Preguntas Frecuentes

¿Qué es la sensibilidad al gluten?

La sensibilidad al gluten es un trastorno en el que se experimenta un espectro de síntomas negativos después de comer alimentos que contienen gluten y lectinas, especialmente la lectina del trigo conocida como aglutinina del germen de trigo (WGA). Se asocia con muchos síntomas, como hinchazón, dolor, estreñimiento, diarrea, indigestión, trastornos de la piel y confusión mental.

How does DigestShield® work?

DigestShield® is the most scientifically precise, full-spectrum complex of enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics ever designed to address gluten, lectins, and other processed foods, while promoting healthy immune function and microflora balance. 20 enzymes break down gluten, dairy, protein, fat and carbohydrates. 11 probiotics restore beneficial intestinal microflora and 5 prebiotics feed the probiotics.

¿Por qué necesitamos probióticos?

Probiotics are live bacteria found in fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut or in supplements. These are good bacteria that not only prevent bad bacteria from growing out of control but have also been shown to provide health benefits. Our modern diets do not contain very many good sources of probiotics. DigestShield® is a co-probiotic containing 11 beneficial probiotic bacteria, 20 digestive enzymes, and 5 prebiotics, including ultra-low molecular weight chitosan derived from oyster mushrooms.

¿Por qué necesitamos prebióticos?

Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria in our gut. Our modern diets do not contain many good sources of prebiotics. The best way to ensure we get enough is through supplementation. DigestShield® contains important prebiotics which makes our probiotics more effective.

¿Qué son las Lectinas?

Lectins are a type of protein found in many plant-based foods, including wheat. Lectins can bind to sugars on the surface of cells, and in some cases, they can trigger an immune response.

Wheat lectins, in particular, are known to bind to the lining of the gut, causing inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall. This can lead to a condition called “leaky gut syndrome,” in which the gut becomes more permeable than it should be. When this happens, substances that should remain in the gut, such as undigested food particles and bacteria, can leak into the bloodstream.

When these substances enter the bloodstream, they can trigger an immune response. The body recognizes them as foreign and mounts an attack, producing antibodies against them. In some cases, these antibodies can also mistakenly attack healthy tissues in the body, leading to autoimmune disorders.

Some studies have suggested that wheat lectins may play a role in the development of autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. However, the exact mechanisms by which lectins contribute to these conditions are still not fully understood, and more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between lectins and autoimmune disorders.

It’s worth noting that not everyone who consumes wheat lectins will develop autoimmune disorders, and the impact of lectins on the body may vary depending on a range of factors, including genetics, overall diet, and gut health.

The Ultra-Low Molecular Weight chitosan in DigestShield® acts as a lectin decoy. It is made of the exact type of sugar that coats our digestive tract. Lectins bind to the chitosan and pass harmlessly out of the body instead of binding to you.

¿Qué es la zonulina y por qué debo hacerme una prueba para ver cuáles son mis niveles?

The complex interaction of food allergens, microorganisms, the digestive system, and our immune system can contribute to the development of many chronic diseases. Above all, a permeable intestinal mucosa ? called leaky gut ? plays a central role.

La molécula proteica zonulina es un marcador adecuado para medir la permeabilidad de la mucosa intestinal. La zonulina regula el intercambio de fluidos, macromoléculas y leucocitos (glóbulos blancos) entre el torrente sanguíneo y la luz intestinal. Los niveles elevados de zonulina suelen observarse en el caso de la diabetes de tipo I, la enfermedad celíaca, la esclerosis múltiple, la artritis reumatoide y otras enfermedades autoinmunes.

The Zonulin Test can provide information about the zonulin concentration in the gut. This value plays an important role in diagnosing Leaky Gut Syndrome, as it gives an indication of gut permeability.

¿Cómo funciona?

Conveniently collect a sample at home, send it back to Verisana Labs and they will provide you with your level of each protein molecule and whether your level falls within the reference ranges for your age. In addition to that, the results include graphs showing whether you are in the ?green? (=normal/healthy) or ?red? (=too high/low) area, making it easy to understand the results.

¿Qué me dirán mis resultados?

Sus resultados le proporcionarán información detallada sobre si su nivel de zonulina es normal, bajo o alto en comparación con los rangos de referencia de su grupo de edad. A continuación, puede comentar los resultados con su médico o profesional de la salud, que podrá ofrecerle más orientación y recomendaciones de tratamiento.

How do I know if I?m gluten sensitive?

Gluten has been blamed for a wide range of symptoms including bloating, indigestion, gas, fatigue, joint pain, skin disorders, headaches or migraines, and difficulties with concentration. It has also been linked with many autoimmune diseases. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be gluten sensitive.

¿Por qué necesitamos las enzimas digestivas?

Las enzimas digestivas son necesarias para descomponer los alimentos que ingerimos en componentes nutritivos básicos. Las proteínas de las enzimas aceleran las reacciones químicas que convierten los nutrientes en sustancias que el tubo digestivo puede absorber. La saliva contiene enzimas digestivas y comienza el proceso en cuanto se empieza a comer. El páncreas, la vesícula biliar y el hígado liberan enzimas en los alimentos que hemos ingerido una vez que éstos pasan del estómago a la primera sección del intestino delgado, llamada duodeno.

Digestive enzymes are important to nutrition and general good health. They help our body absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. People tend to create fewer enzymes as a result of aging. Without sufficient enzymes, certain foods can create uncomfortable symptoms, such as indigestion and bloating, food intolerances, and nutritional deficiencies. DigestShield® provides the largest number (20) of enzymes of any over-the-counter digestive aid.

Is DigestShield® natural and vegetarian?

Every ingredient in DigestShield® is vegetarian and naturally sourced.

Will DigestShield® treat celiac disease?

No. The only accepted treatment for celiac disease is the total avoidance of gluten. DigestShield® is not intended to treat celiac disease or any other disease.

Can I take DigestShield® while pregnant or breastfeeding?

All ingredients are GRAS – “generally regarded as safe”. 

That said, it is recommended to consult with your physician before using DigestShield® while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

What is Chitosan?

Chitosan is an amino sugar derived from chitin. Chitin is the second most abundant polymer found in nature (Cellulose is the most abundant). Our chitosan is derived from the cell wall of the Oyster Mushroom. It has many incredible properties such as being anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial. It is also a prebiotic fiber and contributes to the health of the microbiome.

DigestShield® is the only digestive aid in the world that contains Ultra-Low Molecular Weight (ULMW) vegetarian Chitosan. Chitosan can help protect the gut and prevent the negative influence of lectins found in wheat, soy, nightshade vegetables, and other grains.