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Do digestive enzymes really help?
You may have heard about the benefits of digestive enzymes. But with the wide variety of health supplements out there, two questions arise:
Do you need digestive enzymes?
And do they actually improve our digestive health?
Who Needs Digestive Enzymes?
First things first - do you need digestive enzymes?
Enzymes support maximum nutrient absorption by helping your digestive system properly break down the foods that contain difficult-to-digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. In this way, your body absorbs more nutritional value from each meal you eat.
Digestive enzymes are essential — your digestive system cannot function without them.
But the answer as to whether you require a supplement will depend on many factors, of course. Your body makes enzymes on its own — that’s part of how your digestive system works.
However, as you age, enzyme production decreases. Genetics, viruses, and even stress can decrease enzyme production, too. Certain conditions and factors can also affect how your enzymes function in your body.
Below are 17 symptoms and signs your body may be crying out for enzymes.
You may need digestive enzyme support if you're suffering from:
Do they work?
Studies show that supplementing with digestive enzymes can help many of the conditions above. For example, a 2014 study published in a Belgian health journal found that digestive enzymes relieve bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, and other common digestive problems.
Another study reports that people with indigestion experienced significant improvement in their bloating, abdominal pain, belching, heartburn, and loss of appetite when taking a specific type of enzyme, called proteolytic enzymes (protease).
Other studies have proven digestive enzymes can:
Improve symptoms such as gas, constipation, painful bowel movements, abdominal pain, and bloating
Improve IBS symptoms
Improve ulcerative colitis
Improve Crohn’s disease
Help people suffering from chronic diarrhea
Support maximum nutrient absorption
Balance your gut microbiome
In addition, supplementing with broad-spectrum digestive enzymes can help balance your microbiome (gut), which in turn supports other conditions, like depression. This is especially true when digestive enzymes are incorporated with probiotics.
Other Surprising Extra Benefits of Digestive Enzymes
Supporting your digestive system with enzymes makes sense. Your entire digestive process relies on enzymes. But did you know that there are other benefits?
These added benefits of specific enzymes may surprise you:
Reduce pain, swelling and joint stiffness in osteoarthritis sufferers
Speed recovery after surgery
Speed recovery after an intense workout
Have anti-cancer properties
Can be as effective as traditional anti-inflammatories (including outperforming aspirin)
Can reduce symptoms of sinusitis (inflamed sinuses)
Digestive enzymes can also reduce susceptibility to food sensitivities, allergies, and yeast overgrowth.
What digestive enzymes do you need to take?
Enzymes are produced in your body, and can also be found in food. You have these enzymes in your microbiome and microbiota (intestinal flora), as well as your pancreatic juices and saliva.
There are three main classes of enzymes, and each type has a different job:
Amylases - to digest carbohydrates (like alpha-galactosidase)
Proteases - to digest proteins (like papain and bromelain)
Lipases - to digest fat (like lactase)
Let’s look a little closer at specific kinds of enzymes.
Protease enzymes help break down small and large proteins, including casein from dairy products, and gluten from grains. These enzymes are found in your intestines, pancreas, and stomach.
Papain and bromelain, found in pineapple and papaya, are also proteases.
Amylase is found in your pancreas and saliva. It allows your body to break down and absorb simple sugars from the carbohydrates you eat. For example, pasta, bread, fruit, potatoes, and beans. [x]
Alpha-galactosidase works in a similar way. It breaks down complex carbohydrates, making them easier to digest. In 2013, the peer-reviewed research journal, BMC Gastroenterology, published the results of a randomized, double-blind trial of alpha-galactosidase on children with chronic gas-related symptoms. Researchers report the children experienced less distress, fewer gas pains and decreased bloating.
Lipase is found in your mouth, stomach, and pancreas. It helps you properly convert fats and oils into forms that are easier to absorb.
Lactase is one type of lipase. It allows your body to process and absorb the lactose found in dairy products.
What to look for
When it comes to digestive enzymes, just like with the food you eat, variety is key. You want a broad spectrum of enzymes that includes all three types.
For even better results, find a digestive enzyme formula that contains probiotics. Not only will this help with the production of your body’s natural enzymes, it will support your microbiome by keeping your gut flora in good balance. A healthy gut is vital to optimal digestion and health.
Strains that are especially good for gut health and digestion include:
Lactobacillus plantarum. These beneficial probiotic bacteria are found naturally in fermented foods and plant matter. It protects your gut from candida overgrowth, assists in detoxification, makes nutrients easier to absorb, supports the immune system, and even has anti-cancer benefits.
Lactobacillus casei. Researchers have found this probiotic strain treats both constipation and diarrhea and helps with inflammation. There is also some research showing benefits for weight management, colic, ulcers, and UTIs, among other conditions.
Lactobacillus acidophilus. Found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh, L. acidophilus produces lactase, helping break down dairy sugars into lactic acid. It’s been extensively studied and shown to have a variety of health benefits, which include reducing symptoms of IBS and diarrhea, decreasing cholesterol, reducing allergies, supporting immune function, and promoting weight loss,
But there’s something else you can do to experience even MORE gut-restoring benefits. And that’s adding a high quality fulvic mineral supplement to your diet.
Fulvic minerals help enhance the absorption and utilization of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. They help carry vitamins and nutrients to the right place in our bodies… and make them more bioavailable (easy to use) by the body.
And when combined with probiotics – fulvic minerals help nourish the gut and encourage a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria.
So if you’re looking for the BEST way to get the most benefits out of your digestive enzyme… I highly encourage you to consider taking a high-potency fulvic mineral supplement every day.
Before you buy any supplement, check for any undesirable ingredients that may trigger food sensitivities or create other distress.
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