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Digestive enzymes


What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are complex proteins involved in digestion that stimulate chemical changes in other substances. It is produced by all living organisms, and, like all proteins, they consist of amino acids. There are three classes of digestive enzymes: proteolytic enzymes needed to digest protein, lipases needed to digest fat, and amylases needed to digest carbohydrates. Digestive enzymes include pancreatic enzymes, plant-derived enzymes, and fungal-derived enzymes. The plant-based proteolytic enzyme bromelain comes from the stems of pineapples and is useful in many conditions. Papain comes from unripe papayas. All of these enzymes are available as supplements.


What is the effective dosage of digestive enzymes supplementation?

Follow the instructions written on product label.


What are the benefits of digestive enzymes supplementation?

• Digestive enzymes help digest and absorb foods.
• It is used to treat symptoms of various digestive disorders.
• Lipase is a digestive enzyme that aids the body in breaking down fats and removing fats from storage.
• It increases energy levels.


What are the side effects of digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes may cause diarrhea, constipation, stomach ache, nausea, bloating, gas, fatigue or dizziness the first few days as your body adjusts to it. But these side effects are rare.
Cautions-
• Safety during pregnancy or breast feeding is not known.
• Antacids may hinder the effects of this medication. Do not take an antacid at the same time as this medication.
• A serious condition involving damage to the large intestines called fibrosing colonopathy has resulted from the use of pancreatic enzymes in children with cystic fibrosis