Digestive Enzymes

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Have you noticed that your digestion isn’t what it used to be? There’s a simple reason for that. The body’s manufacturing of enzymes slows as we age. These protein molecules work throughout the digestive tract to give us energy.

The good news is that supplemental enzymes, taken when you eat a meal, can aid digestion. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common enzymes and their uses. 

Enzyme

What It Digests

Used For

 Bromelain

 Proteins

 Pain and swelling, sinus infections, colitis

 Cellulase

 Fiber

 Blood sugar and cholesterol regulation, intestinal tract detoxification

 Invertase

 Carbs

 Sugar digestion, bacterial infections

 Lactase

 Lactose (milk sugar)

 Lactose intolerance

 Lipase

 Fats 

 Celiac and Crohn’s diseases, indigestion, IBS

 Pancreatin 

 Proteins, fats, carbs 

 Digestive problems, viral infections, sports injuries, food allergies, autoimmune disorders 

 Papain

 Proteins, fats, carbs

 Pain and swelling, diarrhea, psoriasis

 

 

Sources: 

“Bromelain”; “Lactase Enzyme Oral”; “Papain;” www.webmd.com
“The Health Benefits of Cellulase,” 5/29/11; “The Health Benefits of Invertase,” 7/1/11; by Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, Global Healing Center, www.globalhealingcenter.co