Bluebonnet Nutrition Optimum Enzymes - 90 VCaps
Bluebonnet Nutrition's Vegetarian Optimum Enzymes Capsules are specially formulated with a full range of 100% plant source digestive enzymes. Bluebonnet Nutrition's Optimum Enzymes is designed to aid in the digestion of protein, carbohydrate and fat. Bluebonnet Nutrition's Optimum Enzymes is available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules.
Digestion starts the moment food comes in contact with the mouth and mixes with salivary amylase, which starts to digest carbohydrates. The more one chews, the more the smaller food particles are coated with digestive enzymes. As those food particles make their way down the digestive tract, digestive enzymes along the way break down the food into important nutrients the body needs to survive and work at its optimal level. As humans age, particularly after 50, they tend to have lower levels of HCl and decreased enzyme secretion. Yet, the need to eat, digest foods and acquire nutrients and energy never fades. The aging process, an inadequate diet and past infections can impair the stomach's ability to produce stomach acid that is required for optimal digestion. Digestive aids, such as enzymes, betaine HCl and probiotics, are beneficial because they guarantee the complete breakdown and absorption of nutrients to maintain optimal health and wellness.
Enzymes are catalytic proteins that speed up chemical reactions in the body and are necessary for life. They catalyze (speed up) and regulate nearly all biochemical reactions that occur within the body. They are distributed throughout all cellular components and are usually found on the inner surface of the membranes. The location of specific enzymes depends on the site of the metabolic pathways in which these enzymes participate.
Enzymes in the digestion process divide substances into smaller compounds through a process called hydrolysis (breaking apart by water). Essentially, the process involves turning food into smaller molecules for absorption, which in turn allows for the creation of energy to sustain life. Food enzymes, however, are only provided by consuming raw foods or by supplemental enzymes. Cellulase, for example, aids in fiber digestion; yet, it cannot be made in the body and must be introduced through raw foods or supplementation. Raw foods provide only enough enzymes to digest that particular food, generally not enough to be stored for future use.
Carbohydrate Digestive Enzymes
Carbohydrate or starch-digesting enzymes are called amylases. Amylases work to digest carbs and starchy foods, such as white breads, pastas and potatoes, as well as fiber. Beta-glucanase is an enzymeÊthat helps to digestÊbeta-glucans, a non-starch polysaccharide commonly found in cereal grainsÊand many kinds of mushrooms. Hemicellulase is an enzyme, whichÊbreaks down hemicellulose, aÊcomplex carbohydrate present in almost all plant cell walls. Phytase is an enzyme, which breaks down the indigestible phytic acid (phytate) part of grains and oil seeds to allow phosphorus, calcium and other important nutrients to be absorbed. Hemicelluloses, beta-glucans and phytic acids are common in many plant foods including grains, beans and herbs and can act as anti-nutritive factors due to their tendency to bind and prevent intestinal absorption of important minerals and nutrients. These enzymes are necessary to hydrolyzeÊthese anti-nutritive factors,Êthus increasing the availability and absorption of important plant nutrients in the body.
Fat Digestive Enzymes
Lipases break down triglycerides found in oils from food to monoglycerides and free fatty acids, which are used as important sources of energy for the body and are expressed in LU units (Lipase Unit) or FCC FIP (Federation Internationale Pharmceutique).
Protein Digestive Enzymes
Proteolytic enzymes called proteases (e.g., pepsin, bromelain and papain) work to digest protein-rich foods in the small intestines, such as beans, legumes and meats. Specifically, bromelain is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes found in pineapple (Ananas comosus), while papain is a cysteine protease present in green papaya (pawpaw) fruit Ñ both of which are two of the most potent and effective protein-digesting enzymes on the market.
Patented Mixed Digestive Enzymes
CereCalase is a patented amylase mixture of hemicellulase (breaks down cellulose, which is found in plant cell walls), beta-glucanase (breaks down beta-glucans found in grains) and phytase (breaks down indigestible phytic acid found in grains, seed and oil parts) from plant sources and available in an enzyme combination for better absorption of important plant nutrients.
n•zimesPA, is a distinctive blend of protease, amylase and lipase fromÊplant sources. This patented mixture of enzymes efficientlyÊdigests mostÊdietary proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Nutrition to the Fifth Power
Bluebonnet Nutrition was founded in 1991 on the basic principle that they offer the cleanest, purest, most natural nutritional supplements offered exclusively through independent natural food retailers. Today, they are proud to say that they still honor this commitment and that their devotion is true and loyal.
The landscape of nutrition is changing rapidly. However, Bluebonnet Nutrition is not simply changing with it. They're leading the way. Since the launch of their company in the heart of Sugar Land, Texas, They've carefully sowed the seeds of success by their unwavering pledge to the five powers of Bluebonnet Nutrition: Nature, Science, Quality, Truth and Knowledge - one power for every petal of the Texas state flower from which they take their name.
A Family Affair
Bluebonnet Nutrition is a family-run, independent company similar to the independent natural product retailers they serve. The members of the Barrows family and the extended Bluebonnet family have been actively involved in the natural products industry for decades with the same business virtue of naturalness, purity, innovation, accessibility, integrity, loyalty and quality. They are driven by their close relationships with natural product retailers, who have knowledgeable staff to lead health-conscious consumers to those products that will specifically address their individual nutritional needs and health concerns. No other retail outlet can provide that level of service and expertise.
An Award-Winning Company
It was because of this commitment to the founding principals upon which the industry was founded that Bluebonnet Nutrition was awarded the first 'Manufacturer of the Year' by Vitamin Retailer in 2006. In fact, Vitamin Retailer Magazine sought input from leading natural product retailers asking them to identify companies in the industry that exemplified the following criteria: leadership, noteworthy/distinctive product line, innovative product development, high-quality manufacturing standards, strong relationship with retailers, community outreach, trade association involvement, reputation, company growth rate, and financial standing. This award acknowledges the strength in the partnership between Bluebonnet and the natural product retailers they serve with a loyalty to the industry that is unrivaled.
They've been honored once again by natural products retailers nationwide as one of the top two supplement lines to receive the coveted 2009 Natural Choice Award from Whole Foods Magazine. In addition, Bluebonnet was awarded the 2009 Best of Supplements Award from Better Nutrition under the heart health category for their Cellular Active? CoQ10 Ubiquinol products. This journey to the top has not been by accident but by design. As a company, they have carefully plotted a path that specifically meets the needs of this industry and their customers. And they are extraordinarily grateful for being acknowledged for that commitment, as well as their dedication to state-of-the-art manufacturing, the environment, ecological preservation, social responsibility, energy conservation, waste reduction and most importantly providing the industry with the highest quality, natural and pure, gluten-free, kosher supplements on the market.
An Unrivaled Quality Value
The fact that Bluebonnet has been recognized once again by their cherished retailers in light of all of the positive efforts happening on their end is reassuring and extraordinarily gratifying. If you are wondering how Bluebonnet has achieved the level of success over their short 20-year history, they believe there are a multitude of reasons. Whether it's selecting the best ingredients the Earth has to offer, or developing pure and unique, cutting-edge formulas based on science, or manufacturing and packaging to the highest eco-friendly and quality standards, or instituting "green" practices throughout their entire operations, or distributing to only natural food retailers, Bluebonnet Nutrition takes pride in every step of the process to guarantee that they deliver the most pure, potent, high-quality natural nutritional supplements available with as little impact on the environment as possible.
So as a consumer of Bluebonnet products, you can be assured that your choice is a wise one that packs the punch on natural quality and value. Your commitment to healthy living and intelligent nutritional choices has both short- and long-term health benefits. They are proud to be helping a generation of health-conscious consumers like you get even healthier, and they are grateful to you for making them an integral part of your daily healthcare regimen.