High-potency plant enzymes that support digestion of all food groupsSome carbohydrate digestion takes place in the mouth by salivary amylase, but pancreatic amylase is the major carbohydrate-digesting enzyme. It breaks down starches into maltose and maltotriose, which are further hydrolyzed into glucose by the disaccharidases of the mucosal cells, and then absorbed. Protein digestion is initiated in the stomach by pepsin and hydrochloric acid, which denature and divide large proteins into smaller polypeptides. The pancreatic proteinases, trypsin and chymotrypsin, break down these polypeptides into free amino acids, and di- or tri-peptides, which are directly absorbed by the intestinal mucosa. UltrazymeTM provides high levels of catalytically active pancreatic enzymes that are specific for fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Bromelain acts to help prevent allergens from crossing the gastrointestinal tract, and assists in the breakdown of large macromolecular protein complexes. This reduces the chance that these complexes will leave the stomach untouched or in large fractions retaining their recognizable antigenic form that could pass through gastric or intestinal lesions thereby inducing an allergenic response.The pancreas supplies the major digestive enzymes that catalyze the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein so that the breakdown products can be absorbed in the upper small intestine.Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme extracted from pineapple. Benefits of bromelain include reducing inflammation and swelling, promoting wound healing, easing digestion, reducing muscular or joint pain, benefiting heart health, and reducing allergies or asthma.Papain is a powerful digestive enzyme commonly found and extracted from the papaya fruit (Carica papaya), it is also referred to as papaya proteinase. The papaya enzyme papain plays a key role in digestive processes involving breaking down tough protein fibers.Hemicellulose is a type of cellulose and a key component of the cell wall in all plants. Hemicellulase is crucial for the breaking down of fruits, vegetables, and many grains is required to break down the “hard” hemicellulose carbohydrates.INDICATIONSLiving Digestive Enzyme tablets may be a useful nutritional adjunct for individuals who wish to supplement their diets with digestive enzymes.If pregnant, nursing, taking any prescription drugs, or are allergic to any of the ingredients, please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use.Check label for usage.60 Tablets2 Ultracaps per serving; 30 servingsThese statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.