WHAT IS A DIGESTIVE ENZYME?
Digestive enzymes work to break down carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber. When you see the word enzyme, just know that it is a broad label to describe many different enzymes with different functions in the digestive process. Below are a sampling of the most common enzymes added to supplements:
PROTEASE – a protein digesting enzyme that works to shorten the long chain protein bonds. This enzyme works both in the stomach and duodenum.
LIPASE – a fat digesting enzyme that hydrolyzes fat until it reaches the liver.
AMALYSE – a carbohydrate digesting enzyme found in the mouth, stomach and small intestine. This enzyme is necessary for dairy, grain, simple sugar, and starch final breakdown.
ALPHA GLACTOSIDASE - an enzyme that breaks down complex carbohydrates.
CELLULASE - breaks down fiber cellulose
COULD SUPPLEMENTING WITH DIGESTIVE ENZYMES HELP YOU?
Recently there has been a lot of hype about Digestive Enzymes, both in the natural nutrition markets and commercial big box aisles. So after some reading, it appears there are two disparate conclusions. One camp believes that enzymes are a necessary healing property to aid in proper digestion. Their argument is that either through lack of good nutrition, damage to the digestive tract or disease, supplementation is necessary. While the other perspective believes it's unnecessary to add digestive enzymes, and that the uncomfortableness of the digestion process is normal.
Before resorting to a self-diagnosis, it would be wise to talk with your trusted physician. At this visit, any conventional treatments for conditions like celiac disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or other digestive disorders can be ruled out. Beyond that, there are many practical experiences where enzymes assist with lessening the bloating, gas and heavy feeling that can make digestion challenging.
HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY DIGESTIVE ENZYME?
It's important to understand where and how your choice of digestive enzymes are produced. Look at the manufacturer, are they CGMP certified? That means that they have gone through the necessary details and certification to meet the Good Manufacturing Process for supplements. Also, check into what ingredients are being used, as it's important to make certain the digestive enzymes that are chosen are plant sourced. Plant enzymes have a wide pH range, 3.0-9.0, so the enzyme can begin its work right away in the stomach where food resides for approximately 60 minutes.
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