Digest Gold, One of My Recommended Digestive Enzyme Supplements

Digest Gold, One of My Recommended Digestive Enzyme Supplements

There are many great reasons why Enzymedica can call themselves The Enzyme Experts. They include: 1 2

  • Enzymedica is an American based company out of Venice, Florida.
  • Enzymedica have been producing enzyme supplements since the late 80’s and they were one of the first!
  • Their capsules contain no fillers!
  • Enzymedica is both NSF and GMP certified!

I recommend the use of their different enzyme products for different health issues, but when it comes to digestive health, I recommend Digest Gold. Digest Gold contains an optimal blend of different digestive and systemic enzymes as well as a blend of different amylases, proteases, cellulases, and lipases. Enzymedica has added ATPro to their enzyme, which is a blend of supplements and magnesium that can help stimulate pepsin and gastric acid production by increasing ATP production. Enzymedica has found a way to help the body naturally increase stomach acid without having to use betaine HCL or pepsin directly. Adenosine triphosphate is a form of energy that the body produces but is also important in the regulation of the timing of the digestive system. 3

Digestive enzyme supplements are usually comprised of different enzymes that are used by the gastrointestinal system to assimilate foodstuffs. The main enzymes used in these supplements are proteases (for protein), lipases (for fat), and carbohydrates (for carbohydrates.) 4

  • Protease – A digestive enzyme that is useful in digesting protein. Look for a good digestive enzyme that includes different proteases. 5
  • Lipase – A digestive enzyme that is useful in digesting fat. Look for a good digestive enzyme that includes different lipases. There are some concerns that long-term lipase supplementation may degrade the stomach lining. 6
  • Amylase – A digestive enzyme that is produced by the saliva glands in humans, and in small amounts produced by the pancreas. Amylase is a digestive enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of starches into simple sugars. If you are diabetic, you might want to use a digestive enzyme that has low amounts of amylase, or none at all. Amylase use in a diabetic might cause a major increase in blood glucose levels because of the rapid breakdown of starches into glucose in the stomach. Look for a good digestive enzyme that uses different amylases. 7

Digestive enzymes should be used in people who have problems breaking down and assimilating foods. It is extremely beneficial for people with Celiac disease, 8 gallbladder disorders, 9 heartburn, 10 and people that are suffering from SIBO. 11

Digestive enzymes should only be used with caution, and during certain protocols listed in Fix Your Gut when needed. Digestive enzymes should not be used for a very long period. Long time use of digestive enzymes (more than three months) has been theorized to cause the body to make less endogenous digestive enzymes and can lead to a dependency. If you take them for an extremely extended period, your digestive system might need a boost by taking Swedish bitters to encourage endogenous production of enzymes again. During the time where your digestive system produces fewer enzymes, some digestive problems might return. You should just try to wait it out if all possible. Eventually, your body will catch back up. If you need to take digestive enzymes indefinitely, you should cycle off one week every month. During the off week, you should take Swedish bitters every day. 12 13

The only main issue I have with most digestive enzyme formulas, in general, are that most of the enzymes are produced from yeast, therefore, if you are sensitive to fungi you may have a negative reaction to them. The enzymes in these supplements are supposed to be purified, and any offending yeast proteins should be removed. However, if you do have a negative reaction to digestive enzymes and are fungi sensitive, I suggest you use digestive bitters.

Finally, to evaluate the quality of your digestive enzyme supplement, break open two capsules in a bowl of cooked oatmeal (let it cool to about 98 F first) and stir it with a fork for one minute. The oatmeal should break down into a liquid after a few minutes if you have a quality supplement. I have tried this with Enzymedica Digest Gold before, and it passed with excellence!

The Digestive Enzyme I Recommend is:

26 Comments
  1. is it commen for digest gold to give you acid reflux?? i was on digest basic and was ok on it changed to gold and got reflux from it i think

    • I just started DIGEST GOLD a month ago and it gave me horrible acid reflux, every time o got it (4 times). Eventually i tried half the pill, but i also got acid reflux that made me extremely ill that night. I had to take losec to sto the acid reflux and it didnt work. Before that i havent had acod reflux in years. I asked amazon to RETURN them but they refused. Before these i took multizyme by Nature’s plus, which were extremely helpful

  2. What are your thoughts on Creon?

    • It is prescription lipase, protease, and amylase, that is delayed release. It is porcine derived enzymes. The problem with the medication is the additives: http://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/creon_medguide.pdf. I would recommend you talk to your doctor about Thorne’s pancreatin instead. It is not the worst medication by far, better than most, I just believe there are supplements that are similar with less additives.

  3. Is Digest Gold able to improve the digestion of diary products?

  4. I’ve had my gallbladder removed about
    10 yrs ago.
    I have GERD Doctor has me on prilosec
    One daily. I have bloating, gas, burping, feeling over full and I eat small meals. Would it be safe to take the Digestive Gold?

    • I would ask your doctor, but I see no issues with taking it. If you are on PPI’s long term look into taking magnesium and B-12 to prevent deficiencies.

  5. I have esophilic colitus and struggling,I bought the digest gold with atpro,hoppping it works,any suggestions?

    • There is not a lot of information with EC, but I believe it either stems from some sort of infection or genetic cause. I would eat a clean diet like the Perfect Health Diet and chew my food very well. Work on increasing stomach acid if yours is low. It is very important to reduce proteins to their most digestible form since it will set of EC, the digestive enzymes may help with that. Proper Omega 3 intake is important to reduce excessive inflammation. The same can be said about vitamin C and magnesium intake. Proper vitamin D production from sunlight and proper melatonin production from good sleep hygiene may help as well. Good luck.

  6. Does this advice apply to protoleoytic enzymes as well? Or only digestive enzymes?

    I take protoleoytic enzymes daily.

    • In theory yes because proteolytic enzymes are also produced by the same organs that produce digestive enzymes and both are one in the same. I depends if you are suffering from a disease where you need to take proteolytic enzymes for relief, then I would continue to take them.

  7. Someone mentioned Digest Gold can cause damage to the liver….she found this after i told her all m vitamins, supplements and meds….because my doc found my “liver enzymes to be high”. i asked her if she knew if any of my things i take on a day to day could be the cause of this. She came out to say it was the digest gold

    • Anything is not out of the realm of possibility, but it is highly unlikely that digestive enzymes would increase liver enzymes. If your liver enzymes are elevated the doctor needs to run some more liver tests and determine why the enzymes are elevated in the first place even if it was the Digest Gold. Digestive enzymes should not cause elevated liver enzymes in a healthy person. You might be having issues with your bile ducts.

  8. Hi John,
    Thanks for the link back to my blog post on bitters. :) I’ve done a good bit of research on them, and I would lean more toward standard bitters like Urban Moonshine or the recipes on my blog rather than the Swedish Bitters if you’re looking for long term digestive support and increased enzyme production. The Swedish bitters have an un-necessarily yucky camphor flavor, as well as a bowel stimulant that can be habit forming if used long term (senna).

  9. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but apparently Enzymedica changed the formula for Digest Gold. They added ATPro to their formula and some people they have used it have not responded well to the new formula.

    Here is a review and comments about the new formula on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R30RJGEL2ARX7F/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?ie=UTF8&asin=B0012NW4RQ&cdForum=Fx200PO0TDFEW4&cdPage=1&cdThread=TxVPRYT0PXPSQL&store=hpc#wasThisHelpful

    • Like it says when you read the comments most people are probably feeling ill from mercury redistribution from the ALA. Just use Digest or Digest Gold without ATP pro if you have mercury fillings.

      • Hi Dude author of FixYourGut John Brisson, i been Diagnosed with Esophageal spasm disorder, when having chest pains all the time from eating certain things and when not eating but just acid imbalances in my body. anyways i know EnzyMedica is fantastic Company! however looking at their Bottle Label for the Digest Gold ATP Pro, by the way too i have 4 Amalgam Mercury fillings unfortunately, so i do not want to make it worse by taking ALA Acid. i can’t seem to Verify if it’s in the ATP Pro part of the Digest Gold formula.

  10. i tried these but get all sorts of weird side effects.

  11. I have been taking digestive enzymes for over a year now. I was very strict on not eating a meal without any. How should I go about coming off them? I have severe SIBO/SIYO and I am preparing to do the protocol you recommend for 3 months then get tested to see how much I balanced my gut microbes . I want to stop using them after I fixed my gut dysbiosis . How would you recommend I go about coming off them if I have been taking them for almost 2 years now?

  12. Yes, if children have digestive issues it is safe for them to occasionally take enzymes I would give them to my son Abel through his g-tube. I would either use this (http://www.enzymedica.com/digest-this-blog/item/new-enzymedica-s-kids-digest-chewable.html) or half of a Digest capsule (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000260LF6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000260LF6&linkCode=as2&tag=stac01-20&linkId=US2PRCGNK5XM3NRJ) if they are younger than 10.

  13. Should children ever take enzymes?

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