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Natural Factors Bromelain capsules contain 500 mg
of this proteolytic enzyme isolated form the stem of the pineapple
plant. Bromelain aids digestion by breaking down protein, and improves
nutrient absorption. Bromelain is a good substitute for the enzymes
pepsin and trypsin. Bromelain's other health benefits include aiding
weight loss and improving blood vessel and joint inflammation.
"But digestive enzymes can do more than aid digestion. Because they are
so efficient at breaking down protein, carbohydrates, and fats, they are
able to stimulate the good bacteria in the gut, detoxify and cleanse the
colon, and therefore improve a number of digestion-related conditions,
including food and other allergies. They help to mobilize and expel
harmful products from the body. This process occurs at the cellular
level, in organs, and in various systems of the body."
GDU and MCU are two standard ways to measure enzyme activity. The
measurement of activity is based on how much one gram of the enzyme will
digest. Usually the two measurements are in a 2:3 ratio. The higher the
number of GDU's and MCU's, the greater the enzyme activity of the
Bromelain can be purchased in strengths ranging from 80 GDU/120 MCU to
1000 GDU/1500 MCU. A product with only 80 GDU/120 MCU is twelve time
less potent that a product with 1000GDU/1500 MCU.
Natural Factors only uses extra-strength Bromelain, 1000 GDU ( gelatin
digesting units) and 1500 MCU ( milk clotting units) of enzyme activity
per gram, one of the most potent and effective strengths available.