DI­GES­TIVE EN­ZYMES

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By 2025 peo­ple are ex­pected to spend around $1.6 bil­lion a year on di­ges­tive en­zyme sup­ple­ments, which are be­ing of­fered to help man­age the dis­com­fort of bloat­ing, flat­u­lence and heart­burn. But Har­vard Uni­ver­sity re­searchers say that in some cases they may be a waste of money. Our body nat­u­rally makes di­ges­tive en­zymes that help break down food, so nu­tri­ents can be distributed and used through­out the body. Most en­zymes are made in the pan­creas but some­times the body doesn’t make enough. Peo­ple can then be pre­scribed en­zyme treat­ments that are reg­u­lated and ap­proved by med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties.

But health food stores and the in­ter­net are awash with sup­ple­ments that are not med­i­cally ap­proved. Dr Kyle Staller, a gas­troen­terol­o­gist, says if they lead to bleed­ing or a change in the colour of your stools, talk to your GP.

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