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Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes


Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes is a paleo-friendly, low allergenic, enzyme formulation designed to support healthy digestion.* It is specifically formulated to aid in the digestion of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.1

The enzymes are designed to help reduce vitreous opacities and vitreous strands.

The synergistic actions of porcine-derived pancreatic amylase, protease, and lipase, along with bromelain (from the pineapple plant) provide enhanced digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Ox bile is included to help support the emulsification of fats. The enteric coating protects the enzymes from being denatured by stomach acid, preserving their activity for the duodenum, where pancreatic enzymes are normally released and activated.*


  • Does not contain gluten, soy, or GMOs
  • Porcine-derived pancreatic enzymes
  • Includes bromelain from pineapple
  • Includes ox bile to support emulsification of fats
  • Provides 8,000 USP pancreatic lipase to support fat digestion, the highest lipase concentration of all Designs for Health’s digestive enzyme formulas
  • Formulated without hydrochloric acid (HCl) and pepsin
  • Free of grains, legumes
  • Enteric coating protects enzymes from being denatured by gastric acid and pepsin, while also protecting the lining of the stomach and esophagus from proteolytic action
  • Delayed-release capsule for release in less acidic environment of the duodenum for increased efficacy


  • Insufficient production or secretion of pancreatic enzymes2
  • Chronic pancreatitis2
  • Pancreatic resection surgery2
  • Digestive issues related to cystic fibrosis3,4
  • No gallbladder or insufficient bile production and/or release
  • Fat malabsorption conditions
  • Fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies
  • Conditions associated with excess accumulation of immune complexes
  • Food sensitivities or food allergies5

Recommended Use: Take 1 capsule three times per day with meals or as directed by your health-care practitioner.


 *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.



Ingredient Highlights

Bromelain and Conjugated Bile Acids

Bromelain is a family of sulfhydryl-containing proteolytic enzymes obtained from Ananas comosus, the pineapple plant. Bromelain has been used as a digestive enzyme after pancreatectomy in cases of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and in other gastrointestinal disorders.6 The addition of ox bile aids in fat emulsification that supports improved dietary triglyceride and fat-soluble vitamin absorption. This is especially important for individuals with fat malabsorption caused by impaired pancreatic lipase secretion.

Pancreatic Enzymes

Trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, and their active form trypsin and chymotrypsin are the key enzymes that activate all proteolytic (protease) enzymes within the duodenum to support protein digestion and absorption. Pancreatic amylolytic (amylase) and lipolytic (lipase) enzymes are secreted to aid in proper starch, lipid, and fat-soluble vitamin digestion and absorption. Pancreatic enzyme supplementation may play an important role in gastrointestinal and malabsorption disorders, including EPI, due to conditions such as chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, pancreatic cancer, or diabetes.3,7,8 Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) was shown in a meta-analysis to improve both fat and protein absorption in individuals with chronic pancreatitis, and to improve symptoms of abdominal pain, stool consistency, and flatulence.2,9 PERT may also have a positive effect on quality of life, weight maintenance, and malnutrition in those with EPI.10 The combination of ox bile, pancreatin, and bromelain has been shown to be an effective enzyme replacement therapy in individuals with pancreatic steatorrhea, also resulting in symptomatic improvements in pain, flatulence, and stool frequency.11 The synergistic actions of bromelain and pancreatic protease enzymes provide enhanced protein digestion, considering each one has distinct cleavage specificity for particular amino acids. The proper breakdown of proteins and peptides may ultimately result in reduced allergenicity of food proteins.5

Advantages of Enteric Coating

Enteric coating microencapsulation protects digestive enzymes from being denatured by HCl, preserving their activity for the higher pH of the duodenum, where pancreatic enzymes are normally released and intended to function.8 Enteric coating is the preferred delivery for individuals with stomach irritations due to hyperchlorhydria, Helicobacter pylori, gastritis, stomach ulcer, or esophageal problems caused by acid reflux or excessive alcohol consumption.9 For these individuals, microbial enzymes are not recommended if they are acid resistant because they may have undesirable proteolytic action on the lining of the stomach or the esophagus.

Supporting a Healthy Inflammatory Response

Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes may support a proper inflammatory response and balance, especially when taken on an empty stomach because both pancreatic proteases and bromelain are partially absorbed intact in the bloodstream. The mechanistic potential for anti-inflammatory activity is supported by the observed reduction in pain and inflammation by enterically coated pancreatic enzyme therapy and modulation of various inflammatory markers by bromelain in human clinical trials.12,13 Bromelain has a direct influence on pain mediators like bradykinin, which contributes to its analgesic properties.14 Specifically, bromelain exhibited anti-inflammatory action in animal studies by inhibiting the generation of bradykinin at the inflammatory site and by the depletion of the plasma kallikrein system.15 In vitro data shows bromelain has the ability to downregulate cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE-2) expression and reduce interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, interferon (IFN)-γ, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α secretion when the immune response is already stimulated and there is an overproduction of inflammatory cytokines.11 Additional in vitro evidence demonstrated bromelain can decrease the activation of CD4+ T cells and can reduce CD25 cell expression.14 Six weeks of bromelain and proteolytic enzyme supplementation was shown to have a similar reduction as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication for pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis.14 In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, oral bromelain therapy had significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.14 A small, open-label pilot study demonstrated that pancreatic enzyme supplementation for 6 weeks significantly improved atopic dermatitis and gastroduodenal permeability.5

Why is this formula free of HCl and pepsin? Considering there are multiple factors unrelated to pancreatic function that may affect stomach acid production and secretion, it is prudent to dose hydrochloric acid (HCl) separately. HCl may be problematic for individuals with stomach and esophageal problems. Pepsin is also excluded from this formula, as it is meant to work in the acidic environment of the stomach; it loses its activity at a higher pH, the condition under which Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes capsules are formulated to be activated.

Additional Dosing Suggestions
  • As a digestive aid, 1 to 3 Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes capsules may be taken per meal, distributed in the beginning and throughout meals, or as directed by your health-care practitioner.

  • To support a healthy inflammatory response, 1 to 3 capsules of Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes may be taken on an empty stomach between meals to maximize the absorption of proteolytic enzymes in the bloodstream.

Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes USP monograph of pancreatin. U.S. Pharmacopeia.

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  2. Somaraju UR, Solis-Moya A. Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy for people with cystic fibrosis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;11(11):CD008227. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008227.pub3.
  3. Brady MS, Garson JL, Krug SK, et al. An enteric-coated high-buffered pancrelipase reduces steatorrhea in patients with cystic fibrosis: a prospective, randomized study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006;106(8):1181-1186. doi:10.1016/j.jada.2006.05.011.
  4. Singer S, Koenekoop J, Meddings J, Powell J, Desroches A, Seidman EG. Pancreatic enzyme supplementation in patients with atopic dermatitis and food allergies: an open-label pilot study. Paediatr Drugs. 2019;21(1):41-45. doi:10.1007/s40272-018-0321-1.
  5. Roxas M. The role of enzyme supplementation in digestive disorders. A/tern Med Rev. 2008;13(4):307-314. https://pubmed. ncbi .nl 78/.
  6. laniro G, Pecere S, Giorgio V, Gasbarrini A, Cammarota G. Digestive enzyme supplementation in gastrointestinal diseases. Curr Drug Metab. 2016;17(2):187-193. doi:10.2174/138920021702160114150137.
  7. Imrie CW, Connett G, Hall RI, Charnley RM. Review article: enzyme supplementation in cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic and periampullary cancer. Aliment Pharmaco/ Ther. 2010;32(suppl 1):1-25. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2036.2010.04437.x.
  8. de la Iglesia-Garcia D, Huang W, Szatmary P, et al. Efficacy of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy in chronic pancreatitis: systematic review and meta-analysis. Gut. 2017;66(8):1354-1355. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2016-312529.
  9. Layer P, Kashirskaya N, Gubergrits N. Contribution of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy to survival and quality of life in patients with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. World J Gastroenterol. 2019;25(20):2430-2441. doi:10.3748/wjg.v25.i20.2430.
  10. Rathnavelu V, Alitheen NB, Sohila S, Kanagesan S, Ramesh R. Potential role of bromelain in clinical and therapeutic applications. Biomed Rep. 2016;5(3):283-288. doi:10.3892/br.2016.720.
  11. Bolten WW, Glade MJ, Raum S, Ritz BW. The safety and efficacy of an enzyme combination in managing knee osteoarthritis pain in adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Arthritis. 2015;2015:251521. doi:10.1155/2015/251521.
  12. Grabs V, Nieman DC, Haller B, Halle M, Scherr J. The effects of oral hydrolytic enzymes and flavonoids on inflammatory markers and coagulation after marathon running: study protocol for a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2014;6(1):8. doi:10.1186/2052-1847-6-8.
  13. Pavan R, Jain S, Shraddha, Kumar A. Properties and therapeutic application of bromelain: a review. Biotechnol Res Int. 2012;2012:976203. doi:10.1155/2012/976203.
  14. Kumakura S, Yamashita M, Tsurufuji S. Effect of bromelain on kaolin-induced inflammation in rats. Eur J Pharmaco/. 1988;150(3):295-301. doi:10.1016/0014-2999(88)90010-6.

Dr. Berne’s Whole Health Digestive Enzymes