What’s the Difference Between Enzymes and Probiotics?
Most people know that both are popular gut helpers, but their knowledge stops there. What might surprise you is that both nutrients play very specific – yet radically different – roles.
Enzymes are nonliving protein molecules that come from living organisms and support and speed up chemical reactions in the body, namely the breaking down of macronutrients protein, carbs and fat, so that you can better absorb the nutrients in your food. Proteins are broken down into amino acids, fats are broken down into fatty acids and carbs are broken down into fiber and glucose. Enzymes help to digest big meals and can help soothe occasional digestive symptoms in those with food allergies and intolerances, such as lactose intolerance, affecting many folks.
Probiotics are living bacteria that help populate your gastrointestinal tract. Your gut contains a delicate balance of good and bad bacteria, and when the good bacteria outweigh the bad and the microbiome is balanced and diverse with many strains of good bacteria, the impact on your immune and digestive systems is extremely positive. According to a vast body of research, the two most powerful strains of probiotics are
Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.
What enzymes and probiotics have in common:
• Both function in your GI tract.
• Both are heat-intolerant (so cooking with them is off-limits).
• Both support immune system and digestion.
• Both do wonders for gut health.
THE UPSHOT How they differ:
• Probiotics are living organisms and enzymes are not.
• Enzymes break down your food for max absorption, while probiotics live, eat and multiply to help support a healthy gut.
• Enzymes are found in supplements and raw foods and can be made by the body, while probiotics can only come from raw, fermented foods and supplementation. Enzymes render your food and nutrients more absorbable, making your food work much harder for your health, while probiotics populate and support your GI tract. For your very best health, we recommend making room for both in your regimen. Not into taking a ton of pills? We get it. Try American Health’s two-in-one Enzyme Probiotic Complex, an advanced formula with 9 active, naturally based digestive enzymes and 2 billion bioactive probiotic microorganisms^ that delivers multi-level digestive and nutrient absorption benefits in both the stomach (enzymes) and the intestinal tract (probiotics).* Visit AmericanHealthUS.com to learn more about this recommended double-duty gut helper.