Candex May Help with Sugar Digestion

Epiphany Regarding Increased Sugar Tolerance in My Daughter

First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy for those families suffering as a result of the Sucraid shortage. Our family has a high enough sucrose tolerance that we are able to use enzyme supplements from various nutritional companies to offset any excess sugar consumption. Though we all experience mild to moderate symptoms when we eat foods containing added sucrose (mostly cane sugar as we avoid high fructose corn syrup when possible). I won’t pretend to relate to those who have ZERO TOLERANCE TO SUGARS, even in natural foods such as fruit or root vegetables.

However, I wanted to share a ray of hope! My oldest daughter, diagnosed with CSID at 14, has always had very low sugar tolerance. She is still able to have some starches and grains in moderation, so she can take in enough carb-based calories. One of her chronic symptoms associated with CSID is recurring yeast infections. Since this form of yeast (Candida albicans) thrives on starch and sugar, I believe finding a way to minimize the overgrowth of this yeast could help curb this issue.

She is currently 22 years old a pregnant and I was concerned that she wouldn’t be getting enough calories once typical cravings set in. For us, I’ve noticed a pattern that leads to craving food we shouldn’t eat the more we partake in sugary or starchy foods. It’s actually not just a theory — sugar is an addictive substance. Especially the processed, white form.

Candex Enzymes for Intestinal HealthAnyway, before I go off on an anti-sugar rant, my daughter is an adult and makes her own choices. But I recently learned of a supplement, containing mostly enzymes, that supports digestive health by targeting the specific types of cells that make up Candida albicans. As a bonus, this supplement also contains Amylase, Invertase, and Glucomylase.– the enzymes that break down different forms of sugar!

CANDEX is manufactured by Pure Essence Labs and sold through various online retailers including Energetic Nutrition (my former employer and currently still a freelance client – but I get no form of compensation for mentioning this product).

After checking with her doctor and getting approval to take while pregnant, my daughter started taking Candex about a month ago. In a totally unrelated conversation a little over a week ago, she asked me if I’d ever heard of someone with CSID who experienced a higher tolerance to sugar while pregnant.

I told her honestly, I hadn’t been in touch with many adults with CSID or discussed their diets in enough detail to know. Then it occurred to me that she had been taking Candex (be it not consistently and not even on an empty stomach as recommended by the manufacturer). This is totally theory based on one individual, but this supplement may actually be helping my daughter to have a higher tolerance to sucrose! She had also lost weight in her first trimester but has gained 6 pounds in the past month.

Now, I don’t condone or encourage regular consumption of sugary foods – especially when the food itself only offers empty calories and no nutritional value. But I would like to offer this as a possible help in assisting with sucrose digestion.

Can Candex HELP THOSE WITH CSID?

The only way to know the answer to this is for others to be willing to try it. If the manufacturer can claim it is safe for pregnant women and children (note this is not a medical claim as they are not citing a specific disease), there is theoretically little risk.

However, I can only say that Candex appears to be helping in my own family. But if – and this is a BIG IF – others were willing to try it after consulting their health care provider or dietitian, and then to share the result in a comment on this blog, then maybe the answer could help others.

Side Note on the Differences Between FDA-Approved Drugs and Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements (such as Candex) are not approved by the FDA. One reason being the loopholes supplement companies would have to jump through (current Sucraid shortage point in case) to get approval. Another being that the natural ingredients that comprise supplements vary due to them being – well – natural  and not created in a lab. And a third reason is that the FDA only approves DRUGS used to treat disease or symptoms of disease. They don’t approve natural remedies that can help prevent imbalances that may lead to disease, or bring a body back into balance after experiencing illness or stress. FDA approval does NOT mean that the drug is safe or doesn’t have side-effects. It means that they have determined the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks or side-effects in taking it.

With that said, there are many nutritional supplement companies out there that have gone above and beyond in order to show consumers that they can manufacture products of high-quality and with safety standards. This means using pure ingredients, minimal fillers or additives, and testing for quality. But no matter how many trials or scientific studies may indicate a certain supplement may help with a specific health issue, they are not permitted to make a medical claim in describing their product.

This is a nutshell explanation and is actually very complicated. But I’ve spent the better part of the past year having to re-write product descriptions for Energetic Nutrition to comply with this standard of DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act). I have yet to finish revisions on this blog as a result, but I wanted to explain that any vague or non-specific descriptions are a result of this Act.

Your thoughts?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions about taking supplements for digestive health. Regardless of how well we curb our children’s or our own diets to compensate for CSID, taking something to help support healthy digestion, or assist our bodies in reducing symptoms associated with poor digestion, seems like a smart choice to me.

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Digestive Enzyme Deficiency Support

During the better part of the past year, I have had the privilege of working for an online retailer of various brands of high-quality supplements. Part of my job has been to write or rewrite their blog content and one of my first projects was to write a blog on digestive enzyme deficiency. My boss was eager for me to share my knowledge related to CSID with their general readership and we both learned a lot in the process.

I have posted the first part here with a link to read the entire article on the Energetic Nutrition blog.

Finding Support for Digestive Enzyme Deficiency

More than Occasional Tummy Troubles

A healthy, fully functioning digestive system provides essential detoxification, immune system support, and energy from the proper breakdown of food. It is a well-known fact that over 70% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract.

Many times symptoms of compromised digestion do not become apparent until disease or chronic illness are present.

If the digestive system is unable to function properly, various symptoms can surface from something as simple as occasional stomach ache, acid indigestion, or flatulence to more serious chronic conditions such as food allergies or digestive disease.

When digestive problems begin to interfere with everyday life, a quick, over-the-counter solution may be the first line of defense. However, these remedies often only cover up symptoms and do not address the root of digestive distress. For long-term results, adding digestive enzyme supplements can provide the body with added digestive support in addition to alleviating symptoms.

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Complete Chewable Enzymes also help with Sucrose Digestion

Back in December (I cannot BELIEVE it has been that long since my last post!) I threw up a quick photo of these new enzymes my sister found. I have not had any time to update everyone on how Parker has fared with this new supplement.

I am happy to say–so far so good! He takes 1 or 2 chewables every time he eats, and sometimes that is 5 or 6 times per day. We got through Christmas with natural-sugar-based and died candies, as well as other foods containing sucrose such as ketchup. BUT before anyone gets excited due to the <$30 per bottle price-tag, the Holidays are over!!

Here is the link to the enzymes: Vital-ZymesTM Chewables , but I am not encouraging the consumption of sugar with their use. There are several other benefits to this product that will support digestion and all the related organ function as a whole. I encourage you to read all the literature on the website before ordering.

I am going to be putting up several more posts on our upcoming 21-day Sugar Detox, based on the best-selling book by Diane Sanfilippo as both Parker and I embark on this cleansing process and make a commitment to a pure Paleo living lifestyle.

Although Parker doesn’t eat sugar (aside from the occasional added ingredient to some packaged foods we are soon putting the taboo on)– he has been craving sweets A LOT lately. I will go into my thinking as to why in future posts. His lingering rashes are one indication he is still experiencing some imbalance. More to come this weekend as I share more about my own personal struggles with food and self-control regarding sugar.

New Enzymes with Sucrase!

My sister came across these while doing research for her nutrition class. We are giving them a try now that Parker’s eczema is under control. Although he still showing some symptoms, we believe it’s mostly environmental. As of yesterday this will be the only digestive support he will take until the bottle is gone.

I will continue to give Parker his antihistamine at night, and apply the prescription ointment for topical treatment. For the record here is a picture I took of him yesterday when we were baking gingerbread cookies gluten free of course.

They are available through various Amazon sellers. Simply search: “Klaire Labs Vital-Zymes chewable”

As you can see he still has some irritation around his eye and some spots on his neck…but huge improvement over all.

CSID, Eczema and Additional Food Allergies

I have some frustrating news. After over six months of Parker’s eczema flaring up, I finally took him to the doctor and requested a food allergy screening. Something else had to be irritating his system since he hadn’t been in school for an entire month, I was watching his diet very closely, and trying to keep his skin moist with a variety of creams and lotions. (See the bottom of the post for photos.) I did not want to continue the steroid cream, especially when the rash had spread to his neck and face. And I wasn’t going to give him another dose of antibiotics no matter what she said. But, the only way to know for sure if he was still eating something that was aggravating his system, was to get the allergy screening ordered through his doctor.

While waiting for the results, I asked our chiropractor if the colloidal silver he had mentioned a few weeks back could help with the infection, so I didn’t have to put Parker back on antibiotics again. He said it most definitely would. Within 48 hours, most of the oozing and irritated areas were drying up nicely. Read more about how I have addressed the topical healing HERE. I wrote a brief product review through my work blog last week on this topic alone.

Within a few days, the allergy results came back. To my dismay, he is now allergic to the following:

  • egg whites (a look at my recipes and you will know why this one made me cry!)
  • milk (sorry buddy, no more cheese or sour cream)
  • wheat (not a surprise)
  • shrimp
  • cockroaches (um…what? you say… guess what cockroaches are used for? FOOD DYE!)
  • penicillin (yah, so my hesitation about antibiotics will no longer be challenged!)
  • cat and dog hair and dander
  • timothy grass
  • cedar
The good news? The Paleo diet support the omission of most of these foods, so I was on the right track. The challenge: not using eggs. After attempting to feed our entire family according to these limitations over the past couple of weeks, I realized this is not possible with my limited time and resources.
My compromise? I purchased some gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free baking mixes (despite having high-starch content)… for the purpose of baking Parker a variety of “treats” he can have in place of the bread, milk, etc. that the rest of the family can eat.
I just can’t bear for him to be starving all the time. We are all pretty small people to begin with and we have lost far too much weight consuming Paleo foods alone. I realize quantity is a factor, but I need to find a happy medium. Costco is now selling many products that are organic and gluten-free. A relief (kind of ) to my food budget. So, I will be including non-gmo brown rice, Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking mix with Ener-G egg-substitute into our weekly menu plan. 
Parker will continue to take his Sucraid and Food Enzymes to assist with sugar and starch digestion.
As far as his eczema, we have been experiencing triple-digit heat here in the Sacramento Valley. I am trying to keep him indoors and we are swimming in fresh water to avoid lake contaminants and chlorine. He is also drinking 22 ounces of Chlorophyll Cocktail and a cup of Dandelion Root tea each day. There are parts of his body where the rash is clearing up, but other parts (primarily the ones he keeps scratching) keep getting irritated again.
I know it’s a process and it could take months to flush out whatever is stressing out his system. My hope though, is that we can get the rash under control before school starts again. And that his new teacher is willing to help make him comfortable and encourage him to make wise choices.
PHOTOS (for comparison purposes)

Enzymes for Carbohydrates Update

Parker and I are now in week two of using the Kirkman Isogest for assisting us in digesting carbohydrates (specifically starch) with our meals. To date we have used it with pasta, cereal, rice, sprouted grain bread and even Girl Scout Thin Mints!

As long as we keep the servings small (actual serving sizes) we are having no issues with belly pain, gas or other symptoms.

When I emailed the chemist at the Kirkman labs, he informed me that he knows of several CSID families who use Isogest successfully. As I mentioned in a previous post on Enzymes, the main reason why this enzyme therapy is not referenced for use by those with CSID, is that they do not have the funding to conduct the necessary studies to achieve FDA approval. He also said he would be willing to donate several bottles to parents with CSID children in trade for providing data and feedback regarding the successful use of their product. If you are interested in recieving a free bottle of Isogest to try with your child and you understand Kirkman can make no claims of guarantee or possible side affects and are willing to try it at your own risk, please let me know right away. If I can gather 12 parents, we might be able to use our results and apply for a research grant to fund an official study to approve Isogest for CSID.

In addition to the Nature’s Sunshine Enzymes I have listed on the sidebar, the Kirkman Isogest appears to serve the similar purpose of of assisting with carbohydrate, or isomaltase digestion.

In this day and age where making all food from scratch is not realistic, being able to choose the least-processed food without concern for starch is sure making my life easier! I would love your feedback regarding your own experience (and your child’s) using Isogest or the Nature’s Sunshine Enzymes. Regardless of enzyme levels, these supplements can assist your body in digesting carbohydrates, relieving digestive stress and broadening the types of foods you can eat.

One more wonderful advantage to these supplements in comparison to Sucraid (which should still be taken with foods containing sucrose), is that they do not need to be refrigerated! Though I store mine in the fridge to maintain freshness, throwing a few capsules in my purse during a day out is so much easier than toting around a cooler with ice!

Enzymes for Starch and Other Digestive Support Products

Nature’s Sunshine specializes in supplements for digestive health. The label on their new and improved FOOD ENZYMES claims they can assist in digesting up to 30 grams of carbohydrates per meal! This is great news for CSID families! However, as with all supplements, the only way we will really know if they work is to give them a try. Please see the links to these enzymes and other supplements mentioned on this post to the left of this page.

Nature’s Sunshine is also the company I order chlorophyll, aloe vera juice and probiotics from. Once you select the link to any of these products by clicking on their name above or on the left side of this page, you can search for the remaining products after you are redirected to the Nature’s Sunshine website. If you choose to order more than $40 worth of products, you will receive the membership pricing.

SPECIAL NOTE: The links provided from this blog will automatically generate my member number as your sponsor. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please let me know. Since Nature’s Sunshine distributes its products through representatives and is not available in stores, it is considered a direct marketing company. All this means is that instead of investing in advertising or marketing to large stores, it compensates those who bring them business and invests would-be-advertising dollars into creating higher-quality products. I have never come across a product on a store shelf that compares to the quality of Nature’s Sunshine or other direct-marketing health company’s products, such as Shaklee (where I purchase multi-vitamins and cleaning products). Just to be clear, this is not a solicitation or an attempt to make money for my own gain. This is just the best way to pass on quality products to you based on what my family has experienced! There are no added sugars, fillers or starches to these supplements, a factor difficult to find on most store shelves.

The combination of the chlorophyll cocktail and marshmallow root capsules were key in bringing healing to Parker’s irritated and inflamed digestive system. The fact that he recovers in 48 hours or less from vomiting or diarrhea associated with ingesting harmful foods by accident, is all the proof I need regarding the effectiveness of these digestive support supplements.

As always, I encourage eating healthy whenever possible. However, I understand that there are times when time, money or other circumstances call for compromising the food we feed our children. By including these supplements on a daily basis, you will be doing your part to keep your child’s digestive system strong during moments you cannot control what he or she eats.

Please do not use these products as license to allow harmful foods on a regular basis, as you will simply be wasting your money and compromising your child’s long term health and eating habits. I say this as a mother who has let her guard down, failed to curb poor eating habits, and witnessed my children suffer as a result.

When I fail, I take a deep breath and start over again. Each time I grow more resolve, discover additional solutions, and reap the reward of a healthy family!