How ZENPEP® Works
ZENPEP provides delayed release to optimize delivery1,2
Beads and microbeads are designed to protect and deliver enzymes to the neutralized chyme within the proximal small intestine to enhance nutrient absorption. ZENPEP is formulated to optimize enzyme bioavailability and mimic normal pancreatic function.1-7
Each bead is treated with an enteric coating that1-3:
1 Inhibits Degradation
1Minimizes destruction or inactivation in gastric acid
2 Targets enzyme release
2Allows for delayed release of enzymes until they are in the proximal small intestine (at pH >5.5, based on in vivo studies)
Once released, the enzymes catalyze the hydrolysis of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.1
ZENPEP was studied without the use of PPIs, H2-blockers, or motility agents.
As early as 15 minutes after ingestion, ZENPEP delivers lipase straight to the site of fat absorption during meals, with statistical significance seen at 30 minutes2*
*When compared with duodenal lipase release without ZENPEP.
PPI=proton pump inhibitor.
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