doTERRA’s TerraZyme™ Digestive Enzyme Complex is a proprietary blend of active wholefood enzymes and supporting mineral cofactors that are often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative-laden foods. TerraZyme’s powerful combination of digestive enzymes support the body’s constant production of enzymes critical for healthy biochemical functions throughout the body including healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy. TerraZyme includes a variety of whole-food enzymes that help with digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars and fiber.
Enzymes are specialized proteins that function as catalysts in almost all cellular functions and chemical reactions throughout the body. Enzymes play a critical role in growth, healing, and reproduction. They are also necessary for breathing, thinking, immune function, hormone regulation, detoxification, and thousands of other biochemical functions. Enzymes are also necessary for digesting food nutrients and converting nutrients to energy in cells.
Enzymes can originate inside and outside the body. Endogenous enzymes are produced in the body and can be classified as metabolic enzymes and digestive enzymes. Metabolic enzymes are active in blood, tissues, and organs. Digestive enzymes are excreted by the liver and pancreas and help the body convert food to usable nutrients. Exogenous enzymes are enzymes originating outside the body and are classified as food enzymes. Food enzymes are found in raw, unprocessed foods and help break down nutrients during digestion.
The body’s ability to constantly produce metabolic and digestive enzymes is limited by raw material availability and production capacity. If our diets do not include sufficient food enzymes to break down the food we eat, our body’s endogenous enzyme resources must be directed towards the production of digestive enzymes to speed conversion of food to bioavailable nutrients. Production capacity directed towards the production of digestive enzymes is capacity not available for the production of important metabolic enzymes.
The body’s constant need to produce digestive enzymes can result in chronic deficiencies in metabolic enzymes that are critical for optimal health and cell function. One example of an important metabolic enzyme is superoxide dismutase (SOD) which protects cells from free-radical molecules. Metabolic enzymes are also necessary for energy production, tissue growth and repair, and managing toxic waste products. When we eat foods that are rich in food enzymes, our bodies can use fewer resources to produce digestive enzymes and have more capacity to create optimal levels of metabolic enzymes.
Chronic enzyme deficiencies have been associated with numerous sub-optimal health conditions including gastrointestinal disease, yeast infections, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, compromised immune system, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease among other degenerative conditions.
Digestive Enzyme Complex
TerraZyme’s powerful combination of whole-food enzymes support optimal health by promoting more efficient digestion of food nutrients and by reducing the demand for internal production of digestive nutrients thus freeing resources for optimal levels of metabolic enzyme production and activity. TerraZyme can also be used as targeted support for specific food intolerances of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates such as lactose.
TerraZyme is safe to use with every meal, every day by all members of the family. It includes doTERRA’s Tummy Tamer Blend of peppermint, ginger, and caraway seed extracts to promote gastrointestinal comfort for those using TerraZyme for targeted digestive health.
Enzymes included and the activity they support
• Protease – Breaks down protein to peptides and amino acids.
• Amylase – Breaks down carbohydrates, starches, and sugars.
• Lipase – Breaks down fats and oils to be absorbed in the intestine.
• Lactase – Breaks down lactose that is found in milk sugars.
• Alpha Galactosidase – Breaks down complex polysaccharide sugars found in legumes and cruciferous vegetables that can cause bloating and gas.
• Cellulase – Breaks down fiber to help digest fruits and vegetables.
• Maltase – Breaks down maltose sugars to glucose for energy.
• Sucrase – Breaks down sucrose to fructose and glucose for energy.
• Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods
• Speeds conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy
• Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance
• Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes
• Provides important mineral co-factors for systemic enzymatic activity
What Makes This Product Unique?
• Proprietary blend of eight active whole-food enzymes
• Patentedt Enzyme Assimilation System of essential whole-food mineral cofactors including 72 trace minerals
• doTERRA Tummy Taming Blend™ of peppermint, ginger, and caraway seed
• Whole-food formula made with sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules
• Safe to use by everyone in the family
Q & A
1. Why is TerraZyme better than other enzymes?
a. TerraZyme’s enzymes are derived from different types of fungal sources (Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Trichoderma, Saccharomyces). One source works at a very low pH (acidic) environment and another works at a very high (alkaline) environment. TerraZyme is active from pH 1.7 to a pH 11. This allows it to be used not only for pre-digestive stages but also throughout the whole digestive tract and blood stream.
b. TerraZyme also contains all the minerals necessary to activate each enzyme in the product. Every enzyme has its own mineral that helps it to work better. Only TerraZyme contains each specific mineral for each specific enzyme. An enzyme without its co-factor mineral is like a light bulb without a light switch. This enzyme/mineral combination is our patented AES delivery system.
2. What is Enzyme Assimilation System and how does it work?
The Enzyme Assimilation System is the process of taking an enzyme with its activating co-factor mineral and combining it with a nutrient that can be broken down by that enzyme (i.e. a protein combined with protease and calcium ascorbate). When a protein combined with the right enzyme and mineral can be broken down faster and better than allowing the body to perform this task all by itself. Thus the body can utilize the nutrient with ease and not expend a lot of energy in the digestive process.
3. What about other digestive Enzymes? Will they help digest my food too?
There are two other varieties of digestive enzymes. Plant and Animal make up those two categories. Plant enzymes (usually derived from Bromelain and Papain (pineapples and papaya) are good for digesting protein but only outside the body (such as marinating a steak) as both are inactivated or destroyed at a pH of 4 or less. Your stomach acid is a pH of 2.5 depending on the meal and the person. Animal enzymes or pancreatin, chymotripsin, pepsin, or others, are good at digesting proteins and fats in the lower portion of the stomach, the duodenum and small intestines where the pH is very acidic. This does nothing for pre-digestion in the cardiac stomach nor is it active in any pH over 5 as in the blood (roughly pH of 7.2). TerraZyme was made to be active at all pH levels from pre-digestion, through the small intestines and into the blood stream.
4. How can you prove that TerraZyme works in the blood stream?
Well this was a dilemma that we faced but we took on the challenge of proving it through various blood markers. If the lipase in TerraZyme were to enter the blood in an active form than we assumed that it would lower trigliceride levels at a much faster rate than what the normal human body could accomplish. We tested this theory by performing clinical studies drawing blood at different times after eating a meal and found that on average those who took TerraZyme with their meal dropped their trigliceride levels by more than 18% over those who did not take TerraZyme. We followed through on other food by-products including blood glucose levels, serum uric acid levels and cholesterol levels. All were improved by taking TerraZyme. Though its use is still not recognized by the CDC nor NIH, we also tested TerraZyme with the Darkfield microscope with excellent results
5. Can I benefit from taking TerraZyme with or without food?
Yes. If you take TerraZyme with your meal it will aids in all stages of digestions thus allowing the body to use the energy it would have used, to be used for other bodily functions. If you take TerraZyme on an empty stomach, the enzymes will survive the process and enter into the blood stream. It will search for proteins, sugars and fats to break down so the body can then process or eliminate them.
6. If enzymes enter your blood in an active stage, won’t they digest my cells too?
This is a common question among physicians who don’t understand the body’s physiological processes or who are against any supplement. Your own body’s cells contain enzymes that destroy other enzymes. We call these enzymes “enzyme inhibitors”. Every living tissue contains these enzyme inhibitors (except skin cells). This is why your body does not digest itself. A red or white blood cell will not be affected by live digestive enzymes working in your blood, only residues of things that should not be in your body will be affected by the enzymes.
7. Then will TerraZyme break down arterial plaque?
Yes. There is a very well written book containing many clinical studies on this very topic. The book is called Enzymes, The Foundation of Life by Dr’s Williams, Meickle and Lopez. Over several years they performed clinical studies on arterial thrombosis, diabetic arterial blockage, and hematomas (bruises), all of which showed great improvement when one consumed large doses of enzymes.
8. Can anyone take enzymes?
Yes, from infants to senior citizens, if you eat cooked food you should be taking enzymes.
9. Are there any drug contraindications?
If your doctor has told you to avoid raw food while on your medication, maybe you should avoid taking an enzyme supplement. So far there are no prescription drugs that have ever shown to work adversely with the enzymes found in TerraZyme.
10. Is there a particular type of person who would benefit most from taking TerraZyme?
If you are overweight or under weight, suffer from diabetes, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heart disease, crone’s disease, heartburn, constipation, acid reflux, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, Candida or fungal infections, gout, kidney stones, or inflammation of any kind, you are a perfect candidate for enzyme supplementation.