Digestive enzymes are catalysts in the chemical reactions that allow our bodies to process and absorb food. Our bodies require these complex proteins to regulate every biochemical and metabolic action involved in the proper breakdown and usage of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are vital for nourishing and repairing cells, tissues and organs plus helping to eliminate wastes and toxins from the body.
Some digestive enzymes are plant based and consumed in the diet, but the majority of them are synthesized by the pancreas. Imbalances can cause and array of unpleasant conditions - including heartburn, bloating, high cholesterol, intestinal distress, colon problems and constipation. Supplements may be beneficial for these ailments.
Digestive enzymes include the following:
Protease: breaks down protein into peptides and amino acids
Amylase: breaks down starch, carbohydrates and sugars
Lactase: helps digest lactose, found in milk and milk products
Lipase: breaks down fats and oils
Bromelain: a powerful protease enzyme found in pineapples