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Bilex is a dietary enzyme formula with pancreatin and papain for protein, carbohydrate and fat digestion, along with the addition of ox bile extract to help break down and assimilate lipids in the intestinal tract.

DESCRIPTION Bilex, provided by Douglas Laboratories, is a synergistic dietary enzyme formula that is specially formulated for digestive support.
FUNCTIONS The pancreas supplies the major digestive enzymes that catalyze the breakdown of starches (carbohydrates), proteins, and fats, so that the breakdown products can be absorbed in the upper small intestine. Some carbohydrate digestion takes place in the mouth by salivary amylase, but pancreatic amylase is the major carbohydrate-digesting enzyme. Amylases break down starches to maltose and maltotriose, which are further hydrolyzed into glucose by the disaccharidases of the mucosal cells, and then absorbed. Although cellulose is indigestible by pancreatic and intestinal enzymes, the microflora within the large intestine may degrade it and produce uncomfortable symptoms in the process. Although fat digestion starts in the mouth with the action of salivary lipase, the great majority of fat triglycerides are digested by pancreatic lipase secreted by the exocrine pancreas into the duodenum. Lipases break down triglycerides into monoglycerides and free fatty acids, which are efficiently absorbed in the upper small intestine. Protein digestion is initiated in the stomach by pepsin and hydrochloric acid, which denature and break large proteins down to smaller polypeptides. In the small intestine, proteases break down these polypeptides into free amino acids, and di- and tripeptides, which are directly absorbed by the intestinal mucosa. Papain is a protease enzyme derived from papaya and is an enzyme that breaks peptide bonds. Bile is normally secreted by the gallbladder to digest fat. Ox bile is very similar to human bile to help aid in digestion and assimilation of lipids in the small intestine.
INDICATIONS Bilex may be a useful dietary supplement for individuals desiring digestive support of food.
FORMULA (#7102) 3 Tablets Contain: Pancreatin (8X)……………… 47 mg Yielding approximately: Amylase ……… 9400 USP units Protease……….. 940 USP units Lipase ………… 1970 USP units Papain ……….. 372,000 USP units Ox Bile Extract…………….. 380 mg

Other ingredients: Cellulose, vegetable stearate and silica.
SUGGESTED USE Adults take 3 tablets daily with meals or as directed by a healthcare professional.
SIDE EFFECTS No adverse side effects have been reported.
STORAGE Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.

REFERENCES Bragelmann R, Armbrecht U, Rosemeyer D, et al. The effect of pancreatic enzyme supplementation in patients with steatorrhoea after total gastrectomy [see comments]. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 1999;11:231-7. Gan KH, Heijerman HG, Geus WP, et al. Comparison of a high lipase pancreatic enzyme extract with a regular pancreatin preparation in adult cystic fibrosis patients. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1994;8:603-7. Greenberger NJ. Enzymatic therapy in patients with chronic pancreatitis. Gastroenterol Clin North Am 1999;28:687-93. Layer P, Keller J. Pancreatic enzymes: secretion and luminal nutrient digestion in health and disease. J Clin Gastroenterol 1999;28:3-10
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Supplement Facts:
Amount Per Serving
Serving Size 3 Tablets • Servings Per Container 30
each vegetarian capsule contains:
Pancreatin (8X) (from porcine)
47 mg
Yielding approximately:
9,400 USP units
9,400 USP units
752 USP units
Papain (from papaya)
372,000 USP units
Ox Bile Powder
380 mg
Other ingredients: Cellulose, vegetable stearate and silica.
Suggested Usage: 3 daily with meals


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