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Digestion of Protein - Part 1

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 6:49 PM

From the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition”
Proteins are first broken down in the stomach by hydrochloric acid, pepsin, and proteases into peptides (amino acid chains) by splitting peptide bonds between the amino acid protein chains. The role of the stomach in protein digestion was often viewed as a minor part of the overall process until recent years, when it became more clear that lack of acid secretion by the stomach could compromise the entire protein digestion process by failing to open the protein structure in such a way that enzymes could gain access to the amino acids in the protein chains. 
In the United States, lack of stomach acid (called hypochlorhydria) is a common problem, often linked to the used of antacids. Decreased stomach acid secretion is also associated with chronic stress, poor diet with excessive food intake and poor food combining, and aging, particularly after 60. 
ZYPAN 
Combines pancreatin, pepsin, and betaine hydrochloride to facilitate healthy digestion. 
• Supports macronutrient digestion. 
• Hydrochloric acid is involved in maintaining proper gastric pH. 
• Includes stearic acid to coat the pancreatin, helping it to be digested in the correct area of the digestive tract. 
• Provides enzymatic support for protein digestion. 
• Supports the digestive environment of the GI tract.