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Digestive enzymes are enzymes you can take to improve digestion and food absorption. They can be taken as a supplement. 

Different body organs produce digestive enzymes – the mouth, stomach, small intestine, and pancreas.

Examples of digestive enzymes include amylase, lipase, and protease.

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Possible Benefits

  • Helps with digestion. Digestive enzymes assist your body in breaking down complex foods like milk sugar (lactose) [1].
  • Prevent nutritional deficiencies by increasing nutrient absorption [2].
  • Digestive enzymes can aid in treating a leaky gut in people with celiac disease [3].
  • Reduces irritable bowel syndrome symptoms by preventing bloating, gas issues, and loose stools [4].
  • Improve nutrient absorption and assimilation. This can help increase your energy levels [5].
  • Digestive enzymes lead to a healthy gut. This reduces inflammation and thus prevents chronic fatigue and pain [6].
  • Improves acid reflux [7].
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Required Equipment

  • Capsules
  • Tablet
  • Powder
  • Oil
  • Chewable candies
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How to Do It

You can consume digestive enzymes in their natural form (found in food) or manufactured (supplements). Foods containing natural digestive enzymes are:

  • Mangoes and bananas - amylase
  • Avocadoes - lipase
  • Honey - amylase and protease
  • Pawpaw – protease
  • Sauerkraut/fermented cabbage

NOTE: consult with your doctor before taking digestive enzymes supplements.

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Why it works

  • Amylase helps to break down complex carbs and starches into simple molecules – glucose, fructose, and galactose [10].
  • Lipase aids in digesting fat into small fatty acid molecules.
  • Protease works on protein to release simpler amino acids.
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Time Commitment

5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency


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Time of Day

Taken with food (meals and snacks)

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Possible Side Effects

Some of the possible side effects of digestive enzymes supplements are:

  • Stomach upset
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain and gas
  • Constipation and or diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Allergic reactions
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  • Digestive enzymes improve digestion and absorption in people with insufficient enzymes [8].
  • They are also not recommended for kids below 4 years.
  • Pregnant and nursing mothers should not consume digestive enzymes without consulting professional practitioners.
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