What are Digestive Enzymes?

What are Digestive Enzymes?


Every time you eat, your body makes its own digestives enzymes to breakdown food into smaller molecules. These molecules are then absorbed into the body; aka, what is essential to sustaining your livelihood

However, sometimes the body does not produce sufficient enzymes. This leads to undigested food being digested or fermented by the microbiome, which can lead to indigestion, gas, bloating, and either constipation or diarrhea.


Why do some people experience digestive problems?


The reality is that many people suffering from digestive issues may not be secreting or consuming enough active digestive enzymes. Digestive complaints affect nearly one in three adults in the United States.

Some of the reasons for the insufficient secretion of digestive enzymes are genetics, dietary factors, stress, and aging. Dr. Shinya believes that the lack of the enzymes and unavailability of fermented food seen in Japanese culture are big factors of digestive irritations for many people around the world.

Maybe you’ve experienced digestive discomfort when eating dairy or gluten. If this is the case, there is likely an option for relief.

What options do you have if you want to occasionally enjoy foods that provide discomfort?


Taking digestive enzymes can help overcome this enzyme insufficiency leading to proper digestion of food and relief of digestive distress.

One of the key components of our formulas are a full range of plant-based enzymes: proteases to digest proteins, lipases for fat, and amylases for starches.

Where do the enzymes in SHINYALab products come from?


SHINYALab products provide concentrated food-based sources of enzymes and those specifically produced from Aspergillus oryzae; also called koji mold, the national fungus of Japan.

This safe and extremely beneficial organism is a critical factor in the traditional Japanese diet as it is used in the production of “koji,” a starter culture usually made from barley, rice, or soybeans. The koji culture is then used in the production of traditional Japanese fermented foods and beverages such as soy sauce, miso, sake, and shochu.

Aspergillus oryzae and koji culture complex are the primary sources of enzymes and beneficial organisms in SHINYALab products; something you may not see elsewhere when sourcing a high-quality digestive enzyme.

The SHINYALab formulas also contain other food-based enzyme sources such as bromelain from pineapple, papain from papaya, and nattokinase from fermented non-GMO soybean.

The proprietary mixtures of grains and soybeans along with ideal fermentation conditions


produce the highest and most consistent enzyme potencies possible.

What are the benefits of enzyme supplements for digestive health?


Digestive enzyme supplements have been shown to:

     ●  Improve digestion and absorption. If most food components are not liberated or broken down into absorbable forms, they do not get properly absorbed into the body
     ●  Help relieve symptoms of poor digestion. Improperly digested food is a big factor in producing digestive issues such as indigestion, gas, bloating, and bowel irregularity
     ●  Ease digestive distress and irritation. When food is not properly digested, it irritates the delicate lining of the intestine and may lead to increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”)
     ●  Improve the composition of the microbiome. Sufficient digestive enzyme activity and proper digestion are critical to a healthy intestinal environment

     ● Improve bowel function. Promoting proper digestion also leads to better bowel regularity

What SHINYALab product is best for digestive discomfort?


The Katsuryoku Blend in our Vital Enzymes product is ideal for everyday digestive support. We’d recommend this product to support and stimulate healthy digestion, immune function, and nutrient absorption.