NEC Background


The Nutritional Profiles and Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

by: Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D., scientific consultant

From the time we start eating solid foods, many of us have been told to eat more fruits and vegetables. “Eat your vegetables” is the mantra of all parents trying to get children to eat more nutritious foods. Public service announcements remind us to have at least six servings of fruits and vegetables per day, but more than 70 percent of adults and 90 percent of adolescents are not meeting the dietary guidelines (1). What are the reasons we should concentrate on eating more salads and fruit cups; is there any real science to the urgings of nutritionists to eat more fruits and vegetables? In a word, yes. A number of studies indicate real benefits to human health by adding more fruits and vegetables to our diet.

Digestive Enzymes for Children

by: Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D., scientific consultant

Many parents find relief in any amount of healthy nutrients that children consume, even though the amount may be small in a child's diet. Increasing the available nutrition from healthy foods is one way to celebrate the steppingstones leading to a balanced diet. Based on a number of studies, one of the best way to accomplish better nutritional bioavailability is through the use of dietary enzyme supplements.

Exercise and Nutrition: Achieve “The Gain” and Diminish “The Pain”

by: National Enzyme Company Product Formulation Group

Regardless of type, intensity or duration of the exercise, athletes can benefit from taking ingredients like those discussed in this white paper; such as proteolytic enzymes and the various antioxidant nutrients, as they can help to provide anti-inflammatory support as well as relief from DOMS.

Recipe for Bone Health

by: Danielle Harrison-Manager, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

With aging comes the realization that bone health is fundamental to an active, healthy life. What was once taken for granted, now requires attention. But ensuring skeletal health begins in youth, with bone reaching the maximum strength and density around age 30. Worldwide, osteoporosis affects 30 percent of women and 8 percent of men over age 50.

Garcinia Cambogia: Weight Management and Beyond

by: Richard Mihalik, Director of Innovation and Product Development

Fruit extracts of garcinia cambogia have been in the news recently for their weight management benefits, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Emerging research suggests that multiple phytochemicals present in this fruit may have health and beauty benefits that go well beyond simply managing an appealing appearance.

Antioxidant Enzymes: A Dynamic System for Health

by: Danielle Harrison, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager

There’s a lot of press about antioxidants and their role in maintaining health, but what are antioxidant enzymes and how do they fit into the picture? Learn more about the oxidant-antioxidant balance and the function of antioxidant enzymes in the human body. Discover how to increase the antioxidant enzyme potential with supplementation.

Systemic Enzymes 101

by: Richard Mihalik, Director of Innovation & Product Development

Systemic Enzymes 101 describes how supplemental systemic enzymes work in the body in comparison to supplemental digestive enzymes. The paper is intended for people who are not familiar with the systemic applications of enzymes and how they interact with the body. It is based on NEC’s current general understanding of the interactions of enzymes with different systems of the body and how enzymes interact with them. As the title implies, it is an introduction to systemic enzymes. More detailed whitepapers on specific enzymes are planned.

Sports 101

by: Richard Mihalik, Director of Innovation & Product Development

Sports nutrition has led to many advances in athletic training, recovery and performance. An emerging field in sports nutrition to achieve that special edge over the competition, is the use of enzyme dietary supplements. Enzyme supplements offer potential benefits in nutrition, recovery, antioxidant defense and even systemic nutritional support.

Enzymes 101

by: Danielle Harrison, Manager of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

Understanding the basics of how enzymes work in the human body can help supplement manufacturers know which may be the best ones to use in their digestive products.

Food Enzymes…Where did they go?

by: Richard Mihalik, Director of Innovation & Product Development

Modern processing and the industrialization of agriculture has created food with a longer shelf life and fewer microorganisms, but it comes at the cost of reduced enzyme activity. The lack of food enzymes in the diet can lead to ill health effects, such as digestive issues. Supplementing with key food enzymes can help people get the needed nutrients that are lacking in the modern diet.