fat, and proteins. A rapid digestion helps avoid many digestive problem.
- It’s all vegan and does not contain anything derived from animal sources. It’s gluten and soy free, and non-GMO.
- Dr. Mercola offers plenty of information about enzyme manufacturing principles, research, and background to this supplement. It’s all well presented.
What about cost?
A bottle with 90 capsules costs around $32. And it’s an effective, powerful supplement. If taking one capsule per day for the main meal, one bottle lasts for three months. With other brands you often need two or more capsules to notice an improvement. The price tag is not the only factor to look at.
Excellent supplement! Mercola Enzymes and Doctor’s Best Enzymes are the ones I recommend for most people.
How to take
The recommended dose is one capsule with the main meal which for most people is enough even during a heavy meal. Some think it works best to take the enzymes some 15 minutes before the meal. Others claim it’s better if taken at the start of the meal. In any case, avoid enzymes too late in the evening as they can disturbs sleep.
Which enzymes are included?
You might think that digestive enzymes are only involved in the digestion of food. They are actually essential for many other body functions. This list is by no means complete but gives an idea about the importance of enzymes.
|Proteases||Digest proteins.||Immune system, blood circulation.|
|Cellulase I, II||Break down cellulose into smaller parts as glucose; free up nutrients.||Detoxify gut, support cell membranes, blood sugar, cholesterol.|
|Lipase I, II||Break down fat (triglycerides), promote fat usage, support gallbladder.||Used for celiac, cystic fibrosis, heartburn, Crohn’s.|
|Bromelain (pineapple)||Powerful enzyme For complete digestion of proteins.||Inflammation, pain, urinary infections, arthritis.|
|Papain (papaya)||For complete digestion of proteins.||Pain, swelling, inflammation.|
|Beta-Glucanase||Breaks down polysaccharides in grains.||Candida, digestive issues.|
|Glucoamylase||Converts starch into glucose for energy.||IBS, gas, nausea, heartburn, autoimmune responses.|
|Amylase||Breaks down carbohydrates as starch and glycogen.||swelling, rejuvenation.|
|Diastase||Degrades maltose to glucose, digest starch.||Pancreas.|
|Lactase||Breaks down lactose (milk sugar) into glucose and galactose.||IBS, gut irritation, heartburn, ulcers.|
|Pectinase (apples, bananas)||Breaks down carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables.||Gut protection, entire body.|
|Xylanase||Breaks down wheat, oats and barley. Reduces gas, bloating.||Availability of nutrients.|
|Alpha Galactosidase||Helps digest gas-promoting carbs in legumes, beans, fibrous vegetables.||Indigestion, discomfort.|
|Peptidase||Releases amino acids from proteins and polypeptides.||Inflammations, anxiety, insomnia.|
|Phytase||Supports mineral absorption; breaks down phytic acid,.||Detox, bone health.|
|Hemicellulase||Digests soluble fibers in plant cell walls; releases nutrients bound in fruits and vegetables.||Candida, digestion, more energy.|
|Invertase||Splits sucrose into glucose and fructose.||Immune booster, ulcers, respiratory problems.|
|ATP||Initiates digestive processes, like a jump-start.||Energy, fueling cells; essential.|