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The 3 Best Enzyme Supplements for Digestive Health

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 11:17 PM

Indigestion can be debilitating. A cause of indigestion is improper digestion. Digestive enzymes aid the proper digestion of food. Natural digestive enzymes secreted by the pancreas break down the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins ingested as food.
 
Digestive enzyme supplements are products that mimic the activity of the body’s natural digestive enzymes. External digestive enzyme supplements are available in the market. These digestive enzyme supplements help treat a number of digestive health-related problems. Enzyme supplements are derived from animals, plants, or fungi.
 
Papain is an enzyme that helps indigestion caused by inadequate digestion of proteins and, to a lesser extent, it aids in the digestion of fats. This enzyme supplement is derived from the papaya fruit and is considered safe to use for treating indigestion. Some research claims papain is helpful for treating diseases like food allergies, shingles, arthritis, and even some autoimmune diseases. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume papain supplements without consulting their doctor.
 
Bromelain refers to two protease digestive enzymes that help in the digestion of proteins. It is derived from the pulp and stem of pineapples. It reduces the symptoms associated with indigestion. Bromelain is also effective in treating inflammation related to injury or infection. The recommended intake is three times per day along with meals. Children and pregnant women should not consume bromelain supplements.
 
Lactase enzyme supplement is effective in treating indigestion due to lactose intolerance. Lactose is the sugar found in dairy products. In the human body, the small intestine secretes the lactase enzyme. Lactase enzyme supplement is helpful for patients diagnosed to be lactose intolerant, a disorder where the levels of lactase enzymes in the body are low. Lactase supplements are to be taken before consuming dairy products. These enzymes can also be added to milk.
 
People are becoming aware of the beneficial effects of enzyme supplements in treating indigestion. Digestive enzyme supplements are now being listed along with other vitamins and minerals. Digestive enzyme supplements are effective in dealing with digestive stress and indigestion. However, more research is still required to prove these enzymes’ effectiveness in reducing symptoms of indigestion and digestive system diseases. Patients should consult their doctor before taking digestive enzyme supplements.
 

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Digestive enzymes play an important role in the human digestion. Their imbalance causes indigestion. Different enzyme supplements are available to treat digestive problems but these should be consumed only after consulting a physician.
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