What are Digestive and Pancreatic Enzymes?

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If you do not know the benefits of digestive enzymes should know that, without exaggeration, we can say that our health depends on them.

What are Digestive Enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins that participate in chemical reactions in the body. It is produced endogenously, especially in the pancreas and other endocrine glands, and are present in raw foods. They pass to the digestive tract to break down food into nutrients and then into the blood.

If the digestive enzymes system does not work well, then it produces a poor absorption of the nutrients the body needs, and the nutrition is not optimal. In addition, if the food passes into the large intestine without being digested, the bacteria present in the same fermented causing discomfort such as flatulence, bloating, and diarrhea.

We have a “pool of enzymes”, with the aging and disease will be reduced. In addition, when cooking foods most enzymes are destroyed and all work must be carried out by our endocrine system.

A regular supplementation with digestive enzymes alleviates the work of our pancreas and the rest of the body.

What we notice when eaten?

  • Less indigestion and heartburn.
  • Less bloating and gas.
  • Better digestion of dairy products.
  • Less food allergies due to better protein digestion.
  • Digestive enzymes improve conditions for hiatal hernia and ulcers.

What digestive enzymes should I consume?

1. Proteases:

Proteases including papain to aid in the digestion of proteins. Papain comes from the papaya and used even to make the meat more tender.

2. Amylases:

Amylases for the digestion of starch and carbohydrates.

3. Cellulase:

Cellulase to degrade cellulose fibers. Extracted from Aspergillus oryzae, acts to degrade the starch, glycogen and specific polysaccharides.

4. Lactase:

Lactase for digestion of dairy products. Extracted from yeast and fungi.

5. Bromelaine:

Bromelaine a proteolytic enzyme that is found in fresh pineapple (not in sufficient quantity to consume only with fruit). It is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent because it inhibits the production of the agents that cause pain and inflammation (prostaglandins). If you want a digestive effect should be taken with food, whether it is for anti-inflammatory purposes then consume on an empty stomach.

Bromelain Precautions:

Side effects are very rare. At most any irritation of the skin or a gastric disorder. People who are allergic to pineapple, wheat, papain, carrot, fennel, cypress pollen or grass, may also be allergic to the bromelaine. Usually is not recommended to take it more than two consecutive weeks.

Pregnant women and people with blood disorders, high blood pressure and liver or kidney disease should not take bromelain. You can increase the risk of hemorrhage during and after surgery. It is recommended to stop the treatment 2 weeks before surgery.

If you use one of the following medications, consult your therapist before taking bromelain:

Antibiotics. Bromelain may increase the amount of antibiotics absorbed by the body.

Anticoagulants. Bromelain may affect clotting ability, when combined with anticoagulants can lead to bleeding. Combinations should be avoided: Warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), Aspirin.

What are Pancreatic Enzymes?

Pancreatic enzymes are part of pancreatin, which is produced in the pancreas. This complex is formed by proteases, amylases and lipases. May be useful in treating chronic candidiasis.

In addition to digest proteins, proteases keep the intestine free of parasites. Avoid proteolytic enzymes if you are taking warfarin, aspirin, or other drugs that liquefy the blood.

Did you know …?

In general, the digestive enzymes are taken with meals. There are preparations for vegans from all vegetable sources.

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