What are digestive enzymes?
Digestive enzymes are a powerful supplement to help aid your digestion. The gut can become inflamed and therefore reduce the efficiency of the important digestive enzymes. Humans need these enzymes to help speed up the process of breaking down foods that enter your gut. For example, proteins are made up of smaller amino acids – they can form long chains, this means that these chains are not easily absorbed into the blood inside the small intestine, so enzymes help to breakdown these chains making the proteins easier to digest. Inflammation in the gut can cause enzyme proteins to become denatured reducing their efficiency. Therefore, supplementing with enzymes can help improve the digestive process.
Why take digestive enzymes?
Digestive enzymes can really help if you are experiencing digestive discomfort, particularly if this is causing you to gain weight or unable to lose weight. Digestive enzymes can also be helpful if you have a histamine intolerance, learn more about histamine and how enzymes can help here. As explained above, digestive enzymes can become inefficient so therefore supplementing them for a while can be an important part of your gut healing process.
When to take digestive enzymes?
You should take a digestive enzyme before or with every main meal, don’t worry about them for snacks. It’s a good idea to monitor how you go with them. Some people find that 30-days is enough, however it depends on how much healing there is in the gut as to how quickly they will work. If you have suffered with digestive problems for a while, then you might find taking a 3-month course is the best.