Involved in almost every biochemical activity in the body, enzymes have earned their reputation as the “sparks of life.” Enzymes are catalysts in digesting food, stimulating the brain, supplying cellular energy and in repairing tissues, organs and cells. Simply put, we can’t live without enzymes.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t consume enough enzymes in our diet. The over-processing and over-cooking of modern foods can destroy these important molecules. Regular occurring indigestion is often the initial symptom of poor enzyme activity. This occurs when there are insufficient enzymes to properly digest food, resulting in an excess of hydrogen and carbon dioxide from undigested and fermenting food. Anyone who has experienced bouts of bloating and gas knows the discomfort of indigestion.
A full spectrum enzyme supplement can be an effective way to get relief from indigestion caused by a variety of food types. Some of the specific enzymes to look for in such supplements are:
- Protease and enzyme-rich bromelain to break down proteins
- Lipase to break down fats
- Amylase and amyloglucosidase to break down carbohydrates
- Cellulase and hemicellulase to break down fibres
- Lactase to break down milk sugars
Not only can enzymes help with indigestion, but also the increased energy you will feel due to the improved absorption of important food nutrients is yet another reason to supplement with a full spectrum enzyme formula.
Digestive Health – The role of stomach acid
How Betaine Hydrochloride can make your digestive enzyme supplement even more effective.
It is estimated that almost one-third of Canadians suffer from low stomach acidity. This condition occurs when an individual’s stomach is unable to produce a sufficient amount of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) for the proper functioning of the digestive system. Baby boomers and seniors are the groups most commonly afflicted by low stomach acidity, as aging and the frequent use of medications can reduce the stomach’s acid producing capability.
Common signs of low stomach acidity are reflected in a variety of poor digestion symptoms. Bloating, belching and flatulence after meals, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea or constipation, undigested food in the stool, and food allergies are all associated with insufficient stomach acid.