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How to compare Digestive Enzymes:

It can become confusing when you try to comparison shop for enzymes, to determine which enzyme if most potent. Our digestive enzyme formulations are listed in units of activity. The potency of a digestive enzyme product is determined by the units of activity. The units of activity express the strength of the enzymes in the formulation. Another way to say this is that the more units of activity in a formulation, the more food it is capable of digesting.

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Units of activity are based on the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), Academy of Sciences and accepted by the American Food Industry. For example, the amount of Protease in the Elite-Zyme Pro is 150,000 HUT. This means that each capsule has 150,000 units of activity. Using these units of activity to compare different digestive enzymes is crucial. The units of activity in a product are what counts, not the number of milligrams or another measuring system. What's important is the amount of food the product can digest. When comparing our product with others, and they don't use the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), it's almost impossible to compare the two products. So when using other products that don't use the Food Chemical Codex, ask them what is the activity level equivalent to the Food Chemical Codex.

It is impossible to compare proprietary blend products to any other. A proprietary blend is a mixture of the ingredients stated in the blend. The only thing the proprietary blend product states is the total amount of blend. They don't state the amount of each ingredient or its activity level. Therefore, you don't know what the activity level of each enzyme is, and this is the only measurement that is used when the supplier sells to the manufacturer for encapsulating the enzyme. You wouldn't buy a car if they wouldn't tell you the size of the engine. For example, the ingredient supplier of the enzyme can sell 250mg that would equal 25,000 FCC/HUT of protease enzyme, or 250mg that would equal 150,000 FCC/HUT of protease enzyme. In this example there is a 6 time difference in the amount of enzyme strength.

This is how some nutritional companies might mislead their customers in order to increase their profit margin. They may use lower cost ingredients, and formulate a product with weaker/lower activity enzymes and label the product as a proprietary blend or list the ingredients individually in mg. So when considering to buy a product that states a proprietary blend or ingredients listed in mg, ask for a copy of the certificate of analysis that comes from the lab. Don't let yourself be misled by a company using different terminology. Always know the quality/activity level of each ingredient in the product. Take a look for yourself and see how our product stands up next to others sold nationwide. We don't mislead our customers.

Company Name
Product Name
Protease (HUT)
Acid Stable Protease (SAPU)
Amylase (SKB/DU)
Lipase (FIP/LU)
Cellulase (CU)
Retail Cost
Cost per Capsule (ea.)
 
Thropp's Nutrition
Elite-Zyme Pro
150,000
250
20,000
5,000
FIP
3,000
$59.00
270 capsules
$0.22
Garden of Life
Q-Zyme Ultra
80,000
15
25,000
5,000
FIP
725
$26.97
90 capsules
$0.30
Enzymedica
Digest Gold
80,000
n/a
23,000
3,500
FIP
3,000
$99.98
240 capsules
$0.42
Theramedix
DGX 120
70,000
n/a
22,000
3,000
FIP
600
$64.99
120 capsules
$0.42
Thropp's Nutrition
Elite-Zyme Ultra
75,000
175
12,000
2,000
FIP
1,000
$20.00
90 capsules
$0.28
Swiss Labs
Active Zyme
33,250
0
6,000
400
LU
660
$49.97
60 capsules
$0.83
Enzymedica
Digest
42,000
n/a
12,000
500 FIP
200
$57.98
240 capsules
$0.24
Theramedix
DGT 120
42,000
n/a
12,000
500 FIP
200
$26.99
90 capsules
$0.30
Pure Prescription
D-Enzymes
450
na
1800
75 LU
15
$30.00
90 capsules
$0.33
Nature Sunshine
Proactazyne Plus
11,000
8
2,100
12 FIP
60
$18.50
100 capsules
$0.19
Nutraceutical Science Institute
Digestive Enzymes
82,000
n/a
8,000
90 FIP
600
$14.99
90 capsules
$0.17
Baseline Nutritionals Digestive Enzymes
40,000
1,500
16,000
1,400
FIP
750
$34.95
90 capsules
$0.39
New Sun
Master Zyme
28,000
n/a
13,000
120 FIP
400
$25.80
100 capsules
$0.26
Dr. Newtons
Nu-Zymes
6000
n/a
2,500
50 LU
50
$44.95
90 capsules
$0.50
Wellzymes
Digestive Health
25,000
n/a
10,000
200 LU
450
$16.99
60 capsules
$0.28
Houston Enzymes
45,000
n/a
6,000
100
0
$45.50
180 capsules
$0.25
HealthForce Nutritionals Digestive Enhancement Enzymes
12,500
200
2,500
400 LU
500
$18.95
120 capsules
$0.15
Rainbow Minerals ThetaZyme
45,000
120
8,500
5,000 Lu
360
$29.95
120 capsules
$0.25
Whole Earth Health
Quadra-Zyme Plus
45,000
n/a
9,000
1500 Lu
1,000
$34.00
180 capsules
$0.18
Standard Process Multizyme
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$36.67
150 capsules
$0.24
Natural Brand
Super Digestive Enzymes
7,500
0
3,500
125 LU
50
$10.99
100 capsules
$0.11
Shaklee
EZ-Gest
12,500
0
2,000
150 LU
0
$22.45
30 capsules
$0.75
RGarden Int.
Quadra-zyme Plus
45,000
n/a
9,000
1,500 LU
1,000
$34.00
180 capsules
$0.19
Brantley
Active Enzymes Plus
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$29.99
60 capsules
$0.50
Global Health Treat Active Digestive Enzymes
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$39.99
90 capsules
$0.44
Bragg Superior Systemic Enzymes
n/a
n/a
n/a
1,500 LU
n/a
$39.99
120 capsules
$0.33
Source Naturals
Essential Enzymes
In mg
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$7.40
60 capsules
$0.12
Prolipamy
Super Digestive Care
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$39.95
60 capsules
$0.67
Enzymatic Therapy
45,800
n/a
11,900
1,250
210
$38.95
180 capsules
$0.22
Natural Wellness Centers of America Ultra-Enzyme Support
13,000
10
1500
20 LU
87.5
$30.99
200 capsules
$0.34
Phyto-Opti-Zymes
38,675
53
11,025
1,500 LU
1,000
$60.00
200 capsules
$0.30
Twin Lab
Super Enzyme Caps
Animal & Plant Enzymes
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$17.69
200 capsules
$0.09
Nature's Plus
Ultra-Zyme
Animal Enzymes
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$28.10
180 tablets
$0.11
Nature Sunshine
Food Enzymes
Animal & Plant Enzymes
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$22.85
120 tablets
$0.13
Nutri Health
MetaboZyme
Proprietary Blend
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$39.95
90 capsules
$0.44
Jigsaw
Digestive Enzymes
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
$49.97
180 capsules
$0.27
GNC
Super Digestive Enzyme
8,500
8
3,500
125 LU
50
$10.99
1000 capsules
$0.10
Eniva
Digest-EZ
45,000
120
n/a
n/a
n/a
$40.45
120 capsules
$0.33

What is the difference between the Elite-Zyme Ultra and the Elite-Zyme Pro.

Both digestive formulas are capable of digesting proteins, carbs, fibers, sugars, dairy, and fats. The difference is that the Elite-Zyme Ultra is designed more for someone who has problems digesting dairy products. The Elite-Zyme Pro is formulated better to address more serious health imbalances that may not be associated with digestion. The Elite-Zyme Pro in most cases is twice as effective in digesting proteins, fats, fibers, and carbs because of the higher amount of enzymes per capsule.

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