Supplements or enzymes are complex protein molecules, ribosomes or their complexes, accelerating chemical reactions in living systems and are found in all cells of organism.
Digestive enzymes break down the complex components (large molecules) of food into simpler and smaller ones so that organism can easily absorb them – this is how normal digestion occurs. They have an effect in the oral cavity, stomach and small intestine. They are produced by the pancreas and other glands. Digestive supplements help break down proteins, carbohydrates, fats, so they unload the stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder and small intestine.
Our body produces a huge number of different digestive enzymes. Why so much? Each type of enzyme is aimed at the breakdown of any substances. So, one enzyme is responsible for lactose, some of them break down fats into molecules, and others break down proteins. It should be kept in mind that digestion begins in the mouth, so chew food carefully, do not swallow pieces.
Where to Get Enzymes?
They come to us with raw vegetables and fruits. During heat treatment, these enzymes are destroyed. Most enzymes are contained in papaya, mango, avocado, pineapple, banana, kiwi, lingonberry and grapefruit. Papaya contains papain, which is one of the most powerful enzymes for the breakdown of protein, casein, and gluten. A large number of enzymes are also found in seed and grain sprouts, lentils, horseradish, as well as in vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, wheat grass. Plus, of course, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha.
By and large, all ‘live’ food contains enzymes and is very useful for our body. Also, our pancreas produces enzymes.
How to Take Digestive Enzymes?
If the goal is to solve digestive problems, digestive enzymes must be taken immediately before or during meals. After eating, you can also take it in case of emergency, but it is better after all.
If the goal is to cleanse the body of undigested animal proteins, break down pathogens and lower the level of inflammation in the body, it is best taken on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before eating, and preferably 1 hour. A protease is best suited for these purposes. Failure to adhere to the time of admission, as well as a syndrome of excessive bacterial growth and giardia, reduce the effectiveness of enzymes.
Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics
A frequent question about digestive enzymes – is it possible to take enzymes with probiotics together? Yes, you can. Some complexes already have probiotics. But the ideal option is to take enzymes first – before meals, and after meals or an hour later take probiotics.
What Digestive Enzymes to Choose?
If you are going to take enzymes on an ongoing basis, it is better to choose plant enzymes. If you are going to take it occasionally, then you can do anything, but in my opinion, vegetable is still better.
It is best to choose digestive enzyme complexes where all the major enzymes are.
MRM, Digest-All, 100 Veggie Caps
Contains all the main enzymes, plus peppermint and triphala to improve digestion.
Now Foods, Optimal Digestive System, 90 Veggie Caps
It contains all the necessary enzymes that help break down almost any food, including legumes.
Now Foods, Herbal Enzymes, 240 Veggie Caps
Plant enzymes papain, bromelain, amylase, lipase, protease, etc.
And these are great – Enzymedica, Digest Basic, the formula of the main enzymes, 90 capsules. They also help break down legumes and fruits.
Here is another good complex of iHerb’s own brand – California Gold Nutrition, a wide range of digestive enzymes.
If there are problems with the gallbladder, then it is better to choose enzymes that contain a large amount of lipase and bile salts.
These are the good complexes:
- Jarrow Formulas Bile Acid Factors
- Houston enzymes lypazyme
- With low acidity of gastric juice, you must take Betaine Pepsin
With age, the acidity of the stomach decreases, plus almost all AIT patients have low acidity. This means that there is not enough gastric juice in the stomach to digest food. Stomach needs an acidic environment for proper digestion of food, as well as to prevent bacteria and yeast from multiplying and multiplying.
- If the acidity of the stomach is low, then the food is not completely digested and hello with a leaky gut syndrome.
- If the acidity is low, then bacteria and pathogens can calmly and unhinderedly multiply and multiply, and there occurs an excessive bacterial growth syndrome, which leads to an imbalance and many problems.
- Plus, if the acidity is low, vitamins and minerals are not absorbed properly and deficiencies arise, which can also cause a huge number of problems with the body as a whole.
Digestive Enzymes for Gluten Intolerability: Now Foods, Gluten Digest, 60 Vegetable Capsules are California Gold Nutrition. Contain endopeptidase, which helps break down gluten.
Digestive Enzymes for Children
For children, it is best to choose plant enzymes, for example, Enzymedica, Children’s Digestion, Chewable Digestive Enzymes, 60 Chewable Tablets.