Depending on your specific diet, you need specific enzymes.

Interview with Jery Cochern

Digestive Health

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“In 2014, the United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that 70 million adult Americans. Common digestive issues include gas, bloating, belching, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain or distension, extreme fullness after eating and sour or metallic tastes in the mouth. These complaints are your body’s way of saying it needs help.  The help you need, however, goes beyond feeling more comfortable after meals. Sluggish digestion also robs the body of nutrients, which robs us of energy and undermines every aspect of well-being.

Foods are made of large molecules (macronutrients) called proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Tucked away in these large molecules are micronutrients like vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

Just as you cannot swallow an apple whole, your bloodstream cannot absorb these large molecules. Proteins must first be broken down into chains of three amino acids or fewer, carbohydrates into monosaccharides (single sugar units), and fats into singular fatty acids. As this occurs, micronutrients escape from their bonds so that they, too, can be absorbed.

Put simply, digestion is the process of breaking foods into its useful components. Enzymes are its tools.




Enzymes are factors that allow chemical reactions to occur more quickly. Every enzyme is unique, and does only one specific thing. Each digestive enzyme plays only one small role in the overall digestive process. For optimal protein digestion, you need different types of protease enzymes that are active at different pH levels and break protein chains both at the ends and in the middle.


Digestive enzymes come from two main sources. The first is foods themselves.
The second source is your own digestive tract (salivary glands, stomach, pancreas and brush border villi in the small intestine). As long as the enzymes in foods and those made in your digestive tract can achieve complete digestion, digestive distress is unlikely. Unfortunately, cooked or processed foods contain no active enzymes whatsoever. This means that to digest them, your body has to produce twice as many enzymes. Because we make fewer digestive enzymes as we age, this soon takes a toll and digestive inefficiency suffers.

The enzymes in raw foods begin to digest your foods as soon as you start to chew them. Their action continues for 30 to 60 minutes in the upper stomach before most of your own enzymes kick in. This makes digestion quicker. Speed is important because nutrients are absorbed at specific locations in the small intestine. If digestion is not complete when foods reach these locations, valuable nutrients are wasted.

Digestive enzyme supplements have been available for over 50 years. They have always, however, been “one size fits all.” Meanwhile, your own body produces enzymes that reflect the real world foods you actually eat.

If you eat 2000 calories on an Atkins type diet plan, you’ll get an average of 65 grams of proteins, 18 grams of carbs, and 43 grams of fats at each meal. On a Pritikin plan, you eat only 16 grams of protein, 7 gram of fat, but 133 grams of carbohydrates. On the Atkins plan, you need FOUR times more protein digesting enzymes and SIX times more fat digesting enzymes. On the other hand, with a Pritikin type plan, you need over SEVEN times more carbohydrate enzymes.

Digestive enzymes are not interchangeable. Proteases digest only proteins, carbohydrases* break down only carbohydrates and lipases reduce only fats. Thereby, there is simply no way that “one size fits all” can work.

From Paleo to Keto to South Beach to Zone (and about a hundred others), Americans follow many eating plans. Fortunately, each of these fits into one of nine major, macronutrient profiles. By applying proprietary enzyme activity algorithms to these profiles, Pure Essence developed the world’s first personalized digestive enzyme supplements. This means that you can now you enjoy an enzyme supplement built specifically for the foods you actually eat.

At first glance, some of the plans covered by various formulas might seem to have little in common. For example, DASH, Mayo and Standard American Diets might be odd bedfellows. Certainly, the quality of the foods in these plans can vary, but because the amounts of proteins, carbs and fats they each provide are virtually identical, their enzyme requirements are the same.


*(Note: Many Americans follow no specific eating plan but change things up daily. If this is you, look for “Standard Onmivore”.

Personalization is only the beginning of the Real-Zymes™ story. Real-Zymes™ are also state of the art in every other way:

  • Every enzyme required for complete digestion of proteins, carbs, and fats.*
  • TotalTrac protease, amylase, lipase and cellulase blends, which function at the widest possible
  • range of pH levels and combine several enzymes for the most efficient digestion possible.
  • Activ8 trace mineral complex, because trace minerals may increase enzyme activity.
  • ATPower, featuring ATP with zinc and magnesium to energize your digestive process.
  • Bacillus subtilis, a remarkably hardy probiotic that survives the digestive process.
  • Both “endo” and “exo” proteases for the fastest possible protein digestion.
  • L-Glutamine to nourish the brush border villi of the small intestine.

Real-Zymes™ are the most advanced enzyme supplements ever offered. They are the world’s only enzyme supplements customized to your own personal needs, and stand alone in providing all these other factors. They work at pH levels throughout the digestive tract. They break proteins, carbohydrates and fats down in every way that that digestive enzymes can, and thus assure the quickest, most complete and most efficient digestion possible. They are the best possible replacement for the lack of enzymes in foods and for those we might no longer make enough of ourselves. Real-Zymes™ are remarkable, which is why they are guaranteed to outperform any other enzyme supplements you have ever used.” Content provided by

About Jery Cochern
Jery Cochern is the Founder and CEO of Pure Essence Labs. In 1984, Jery founded Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems and made it, one of the industry’s largest, most successful brands and the world’s first food-based vitamin and mineral formulations.

Jery is a Certified Nutritionist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, and one of a handful of American Superior Herbalists. He is widely known as one of the natural industry’s most holistic thinkers, innovative formulators, and exceptional speakers.

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Hemp provides powerful nutrition for human health.

Interview with Dr. Jason Mitchell

Brain Support

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There has never been this much excitement over a food and it’s nutrients as there is currently for hemp. There is also a great deal of confusion as to what are the important facts to understand. Valid scientific research surrounding hemp is fueling the rediscovery of its importance to human health.  What this research is revealing is causing a shift in thinking as well as application of nature’s assets held inside this amazing plant.
Combined with changing state laws and laws surrounding the research of Hemp, we find ourselves in what might be considered as one of the most important advancements in nutritional and medical knowledge to date.

Hemp has been used as an important resource for centuries.Historically, hemp has been known as a fibrous resource within the textile industry. Its oils have been important to industry and used to make such things as:

  •  Clothing
  • Rope
  • Fabric
  • Biofuels…and so much more

The most important lesson here is that hemp is also food!

Industrial Hemp

Industrial Hemp

Whole Food Resource – In more recent years, hemp has been identified as a whole food resource of full-spectrum plant based nutrition, including:

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Omega Fatty Acids (Omegas 3-6-9)
  • Key Hemp Phytonutrients

Researchers believe that the most recent discoveries found in hemp oil, from parts of the plant such as the mature stalk, might be the most important. Researchers have revealed that within the amazing hemp plant contains a collection of phytonutrients and phyto-compounds that show great promise for human health in both the nutritional and medical fields.  These phytonutrients and phyto-compounds include:

  • Chlorophyll
  • Flavinoids
  • Terpenes like ß-caryophylline
  • Many other important key hemp phyto-compounds.

Our body has an intricate system of receptors located throughout it called the Endocannabinoids System (ECS). The ECS plays an integral role in the state of our well-being, by helping to regulate the communication between cells in our central nervous system and throughout our body’s immune system. Scientists have known for years that the chemicals produced in our brain result in a wide array important physiological responses and how important it is to support healthy ECS function.

Because the ECS is directly involved in so many interactions within the human body, it has been aptly referred to as the “Central Control Panel,” or what we like to call the “Master adaptogenic System.” Supporting homeostasis and balance,” within the ECS supporting both body and mind.

By gently supporting the ECS with naturally occurring phyto-compounds found in hemp and other plant-derived sources, we may support ECS balance.* It is important to point out that research is still underway and many studies are being conducted to prove the clinical efficacy of hemp science. We are still in the embryonic stages of really understanding the full complexity of how these key hemp phyto-compounds interact with our ECS. For a deeper understanding of the research and the ECS, visit, or the International Cannabinoid Research Society at

The Importance of Nutritional Hemp Phyto-compounds
Many of us take vitamins, eat well, find time to relax and exercise, and we still find ourselves occasionally out of balance, tired and not getting enough quality sleep. The point is, even if we do try and live a completely healthy lifestyle, we may still need to support our bodies with additional support.

It has been identified that Hemp contains powerful phytonutrients / phyto-compounds that are getting the attention of medical researchers worldwide.  This attention has been driven primarily by the discovery of unique system in the body called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a collection of endocannabinoids,  their regulating enzymes and their receptors.  These phyto-nutrients have been recognized as showing great promise in supporting human health as well as potentially revealing future applications in medical treatment due to their interaction with this Endocannabinoid System.*

Key phyto-compounds for support can be found in common foods like cloves, hops, black pepper fruit and plants like Echinacea. We can certainly eat more of these foods, but HempFusion® makes it easy to supplement your daily diet with many of these key phyto-compounds naturally derived from nutritional hemp. Unique, proprietary Whole Food, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil formulas from HempFusion help to support the ECS*. Specific HempFusion formulas are designed to support for occasional stress, more restful sleep and digestive health.*

Poor diet, lack of exercise, stress factors and a shortage of sleep may affect human health. Endocannabinoid System (ECS) research is now shedding light on the connection between the chemicals produced within our own bodies and the receptors for those chemicals located throughout our entire body that help us to maintain ECS balance. Nature provides help with plant-based Key Hemp Phyto-compounds, which are biologically similar to the ones produced within the ECS.

There are many credible sites such as and where you can conduct your own search to find the most current information being published in real time. While more research is needed to meet the requirements of structure/function claims regarding phyto-compounds derived from nutritional hemp, many anecdotal reports and the interest from the scientific community are advancing our knowledge of the plant’s benefits.

HempFusion is a family of products based on full-spectrum hemp formulated with key synergistic nutrients and herbs. Each formula has a specific benefit and these are formulas that can be taken daily. There are specific formulas for Sleep, Digestion and Stress. Nutritional Hemp contains no psychoactive properties.

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About Dr. Jason Mitchell
Dr. Jason Mitchell is a Naturopathic Doctor certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. He is also a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and Certified Natural Health Professionals. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management/Operations from Arizona State University and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Trinity College of Natural Health. He is the Co-Founder & President of HempFusion.


303 – Simple Nutritional Solutions for Common Digestive Complaints

There are a lot of people with digestive challenges that are not medically related. These are common everyday digestive issues that don’t require medical intervention. Problems such as occasional, poor digestion, gas, bloating, heart burn and stomach irritation are examples of digestive complaints that can often be addressed by good nutritional support.

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302 – Emerging Trends in Probiotics

The probiotic category is a hotbed of research and as a result new products are emerging at a rapid rate. The science of probiotics is revealing the unique benefits of genetically identifiable strains. This is leading to more specifically targeted products. It also means that consumers must continue to gain more understanding in order to sort out the products and the claims. There are a lot of good companies making good probiotics. There is also way too many products that are inferior in some way or another that is not always obvious.

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301 – Meshima Mushroom Supports Breast Health for Women

“Meshima, (Phellinus linteus) whose name literally means “Women’s Island,” is a mushroom that grows on mulberry trees on an island of the same name southwest of Japan. Meshima is becoming increasingly known for its remarkable women’s health benefits.* In groundbreaking studies, US researchers recently confirmed that an extract of Meshima mushrooms demonstrates potent activity in helping to maintain healthy breast cells.*” source: Mushroom Wisdom

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300 – What You Need to Know in 2018 – My Opinion – Steve Lankford

Every 100 shows I take time to distill my thoughts on what I have learned or observed since the previous anniversaries. I have a perspective on the health industry that spans over 4 decades and I have seen the growth and the changes. I suggest that you revisit episodes 100 and 200 and read the blogs that I wrote at those times. It is interesting because much of what I covered then remains relevant today.

As always a lot has changed, but much also remains the same. Changes can be challenging to manage but it also means new opportunities. In times of change, one has to understand and adapt to that change. In this podcast, I will give my overview of how my thinking has evolved and how best to move forward.

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299 – The A-List Diet – Look and Feel Younger

Prior to opening his own practice, for five years, Dr. Pescatore was the Associate Medical Director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine working directly with Dr. Robert C. Atkins. What we have learned over the decades from Dr. Atkins and Dr. Pescatore is that fats in the diet are not the cause of obesity. We have learned about the importance of the types of fats in the diet and that some fats are better than others. We learned that refined carbs and too many carbs is a major factor in the obesity epidemic.
Dr. Pescatore’s newest book The A-LIST Diet (2017) is designed to go beyond Atkins and Paleo diets. Dr. Pescatore improves on these popular diets by boosting protein, protein rotation, reducing inflammation and alkalizing the body. Dr. Pescatore takes a fresh look at everyday choices and helps you customize his strategies for your unique needs.

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298 – Maintaining Intestinal Probiotic Balance

There is no product that has as much traction in the marketplace right now as probiotics. The understanding that probiotic bacteria have a profound beneficial effect on human nutrition has crossed over into the main stream. Probiotics can be found in many different products, even foods and beverages. One might even assume that all probiotics are good for human health and that you can take as much as you want. People assume that one probiotic may be equally good as any other product. Most people don’t realize how much modern life can adversely affect your probiotic balance.

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297 – Nutritional Support for Digestive Challenges

Digestive complaints are one of the most common health issues. Common digestive problems include poor digestion, upset stomach, acid stomach, irritable bowel, gas, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, and probiotic imbalances. Those are the common ones. More serious digestive issues include Crohn’s, C-diff infections, leaky-gut, Celiac disease, and so on. The number of people who chronically use acid-blocking drugs is skyrocketing. The long term use of these medications has profound nutritional consequences.
In this interview Neil E. Levin discusses the challenges throughout the digestive tract. It’s important to have as clear an understanding of your situation as you can. The more you understand the more likely you will be to find an effective solution. Neil explains some of the distinctions between problems and discusses which nutrients you can consider. Remember the best products are the ones that work best for you so be open to experimentation.

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296 – The Power of Fermentation for Foods and Supplements

You are likely already consuming fermented foods than you realize. Some common fermented foods include yogurt, beer and wine, vinegar, tempeh, sauerkraut, pickles, olives, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso and sourdough bread. There are others. Fermented foods are easy to digest and they are gentle on the stomach. Almost any food can be fermented. In this interview Yolanda Fenten we discuss the value of fermented foods. We also discuss Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea 100% Organic Fermented Greens and Protein. 

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