ProlaZyme is a supplement designed and manufactured by Ultralite Nutrition whose aims are to provide a better digestive process through the enhancement of the body’s natural enzymes, claiming to be a product engineered with “Advanced Enzymatic Technology”, as the subtitle on the package suggests. What is especially noteworthy about ProlaZyme is that it could be labeled as a “catch-all” dietary supplement due to the inclusion of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotic cultures, all in one neatly assembled package.
Because waltzing through the countless number of reviews on the web is a tricky business (in no small part owing to the hidden/dubious interests of many reviewers), we will come to the aid of the prospective buyer with a comprehensive review of this (at least on the surface) supplement. We aim to do that by discussing the claims of the manufacturer, followed by an extensive section that peers at ProlaZyme’s ingredients, and finishing up with a portion that brings forth the main praises and criticisms already aimed at Ultralite Nutrition’s product.
Ultralite Nutrition’s Description of ProlaZyme
Index of Contents
To get the essentials out of the way, ProlaZyme promises a three-pronged effect – improving muscle development, increasing the levels of your overall energy and promoting global health. The supplement boasts more than 100 different nutrients in its composition, however, the detailed analysis only focuses on a few of them. In the starring roles are green papaya extracts – which supposedly help with muscle inflammation and have comprehensive immunological benefits, bromelain – a compound indigenous to the pineapple core, with fat burning properties (among many others), Super Greens Power Blend – a conglomerate of 14 plant foods that promises intense positive action at the cellular level (more on this supplement within a supplement later), Hippophae rhamnoides – also known as the common sea-buckthorn, a plant traditionally revered for its benefits on overall health (mainly due to its unusually high concentration of vitamin C), lauded in ProlaZyme’s description as an excellent source of antioxidants and its aptitudes in repairing free radical damage. ProlaZyme also contains probiotics, in the form of 5 different strains of the Bacillus family, with a CFU count of 12.5 million per tablet.
ProlaZyme is one of three supplements manufactured by Ultralite Nutrition, the other two being Elimipure, a product meant to cleanse the toxins from your gastrointestinal tract, and MetaboSleep, a supplement which aims to provide a better night’s sleep by natural means, stressing the fact that it does not contain melatonin. Each concoction can be purchased for $69 (one month supply), $177 (three-month supply) or $294 (six-month supply).
What strikes the average reviewer is the concise manner in which information about the product is displayed on the official website. In an attempt to gather more information about ProlaZyme, we came across a host of websites that purportedly are designed as independent, third-party reviews of the product. The problem is that they all exhibit glowing presentations and testimonials, in addition to having domain names that promote this supplement just by reading them. There are numerous instances of websites such as these, an aspect which can only lead to perplexity on the part of the independent reviewer. Nevertheless, we choose not to ignore the information on these outlets altogether but treat it as if it were coming from the manufacturer, because they contain important information regarding the possible conditions ProlaZyme might alleviate and more exhaustive data on the supplement’s ingredients. At the same time, we cannot abstain from giving initial thumbs down to those promoting the product for this reprehensible behavior.
The official ProlaZyme website advocates that people who can benefit most from this supplement are those who:
- suffer from regular gas, bloating and/or constipation, conditions that are caused by a slowing down in the activity of enzymes, conditions attributed to age, poor dietary and lifestyle choices in the past.
- feel constant fatigue (be it physical or mental), though there is no mention that ProlaZyme might help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a claim made by several other nutritional supplements on the market, especially probiotic supplements.
- have problems with the digestion of certain foods.
“Prolazymeresearch” is a website that contains a single, seemingly interminable post that is a sort of in-depth testimonial from a happy consumer of ProlaZyme. It has a more extensive list of ingredients than those presented on the UltraliteNutrition website, yet the remarkable aspect of this “participation observation” is the list of “pros and cons” which sums up the ProlaZyme experience. Against the background of only two arguments partially against the purchase of the supplement, namely that it contains traces of milk and that it takes a while to make its presence felt in the body, readers are bombarded with plenty of pros:
- especially proficient at burning fat, particularly belly fat;
- ProlaZyme is a remarkable booster of energy which can increase the amount of time dedicated to physical exercise;
- significantly reduces the symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
- 100% natural ingredients which guarantee the absence of side-effects, an aspect that is supposedly tested in several clinical trials (although the lengthy list of references focuses only on certain ingredients of ProlaZyme, not on the whole package);
- clearer skin;
- the 30-day “money back guarantee”.
There is a particularly engaging portion in this testimonial where the author mentions that when she began taking ProlaZyme she also quit her destructive lifestyle behavior, starting to monitor what she ate and drank while also increasing the time dedicated to exercise. Therefore, weight loss, reduced bloating and a global well being should definitely be attributed to the effects of ProlaZyme.
prolazyme.net is another would-be promotional beast of burden that, as opposed to the previously analyzed one, has seven posts and a separate FAQ section. The most interesting aspect is the post titled Research Supporting ProlaZyme, which again focuses only on the positive aspects of certain ingredients found in this supplement, without providing a balanced report, because there is absolutely no chance of a particular substance not having at least mild side effects, especially to individuals inherently sensitive to it. It also has a post dedicated to veterans (published on Veteran’s Day), a segment of the population which seemingly were particularly prone to developing Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
While it is questionable that the complete list of ingredients is not available on the Ultralite Nutrition website, we have been able to track down a more detailed one. We will start by investigating the properties of each compound in the “enzyme cocktail” that ProlaZyme aims to be, followed by the specific doses of vitamins and minerals, and finish with those components that are relegated to the footnotes which, however, we believe to be of equal importance, especially for a comprehensive round-up. We should note that the manufacturers recommend 2 tablets of ProlaZyme a day.
On the enzyme front, Ultralite Nutrition and a host of other reviewers hold bromelain (an enzyme harvested from the core of pineapples) in the highest esteem. The vetted properties of bromelain include impeding fast cell division in lung tumors (in addition to being the only natural remedy against cancers caused by extensive exposure to asbestos); its actions at the digestive level recommend bromelain in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or dyspepsia; it has anti-inflammatory and an anti-allergenic qualities (its uses in cases of minor infection are well documented in traditional Hawaiian medicine). The most commonly prescribed dosage for digestive disorders is 500 mg per day to be taken with the most important meal of the day. There is no statement as to the actual amount of bromelain present in ProlaZyme, however, the whole “Enzyme Blend” has 260 mg and, even if we multiply that by two (for the two recommended daily tablets), we see that it is significantly less than the 500 mg physicians usually prescribe. Bromelain does not cause serious side effects, the only documented responses being mild and fleeting abdominal pain or allergic reactions in patients with a history of such problems.
Trypsin is another enzyme found in Ultralite Nutrition’s recipe that is supposed to have restorative properties according to several reviewers of ProlaZyme. Trypsin is naturally secreted by the pancreas and small intestine of mammals. For supplementary purposes, trypsin is harvested from the leftover pancreas of livestock, while it can also be synthesized from plants and fungi. In conjunction with rutin and bromelain, trypsin is prescribed against osteoarthritis, because it functions by removing dead cells from tissues, thus stimulating the development of new cells. When it comes to improving digestion, there is still inconclusive evidence as to trypsin’s benefits. Side effects can exist in patients who have been administered trypsin for osteoarthritides (a dosage of 50 mg, three times a day) such as burning and joint pain.
As mentioned in the section dedicated to the first positive testimonial about ProlaZyme, the main benefit of the supplement seems to be the accelerated fat burning it causes. This is done through the action of lipase, an enzyme which, as its name suggests, plays a central role in lipolysis. According to WebMD, lipase facilitates digestion by breaking down the molecules of certain fatty acids, providing much-needed relief for patients with Chron’s disease, cystic fibrosis, heartburn or celiac disease. Synthetic lipase has its source in certain molds, plants or bacteria. The key word in the preceding sentence is “relief” because lipase is proven to work without a doubt only in cases of pancreatic insufficiency (usually brought on by cystic fibrosis). The dosage of lipase is a tricky business, a matter of trial and error, with high doses making the symptoms of fibrosis worse.
The Ultralite Nutrition website singles out Papian and Chymopapain as wondrous ingredients of ProlaZyme, compounds which are destined to work in concert with bromelain. These derivates of the papaya fruit, spelled “papaian” in more trustworthy sources, indeed have anti-inflammatory action but are also adept at fluid retention in cases where it is needed (surgery, trauma). It is also useful in dealing with infections, principally infections with herpes and hay fever. Outside of medicine, papaian has many industrial applications, chiefly in the manufacturing of cosmetics and toothpaste, and it is also an effective meat tenderizer. It is an unusual substance, to say the least, and one which has been insufficiently studied. Nevertheless, excessive supplementation with papaian may lead to serious allergic reactions or severe throat damage. The recommended dose of papaian in the case of surgery or trauma is 1500 mg per day.
Among many traces of enzymes that ProlaZyme contains, we could mention Glucoamylase, Lactase, Peptidase, Malt diastase, Acid Protease, Cellulase or Invertase. Most of them are derived from milk or processed milk and while the actual dosage is nowhere to be found, we believe it is safe to agree that these ingredients have a negligible impact on a person’s overall health, with the possible exception of allergic individuals.
Enzymes are without a doubt the central selling point of ProlaZyme, however, they also contain their share of vitamins and minerals.
A typical 2-tablet per day serving of ProlaZyne contains 60 mg of Vitamin C, a dosage that the manufacturer advertises as 100 percent of recommended daily intake. This strong statement is firstly contradicted by common sense. It is only natural that different people of different ages or genders need different amounts of daily vitamin C intake. Further research on the US Department of Health website provides a figure of more than 100 mg per day for adult males and 85 mg per day for adult females. The devil actually lies in the details. ((https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/#h4))
ProlaZyme also provides 30 IU (international units) of Vitamin E, again said to be the sufficient daily amount. The Office of Dietary Supplements actually begs to differ, considering 22.4 IU as the recommended daily intake.((https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/))
All health professionals agree that an additional source of magnesium (in addition to what we get from food) is warranted, especially in certain times of the year. ProlaZyme contributes with 200 mg of magnesium per daily serving, as magnesium oxide, with Ultralite Nutrition considering it half the advised daily amount. The aforementioned source admits that 400 mg of magnesium per day is enough for healthy adult males (in the 19 to 50 years of age range), yet that is an excessive dose for females.(( https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/))
To round up the minerals ProlaZyme, the supplement contains potassium in the amount of 200 mg (or 6% of the daily recommended dose). However, according to a diagram available on WebMD that may be true for an infant or a pre-teen but in the case of adults that amount is certainly not sufficient.
The last two essential constituents of ProlaZyme that we will explore in this review are the concentrated plant food Super Greens Power Blend and the probiotic component because it is truly remarkable that a supplement which does not market itself as predominantly a probiotic to have a rather high CFU count of 12.5 million.
The “Organic Supergreens Power Blend” is a conglomerate of 14 different concentrated green vegetables that is a nutritional supplement in its own right. Actually, all non-enzymatic components that can be found in ProlaZyme, including vitamins and minerals, can be attributed to the inclusion of Organic Supergreens Blend in Ultralite Nutrition’s supplement – potassium, manganese, vegan content (which is actually the traces of chlorophyll contained in this product), fiber and antioxidants. The interesting aspect regarding this “supplement within a supplement” is that if it were purchased individually, it would be far less expensive than ProlaZyme, with 1 lb of Organic Supergreens going for $28.95. One cannot help but feel the loss of any remnant of trust in ProlaZyme.
The Ultralite Nutrition website mentions “five strains of Bacillus probiotics”. The central problem with this statement is that they do not exemplify. There are hundreds of already isolated and identified species of the Bacillus type. Some have pernicious effects on the human organism, some have the ability of morphing into antibiotic compounds and have immeasurable benefits for the gastrointestinal tract, while others just make up the numbers. The failure to provide adequate details in this respect is another chink in ProlaZyme’s already splintered armor.
Final Thoughts and Verdict on ProlaZyme
Ever since we first started collecting information about ProlaZyme, warning signs began to spring up. Why the scarcity of information on the official website when the ingredients used warranted a lot of explanations in order to shed light on their innumerable potential benefits? Why the large number of websites that purport to be independent reviews, yet are so obviously there only to increase traffic, a most logical conclusion since they do not utter a single criticism of the product? Why no retailers selling ProlaZyme? Why the relatively high prices?
As is evident from the analysis of ProlaZyme’s ingredients, which constitutes the bulk of this review, we see that the information regarding this particular “enzyme cocktail” is somewhat accurate, such a small dosage would not probably benefit anyone and there are no specific details for each one, but only general information, presumably posted for SEO purposes.
When considering the rest of the ingredients the general ridiculousness of the picture before us gets clearer. They did not even bother to check what the official recommended intake for vitamins and minerals was. The bulk of the supplement is represented by another supplement that is already on the market for years.
The preceding arguments could make one believe that “ProlaZyme” by Ultralite Nutrition is some sort of plagiarism. However, plagiarism is too much of an elegant characterization. ProlaZyme is at best a vulgar reshuffle of a nutritional supplement and, at worst, it is a scam altogether.