Digestive Enzymes

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.

Enzymes and Their Purpose
Enzyme What It Digests Uses
Bromelain  Proteins
  • pain and swelling
  • sinus infections
  • colitis
Cellulase Fiber
  • blood sugar regulation
  • cholesterol regulation
  • intestinal tract detoxification
Invertase Carbs
  • sugar digestion
  • bacterial infections
Lactase Lactose (milk sugar)
  • Lactose intolerance
 Lipase Fats
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • 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