Recipe Alternatives for Traditional Gluten/Casein Thanksgiving Dishes

By Sonnie Sei
Staff Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 
 
It is November already!  November is the beginning of the holiday season, which means family gatherings, holiday parties, and an overall feeling of gratefulness and joy!  With all of the gatherings and fun, there is usually one main focal point: FOOD!  For families with individuals that have special dietary requirements – you don’t have to miss out on the the traditional Thanksgiving dishes that are gluten/casein based. 

Here are recipies that offer great alternatives if you are GF or GF/CF.  They are also vegan in honor of November being World Vegan Month.

Tasty Vegan Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2-cups gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼-tablespoon baking powder
  • ½-teaspoon salt
  • ¼ -cup cold, non-dairy butter
  • 1-cup unsweetened non-dairy milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Use a pastry cutter or forks to cut the butter into the flour until all of the butter is mixed and the flour looks like fine crumbs.
  4. Pour in milk and stir until the dough just holds together, being careful not to over mix.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself about 5-6 times – hardly kneading.
  6. Form into a 1-inch thick disc, handling as little as possible.
  7. Place biscuits on a baking sheet in two rows, making sure they just touch – this will help them rise uniformly. Gently reform the dough and cut out one or two more biscuits – you should have 7-8.
  8. Next brush the tops with a bit more of melted non-dairy butter and gently press a small divot in the center using two fingers. This will also help them rise evenly, so the middle won’t form a dome.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until fluffy and slightly golden brown. Serve immediately. Let remaining biscuits cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or bag.


 

Savory Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf gluten-free bread, cubed & set out to dry overnight
  • ¾-cup uncooked green lentils
  • 3-tablespoons olive oil or vegan butter (you can use a mix of both)
  • ½-cup white onions, diced
  • ¾-cup celery, diced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 ½-cups vegetable broth
  • 1 flax egg (1-tablespoon flaxseed meal + 2 ½-tablespoon water)
  • ¾-teaspoon dried sage

Instructions

  1. The night before, cube your bread and set it in a large bowl to dry out – you want it to be the texture of day old bread – noticeably dry but not rock hard.
  2. The day of, if you haven’t already cooked your lentils, do so now by thoroughly rinsing ¾-cup lentils in cold water, then adding to a small saucepan with 1 ½-cups vegetable broth or water.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat until a low boil is achieved, and then lower to a simmer and continue cooking uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Prepare flax egg and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9×13 pan (or comparable sized dish) with foil or spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Sauté onion and celery in the olive oil or vegan butter and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant and translucent – about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  7. To the bowl of bread, pour most of the broth then add the remaining ingredients (sage, cooked vegetables, flax egg, and lentils) and mix with a wooden spoon. The key is to make sure it is about the consistency of a meatloaf. If it’s too dry, add more broth and mix again. If it’s gotten too wet, add more bread.
  8. Transfer to the prepared pan and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Then remove the foil so the top can brown. Increase heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is well browned and crisp.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

What better way to end a holiday meal than with fresh, homemade, Vegan Pumpkin Pie!  

Ingredients

  • ½-tsp. Ginger, ground
  • 2-cups pumpkin puree
  • 1-cup coconut milk from the can
  • ¼ -cup maple syrup
  • ½ -tsp. all spice
  • ½ -cup Kirkman’s No Sugar – Sugar Substitute or coconut sugar
  • ½ -tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅛- cup arrowroot
  • ½ -tsp. sea salt
  • 1 pie crust, gluten-free, vegan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pre-bake piecrust for 10 minutes. Set aside
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the batter into the piecrust.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes in the oven on the lower shelf or highest shelf depending on your oven (furthest away from heat).
  6. Remove from oven and let set and cool completely.
  7. Cover with saran wrap or foil and set in the fridge for at least 4 to 6 hours, ideally overnight.
  8. Remove and cut the pie and serve. 

Homemade Pie Crust

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼-cups gluten-free all purpose flour
  • ½-teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½-tablespoons of organic stevia
  • ½-cup coconut oil, cool enough to be solid
  • 6-8-tablespoons of ice water

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor (or a large bowl), add in the flour, salt, and sugar. Process for a few seconds to combine.
  3. Add in the coconut oil and process for about 30 seconds or until it is well combined and no visible chunks are left.
  4. Starting with 4-tablespoons, add in the ice water and process to combine. Add in 1-2 more tablespoons at a time until the dough gently sticks together when bunched up in your hand. At no point should the dough be sticky!
  5. Separate the dough into 2 balls.
  6. On a well-floured surface with floured hands and a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough into a disk large enough to fit your pie pan.
  7. Fill your crust and bake for 5 minutes with tin foil around the edges of the crust. Take the tin foil off and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.
  8. Try topping it with coconut whipped cream from your local health food store!  Delicious!
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Glutathione – It’s An Unheralded, Powerful Nutrient

By David Humphrey
President & CEO
Kirkman Group, Inc.

 

Many leading medical doctors are beginning to talk about the benefits of proper levels of glutathione.

  • Mark Hyman, M.D., one of the influential doctors in functional medicine calls glutathione the “mother” of all antioxidants1. He says he takes it every day.
  • Dr. Joe Mercola, with 4 million registered internet followers says, “Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant and has even been called “the master antioxidant.” 2
  • Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, Dr. Katz MD recently came on the popular Dr. Oz Show on television to talk about this mysterious antioxidant.  Dr. Katz says “it is one that our body makes itself, to help clean itself of toxins. It attaches itself to bad cells that have been oxidized by free radicals or something, and removes them. If we don’t have enough glutathione, then our bodies can’t be as healthy,”3 she said.

What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is technically a tripeptide, which can be thought of as being like a very small protein, as it is made up of only three amino acids (while proteins are made up of many more). It is present naturally in every cell of the body, as well as in the blood, the bile and the fluid lining the lungs.

The liver is normally the main producer of glutathione in the body4. Glutathione is capable of stopping damage caused by reactive oxygen species to important cellular components such as free radicalsperoxideslipid peroxides, and heavy metals.5

Good News!  We Make Glutathione

The good news is that your body makes glutathione on its own.6 You can boost your own production with a few fixes.

Your body creates glutathione inside your cells. It uses three other amino acids as building blocks. Those amino acids are cysteine, glycine, and glutamine7. Out of the three, cysteine is usually in the shortest supply in your body.  

Cysteine by itself works as a supplement. Cysteine helps you quickly restore your levels of glutathione. Look for the form N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and alpha lipoic acid8. Make sure you take it with plenty of vitamin C to prevent kidney stones.

Nutrients Can Help Glutathione Production

There are also other nutrients that are vital to boosting your levels, especially seleniumvitamin D-3, and B-vitamins. Look for folate (as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate),vitamin B-6, and vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin).[iv]These are very important in helping you create your master antioxidant9

The foods you eat are important, too. Sulphur-rich foods boost your levels. Try kale, onions, garlic, cauliflower, and broccoli. Asparagus, peppers, grapefruit, grass-fed beef, and avocados are good choices, too10. Raw, fresh vegetables and fruits have much higher amounts than cooked ones.

Increasing your glutathione levels is critical. If you don’t have enough glutathione, your liver will lose against free radicals and heavy metals11. Protecting our body’s cells from environmental toxicity must be an ongoing commitment. Unfortunately parents, especially mothers, pass their toxic load onto their children. 

Supporting detoxification pathways with increased levels of glutathione, minimizing toxic exposure and healthy diet protects fetuses as they develop. It is also an important strategy to continue into adolescence because the brain continues to develop throughout children’s lives. 

References

1Essential Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants – Dr. Mark Hyman. (2010, May 19). Retrieved from http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/glutathione-the-mother-of-all-antioxidants/

2Glutathione in Whey Protein By Dr. Mercola & Ori Hofmekler. (2010, April 10). Retrieved from https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/10/can-you-use-food-to-increase-glutathione-instead-of-supplements.aspx

3Dr. Oz Reveals Glutathione Is A Secret SuperHero of Antioxidants. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.current-movie-reviews.com/22352/dr-oz-reveals-glutathione-is-a-secret-superhero-of-antioxidants

4 Glutathione Information: What is GSH, Biochemistry, Metabolism, and Mechanism of Action. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.essentialgsh.com/glutathione.html

5Pompella A, Visvikis A, Paolicchi A, De Tata V, Casini AF (October 2003). “The changing faces of glutathione, a cellular protagonist”. Biochemical Pharmacology. 66 (8): 1499–503

6What is Glutathione and How Do I Get More of It? – Dr. Mark Hyman. (2010, May 12). Retrieved from http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/12/what-is-glutathione-and-how-do-i-get-more-of-it/

7 White CC, Viernes H, Krejsa CM, Botta D, Kavanagh TJ (July 2003). “Fluorescence-based microtiter plate assay for glutamate-cysteine ligase activity”. Analytical Biochemistry.

8Zhang J, Zhou X, Wu W, Wang J, Xie H, Wu Z (2017). “Regeneration of glutathione by α-lipoic acid via Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway alleviates cadmium-induced HepG2 cell toxicity”. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 51: 30–37

9Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants. (2010, June 10). Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/glutathione-the-mother-of_b_530494.html

10 Boost Glutathione and Optimize Life. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://netnutritionist.com/boost-glutathione-and-optimize-life/

11 Zhang J, Zhou X, Wu W, Wang J, Xie H, Wu Z (2017). “Regeneration of glutathione by α-lipoic acid via Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway alleviates cadmium-induced HepG2 cell toxicity”. Environ Toxicol Pharmacol51: 30–37.

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Environmental Pollution Kills 1 in 6 People Each Year

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

One in six people will die from environmental pollution, according to a report published last month in Lancet by top scientists in environmental health. This is startling news in the health industry.

The results of the study even surprised the researchers that conducted the study, Dr. Philip Landrigan, dean of global health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and co-chair of the commission behind the report, told the Washington Post1.

“Going into this, my colleagues and I knew that pollution killed a lot of people. But we certainly did not have any idea of the total magnitude of the problem,” Landrigan added.

In the report, scientists concluded that pollution was the largest cause of disease and premature death in the world today. “Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015 – 16% of all deaths worldwide – three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence2,” they said.    

The commission found that pollution disproportionately affects the poor with 92% of pollution-related deaths occurring in low-income and middle-income countries. China and India led the pack of countries with environmental pollution related diseases.  The highest population-based estimates of premature death and disease due to pollution was seen in the low-income countries of sub Saharran Africa.

The scientists also found that although health effects of most forms of soil, heavy metal and chemical pollution have not yet been published – lead was the exception.  Large-scale epidemiological studies have confirmed the causal relationship between lead exposure and hypertension and mortality from cardiovascular disease at even low blood lead concentrations, they reported.

For children, neurodevelopmental toxicity is the biggest consequence of lead exposure.  According to the report, the effects of lead poisoning on children are linked to juvenile delinquency, violent crime in adulthood and lifelong reduction in economic productivity.

Environmental Pollution and Supplements

Nutritional supplements, like food, can be affected by environmental pollutants.  Ingredients for nutritional supplements can come from the earth, such as minerals and herbs or from animals that may be carriers of pesticides and other contaminants.  The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat can all provide environmental contamination to nutritional supplements.

In 2005, Kirkman® began a rigorous program of 

laboratory testing our supplements to ensure that every ingredient we use in the manufacturing of our supplements is free from environmental contaminants that could cause health issues.  As a result, we test every product we manufacture for more than 950 environmental contaminants.  No other nutraceutical company in the world matches our dedication to deliver you contaminant-free nutritional supplements.

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References

1Pollution kills 9 million people each year new study finds

2Lancet Commission on pollution and health

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We Need to Eat A Lot Less Sugar!


  By Rhonda Mulford
  Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
  Vice President
  Kirkman Group, Inc.

 

The Case Against Sugar

Whether sugar and not fat or other factors are the main cause of many chronic health problems is controversial.  This debate is quickened by the compelling case that Gary Taubes has made in his recent best-selling book “The Case Against Sugar,” in which he claims that sugar and not fat is the root cause of many of our leading health issues.

 Americans Eat Too Much Sugar

What’s not controversial is that American’s eat way too much sugar.  According to Euromonitor, a global market research firm, the average American consumes 126 grams of sugar a day(Just three, 12 oz. cans of Coke), which is twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries in the study.  It’s also more than twice what the World Health Organization recommends for daily intake, which is roughly 50 grams of sugar for someone of normal weight. 

A study published in April 2014 by JAMA:  Internal Medicine, found that most U.S. adults consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugar (sugar or syrup that is added to foods when processed) a day. This far exceeds the American Heart Association’s recommended limits of 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men

Added Sugar is Particularly Bad for You

The type of sugar that is often added to processed food is high-fructose corn syrup which is generally cheaper than other forms of sweeteners.  Fructose, unlike glucose that can be metabolized by any cell in the body, is exclusively processed by the liver where it produces fats and is a major cause of liver damage and other metabolic problems. 

Why Do We Crave Sugar?

There’s another popular theory that sugar begets sugar cravings.  The speculation is that sugar, like other carbohydrates, releases the feel-good brain chemical serotonin to stimulate cravings.  Researchers also say that our appetite for sugar may be hard-wired since sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth.

An overlooked source of help for kicking the sugar habit is the use of nutritional supplements.  Here is our list of 6 nutritional supplements that can help reduce your need for sugar:
 

1.  Lipoic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid)

Lipoic acid helps turn glucose into energy and helps stabilize your blood sugar levels, which can help you to hold off from snacking a few hours after a meal.  

2.  B-Complex Vitamins

If your body isn’t utilizing carbohydrates properly, it can make you want to eat more carbohydrates.  A good vitamin B complex will help with carbohydrate metabolism and curb your carb cravings. 

3.  Fish Oil

Fish oils are well-known for supplying omega-3 fatty acids, which can help support cardiovascular health.  Studies have shown that fish oil can also increase insulin sensitivity that allows the body to use glucose for immediate energy.  When insulin doesn’t respond normally – allowing sugars to enter cells of the body – you can experience insulin resistant hunger rather than physical hunger.

4.  Acetyl L-Carnitine

This supplement moves fatty acids into your cells so you get more of your energy from burning stored fats. When the body can use fat as the fuel it burns longer keeping you more satisfied, so there are less cravings for food. 

5.  Magnesium

To make insulin function effectively in the body to balance blood sugar levels requires sufficient magnesium.  Some say that chocolate cravings may be a result of the body seeking the nutrient it lacks from chocolate, especially dark chocolate, many varieties which have high magnesium content.  

6.  Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, Ubiquinone)

CoQ10 works synergistically with other antioxidants to elevate cellular levels of vitamins C, E, and glutathione and to help regulate blood sugar and enhance insulin sensitivity.  (See explanation in #3 Fish Oil.)  CoQ10 acts similarly to acetyl-l-carnitine in that it assists in energy production within the mitochondria (See explanation in #4 Acetyl L-Carnitine).

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Here Comes the Sun – And It’s Alright! Four Supplements to Help You Through the Summer

Summer can bring mixed blessings because along with the fun of longer, lazier, sunnier days comes the scourge of summer pollen and allergies, bug infestations and seasonal environmental challenges like chlorinated swimming pools. 

You can use certain nutritional supplements to support health issues that summer may bring.  

Here are our top four recommendations:

 

1. Gastromune/Allergy Support 

Allergy symptoms occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to substances in your environment such as dust, mold and pollen and starts fighting them as if they were bacteria or viruses by releasing a biochemical called histamine. Gastromune/Allergy Support (#0367-120) is an herbal blend specially formulated to support healthy immune system response.

Kirkman® recommends taking a good, multi-strain probiotic such as Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ (#0442-060 or #0442-120) with Gastromune/Allergy Support to support beneficial intestinal flora. The probiotic will also work synergistically with this herbal blend for maximum benefit.

2. Magnesium 

 Magnesium supports breathing that can become labored if affected by pollen    and other allergens.  Kirkman® manufactures a variety of magnesium      products including Magnesium Malate 1000 mg  Hypoallergenic (#0373-  120)Magnesium Citrate Soluble Powder – Hypoallergenic (#0239-008)Buffered Magnesium Oxide – Hypoallergenic (#0257-250)Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate – Hypoallergenic (#0096-250) and Buffered Magnesium Bisglycinate Powder – Bio-Max Series (#0459-004). Magnesium is also known to lessen chlorine reactions from swimming in a chlorinated pool.

3. Sleep Products

Many individuals have a harder time getting the sleep they need because of longer daylight during the summer and the summer heat and humidity. Kirkman® offers wonderful sleep aids that are safe and effective such as Melatonin 1 mg Chewable Tablets (#0068-100)Melatonin Plus Magnesium – Hypoallergenic (#0037-100, #0037-250), Sleep Support Chewable Tablets (#0486-090)Restless Sleep Herbal Blend (#0539-060) and Children’s Chewable Chocolate Melatonin 3 mg (#0524-090).

4. Vitamin C 

Histamines help the body get rid of something that’s bothering you. They can make you sneeze, tear up or have another reaction that helps hustle the allergen out of your body.  Vitamin C has an effect on histamine in your system, and your body’s vitamin C levels also regulate your level of histamine release.  Kirkman® offers several vitamin C products including Organic Vitamin C (#0529-090),  Vitamin C – Hypoallergenic (#0024-100, #0024-250), Vitamin C 250 mg Chewable Tablets with Stevia-100 Count.

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From Our Archives — Adding Nutrients to Rice Crispy Treats

 

Recipe for Microwave Rice Crispy Treats
 

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups GFCF rice crispy cereal
  • 40 large marshmallows (or 4 cups mini-marshmallows)
  • 3 tablespoons dairy free butter

Directions
In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stir after 2 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Add rice crispy cereal.  Stir until coated.  Use ice cream scoop to form balls or press mixture into 13×9 inch pan coated with cooking spray.  Let cool.  Eat.  Enjoy!

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A Three-Product Protocol Kirkman® Introduces Unique Blends for Microbiome Balance

Multiple body systems’ dysfunction causing illness is not uncommon, especially in special needs individuals. Recent scientific research points to the “microbiome” as a possible source of these connections.

Kirkman® recently added two new products to its Microbiome Balance line, Microbiome Toxicity Control (#4538-120) and Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme w/DPP-IV (#4234-120).  These products, along with Kirkman’s Microbiome Probiotic 8-Strain Blend (#4465-060)provide a nutritional protocol for supporting  the microbiome.

What’s the Microbiome?
The microbiome refers to the genetic makeup of all the microorganisms in the human body. There are an estimated 30-100 trillion microbial cells that make up the microbiome, compared to the 10 trillion human cells that make up the human genome, successfully mapped in 2003 as a result of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Genome Project (HGP).   In 2008, the NIH launched the Human Microbiome Project as a counterpart to the HGP to explore the complex eco-system and genome of the body’s microbiome. 

The Gut is the Focus
Much of the current research regarding the “microbiome” is centered on the gut, where the vast majority of microbes reside. The gut is an important source of tributaries to other parts of the body that control our health, like our immune system and our central nervous system. When the gut is healthy with beneficial microbiota, the immune system is strengthened so that it can fight off pathogenic microorganisms before they develop into illness or serious health conditions.

Scientists also know that chemicals produced by gut microbiota communicate with the central nervous system and may affect cognitive functions, but exactly to what extent is still unclear to researchers.

Taking a Common Sense Approach
A common sense approach to microbiota health is a good default position to take while scientists take on the complex job of fully understanding the microbiome – - remove toxins, add good bacteria and provide the body with the nutrients required for overall good health. Taking targeted and effective nutritional supplements can make up for the nutrients that may be missing from the diet to accomplish these purposes.

Microbiome Toxicity Control (#4538-120)

Exposure to chemicals, such as pesticides, can disrupt a healthy balance of gastrointestinal microbiota. This product is a hypoallergenic blend of natural ingredients known to support the body’s detoxification pathways. These natural pathways are mechanisms for removing environmental contaminants, which can invade the body from toxins in the air, water, food or other environmental sources. Microbiome Toxicity Control is hypoallergenic, free of casein, gluten and common allergens and contains the following ingredients:

  • vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, which enhance the body’s detoxification pathways;
  • taurine, a sulfur based amino acid with detoxifying properties;
  • curcumin (turmeric), a spice with detoxification properties;
  • milk thistle, a flowering plant which detoxifies the body’s organs;
  • glutathione, the body’s most powerful immune system supporter;
  • N-acetyl cysteine, an ingredient known for strong antioxidant activity;
  • calcium D-glucarate, which acts in a similar manner as natural fruits and vegetables, also known to support detoxification.

Microbiome Probiotic 8-Strain Blend
(#4465-060)

Though a thorough genetic evaluation is needed to fully analyze the current state of a person’s microbiome, adding beneficial bacteria by taking a high strength probiotic is a good way to add beneficial bacteria to microbiota.

The two most important groups of beneficial bacteria residing in the intestines are the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species. Lactobacillus reside mainly in the small intestine, while Bifidobacterium reside, to some degree, in the small intestine but are more predominant in the large intestine. 

Bifidobacterium strains are also of great importance to babies and nursing mothers. Both Lactobacillus strains and Bifidobacterium strains have been clinically shown to help ensure proper nutrient absorption, support healthy digestive function and maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall. Kirkman’s Microbiome Probiotic 8-Strain Blend consists of 60 billion colony-forming units of several different strains of these beneficial organisms including:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum lactis*
  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Bifidobacterium breve

*  There are two different strains of Bifido lactis in this product, which accounts for the eight strain count.

This probiotic is a broad-spectrum formulation that will provide a good overall foundation for a healthy microbiome. Eating healthy foods, avoiding processed chemicals from foods and avoiding environmental toxins can also play a positive role toward a healthy microbiome.

Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme w/DPP-IV (#4234-120)

Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme w/DPP-IV is formulated to support digestive activity for a full range of foods. A unique blend of 17 pure, plant-based enzymes that are recognized as essential for the effective digestion of all food groups, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugars and fiber under a wide range of pH conditions are included in this formulation. The addition of the dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPP-IV) enzyme analog supports the ability of the body to degrade peptides formed from exposure to casein and gluten.

In situations where undigested protein fragments are left in the gut, a healthy microbiome can become unhealthy because of the disrupted messaging that has resulted. Individuals particularly sensitive to these undigested protein fragments can experience very negative responses, which often manifest as pain or negative behavior. DPP-IV can support the digestion of these undigested protein fragments and help prevent these undesirable responses. 

Microbiome Broad Spectrum Enzyme with DPP-IV provides a comprehensive “foundation” of supplemental enzymes to support optimal digestion. Each enzyme works independently, but also synergistically to impact digestion of all dietary components. This proprietary product provides a combination of proteases, amylases, lipases, disaccharides and cellulases that replace the enzymes lost in cooking, thus lessening the burden on the body’s digestive tract so that it can function optimally, while also supporting optimal nutrient absorption.

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