Excellacor- The Original Systemic Formula
A powerful systemic enzyme blend formulated to support normal fibrin metabolism, metabolic health, and joint, muscle and tissue health.*
Why Take Excellacor
Excellacor is a potent blend of serrapeptase, proteases and herbs that supports metabolic health, including joint, muscle and tissue health, healthy circulation, and healthy fibrin metabolism.*
This powerful systemic blend supports:
- Overall Metabolic Health*
- Healthy Circulation*
- Muscle Recovery*
- Joint & Tendon Health*
- Vital Energy Levels*
- Healthy Stamina*
- Healthy Heels and Feet*
- Normal Circulation*
What’s Inside Excellacor
- Enteric-coated Serrapeptase (phthalate-free): a powerful fibrinolytic enzyme.*
- Bromelain: Proteolytic enzyme found in the pineapple plant; known for immune support.*
- Papain: Derived from papaya; supports the body’s natural immune response.*
- Lipase: Supports the breakdown of fats into essential fatty acids that are needed for healthy circulation.*
- Amylase: Breaks down carbohydrates and starches into simple sugars.*
- Rutin: Bioflavonoid that provides antioxidant support.*
- Amla: Natural source of Vitamin C, supports regulatory immune response.*
What Isn’t Inside Excellacor
Excellacor is free of pesticides, chemicals, preservatives, animal derivatives, dairy, yeast, fish or shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. All individual enzymes are kosher-certified ingredients, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
All products by AST Enzymes are manufactured in the USA from FDA registered facility that follows GMP guidelines.
*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.
What Sets Excellacor Apart
Excellacor contains AST’s original proprietary formula created by our master enzymologist. Originally marketed as Exclzyme, it has been commercially available for nearly 20 years. Its loyal use by companies, health practitioners and consumers have made it the #1 non-animal derived systemic formulation.
Excellacor has an enteric coating that allows the powerful enzyme blend to bypass the acidic environment of the stomach and reach the small intestine, where absorption occurs. Our enteric-coated serrapeptase has been formulated with the use of Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (MAAC), a safe food-grade compound used in the pharmaceutical industry with no reported side effects. Without enteric coating, enzymes will denature, or lose their effectiveness, in the stomach.
In addition, various proteases in Excellacor help break down proteins and amino acid chains, promoting total body support.*
Excellacor also supports healthy fibrin levels in the circulatory system.*
Fibrin is a protein that the body produces when healing. The protein precursor fibrinogen is converted into fibrin, which forms a layer of connective tissue inside the blood vessel. The fibrin strands assemble into a net-like structure over an affected vessel and harden, forming a “patch” to prevent further damage.
While fibrin is meant to have a protective function in the body, too much fibrin buildup can cause problems.
Why Choose Excellacor
Excellacor’s unique proprietary formula and efficacy-maximizing enteric coating make it the most potent blend on the market to support normal fibrin metabolism, metabolic health, and joint, muscle, and tissue health.*
Our enzymes are manufactured in a ISO 9001:2000 and GMP certified facilities, and undergo rigorous quality testing.
*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.
Excellacor (formerly known as Exclzyme) vs Vitalzym**
|Enteric Coated Serrapeptase
|Serrapeptase Manufacturing Source
|Original Vitalzym (2000-2009)
|“Original” Vitalzym (Current)
|Vitalzym 360 Liquid Capsules (Current)
If your systemic enzyme supplement has changed, we have the original formula.
Some companies claim to continue to carry the original formula. One easy way to check is to see if the bottle says the enzyme serrapeptase is enteric-coated. Serrapeptase, sourced from the bacterium Serratia marcescens is the key ingredient in the original Full-Strength Excellacor. This key ingredient must be enteric coated so it can pass through the acid environment of the stomach without being damaged.
And as for the new formulas on the market claiming to be stronger or more technologically advanced: the proof is in the results.
There is an underlying art when it comes to manufacturing enzyme products. Systemic enzyme blends must be formulated professionally for maximum effectiveness. In fact, alterations to an already successful systemic enzyme product may not provide the same results you’ve come to expect.
Many companies, including ours, use proprietary formulas to protect their products from being copied and used by others. But all companies must list all of the ingredients by name, and rank the ingredients according to the percentage amounts in the formula. For instance, in the original Excellacor formula, enteric-coated serrapeptase is listed on our ingredient list as the second most prevalent ingredient in our formulation.
If your “new and improved” systemic formula does not list enteric coated serrapeptase as the second ingredient, you are probably not getting the most out of your systemic enzyme formula. Serrapeptase has always been the hallmark of the original Excellacor formula, making it the choice of companies and consumers alike.
Enteric Coating Comparison
|Methacrylic Acid Copolymer
Cellulose Acetate Phthalate (CAP)
|Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Phthalate (HPMCP)
|Considered Enteric Coating
|Studies supporting Efficacy as Enteric Coating
|Time in Use
*AST Enzymes uses MAAC as enteric coating
What is enteric coating, and why is it needed?
Enteric coating is a layer of protective coating to allow supplements to bypass digestion by the stomach and be absorbed in the small intestine. Systemic enzymes are proteins, so their functional structures are denatured (or destroyed) in conditions of extreme pH and temperature. Without enteric coating, enzymes would be rendered useless long before they reach the bloodstream, where they carry out their beneficial effects.
What’s enteric coating made of?
At AST Enzymes, we use Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (MAAC) for our enteric coating. Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (MAAC) is not a phthalate. According to independent studies, MAAC is the most gastro-resistant when compared to other commonly used enteric coating agents such as Cellulose Acetate Phthalate (CAP) and Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose Phthalate (HPMCP). This means that MAAC can most effectively withstand the acidity of the stomach, allowing its contents to be released in the small intestine and fully absorbed.
Don’t let the name scare you. MAAC is a food-grade compound that has been in use as enteric coating in the pharmaceutical industry for over 50 years with no reported side effects. In 2004, the European Food Safety Authority – an organization that conducted studies which led to the ban of 6 types of phthalates in personal care products– has deemed MAAC safe for use as coating agent in food supplements.
MAAC is listed as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also conducted various studies and found sufficient information to reasonably conclude that the current use pattern of MAAC will not adversely affect public health or the environment.
** Vitalzym® is a registered trademark of World Nutrition Inc., which is not affiliated with, nor sponsors or endorses this product or any other product from Specialty Enzymes & Biotechnologies or AST Enzymes.
What is systemic enzyme therapy?
Systemic enzyme therapy refers to the therapeutic use of natural enzymes to produce desired healing effects. Systemic enzymes are absorbed in the small intestine where they enter the bloodstream. Then they carry out desired benefits throughout the body.
What are proteolytic enzymes?
Proteolytic enzymes break down proteins into their building-blocks, which are called amino acids. Systemic proteolytic enzymes are responsible for breaking down accumulated protein and waste substances found in the circulatory system and connective tissue. Regular systemic proteolytic enzyme use can improve circulation.*
What is fibrin?
Fibrin is a protein-based substance that is needed to help blood coagulation, playing a substantial role in immune response. When the body responds to injury or chronic inflammation, fibrin is recruited to the damaged area to form scar tissue. Although the body is equipped with plasmin, a naturally occurring enzyme responsible for breaking down excess fibrin, plasmin levels progressively decrease as we age. This actually increases the risk for excessive, undesirable scar tissue formation in the body.
Why is it important to take Excellacor on an empty stomach?
Since most absorption occurs in the small intestine, the systemic enzymes must bypass the stomach to gain access there. If the enzymes are taken with food, they will likely begin working to break down your food within the stomach, rather than passing through to the small intestine. Taking systemic enzymes like Excellacor with food will compromise their absorption, as well as their effectiveness.
Does Excellacor have an enteric coating?
Yes, the serrapeptase in Excellacor is enterically coated. While similar systemic enzymes may have the same active ingredients, most do not utilize enteric coating. The purpose of enteric coating is to protect the enzyme from the acidic environment of the stomach. High activity level is preserved until the enzymes reach the small intestine, where absorption into the bloodstream takes place. While the enteric coating can withstand the acidic environment of the stomach, the alkaline environment of the small intestine will disintegrate the enteric coating, allowing the enzyme to be active within the bloodstream.
Do you use phthalates in your enteric coating?
No, our enteric coating does not use or contain phthalates. At AST Enzymes, we use Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (MAAC) for our enteric coating. Compared to other commonly used enteric coating agents such as Cellulose Acetate Phthalate (CAP) and Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose Phthalate (HPMCP), MAAC is the most gastro-resistant and does not carry the same risks. Additionally, MAAC is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA and is approved for use by the European Food Safety Authority. To learn more about enteric coating used in AST Enzymes products, please click the Compare tab.
How long should I take Excellacor before feeling results?
The length of time to experience the benefits of systemic enzymes varies by individual. Some people notice a difference within days. For others, it’s a week or 10 days. For long-term benefits, it’s important to take systemic enzymes consistently over several months. New systemic enzyme users should start off slow, with one capsule, three times daily. After three to four days of proven tolerance, the dose can be increased to a 2 capsules, 3 times per day. Some consumers find their ideal dose between 9-12 capsules per day, while others only need 3-6. There are several factors that may affect required dosage, including:
- Time of administration (better absorbed on an empty stomach)
- Adherence to regimen
- Nutritional state
What if I miss a dose?
Regular, consistent use of systemic enzymes will provide the best results. However, missed doses of systemic enzymes do not have serious repercussions. Although symptoms alleviated by systemic enzyme therapy may resurface, getting back on track by remembering to take your next dose will suffice. There is no need to “double up,” on one dose – and remember, systemic enzymes are best absorbed on an empty stomach.
Are there any side effects involved with Excellacor?
The use of Excellacor has not been shown to exhibit detrimental effects, neither long term nor short term. Just as dosage requirements vary, side effects may vary. Although gastrointestinal disturbances have been stated by a small percentage of new users, tolerance is maintained once the dosage is adjusted. Minor allergic reactions, like reddening of the skin, are also rare occurrences, and can be seen with extremely high doses. There are no known interactions with prescription or over the counter drugs while using systemic enzyme therapy. However, it is recommended that you consult with your physician about starting systemic enzymes, especially if you are on blood-thinning medications or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Can I take Excelacor with other systemic enzymes?
Systemic enzymes may be taken together, yielding desirable results, as long as they are taken on an empty stomach. In fact, it is often recommended that systemic enzymes be combined. Products like Excellacor and Serrapeptase often have synergistic effects when taken together. This means that the separate products work together to produce advantageous results. By combining and enhancing the activity of the enzymes, their effects on the healing process are more attainable.
Can I take Excellacor with digestive enzymes?
Although digestive and systemic enzymes are not contraindicated in terms of ingredients, they cannot be taken at the same time. The purpose of digestive enzymes is to aid in digestion of specific foods, so taking them with food is an obvious recommendation. Because systemic enzymes require an empty stomach for maximum absorption, they must be taken separately from digestive enzymes. There are no adverse interactions between systemic and digestive enzymes, but they serve different purposes and thus should be taken as directed for best results.
How to Take Excellacor
Take on an empty stomach (30-60 minutes before or 2 hours after meals).
- Days 1-5: Take 1 capsule, 3 times a day.
- Days 6-11: Take 2 capsules, 3 times a day.
- Day 12+: Take 3 capsules, 3 times a day, if needed. Otherwise, continue with 2 capsules 3 times a day.
Caution: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or under medical supervision, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.