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Pancreatic Enzymes and Enzyme Supplements in Orford, New Hampshire

If you have been searching high and low for a company that provides holistic alternatives to medication and medical solutions, look no further. Holistic Alternatives is your one-stop shop for information, advice, and products. With over 40 years of experience providing holistic alternatives to our customers, we are happy to help you find the best products to fit your needs. We stock a huge variety of products, so if you need any type of holistic product, Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire is the first place you should turn. We also have distribution agreements with some other companies, so if we don’t currently carry the product you need, chances are good that we can get you what you need and do so quickly. That being said, if there is a product that you need but you don’t see it on our website, give us a call or send us an email. There is a good chance that we can still get it for you.

As stated, we offer a great variety of products and services, but here are some of our most popular holistic alternative services:

  • Pancreatic Enzymes
  • Systemic Enzymes
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Proteolytic Enzymes
  • Chelation Formula
  • Chelation Therapy
  • D-Limonene
  • Acid Reflux Fighters
  • Vascular Health Supplements
  • Circulation Improvers
  • Natural Heartburn Remedies
  • Supplements for Men
  • Supplements for Women

Here are the main types of products that we offer. Again, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, be sure to contact us at Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire today!

  • Digestive Aids
  • Herbs & Botanicals
  • Vitamins
  • Gland & Organ Support
  • Minerals
  • Arthritis, Joint, and Bone Support
  • Allergy, Sleep, & Depression Aids
  • Heart & Circulatory Health
  • Immune System Boosters
  • Specialty Formulas

What Is an Enzyme?

A nutritional enzyme is simply a catalyst. It assists the body in biochemical reactions and metabolizing. Most enzymes are proteins, working to break down molecules that enter the body. An enzyme does its job but remains unchanged, ready to accept another molecule to break down.

Pancreatic Enzymes in Orford, New Hampshire

Pancreatic Enzymes are delivered by the pancreas to the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) during digestion. There are several types of pancreatic enzymes, but the most common are as follows:

  • Pancreatin
  • Trypsin
  • Alpha Chymotrypsin (a-chymotripsin)
  • Lipase
  • Amylase

Pancreatin is not its own individual enzyme. Rather, it’s a combination of pancreatic enzymes. It includes trypsin, alpha chymotrypsin, lipase, and amylase. Because each different pancreatic enzyme works to digest a different type of food, Pancreatin, a combination of all of these pancreatic enzymes, would be incredibly helpful as a digestive aid. Trypsin and Alpha Chymotrypsin are very potent, and they are protein digesting enzymes, or proteolytic enzymes. Alpha Chymotrypsin is also anti-fibrolytic, which means that it is very effective against dense fibrous tissue. Lipase digests fat, while Amylase digests starch.

For more information or to purchase a variety of pancreatic enzymes, contact Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire today!

Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes break down protein molecules that enter your body. So a proteolytic enzyme is essentially protein breaking down other protein. A proteolytic enzyme is also called a protease, which means that it is not a specific enzyme but rather a type of enzyme. Although proteolytic enzymes break down or digest protein, some are also pancreatic enzymes, and many proteolytic enzymes actually come from a plant source.

One common vegetable-based proteolytic enzyme is Natto-Kinase. Natto-Kinase is derived from soy, and it’s a very potent anti-fibrolytic protease. Another plant-based porteolytic enzyme called Bromelain is derived from pineapples. Papain is a proteolytic enzyme derived from papaya. Although these proteolytic enzymes have a reduced life span inside the body, they are a great deal more resilient than most pancreatic enzymes.

Proteolytic enzymes are some of the safest enzymes to ingest, even in large amounts, because the unused enzymes will simply turn into amino acids. Protein based foods are changed into amino acids for nutrition when they are not used, and since proteolytic enzymes are protein as well, they are treated similarly by your body. So even if you take far more proteolytic enzymes than you need, your body will simply convert them into nutrition and use them very effectively.

To learn more or get advice on which proteolytic enzyme is best for you, pick up your phone today and call Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire.


While most proteolytic enzymes are either pancreatic or plant based, there is another source that brings about proteolytic enzymes. Serropeptase was first discovered and extracted from a silk worm, but is now more commonly extracted from ultra-purified fermenting bacteria. Many believe that serropeptase is the most potent anti-fibrolytic proteolytic enzyme available. However, there is a small percentage of people that have an allergy to something in the source of the serropeptase, so this is a more questionable protease for some.

If you would like more information on serropeptase, get in touch with Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire today.

Systemic Enzymes in Orford, New Hampshire

Systemic enzymes are not a separate type of enzyme, but rather they are an enzyme formula that is designed for maximum absorption and efficiency. What makes them systemic enzymes is the way they are designed to systemically deliver their contents directly to the duodenum rather than to the stomach where they would act more as a digestive aid. Stomach acid is a great thing for regular food digestion, but it is very destructive to enzymes, especially pancreatic enzymes.

The best way to take systemic enzymes to ensure the best result is to take them on an empty stomach. A person taking a system enzyme should not have eaten two hours prior to taking it, and they should not eat for an hour after taking it. This allows for minimal stomach acid, and it helps the systemic enzyme get to the duodenum faster without having to spend valuable time working as a digestive aid.


As stated previously, a protease is not a particular type of enzyme. A protease is simply any enzyme that digests or breaks down protein. A protease can be any pancreatic enzyme that breaks down protein, as well as any protein digesting plant, fruit, or other based enzymes.

Proprietary Blends

One way that some formulas describe their contents is by calling it a proprietary blend. This just means it’s a combination of several different enzymes. Many formulas boast highly potent enzymes, such as trysin, chymotrypsin, Bromelain, and Papain. Sadly, these ingredients are usually minimal, and less active enzymes make up the majority of the “proprietary blend.” While the idea of a proprietary blend is nice, and while you could benefit from a variety of enzymes taken all at once, proprietary blends simply give you a list of ingredients; they typically leave out the amounts of each ingredient, leaving you to wonder about the actual potency and usefulness of said proprietary blend.

Enteric Coatings

One common problem with enzyme absorption has to do with when the actual enzymes are released into the body. Many companies use a protein-based enteric coating that does not result in maximum efficiency of pancreatic and other enzymes. Two problems can occur with a protein-based enteric coating. One problem has to do with the enteric coating breaking down too early. Proteins are made to be digested by stomach acid, but if the enteric coating is broken down too quickly, the enzymes that it was protecting are broken down and essentially destroyed before they even begin working. A second problem with enteric coatings is almost the opposite of the first. If the protein-based enteric coating keeps the enzymes protected through the stomach, the likelihood of it being broken down in the duodenum is very low.

The only solution to keep enzymes protected through the stomach and to have them absorbed in the duodenum is the ph- or alkaline-sensitive enteric coating. A German company came up with this brilliant concept over fifty years ago, and they instantly became a leader in nutritive systemic enzyme sales because their products worked far better than anyone else’s. That was simply because of their alkaline-based enteric coating. This enteric coating is specifically designed to break down and come off when it reaches a particular ph level—a 6.7 or higher. Stomach acid has a ph level of around 1, and the duodenum has a ph level of around 7. So while the alkaline-based enteric coating protects the enzymes wonderfully during their trip through the stomach, once reaching the duodenum the enteric coating practically falls off instantly, allowing for maximum absorption into the bloodstream.

To find out more information about alkaline-based enteric coatings and how they can maximize your enzyme absorption, contact Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire right away!

Fortase and Fortase XL

Fortase and Fortase XL, offered only by Holistic Alternatives, are the most potent systemic enzyme formulas available. They both have ph-sensitive enteric coatings for maximum absorption of the enzymes. Both of these formulas are based on Omnizyme and Omnizyme Forte, both of which we also carry at discounted prices.

Fortase contains the following enzymes in each alkaline-sensitive enteric-coated tablet:

  • Pancreatin – 1250 mg
  • Papain – 150 mg (66,000 FCC units)
  • Bromelain – 150 mg (12 GDU)
  • Trypsin – 125 mf (18,000 USP units)
  • Lipase – 50 mg (200 FIP units)
  • Amylase – 50 mg (250 units)
  • Alpha Chymotrypsin – 3 mg (3,000 USP units)
  • Lyophilized Calf Thymus – 55 mg
  • Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) – 10 mg (80 IU)
  • Catalase – 7 mg (140 BU)
  • L-Glutathione – 10 mg

Fortase XL contains the following enzymes in each alkaline-sensitive enteric-coated tablet (asterisk by each item that differs from Fortase):

  • Pancreatin – 1850 mg*
  • Bromelain – 150 mg (12 GDU)
  • Papain – 150 mg (66,000 FCC units)
  • Trypsin – 960 mg (72,000 USP units)*
  • Alpha-Chymotrypsin – 60 mg (12,000 USP units)*
  • Natto-Kinase – 20 mg (400 FU)*
  • Lipase – 50 mg (200 FIP units)
  • Amylase – 50 mg (250 units)
  • Lyophilized Calf Thymus – 55 mg
  • Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) – 10 mg (80 IU)
  • Catalase – 7 mg (140 BU)*
  • L-Glutathione – 10 mg
  • N-Acetyl Cystein – 10 mg*

For more information on Fortase, Fortase XL, Omnizyme, or Omnizyme Forte in Orford, New Hampshire, contact Holistic Alternatives right away!


A vitamin is used to supplement your daily intake of nutrition. Many of our vitamins are formulated by us, but we also sell vitamins made by other trusted companies, such as NOW Foods, Food Sciences of Vermont, Longevity Plus, and more. Many of our vitamins are specifically formulated for a particular purpose. That is, one vitamin can often meet one or more nutritional needs that you have. We offer several vitamins; many are available to read about on our website, while others require that you contact us in Orford, New Hampshire for us to check our inventory. Even if we do not have a particular vitamin available, say Vitamin B-12 or B-Complex, we are usually able to get it for you within a short period of time. Here are some of the vitamins that we sell most often and that are incredibly useful for meeting your nutritional needs:

  • Multi-forte Plus Vitamin (Multiple Vitamin, Amino Acid, & Enzyme)
  • Natural Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)
  • B-Complex
  • Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin)
  • Super-15
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D-3
  • Vitamin E (Synthetic Vitamin E & Natural Vitamin E)
  • Vitamin K-2

To learn more about a particular vitamin or to request a vitamin from Holistic Alternatives in Orford, New Hampshire, contact us today!

Digestive Aids

In order to help your food digest properly and be absorbed to get its full nutritional value, sometimes a digestive aid is necessary. The most effective is a two-phase digestive aid, which has two layers, essentially. One layer will be broken down in the stomach and used to aid in digestion of food, while the other layer will remain intact until it reaches the duodenum, where it is broken down to aid in absorption of nutrients. Some two-phase digestive aids have hydrochloric acid and some do not.

Acid Reflux or GERD

Acid reflux, also known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is when stomach acid essentially splashes back into your esophagus. This has nothing to do with the amount of stomach acid that you have, but rather it is a problem with the valve between your esophagus and stomach. If it does not close properly or at the right time, the result is acid reflux. The symptoms of GERD can be reduced with D-Limonene, or Orange Peel Extract. If problems persist, however, you should see a doctor.

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