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    1. Ray21 added a post in a topic What Are Brush Border Enzymes And How Do They Related To...   

      I have since switched to TriEnza with DPP IV Activity  made by Houston,
      I found it has all that Digest Spectrum had except the Cellulase which I did not want. I feel like this works best for me .... 
      I also do take 1 Beano capsule whenever I am eating cruciferous vegetables 
      and I have no allergic reaction(thank God) to Beano, and it helps limit Gas/Bloating ... And 1 350mg 
      Betaine HCL and i am now 42 and my belly is less bloated and more flat than when I was 22! ... I also feel like my food is digesting better and I seem to have more energy..... 
      anyways, I think I am done with this subject of "Digestive Enzymes" for now as I have found what works for me,
      my next project is get rid of my candida!
       Good Luck to you all! 
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    2. Ray21 added a topic in Gluten-Free Recipes - Baking & Cooking Tips   

      Anti-Candida Diet - Seeds Vs. Grains
      Hi Everyone,
      Just starting to work on my candida issues and it looks like just taking some plain old Candex is not gonna do it and I need to make some dietary changes as well.
      I am just learning about the Candida diet, and how grains are a no no because of their starches but seeds are okay. Can someone please explain to me how this works? I mean as far as I know, seeds also have starches in how come starch in the grains are not good for candida over-growth people but seeds are okay??
      Thank you so much,
      God Bless.
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    3. Ray21 added a post in a topic What Are Brush Border Enzymes And How Do They Related To...   

      BTW, just wanted to add, I use this web site to look up Ingredients on enzymes:
      Not saying to buy from them, I just use their site to pull up labels on all of the enzyme products when I want to look it up. Their web-site is the best I found so far for that purpose.
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    4. Ray21 added a post in a topic What Are Brush Border Enzymes And How Do They Related To...   

      Well the enzyme product I used is called Digest Spectrum by Enzymatica. but I am frustrated because I can see that it is not perfect for my body but helps alot! Another words there are some enzymes in it that my body can use very much and some not so much...
      I wish there was a enzyme test that could measure all the digestive enzymes and stomach acids and bile in a person's body and tell me exactly which enzymes I need and exactly in what quantity  so I didn't have to do this trail and error with all these enzyme products!! But I guess this idea is way ahead of it's time!
      But since I put up this post, I have been doing some research and trial and error by googling every enzyme that is in that formula of "Digest Spectrum" and educating myself on them.....Although I am not done, here is all my finding that I can share today:
      1. Alpha Galactosidase(Helpful when taken with food) - . Digest Spectrum has 300 GaIU of this enzyme in it(Per 1 cap). This enzyme helps digest cruciferous vegetables. Interestingly enough, it is the main enzyme in the product "Beano" . Beano has 150 GalU per tablet, so I tried 2 Beano tablets because I wanted to use equal amounts. So I went ahead and bought some Beano and tried it with my food and it really helped with bloating. It does not cure bloating completely but helps! Especially because I have been eating Sauerkraut lately to boost my good bacteria, and sauerkraut is made from cabbage which is a cruciferous vegetable. 
      2. DPP-IV (helpful when taken with food)- This is the enzyme that along with protease is suppose to help break down Gluten. Digest spectrum has 1,400 DPPU. So again I did some research to see if I can find this enzyme on it's own so I can try it and see what happens when I use it as a single enzyme,... I could not find it sold by itself like I did with Beano because I guess this enzyme has to be combined with protease to work, but it was obvious after a little reseach that this enzyme is the main componets of most Gluten Enzyme formulas out there such as Glutenease, Gluten Flam, Gluten Digest and........ I happened to have a 1/2 open bottle of Gluten Digest(by NOW) from a while back, so I got it out and started using it on it's own for a few days.... It helped alot with inflammation and gas... I don't eat anything with wheat anyways, but I eat Quinoa or Rice with 2 of my meals and the product helped with digesting those alot.
      3. Cellulase(NOT helpful when taken with food) - This is the enzyme that helps digest fiber. It is also the main component of most products out there that is suppose to help with Candida cleanse. However, I highly suspect this is the enzyme that I don't need to take with food. Another words, when I said earlier that Digest Spectrum is not perfect for my body it is because it has this enzyme in it. This enzyme is usually combined with a few other enzymes to help cleanse candida. If you do some research and read some lables, you can see that Cellulase is the main component in most products that are geared towards Candida cleanse. Products such as Candex,  Candidase, CDX Yeast and many more enzymes geared towards candida cleanse all pretty much have this enzyme as their main components. But here is the reason why I wish it was not included in Digest Spectrum. You see, Cellulase works well on an empty stomach. This is why products such as Candex are taken 2 hours before eating in the morning or night... because it's suppose to go in the intestine on its own and break down the candida. But the formula "Digest Spectrum" is designed to be taken with a meal!............hmm, what to do?? Well, I also had some Candex that I used to take for candida. I decided to try to take a capsule with a meal instead of my usual way of taking Candex which is to take it when I wake up in the morning or before I go to sleep at night... and when I took it with a meal, it actually gave me more bloating and inflamation!..... this is why I know Digest Spectrum is not perfect for my body, because it has Cellulase in it and I only should take that enzyme on an empty stomach... but I have no choice with Digest Spectrum because it's already in there
      My Next project:
      Xylanase - One of the things that Digest Spectrum does for me that I was puzzled about is that it enhances my mood! I realized after a couple of days of taking Digest Spectrum I was laughing more and not so easily irritated like I usually am. I could not understand how this was possible. So I stopped Digest Spectrum for a few days and the feelings of irritability came back!  Started it again and it went away! I knew there was something in that Digest Spectrum that was making me happy and I have been wanting to know what it is........ The biggest suspect is this Xylanase.... Again if you do some research and read some lables, you will see that Xylanase is the main component of most products that are geared towards digesting Phenols. The 2 main products made for that are: No Phenol (Houston) and Carbgest(Enzymatica)... so my next project is to buy one of these (either Np Phenol or Carbgest) and try and see if it enhances my mood like Digest Spectrum does...... Digest Spectrum has 20,000 XU of Xylanase, where as No Phenol has 32000XU and Carbgest has 38000XU
      So basically, at this point in time, I have to do all this research so I can find out which enzymes my body really needs and at what quantity and should it be taken with a meal or on an empty stomach....... Hopefully, someday they come up with a test that can tell each individual what their body needs because what i can digest someone else can not!
      Good luck to all! 
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    5. Ray21 added a topic in Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues   

      What Are Brush Border Enzymes And How Do They Related To...
      I am still learning about enzymes. I have leaky gut, and after trying my first bottle of a general enzyme product, I noticed some benefits, so I became more interested to learn about enzymes. Today I came across a new term called "Brush Border Enzymes". The short explanation I saw was very relevant to being Celiac and/or have leaky gut. Apparently, some individuals have damaged brushed border (part of small intestine  where a few enzymes are produced). These enzymes are responsible for breaking down many foods that if not broken down will cause allergies.... 
      My question is:
      1. What is the list of these enzymes?
      Why do I ask? because there is no reason for me to buy a enzyme product that has plenty of enzymes that I don't need.. I want to know what are exactly these "Brush Border Enzymes" so I look for products that have those in them only.
      2. Can anyone recommend any enzyme supplements that have these enzymes in them? I mean all of them not just one or two. I am looking for 1 complete product. thanks
      As always, all input is appreciated. 
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    6. Ray21 added a post in a topic Taking Combination Pancreatic Enzymes Vs. Just Protease!   

      Thanks for reminding me about B12 and VitD... I was low on both of those when I had a blood test a year ago.. this was even before knowing I have leaky gut.. I just got a B12 shot last night and noticed my sleep improved the same night! I started taking VitD again too although that one does not seem to show any benefits right away for me.
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    7. Ray21 added a post in a topic Taking Combination Pancreatic Enzymes Vs. Just Protease!   

      Just wanted to give an update,
      I used protease by itself . It helped with digestion as did the combo panc. enzymes, but it caused constipation again...and as before, after a few days the constipation would cause low energy and then feeling down.... I then tried a bit OX Bile 125mg capsule with it and it solved the constipation problem. So all this time, I had a 2nd problem that needed to be addressed... The problem was not the enzymes, it was that in my case there must be some bile obstruction from the gallbladder that was causing constipation in the first place....

      I guess this is why fixing Leaky Gut is so difficult. There could be multiple patterns doing on at the same time , and they need to be dissected one by one and a complete and unique solution needs to be put together to work for the individual.
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    8. Ray21 added a post in a topic Is There A Name For This Diet?   

      Well, since most of these food allergies revolve around problem with certain protein digestions, I wonder if potatos just don't have the protein that I am allergic to. I know I am allergic to Gluten, but I am talking besides glutern. Maybe there is other protein that are not yet researched enough to make as much headlines as gluten. For example, I hear there is a protein in Oats that some people are allergic to. My body actually acts much worst to oats and oat bran then it does to wheat so I am one of them.... It could very well be that my body can digest all the protein in the potato. Same with white basmati rice, but not the brown rice which is suppose to be better for you!
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    9. Ray21 added a post in a topic Is There A Name For This Diet?   

      hehehe... well i am trying to find out if there is an actual name for it so I can look up recepies and join their meetup groups! ... who knows I may find all kinds of friends and even my soulmate ...... Anyone else out there is on "What Works for Ray Today" diet ??? J/K
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    10. Ray21 added a topic in Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues   

      Is There A Name For This Diet?
      I am not sure if there is a name for what I can and can not eat. I seem to do fine with a small amount of white rice or potato but no other grains. Also, unlike people who do fine on a Paleo diet with seeds, I can not eat seeds either.

      So basically, my diet is Paleo +rice/potato and (- seeds) !
      Is there a name for this diet?
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    11. Ray21 added a post in a topic Taking Combination Pancreatic Enzymes Vs. Just Protease!   

      Well I ordered some Protease alone and should get it next week. I will report back the results to see if it does help digest as well as the combo of all 3 without the side effects that the combo of all 3 causes for me. Another side effect I forgot to mention in my original post is that the combo gives me constipation. For the combo, I am using Gluten Digest by NOW.
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    12. Ray21 added a post in a topic Taking Combination Pancreatic Enzymes Vs. Just Protease!   

      I came across something interesting after putting up the original post.
      Apparently, there is a test that can measure the enzymes called: Chymotrypsin enzyme test

      Also, when I did a search for the word Chymotrypsin enzyme I came across this link that explains more about enzymes:

      Not sure how reliable it is, but just wanted to share.
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    13. Ray21 added a topic in Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues   

      Taking Combination Pancreatic Enzymes Vs. Just Protease!

      I am new to this board and first of all I want to say I am very thankful for such a forum to exist. It has helped me educate myself alot.

      About 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome, and one of the products my doctor has advised me to take is a Pancreatic Enzyme product. I had taken Combo Pancreatic enzymes in the past and although it helped alot with the inflammation of the gut, it gave me a feeling of depression and low energy, so I stopped. (this was a couple of years ago) ... Now to my surprise, my doctor wants me to take it again!

      So the curious person that I am, I decided to do a little search, and learn more about Pancreatic enzymes. As it turns out that out of the 3 main enzymes that is pretty much included in all these Pancreatic enzyme products (Amylase, Protease, and Lipase) only 1 is used to digest proteins which is Protease. Amylase is to digest starch and Lipalase is to digest fats.

      My question is this: Why should I take a product that has all the enzymes when my problem is digesting Gluten which is a form of protein?? Why not just take Protease??

      Protease is sold by itself also, just not as popular. I could not find it in a store, but did see it online.

      My goal is to get the inflammation down without the feeling of depression and low energy. So I am so curious to try Protease by itself to see if it does just that.... after all if my pancreas is producing enough Amylase and Lipase, why give it in excess??

      So please educate me as to pros and cons of taking Protease by itself vs. a combo of all pancreatic enzymes... Thanks
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    14. Ray21 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Doctors   

      Can Anyone Recommend A Food Allergy Doc. In Orange County/ca?

      I have been working with a doctor that I am not happy with. So I want to get a 2nd opinion.
      Can anyone recommend a doctor in Orange County that specializes in food allergies? I have leaky gut syndrome . Thanks
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