"Digestive Enzyme supplements can be an excellent way to enhance digestion/absorption and improve symptoms of digestive upset. Find out all you need to know here!"
-Article written by Ethan Wood, CPT & Registered Nutritionist
What Are Digestive Enzymes?
Digestive enzymes are proteins that help break down food into smaller molecules that can be absorbed by the body. They are secreted by various organs in the digestive system, including the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine1.
There are three main types of digestive enzymes: proteases that break down proteins into amino acids, lipases that break down fats into fatty acids and glycerol, and amylases that break down carbohydrates into simple sugars2.
Some natural sources of digestive enzymes include honey (amylase and protease), mangoes and bananas (amylase), papaya (papain), and avocados (lipase)3.
Digestive enzyme supplements are also available for people who have trouble digesting certain foods or have conditions that affect their digestion.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
Digestive enzyme supplements can help people who have trouble digesting certain foods or have conditions that affect their digestion4.
In addition to reducing digestive symptoms, digestive enzyme supplements may also provide other benefits such as relief from ulcers, alleviation of food allergies, decreased indigestion and heartburn caused by too much acid in the stomach, and increased energy levels from your body’s reduced effort of digestion6.
It’s important to note that digestive enzyme supplements are not a cure-all for digestive problems and should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet4.
When Should I Take Them?
For digestive purposes, it’s best to take enzymes near the beginning of the meal9.
Most people recommend taking the enzyme about 15-20 minutes before eating7.
It’s important to note that the proper dosage of digestive enzyme supplements will vary based on the type and strength of the enzyme supplement8. If you are unsure or have any questions, ask your pharmacist or nutritionist8.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Digestive enzyme supplements are considered to be fairly safe and have minimal side effects10.
Allergic reactions can also be an issue for some people, such as itching, rash, stomach pain, and difficulty swallowing11.
Digestive enzyme supplements could also interact with antacids and certain diabetes medications12.
It’s important to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements12.
Active Ingredient Profile
Learn more about each individual ingredient found in our blend of Digestive Enzymes with the links below:
Enzyme Pro Blend:
- Fungal Protease - Breaks down proteins
- Lactobacillus acidophilus - Breaks down lactose
- Lactobacillus casei - Balances gut microbiota
- Lactobacillus plantarum - Balances gut microbiota
- Bromelain - Breaks down proteins
- Papain - Breaks down proteins
- Fungal Lipase - Breaks down lipids
- Fungal Lactase - Breaks down lactose
- Alpha Galactosidase - Breaks down carbohydrates