ENZYMES: LET’S PROCESS THIS
When you’re seeking better absorption of nutrients from the foods you consume, here are some of the most important digestive enzymes you should consider supplementing and what they’ll help you absorb more efficiently.
These enzymes break the bonds in large protein molecules, helping the amino acids from protein enter your body more readily. Protease enzymes are particularly important for those who have trouble absorbing protein. This group of enzymes helps reduce inflammation and supports immune function, helping to combat musclewasting conditions.
This enzyme from tropical fruits such as papaya helps break down large protein molecules into smaller units for easier digestion. Recent research shows that consumption of papain helps support immune function to modulate leukocytes. In addition, papain helps neutralize harmful free radicals that damage cells.
This enzyme is produced in the pancreas and released into the small intestine, helping you break down and absorb the dietary fats you consume. Having plentiful lipase in your system reduces the consequences of celiac disease and cystic fibrosis.
Found in saliva and pancreatic fluids, this enzyme allows you to absorb carbohydrates in your mouth and farther along your digestive tract. Research shows that higher levels of amylase help reduce the onset and severity of type 2 diabetes.
One of the most common “allergies” is lactose intolerance. This is often due to a low level of the digestive enzyme lactase. Supplementing lactase can often help people who are lactose-intolerant consume somewhat larger amounts of milk-based products without suffering digestive consequences.
The supplemental version of this enzyme typically comes from the pancreas of pigs or cows. In humans, it supports pancreatic function for those who suffer from illnesses including cystic fibrosis and digestive problems. Pancreatin contains amylase, lipase, and protease.