NOW Foods Super Enzymes can be an excellent supplement for those who suffer from acid reflux and want support with the digestion and assimilation of food. Additional enzymes are important the older you get as the body’s production starts to wane after the age of 25-30. Since I’ve had problems with heartburn myself, I thought I’d give this supplement a try.
There are many enzyme supplements available. But I’ve often found that Now Foods is a trusted brand that produces high-quality supplements to a good rice. And Now Foods Enzymes proved no exception.
Now Foods Super Enzymes Description
Many enzyme supplements contain similar ingredients. But there are a few differences and some are more 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 is a great help for all those who suffer from acid reflux (heartburn). In many cases, this is because of too little stomach acid. Betain HCI can be a great help.
- Now Foods Enzymes contains the most important enzymes that help break down fats, Carbs and Protein. These important enzymes promote complete digestion of food and the assimilation of vitamins, minerals and many other essential nutrients. See a 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 very 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: the main cause of heartburn is a lack of stomach acid, and not too much as many think. Now Foods Super Enzymes contains betaine HCI (hydrochloric acid) and this has proven very helpful. For some, it can completely resolve heartburn symptoms. I know that first hand.
Aids in digestion: after age 25 the body’s ability to produce some enzymes gets impaired. For many people, this can cause acid reflux, 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 to make use of the nutrients in food consumed. Adding extra enzymes promotes a complete uptake of vitamins, minerals and other materials needed to keep the body healthy.
Allergies, intolerances: Some people with gluten, lactose sensitivity report a great improvement when using betaine with enzymes. Most likely this is because incomplete digestion causes problems with the intestine and the immune system. However, some people may need a higher betaine dose to get the desired effect.
How to take NOW Foods Enzymes
Start with 1 capsule with each meal. For a bigger meal, perhaps two capsules are needed. Some people need three capsules to get maximum effect. The effect of enzymes is immediate so you will notice quickly if they work. If you only have digestive problems after bigger meals containing more fat and carbohydrates, then it might be enough to take two or three 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 people have completely resolved issues with acid reflux and poor digestion only with a supplement. However, others might require a complete strategy.
A powerful combination is adding a probiotic supplement or some probiotic food like fermented vegetables or homemade yogurt. This strengthens the effect of the enzymes.
I really like this supplement. It is well-composed, has received positive reports from many satisfied customers and has an appealing price tag. I happened to try Now Foods Enzymes when I had an attack of acid reflux. It immediately alleviated most of the pain. Excellent!
What about cost?
One bottle of Now Foods Super Enzymes containing 180 capsules costs $18 (Jan 2016). 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|