0

votes

calcium carbonate in digestive enzymes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I've been using digestive enzymes with some success for a few months now. My mother just noticed that the NOW tablets contain calcium carbonate and wanted to know if this additive is problematic.

I don't know anything about calcium carbonate except that it is commonly used in antacids. I find this strange, since the whole idea of taking digestive enzymes is to increase stomach acid....

Does anybody have any answers as to whether calcium carbonate is an additive I should be worried about? Is there research suggesting it is harmful? (Yes, I understand that absence of evidence is not the same thing as evidence of absence.)

Should I be ordering the capsule form instead (which doesn't contain calcium carbonate)?

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on February 04, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Thanks, Tom! I appreciate the info.

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on February 03, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Hey Jae, some dude on Robb Wolf's blog said that if you chew the tablets they have the same effect as the capsules (more potent). It's in the comments section of TPS #65. Thought that would interest you.

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on January 18, 2011
at 10:47 PM

i think it sure. likely, not entirely sure though.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on January 18, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Interesting. Thanks for the link. My mom was looking into buying another brand that had "colloidal silicon dioxide" in it. Is the CSD simply the silica packet?

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on January 18, 2011
at 09:21 PM

Yes, I'm doing it for weight gain as well. I think it's a smarter solution than just eating enormous quantities of food. (Sorry if I've just hijacked your thread).

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on January 18, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I am taking them in an effort to gain weight, so I haven't cut back just yet. I eat a lot at a time. But yes, when I'm going for weight maintenance, I will probably cut back and see how it goes. The only real answer is to experiment on yourself and see how it goes. Melissa recommends drinking diluted apple cider vinegar -- might be a cheaper option for you.

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on January 18, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Robb Wolf seems to indicate that you can dial it down after a while, until you essentially don't need them anymore. Has that been your experience? Because 15 pills a day for me might be a bit expensive (for me personally, as a student).

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on January 18, 2011
at 08:16 PM

I got up to 9 and had no warm sensation. Poliquin recommends stopping after 7. I typically take 5 as an arbitrary amount. I like the tabs because they are smaller and easier to swallow.

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on January 18, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I have the tablets myself (by mistake). They're a heck of a lot cheaper, for some strange reason. I'm interested in an answer to your question. On a sidenote, I'm up to 5 a meal but still no 'warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach' How many did you have to chug initially to get that feeling?

  • 77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

    asked by

    (6157)
  • Views
    3.3K
  • Last Activity
    1552D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

1 Answers

1
0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on January 18, 2011
at 09:23 PM

The only thing remotely related to this that I can find is this link: http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f15/zma-concern-quick-question-836232/

Might be best to just contact the manufacturer?

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on January 18, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Interesting. Thanks for the link. My mom was looking into buying another brand that had "colloidal silicon dioxide" in it. Is the CSD simply the silica packet?

0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

(888)

on January 18, 2011
at 10:47 PM

i think it sure. likely, not entirely sure though.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!