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Digestive Enzymes Review – 8 Things You Need to Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Summary | Formula | Pros & Cons | Contraindications | Cost | Directions | Verdict

By helping body process and absorb food, the dietary supplement Digestive Enzymes helps prevent essential nutrient depletion which usually leads to a number of serious health problems. The formula in manufactured by Goldshield Elite, which advertises it as a natural support for the digestive function.

Goldshield Elite operates a worldwide direct sales business. The company incorporates three different manufacturers (W.T. Rawleigh, Achievers Unlimited and Change International) for which it distributes dietary supplements and home products. The manufacturer’s official website offers consumers the possibility to locate potential distributors. Company’s products are exclusively available for purchase through their members.

The Digestive Enzymes tablets should be used by adults. People suffering from a pre-existing medical condition, as well as pregnant and nursing women are advised to consult a healthcare provider prior to use.


1) What is Digestive Enzymes?

Digestive Enzymes is a blend of enzymes and herbal extracts. Enzymes break down macromolecules into smaller building blocks, so they can be easily absorbed by the body. Different types of enzymes are available all throughout the digestive system, from the oral cavity, to stomach, pancreas, and small and large intestines. Carbohydrases split carbohydrates in simple sugars (glucose for example). Amylase contained in Digestive Enzyme is such an enzyme, and is secreted by the salivary glands.

Proteases and peptidases assist with proteins breakdown into small peptides and amino acids. Lipases break down fat molecules and are generally secreted by the pancreas. Ultimately, Cellulase is essential to fiber digestion, as it helps break down and retrieve nutrients from vegetarian sourced foods.

The enzymes are found in a base of herbal extracts, which also possess digestive benefits. For instance, Ginger may help improve appetite, while also assisting with various problems such as diarrhea, gas and colic. Chamomile as well has proven extraordinary anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, soothing the digestive system and facilitating digestion. Peppermint too, especially when used as a tea formulation, may successfully assist with gas and indigestion problems.


2) What Are Digestive Enzymes Ingredients?

Digestive Enzymes contains the following ingredients: Amylase 15,000 USP, Protease 15,000 USP, Lipase 1,200 USP, Cellulase 200 USP, in a base of: Alfalfa leaf, betaine HCI, papain, bromelain, lactase, licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (root), peppermint (Mentha piperita) (leaf), fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) (seed), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) (seed), Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) (flower), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) (root) – 50 mg, dicalcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, silica, magnesium stearate, Calcium silivate, and pharmaceutical glaze with anise oil.

3) What Does Digestive Enzymes Do?

Digestive Enzymes is a product which is said to aid the digestion process by providing all the necessary enzymes needed to break down protein, carbohydrates, fats and dairy products.

Every enzyme plays a specific role in the human body. A different kind of enzyme digests proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and dairy products. They break down the food we ingest into primary substances such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The digestive enzymes have the capacity to determine a complex chemical reaction without being altered or destroyed in the process. They can be damaged by external factors, like temperature.

Supplementation with digestive enzymes is not recommended for everyone. For instance, people with a fast metabolism (they seem unable to gain weight) should stay away from this kind of supplements. The food we consume naturally contains enzymes which help our bodies to function better. However, a large part of poor diet consists of “dead” food (contains enzymes neutralized by various factors, such as cooking). Supplementing with digestive enzymes should be considered by people who are suffering from indigestion or many other digestive problems.

For best results, one tablet should be taken twice daily after meals. Consult your physician before using any product if you are pregnant, nursing or have any pre-existing medical conditions.

We could not find any testimonials posted online about Digestive Enzymes.

Pros & Cons

4) Digestive Enzymes: Pros and Cons

  • Some distributors offer money-back guarantees, while others do not
  • The formula contains essential categories of enzymes required for normal digestive system functioning
  • Research supports enzyme supplementation effectiveness on digestion quality
  • Moderate price for a month’s supplyapproximately $15


5) Digestive Enzymes Warnings and Precautions

  • There is a lack of consumer reviews, like for the majority of the company’s products
  • Lack of product trials or actual evidence to support the formula’s effectiveness


6) How Much Does Digestive Enzymes Cost?

Digestive Enzyme is an inexpensive supplement. Each bottle contains 60 tablets, enough for one month’s supply at the recommended dosage.

This supplement can be purchased directly from the manufacturer or numerous online or offline retailers. One should take into consideration the fact that the manufacturer offers discounts for members or first-time buyers.


7) Digestive Enzymes Directions

There are no consumer testimonials posted for Digestive Enzymes. The manufacturer recommends taking 2 tablets daily, with meals. No precautions or safety warnings are issued by the manufacturer.


8) Our Final Take On Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are essential for food processing and in helping the body obtain optimum amounts of nutrients for maintaining an overall good health. Unfortunately, the body’s capacity to process food decreases with age. Other factors too, such as illness, can interfere with normal food processing. This is why supplementation is a good way to obtain these enzymes and support the digestive function. Digestive Enzymes from Goldshield Elite offers a balanced selection of different categories of enzymes designed to break down all categories of nutrients. The formula’s effectiveness is not supported by scientific evidence, nonetheless it is likely to work and accomplish its purpose.

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Vladimir H.

This supplement helped my wife’s frequent indigestions. They did a fair job. I would recommend them to other people with digestive problems.