Digestible Digestives3 months, 2 weeks ago
Posted on Mar 04, 2018, 2 a.m.
Digestive enzymes are so very tiny, yet can mean the world of difference between sickness and health, which makes having an understanding of what they are and what they do to be rather important and of use.
They are a specific kind of enzyme in the body that breaks down macromolecules. These enzymes can be found in the pancreas, stomach, small intestine, and mouth. Without digestive enzymes working in combination to extract the nutrients from the food they are breaking down we would not be able to survive. Certain health conditions exists that can make it difficult to produce digestive enzymes, supplementation with oral digestive enzymes in these cases is almost always a requirement.
There are 4 primary forms of digestive enzymes which are lipases, proteases, nucleases, and amylases. All 4 of these primary forms serve to perform different functions and are required to break down different kinds of nucleotides, starches, and fats. Studies on digestive enzymes have become more important as more is understood about gastrointestinal disorders such as pancreatitis, Celiac disease, and cystic fibrosis. The most effective and accessible sources of digestive enzymes are organic and grass fed animal meat, cruciferous vegetables, apple cider vinegar, and lemons. The amounts of digestive enzymes that are in the food stuffs can be decreased in highly cooked items and in processed foods.
Digestive enzymes main benefit is their ability to reduce acid reflux symptoms, prevent IBS, treat leaky gut syndrome, improve the digestive processes, and boost nutrient intake.
These enzymes will help to ease the digestive process, putting less stress on the gut which helps with leaky gut syndrome. Without these digestive enzymes we would be unable to get all of the benefits and essential nutrients from food resulting in nutrient deficiencies. Excess acid in the gut has most unpleasant side effects, these enzymes help to balance pH levels in the gut. Digestive enzymes decrease inflammation in the gut which will relieves some symptoms of IBS. Not having enough of theses enzymes could result in poor digestion, flatulence, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, cramping, and hunger pains. If the body’s enzyme inhibitors are not working properly taking oral supplements will help to regulate the body’s natural balance.
Taking oral digestive enzymes may have some side effects that can include but are not limited to sore throat, constipation, headaches, and allergic reactions. In very rare cases it may also cause chest pain, itching, wheezing, and breathing issues. The stimulating nature of digestive enzymes may cause some mild initial discomfort in the gut, when taken in moderation most of these gastrointestinal side effects can be avoided. If experiencing strong allergic reactions discontinue use and seek medical advice to be safe.
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