Which Digestive Enzymes Should I Take?
Enzymes are catalysts that significantly speed up the rate of virtually all of the chemical reactions that take place within the body. They are necessary for digesting food, stimulating the brain, supplying cellular energy and in repairing cells. Basically, they’re vital for life.
Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why we don’t have enough enzymes in our body. First, thanks to the over-processing and over-cooking of food in our modern-day diet, live enzymes are often destroyed before we consume them. Secondly, regularly overeating can cause enzyme production to be taxed and eventually leave our bodies unable to keep up with the demand. Finally, natural levels of digestive enzyme production decrease as we age.
Regular occurring indigestion is often the initial symptom of poor enzyme activity because there aren’t enough enzymes to fully digest food. Improperly digested food results in symptoms such as gas, bloating, and discomfort after meals. But on top of insufficient digestive enzymes, many people also suffer from low stomach acidity, which results from low production of stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCl). Common signs of low stomach acidity are similar to enzyme deficiency—gas, bloating, and discomfort after meals–but also include heartburn, belching, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation, and undigested food in the stool.
A full-spectrum enzyme supplement can be an effective way to give our digestive system a boost and get relief from the symptoms of indigestion. But more than relief from discomfort, properly digested food results in the improved absorption of nutrients, which in turn leads to increased energy and better overall health. Further, proper levels of HCl relieve the risk of infection from food borne bacteria and parasites which thrive in low stomach acidity.
A quality full-spectrum enzyme supplement will contain protease to break down proteins, lipase to break down fats, amylase to break down carbohydrates, cellulase to break down fibres, and lactase to break down milk sugars. The addition of HCl will help those with low stomach acidity by ensuring a more productive digestive environment. HCl will also help to activate enzymes for an even greater improvement to digestion.
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