Do You Need Enzyme Supplements?
Enzyme supplements are big news at the moment, and while there is no denying that our modern lifestyle deprives us of many of the nutrients and other compounds we need, there is still the question of whether they are necessary.
In this article, we look at what enzymes do, and why you may need enzyme supplements.
Which Enzymes Do What?
The first step in determining whether or not you need to take enzyme supplements is to figure out which enzymes do what.
Quite simply, each enzyme digests different things, so amylase digests carbohydrates, lactase digests dairy products, cellulase digests fibre, lipase digests fat, protease digests proteins, and sucrase digests sugar.
What Happens When You Have an Enzyme Deficiency?
The importance of enzymes is shown by the fact that a lethal illness can be caused by the malfunction of just one type of enzyme out of the thousands of types present in our bodies.
When you have an enzyme deficiency, all kinds of disorders and diseases can result from it, but the simplest effect is that you will have an intolerance. So, for instance, people with too little lactase will probably be lactose intolerant. These kinds of intolerances can lead to gastrointestinal problems, symptoms of allergy and more.
How Do Enzyme Supplements Help?
Enzyme supplements increase the number of particular enzymes in your body. So, for instance, if you are lactose intolerant, and you take lactase, you will be able to process dairy products better. If you have a lipase deficiency, and you take that enzyme supplement, you will be able to process fat better.
Does Everyone Need Enzyme Supplements?
Everyone can definitely benefit from enzyme supplements. Cooking destroys enzymes in your food and unless you eating an all raw food diet, you should take an enzyme supplement. While your body does produce enzymes to help our bodies break down food, because we are eating such large quantities of foods with no enzymes, our bodies are having a hard time breaking it down.
If you are healthy, then your body should produce enough of each enzyme to process the food you eat, and that, in turn, should result in less diseases and disorders.
If, however, you are diagnosed with a deficiency in a particular enzyme, then you should probably speak to your doctor about taking an enzyme supplement to correct the imbalance. Otherwise, even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you still will not be getting all the nutrients you need, and you might also experience symptoms of an intolerance.
- Different enzymes help your body to digest different foods.
- If you have an enzyme deficiency, then your body will not be able to process a specific type of food.
- Taking enzyme supplements to compensate for a deficiency can improve symptoms of intolerance, and your overall health.
- Healthy people usually do not need to take enzyme supplements, so speak to your doctor first.