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Digestive Enzymes

What they can do for you

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

 

 

 

SELECTED 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.com

 

 

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