To remedy this deficiency, the book suggested taking supplements of Betaine HCL with each meal. I went out and bought Vitamin Shoppe’s brand of Betaine HCL and started taking them. Unfortunately, Vitamin Shoppe’s Betaine HCL are these huge weirdly shaped pills that are impossible to swallow. I’ve swallowed some giant vitamins and capsules in the past, but the shape of these were almost round and for some reason, after the first few days, as I was increasing the dosage as recommended, they kept getting stuck in my throat when I tried to take them. I could feel them getting lodged in my throat and I would then cough them back up. It was horrible. I was worried about choking to death on them. I took them back to Vitamin Shoppe and got a refund.
Then I tried Twinlab Betaine HCL caps which were much easier to swallow. I took those for a week or two, but then I unearthed lots of information about the importance of digestive enzymes. I’ve had a bottle of basic digestive enzymes in my cupboard for the past year or two and I took them occasionally if and when I knew I would be consuming meals that were not totally SCD legal or if I ate a very heavy meal. I had heard they were helpful, so I figured it wouldn’t help. Didn’t know if I really noticed a difference though.
Anyway, so then I bought a bottle of Whole Foods basic digestive enzymes and started taking them with the Betaine HCL. I noticed a slight improvement in my digestion, but nothing really drastic. Then I decided I wanted to find a supplement that combined the HCL with the digestive enzymes that way I would be taking less capsules. That’s when I came across Ultra-Zyme. I started taking these, one with each meal, and almost immediately saw and felt a noticeable improvement. There is no longer undigested food passing through my body. The color and texture of what I am passing is more normal and healthy. And I feel like my body is getting more nutrients out of what it is digesting. I noticed a strange subtle calmness or serenity after I started taking these. Maybe they’re helping to alkalize my system, I don’t know.
Here is what they do: Amylase: Breaks down carbohydrates, starches, and sugars that are prevalent in potatoes, fruits, vegetables, and snack foods. Protease: Breaks down protein to peptides and amino acids. Lipase: Breaks down fats (triglycerides and other lipids) and oils. Useful in aiding in weight control, maintaining and enhancing cardiovascular health, and helping maintain proper gall bladder function. Glutamic Acid HCL: Helps the stomach to break down and digest foods. Acidophilus: Helps to repopulate beneficial bacteria lining the digestive tract. Ox Bile: Assists the liver and gallbladder in their production of bile. Bromelain: Protease enzyme that also breaks down protein. Pepsin: Stomach enzyme that breaks down protein. Papain: Protease enzyme that also breaks down protein. Malt Diastase: Digests maltose, malt and grain sugars. Breaks down complex and simple sugars. Cellulase: Cellulase increases the availability of anthocyanidins, powerful antioxidants from grapes and other berries. Cellulase breaks down fiber, helping to solubilize nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Hemicellulase: Hemicellulase is a group of enzymes that hydrolyzes the complex polysaccharides known as hemicellulose. Hemicellulose is highly viscous (sticky) compounds that bind digestive enzymes and decrease the rate of nutrient assimilation. Hemicellulase increases protein absorption from various grains. Lactase: Aids in the digestion of lactose. Lactase breaks down lactose that is found in milk sugars. Useful for individuals suffering from lactose intolerance.