| If I Were Limited to Only One Supplement...
Which One Would I Choose?
by Steven H. Horne, RH (AHG)
Recently, Karta Purkh Singh Kalsa (co-author of the Secrets of Chinese Herbs Course) and I hosted a free conference call on Chinese herbs. We allowed listeners to submit questions via E-mail prior to the call. One of the questioners wanted to know if I could only recommend one Chinese herbal formula what would be it be? My response was that if I were limited to only being able to recommend one supplement, it wouldn’t be a Chinese herbal formula. It would be enzymes. Plant enzymes to be specific.
I was introduced to plant enzymes through another company in the early 1990s. I had previously tried NSP’s Food Enzymes product, which contains digestive enzymes, bile salts, hydrochloric acid (HCl) and a couple of plant enzymes. Digestive enzymes are different from plant enzymes because they come from animal sources. They are the same enzymes our body produces to digest food. Plant enzymes, of course, come from plants. They are the enzymes naturally present in raw foods. They are also present in fermented foods as they are produced by lactobacillis bacteria (probiotic bacteria). These plant enzymes are not manufactured by the body; they are supposed to be found in the foods we eat.
There is nothing wrong with Food Enzymes, it is a great product, and one of NSP’s top sellers. But, I did not like taking it. It did not make my digestive system feel “right.” As I shall explain later, I pay a lot of attention to the feedback my body gives me about diet and supplements. Also, I have this basic philosophical idea that I don’t like to take anything my body is supposed to be producing on it’s own, if I can help it. My thoughts on this are that all chemicals in the body have feedback loops. When levels of a particular substance rise, it shuts down the body’s own production. This, in my opinion, tends to make the body “lazy,” and is not restoring natural function.
’s natural digestion has been impaired through illness, injury or age, that this kind of supplementation is helpful. So, I do use Food Enzymes in these kinds of cases. However, for the most part I prefer plant enzymes (Proactazyme) because they are the enzymes we would be getting in our diet if we were eating in a healthy, natural way.
My Experience With Plant Enzymes
When I first started taking plant enzymes, I noticed an immediate improvement in my digestion. I think weak digestion has been one of my problems since childhood. That may be because I am an A Blood Type and A Blood Types tend to have weak digestive systems, but for whatever reason, enzymes were something that made an immediate and obvious improvement for me. Nature's Sunshine has a line of plant enzyme products and I started using their enzymes. I still use all of NSP’s enzyme products, including Proactazyme Plus, Protease Plus, Hi-Lipase and Lactase Plus.
Lactase Plus is very important to me because I am lactose intolerant and on those rare occasions when I indulge in a little ice cream, it is essential for me. (By the way, 70% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, so there are a lot of us.)
Anyway, I have been taking plant enzyme supplements for nearly 20 years now. They are the only supplement that I take with any great regularity, and the reason is, that I notice a big difference when I don’t take them. So, whenever I’ve been off them for a while, I notice that my digestive health (and over all health) is not as good, and I get right back on them. They are the only supplement I have had this experience with.
But why are plant enzymes such an important supplement?
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