Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are a group of enzymes that break down macromolecules into smaller building blocks, in order to facilitate their absorption during digestion.

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Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are a key component of the digestive process. These proteins are needed to break down food so that it can be passed through the intestines and absorbed by the body. For many people, this is a naturally occurring process that can be further supported by eating natural sources of digestive enzymes, which include papaya, mango, sauerkraut, and avocados, plus using a digestive enzyme supplement where necessary.  


Digestive enzymes should be taken before, or during a meal. Do not take digestive enzymes on an empty stomach as this may cause increased stomach discomfort. If you generally suffer from bloating and gas build-up, digestive enzymes should help support your symptoms within just a few days. You can take digestive enzymes up to 30 minutes after a meal.

One of the main functions of digestive enzymes is to break down nutrients so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream for use in the body. Digestive enzymes help support carbohydrate utilisation, fat breakdown, protein absorption and assist with nutrient deficiencies by improving absorption during the digestive process.

Enzymes are designed to break down foods more thoroughly, which allows more absorption of vitamins and minerals. So, taking enzymes can actually cause weight balance. Protease and Peptidase digestive enzymes help split proteins down into amino acids and small peptides. Lipase enzymes help break fat down into fatty acids and a molecule of glycerol, while amylases break carbohydrates down into glucose.

If your body doesn’t make enough digestive enzymes naturally, you might feel bloated, or have diarrhea after meals. Digestive enzymes can help optimise the digestive process and restore stomach acid that aids healthy gastrointestinal function, support nutrient absorption and soothe stomach discomfort.

Each one plays its own unique role in the body. Digestive enzymes and probiotics actually work together to restore balance in your gut. Probiotics add good bacteria which helps restore the gut flora. Digestive enzymes aid in breaking down food and increases nutrient absorption. So, while they’re doing different things, they can work together to help your gut function properly and supportively.