- What Are Digestive Enzymes? Why are they Important?
Do you ever feel gassy and bloated after meals? Are you experiencing fatigue, constipation, or weight gain? Do you ever have the sensation of food just sitting in your stomach? If so, you might have digestive enzyme problems.
Enzymes are incredibly efficient and highly specific biological catalysts (a substance that causes a chemical reaction to happen more quickly.)
In other words, digestive enzymes are there to break down our food into nutrients so that our body can absorb them! Furthermore, If we don’t have enough digestive enzymes, we can’t break down our food. This means even though we might be eating well, we aren’t necessarily absorbing all that good nutrition.
According to http://natural-digestion.com. A deficiency in enzymes can mean trouble so we need to keep their number high.
There are three types of enzymes needed to break down food: Amylase (breakdown of starch), Protease (breakdown of proteins), and Lipase (breakdown of fats.)
2. What Would Cause Enzymes to Stop Working?
There are many different reasons as to why your digestive enzymes stop working. According to http://whole9life.com, diseases may prevent proper digestive enzyme production. These include: Pancreatic problems, including cystic fibrosis, pancreatic cancer, and acute or chronic pancreatitis. Also, Brush border dysfunction, the most severe is long standing Celiac disease, where the brush border is flattened or destroyed. Other diseases like Crohn’s can also cause severe problems.
However, many people struggle with digestive issues even in the absence of any disease. The most common reason for digestive enzyme issues is chronic stress. Other reasons include: Inflammation caused by food allergies, lack of stomach acid, and aging.
3. What Digestive Enzyme Supplements Are Out There?
There are supplements out there called Prebiotics and Probiotics. I could go on about what these are but to put it simply, Probiotics are the “good” bacteria we need to properly digest food to get our nutrients. Furthermore, Prebiotics basically feed that good bacteria so it can thrive and continue to grow. These are excellent ways to help your digestive enzymes. There are also enzymes found in fruit such as Bromelain. This enzyme is found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem. Another is Papain-which is an enzyme from Papaya.