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What are the benefits of taking digestive enzymes?

There are many benefits of taking digestive enzymes. But what are they? They are proteins that can help you to digest food. Good digestion aids your body in retrieving nutrients and vitamins while also getting rid of waste. The digestive system includes the mouth, oesophagus, liver, stomach, gallbladder, small and large intestines, pancreas, anus, and rectum. Digestive enzymes impact all these organs. 

Where can you find digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes can be found naturally in the body. Most of them are composed in the pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. There are several things you can do to make sure your body produces enough enzymes:

Eat more frequent meals.

Eating smaller, more frequent meals boosts your metabolism and prevents digestion problems. A big meal overloads your digestive system, which may not be able to handle food as well as it should.

It helps your digestive health. 

It helps you have good digestive health if you consume five to six mini-meals a day. Make sure you eat a mix of carbs, protein, and healthy fat at each meal. 

Eat more fibre.

Fiber is a fundamental component when it comes to digestive health because It regulates the digestive system. 

The recommended daily fiber intake is 38 grams for men under 50, and 25 grams for women in the same age group. Adults over 50 need slightly less fiber with 30 grams a day for men and 21 grams for women. It can be found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole-grain foods.

Drink plenty of water.

Water cleans your digestive system. It is particularly helpful in preventing constipation. Water also helps your digestive system absorb nutrients more effectively by assisting the body in breaking down food.

Drink eight glasses of water a day and skip the sugary drinks. Added sugars can make digestion problems worse.

See a doctor

When digestion problems are not resolved with changes to your lifestyle, you might consider seeing a gastroenterologist. Ongoing problems can indicate health issues that may need medical attention. These may include acid reflux, cardiac disease, Crohn’s disease, gallstones, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and severe viral infections. 

These issues should be your warning for medical attention. If you experience severe abdominal pain, blood in stool or recent weight loss you should see a doctor right away.

When should you take digestive enzymes supplements?

Your enzyme levels can drop below a normal or healthy range for various reasons: 

  • If you suffer from certain conditions, such as pancreatitis or cystic fibrosis,
  • you are expose to various chemicals or pesticides,
  • your foods are always cooked at high temperatures, since heat can destroy any naturally occurring enzymes,

In these cases, you may need enzyme supplementation. Digestive enzymes in supplements come from various sources. Some come from the pancreases of animals like pigs, cows, or lambs. Other enzyme supplements come from plants.

There are different types of enzymes: 

  • amylase — breaks apart complex sugars into smaller molecules like maltose
  • lipase — breaks down complex fats into smaller fatty acids and glycerol
  • pepsin — breaks down proteins in foods like meat, eggs, and dairy products into smaller peptides
  • lactase — breaks down the milk sugar called lactose
  • cholecystokinin — a hormone secreted in the small intestine that causes the gallbladder to contract and release bile, and the pancreas to release digestive enzymes
  • trypsin — breaks down protein, so it can be made into amino acids

If taken properly, digestive enzyme supplements might help support healthy digestion and optimise the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. They also promote optimal nutrient absorption, reduce gas, bloating, indigestion, and constipation after meals. Finally, they help your body process difficult-to-digest foods and support colon health.

Goodwill Pharma offers a range of products that can help with your digestive health – such as Enzimax, Enzimax Forte, and Pepto Soda product range. They contain a well-proportioned combination of carefully chosen ingredients that your body needs for optimal digestion. 

In conclusion,

Digestive enzymes are vital for the human body. They create chemical reactions and help to perform crucial tasks, such as healthy digestion. 

To gain the optimal benefits from taking digestive enzymes, you need to know if and which enzymes exactly are absent from your body. Listen to your gut. Keep your stomach healthy. It will keep you happy. 

If you want to find out more useful information about digestive enzymes and other interesting topics, read our News regularly. 



FASTER FOOD DIGESTION: Digestive enzymes are the key

I should have stopped eating five minutes ago… This last bite was too much for me, after all…I’m so full, I think I’m going to burst… Is there something for faster food digestion out there?

How many times have you had to say one of these sentences?

weekly – you are still considerate of your consumption 

2-3 times a week – you like to relax occasionally

5 times or more a week – gourmet and comfort food is often your excuse for overeating

What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are along the digestive tract and play a role in the distribution of nutrients. Depending on what they digest, we distinguish between proteins, lipase (fats), and amylase (sugars). Most of them are produced by the pancreas. There are several other components that hold an important role in digestion, including the stomach, liver, bile, and also colon. The digestive process begins in the mouth, as soon as you start chewing, starches break down by amylase (an enzyme) found in saliva. (1)  

When is there a shortage of digestive enzymes?

Enzymes divide into exogenous- those that we ingest through food and endogenous, or those that we naturally create in the human body. In certain circumstances, our organism encounters a lack of enzymes:

  • With ageing, all metabolic processes in the body slow down, and as a result the production of digestive enzymes
  • Thermal food processing reduces concentration of active enzymes
  • Stress can affect enzyme reduction
  • Various diseases and conditions can reduce the synthesizing and use of the enzyme (pancreatic, after gallbladder surgery, IBS, Crohn’s disease, people with diabetes due to reduced pancreatic function).

Digestive enzymes can be from animal, plant or mushroom origin. Pancreatic enzymes are of animal origin and operate only in the small intestines.  In contrast, plant enzymes and fungal-born enzymes are much more effective because they are not destroyed by stomach acid and they function in both acidic and alkaline environments, so they start digestion earlier.

When is additional intake of digestive enzymes recommended for faster food digestion?‎

  • ‎When normal digestion of food is disturbed, which causes bloating, weight gain, flatulence, cramps
  • ‎People who often eat spicy foods‎
  • ‎After abundant meals‎
  • ‎At insufficient intake of uncooked/raw food
  • ‎People who find it difficult to digest legumes‎
  • ‎Lack of digestive enzymes as part of pancreatitis‎
  • ‎After gallbladder surgery‎
  • ‎In Crohn’s disease‎
  • In IBS sufferers
  • ‎In diabetics who have gastrointestinal problems due to indigestion‎

‎Enzimax and Enzimax Forte: Innovative formulas for faster food digestion! ‎

‎Enzimax and Enzimax Forte contain a well-balanced combination of digestive enzymes using innovative technology that facilitates digestion.‎

  • Clinically proven 3-5 times faster digestion
  • Intended for people with digestive problems with dyspepsia, Crohn’s disease and IBS
  • Eases any discomfort caused after a heavy meal
  • Exerts the release of trapped gases in the intestines

Enzimax Forte

  • ‎Innovative technology (capsule in capsule) that enables digestion in both the stomach and intestines‎
  • ‎Intended for people with digestive problems, chronic pancreatic disease, gallbladder removed‎
  • ‎Eases problems after a heavy meal‎
  • ‎Exerts the release of trapped gases in the intestines‎

‎And lastly, don’t forget – moderation is the right measure for faster digestion!‎

‎In order to prevent digestive problems, it is necessary first and foremost to intake moderate portions of food and learn to recognize the importance of portion control in time. Also take care of the foods you consume and the diet as a whole – let it be balanced, containing seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables, cooked foods- limiting the consumption of fried foods… Don’t forget enough fluid intake – drink water, teas, choose freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, instead of purchasing juices that are mostly full of sugar.‎

Enzimax Forte

About the author: This text was written for you by Dr. Jelena Grozdanović, Goodwill Medical Team‎. 

Translated by NC. 

Sources(1) The Digestive Process: Digestion Begins in the Mouth | University Hospitals (uhhospitals.org)

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