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Enzymes and Your Health, Swallowing Problems
Publish Date : 1/10/2006 6:11:14 AM Source : Loring A. Windblad
Question: My child will not swallow capsules. Can I sprinkle the enzymes on her food?
Yes. The enzymes will mix with food or beverages. Just pull the capsule open, and empty it out. If you use less than an entire capsule, you can just click the capsule back together and use the rest of the enzymes later. The taste and smell of enzyme products vary a great deal, which you may want to mask with fruit juice, ketchup, etc. Other products have no taste or smell at all. Please be careful to not inhale the enzyme powder, and to clear any residual enzyme powder from the mouth and throat area with additional food or beverage. Just make sure your child wipes their mouth after taking the enzymes. See the section on Mixing Suggestions in Chapter 11.
Reactions in children can from child to child. Bio88+ (Plus) is a honey-like substance, but has no honey nor any other animal-based product and is exceptionally easy to take. It can be spread on toast or bread, taken direct from its own spoon (a new spoon comes with every bottle).
My child took an enzyme and then did not eat. Is this harmful?
No. If the substance is not present, the enzymes will not do anything. Since enzymes are protein, the body will eventually process the enzymes as any other food protein. Many people take high doses of enzyme products on an empty stomach to facilitate systemic enzyme therapy, that is, the uptake of enzymes into the circulation. This is common in treating various conditions with goals other than just the breakdown of food.
Bio88+ (Plus) differs from the above somewhat if you take it without food. As a fermented product which has actually broken down the cell walls and made the enzymes instantly ready to go to work, what you will probably notice is a warming sensation beginning in the throat and stomach and moving to the lower gut (the intestines). This is actually the enzymes in Bio 88+ going to work cleaning your gut cleaning out and digesting the residue of old food and inactive and/or bad enzymes remaining.
How can I give the enzymes with my childs school lunch?
For many enzyme supplements you will need to check with your school on their policies for over-the-counter substances. See Chapter 19, Enzymes at School. You may try mixing the enzymes into a cold drink in a thermos and adding ice cubes to keep it cold. The cooler (even frozen) you keep an enzyme, the longer it lasts. This is important because enzymes become activated, and then start losing their activity once put into a liquid solution. Making chocolate wafers is another popular idea.
However, in the case of Bio88+ (Plus), it is recommended that it be taken during or after both breakfast and supper; thus there is no possible conflict with school regulations on Enzymes at School. Feel free to contact the author by email for additional information.
Our next article, Part XI, deals enzyme supplements, autism and other PDDs.
Disclaimer: These articles in no way should be taken as medical advice on any product or condition, nor do they constitute in any way medical advice endorsing any specific product, specific result, nor any possible cure for any condition or problem. They are meant as a source of information upon which you may base your decision as to whether or not you should begin using a greens product as a dietary supplement. If in doubt, or if you have questions, you should consult your physician and, if possible, consult a second physician for a possible different opinion. The author bears no responsibility for your decisions nor for the outcome of your actions based upon those decisions.
About the Author
Loring Windblad has studied nutrition and exercise for more than 40 years, is a published author and freelance writer. His latest business endeavor is at
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