DIGESTIVE ENZYME SUPPLEMENTS EXPLAINED
Going back to your biology or physiology classes (if you attended!), you may remember that digestive enzymes play an important role in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods that we eat. Basically, for the digestive system to properly and efficiently absorb and break down nutrients, it will need the participation of digestive enzymes, which act as the “spark plug” in these processes. The body naturally produces some enzymes in the small intestine and pancreas, and it works to break down the consumed food into the form of nutrients that the body absorbs for life to continue.
One of the key problems is, as a person ages or there is increased stress on the body, the ability for the body to naturally produce enzymes can often become disrupted. The occurrence of this leads to experiencing symptoms like bloating and indigestion, to name a few. This is where digestive enzymes supplements become critical.
Keep in mind that aging is not the only factor that may result in these symptoms occuring. It may also be led by factors like chronic stress, immune diseases and low stomach acid. Supplementation with digestive enzymes will help in preventing the function of enzymes in the body from getting disrupted, and to also maintain homeostasis within the digestive tract.
WHAT ARE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES AND HOW CAN THEY HELP YOU?
Digestive Enzyme supplements are designed to imitate the effects brought about by naturally-occurring digestive enzymes present in the body. These supplements are helpful in easing stomach problems and digestive system issues, and also aiding in other health conditions that have often been viewed as separate to any issue with digestion. Digestive enzyme supplement may be derived from a range of sources, like fungi, animals and plants. Transformation Enzymes primarily use fungi and plant based enzymes in our products.
Examples of these plant based enzymes are:
- Bromelain – it is derived from the pulp and stem of pineapples, and is used to help in digesting protein. It also helps in reducing symptoms like inflammation caused by an infection or injury, and indigestion.
- Lipase – it is essential in the process of digesting and absorbing fat. This digestive enzyme is commonly derived from plants, cows, pigs and even fungi. As a supplement, Lipase is used to help in reducing symptoms like bloating and gas. Lipase supplementation is also recommended for people with Crohn’s disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Celiac disease.
- Papain – a digestive enzyme supplement derived from the fruit of Papaya. Papain is also helpful in digesting proteins and fat.
- Lactase – it is a digestive enzyme produced by the small intestine instead of the pancreas. It is an enzyme vital in digesting lactose. Intake of this supplement before consuming dairy products is beneficial for individuals who are lactose intolerant. By doing this, lactose intolerant individuals will be able to get the nutritional benefits present in dairy products, and avoid the bloating effects that can come from their intake into the body.
SO IS IT WORTH IT TO TAKE DIGESTIVE ENZYME SUPPLEMENTS?
There are three general reasons why people use digestive enzyme supplements, amongst many more which you can read further about on our blog by clicking here. These three main reasons are due to digestive diseases, compromised immune systems and indigestion. If you are suffering from any of these three, intake of digestive enzyme supplements can surely do you some good.
To make the most of these supplements, it is recommended to choose the plant-based formula of digestive enzymes if you have digestive problems. Taking the supplement 10 minutes before your meal can also help. For inflammation, pain and injuries, intake of a Protease supplement in between meals is recommended. Apart from reducing indigestion and providing relief from gas and bloating, supplementation of digestive enzymes is also shown to alleviate food allergies, increase energy levels and relieve ulcers.
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