Frequently Asked Questions
What is gluten sensitivity?
Gluten sensitivity is a disorder in which a spectrum of negative symptoms are experienced after eating foods that contain gluten and lectins, especially the wheat lectin known as wheat germ agglutinin (WGA). It is associated with many symptoms including bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, skin disorders and brain fog.
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.
Why do we need probiotics?
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.
Why do we need prebiotics?
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.
Can I take DigestShield® with medications?
It depends upon the medication. Consult your physician before using DigestShield® with any prescription medications.
What is Zonulin and why should I take a test to see what my levels are?
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.
The protein molecule zonulin is a suitable marker to measure the permeability of the intestinal mucosa. Zonulin regulates the exchange of fluid, macromolecules, and leukocytes (white blood cells) between the bloodstream and the intestinal lumen. High zonulin values can typically be observed in the case of Type I Diabetes, Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases.
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.
How does it work?
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.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will provide detailed information about whether your zonulin level is normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.
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.
Why do we need Digestive Enzymes?
Digestive enzymes are necessary for breaking down the food we eat into basic nutrient components. The proteins in enzymes speed up chemical reactions that turn the nutrients into substances the digestive tract can absorb. Saliva has digestive enzymes in it and starts the process as soon as you start eating. The pancreas, gallbladder, and liver, release enzymes into the food we have eaten once it passes from the stomach into the first section of the small intestine called the duodenum.
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?
Consult with your physician before using DigestShield® while pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is a Co-Probiotic?
A co-probiotic contains Digestive Enzymes, Prebiotics, and Probiotics all in one capsule. DigestShield® is the only digestive aid in the world that, in addition to being classified as a co-probiotic, also contains Ultra-Low Molecular weight vegetarian Chitosan. Chitosan can help protect the gut and prevent the negative influence of wheat lectins, lectins found in soy, nightshade vegetables, and other grains.