Whether you’re new to digestive enzyme supplements or you’ve been taking them for years, there’s always something more to learn. At Enzymedica, we’re constantly researching the latest science and scouring the planet for the best ingredients. We love to share our mission of creating products that are clean, sustainable and effective. That’s why we’re diving into one of the components in our best-selling Digest Gold™ formula today. We hear a lot of questions about ATPro™, the ingredient in Digest Gold™ responsible for “boosting energy.”* First and foremost, we hear: What is ATPro™ exactly? An enzyme? (Good guess, but no.) A probiotic? (Nope, but more on that later!) Something else? Yes!
ATPro™ is a special blend of ATP, Magnesium Citrate, Phytase and CoQ10 that gives your cells what they need to absorb the nutrients in your food. (Think of it as the ingredient that helps the digestive process come full circle!)
Read on for the full story on ATPro™, its benefits – and why it’s not a probiotic.
How Energy Works at the Cellular Level
Before we talk about ATPro™, let’s flash back to biology class for a lesson in how your body gets the energy it needs to tackle its daily to-do list.
ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate, the molecule that helps store and transfer energy in every one of your body’s cells. ATP molecules are essential for a variety of cellular processes, including the transporting of different molecules through cell membranes. Other roles of ATP include providing the energy required for muscular activity, blood circulation, movement and other bodily activities.
You can think of ATP as the “currency” your cells use to manage energy levels, functioning somewhat like your dollars and cents do at the supermarket. Just as you likely don’t have endless amounts of money and a bank account that magically re-ups itself, your body doesn’t have bottomless energy. It has a certain amount that is determined by your activity level, age and other factors. Similar to the way you can use coupons, budget or lifestyle choices to save money or stretch it, your cells can do the same with energy.
And that’s where ATPro™ comes in! It’s like a budgeting tool for your body, helping it to make better use of the energy it takes to digest food and assimilate the nutrients it contains.*
What is ATPro™?
Found in Digest Gold™, ATPro™ is a special blend of ATP, magnesium citrate, phytase and CoQ10.* It helps boost nutrient digestion and absorption. ATPro™ also super-charges the power of enzymes and provides you with more energy with every meal.*
A common benefit of digestive enzymes is feeling more energy, and ATP is the molecule that carries energy into the cells of our body.* While we make ATP ourselves, scientific research has identified that there are ATP receptors throughout the digestive tract, so we can also get ATP from our food. Enzymedica measured the amount of ATP found in a standard salad, and that is the amount included in Digest Gold. We also added additional complimentary ingredients as co-factors to boost our own production of ATP in the body. Here's a look at each of the components in ATPro™.
ATP (adenosine triphosphate)
Metabolic reactions utilize nutrients to produce ATP, the body’s energy source. ATP is used to power energy requiring cellular or enzymatic reactions and is vital for muscle contraction during digestion.*
Magnesium is an essential mineral to which ATP must bind to be biologically active. We use the form magnesium citrate.
Phosphate, required for ATP synthesis, is released from phytic acid found in foods by the enzymatic action of phytase.
Co-enzyme Q10 is fundamental in ATP production. Replenishing ATP and supporting ATP production through the actions of CoQ10, magnesium citrate and phytase from ATPro further supports digestive health.*
Together, this quartet works together to provide your body with more energy with every meal, so you have more energy for the rest of your day!*
What are the Benefits of ATPro™?
In an ideal world, we would consume adequate amounts of ATP from the food we at. But as with many nutrients and enzymes, ATP is lacking in the average American diet.
ATPro™ provides essential ingredients to boost your cellular powerplant and give you more energy with every meal.*
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are, simply put, the “good bugs” in your gut microbiome. A diverse microbiome helps support our health, and probiotics help support the health of the microbiome. The microbiome is the collection of trillions of microbes living within your GI tract, many of which are beneficial. If you can promote the health of those good microbes, they can in turn improve your own health.
Probiotics are one of the best-known ways to promote the health and diversity of the gut microbiome.* When the microbiome is running optimally, it supports digestion, immune function and absorption of nutrients.
ATPro™ is not a probiotic and doesn’t contain them. But, we do have a version of Digest Gold™ + Probiotics that delivers the benefits of America’s #1 selling digestive enzymes plus the benefits of probiotics.*
The formula supports a healthy gut with a powerful combination of max strength enzymes and probiotics.*
The 2-in-1 formula of Digest Gold™ + Probiotics includes all the benefits of Digest Gold™ and probiotics, so it’s easy to get your gut back on track.* Enzymes boost digestion, while a daily dose of 1.5 billion probiotic cultures support immune health, support regularity and bring balance back to the gut.*
Do I Still Need to Take My Probiotics If I Take a Product with ATPro?
While Digest Gold™ + Probiotics contains probiotics, it does not include ATPro™. Our original Digest Gold™ formula includes ATPro™ but not probiotics.
Only you can decide for certain which formula is best for your individual needs. However, if you are interested in a separate probiotic supplement, consider Enzymedica’s Pro-Bio™.
With eight different noncompetitive strains for increased diversity, it has a guaranteed potency of 10 billion CFU.* Pro-Bio™ survives stomach acid and supports regularity and immune health.* It promotes a healthy microbiome and optimal digestive function – and helps reduce occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.*
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