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Enzyme to break down soy

Discussion in 'Gastrointestinal and Urinary' started by Peyt, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    Hi,
    Does anyone know of an enzyme that helps break down or digest soy?
    Thanks
     
  2. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    Soy is a bit of a strange beast. IIRC non fermented soy contains anti-trypsin factors that will disable your ability to break down proteins correctly (trypsin is an enzyme produced by the pancreas).

    I am not sure if it's a matter of taking more trypsin via supplements, or instead avoid the soy-based products that might be higher in anti-trypsin factors. As far as I can remember fermented soy products (tempeh?) should not have this problem.

    Sorry I don't remember all the details at the moment. You can look it up for more details.
     
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    IreneF Senior Member

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    Most cultures that consume soy alter the soybeans by coagulation or fermentation, e.g. tofu, natto, tempeh, tamari.
     
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    Peyt Senior Member

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    What product contains trypsin? I tried to find it but nothing pulled up as far as an actual supplement.
     
  5. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    I think you should look into proteolytic/pancreatic enzyme supplements.
     
  6. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    The enzyme that I take has the following in it:
    (Peptidases‚ bromelain) (355‚017 HUT) (600‚000 PU) 641mg

    Anything else?
     
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    The information I found that said soy was bad for you was based on research that's at least 15 years old. Newer info says soy is not a problem if you eat a varied diet. Unless you are consuming lots of raw soy beans you should be okay.
     
  8. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    Not sure if its old or new info but all i know is as soon as I eat soy my body starts to itch.
    The only reason I am considering it is because I have SIBO and currently there is 2 herbal formulas from metagenics that when tested side by side with the pharmaceutical antibiotics that are prescribed for SIBO they had slightly better results, but one of the formulas contains soy.. i need to take the formula for a whole month... this is why I am looking for a enzyme to take with it.
     
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    IreneF Senior Member

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    Is there any evidence that an enzyme would actually help?

    You could try taking an antihistamine to dampen the allergic response. Something like benadryl (diphenhydramine).
     
  10. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion but that won't work since I actually have low blood histamine (based on blood plasma test)
     

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