Daddy Clay makes a visit to Whole Foods to learn how to make a nutritious smoothie made of kale, flax seeds, fruit and more. The best thing about this smoothie: kids love them.
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Raena Morgan: Hi, I’m Raena Morgan with iHealthTube visiting with Nena Dockery. She is the Technical Services Manager for National Enzyme Company. It’s a pleasure to visit with you Nena. Nena Dockery: Thank you. Raena Morgan: We’re talking about digestion—something that affects us all. And, one of the things I would like to ask you, and the viewers would like to know, is how to choose a good digestive enzyme? Which enzymes digest which foods, for example? Nena Dockery: Yes. Well, when you look at a digestive enzyme product you need to look at, first of all, the activity that you’re getting and make sure that you’re getting one that is measured in activity, not in milligram weight. Some of them have—there will be a blend of enzymes—and there might be a milligram weight for that, but be sure that the enzymes are specifically listed in an activity so you’ll know that you’re getting enzymes that will actually do the job you want them to do. And, some can be very concentrated, so their milligram weight may be very low, but the activity will be there. So, [that’s] another reason that you really want to look for the activity. As far as the specific enzymes that you need to look for— well, you want to look for the 3 big basics. First of all, in order to digest starch, you want a product that has amylase in it—amylase is your basic starch digester. And then, for protein you want a protease, or maybe more than 1 protease, so that you will be sure that they can completely break down your protein. Then, for fat you’ll want a lipase, or maybe more than 1 lipase that shows different activities to break down, completely break down fat. So, those are the 3 big basics, and then some—maybe some different forms of them. But then, in addition to that, you may want some specific ones. For example, as we discussed earlier, if you want an enzyme to break down the sugars that are found in grains or beans or some of our hard to digest vegetables, you might want something that has alpha galactosidase in it. Raena Morgan: Does that help break down gas? Is that what that is for? Nena Dockery: Yes. That will help alleviate some of that gas. If you are lactose intolerant you will want an enzyme product that has lactase in it, so you want to make sure that you will look for that. If you have trouble with some sugar digestion you might want to look for one that has invertase in it, which will break down sucrose, or table sugar, you know, some of those more specific enzymes that will address particular needs that you might have, that you are aware of in your own system. …If you know you that you don’t have good digestion look for one that has several different types of act ivies—glucoamylase, lactase, alpha galactosidase, invertase, maybe even a cellulose. Cellulase breaks down fibers that are found in different vegetable products. We don’t have cellulase in our system and we don’t commonly think of utilizing it because we want bulk, we want fiber in our food that remains undigested so it will proceed all the way through our digestive track so we will have healthy bowel movements—of course. But, for some people, they may need a little bit of that cellulase to partially break open some of those cell walls to at least release some of the nutrients that are in the foods they are eating, such as, some of the bound minerals that can be found in vegetable products that we have a hard time getting to in normal digestion because we can’t break that cellulose wall, that fibrous wall, on those vegetable products. Raena Morgan: So, it’s not enough just to eat your veggies, sometimes you need some help with your veggies? Nena Dockery: Sometimes you do. Raena Morgan: With fiber in general, correct? Nena Dockery: Exactly. Raena Morgan: We need to get the fiber but we need to have that breakdown—that’s the cellulase? Nena Dockery: That’s cellulase. And, not everybody would want that, but some people might if they feel the need