Sensitivities to gluten and dairy proteins are common and can result in more than just digestive discomfort. Avoiding specific foods (rye, wheat, barley, dairy, etc.) can lead to an unbalanced diet and nutrient deficiencies. Gluten and dairy containing foods are often rich sources vitamins A, B, and D, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and magnesium, among other minerals. Enzyme supplementation can provide enhanced assimilation of nutrients and relief from digestive discomfort due to certain foods. MRM's Gluten FREE is an enzyme blend developed to assist the digestion of foods containing gluten and dairy proteins. Proteins consist of single or multiple polypeptide units, which are long chains of amino acids connected through peptide bonds. Peptides are short chains of amino acids that occur during the breakdown of polypeptides chains into amino acids. Sensitivity to rye, wheat, barley, and dairy can be attributed to the incomplete digestion of certain peptides found in gluten and dairy protein. These partially digested peptide fragments can lead to inflammation of the intestinal lining, bloating, malabsorption, and/or gut permeability. Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV) is one of the enzyme activities necessary for the breakdown of these peptides. Gluten FREE's protein digesting blend contains three proteases that combined exhibit 550 DPP IV, 33,000 HUT, and 9.4 AP units that effectively breaks down these peptides. Carbohydrate digesting enzymes, a crucial addition to any gluten digesting supplement, facilitates the breakdown of the starches and fibers that surround the gluten protein. Lactase has also been added to further aid in milk lactose digestion. Supplementing with Gluten FREE can help you obtain vital nutrients while giving you the confidence to enjoy foods that may contain grains and dairy.