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Digestive Enzyme Supplements

Our plant-based digestive enzyme supplements are here to help ease occasional gas and promote digestion at mealtimes.* 

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What are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are protein molecules your body produces that are essential for breaking down the various types of food you eat into nutrients your body can absorb and use. Digestive enzymes speed up the chemical reactions involved in the breakdown and conversion of plant fibers, carbohydrates, fats and proteins into simpler forms for easy absorption into your bloodstream.

By supporting digestive efficiency and comfort, enzymes also support various bodily functions and aspects of health.

Enzymes are secreted in several places throughout your digestive system. Your mouth, stomach, pancreas, the cells of your small intestine, and even your gut bacteria, all produce digestive enzymes.

What do digestive enzymes do?

Digestive enzymes play an important role in the digestive process by catalyzing chemical reactions that break down complex food molecules into smaller, absorbable nutrients. While some enzymes like amylase initiate action in the mouth, others like protease and lipase become active in the stomach and small intestine, respectively, contributing to a smooth, comfortable, efficient digestive process.

Different enzymes break down different types of food molecules. Amylases target carbohydrates, proteases break down proteins, and lipases act on fats, ensuring optimal nutrient absorption and utilization by the body.

The benefits of digestive enzymes include support for efficient digestion and nutrient absorption, overall gut health support, enhanced digestive comfort, and relief from occasional gas and bloating, which can make it easier for you to enjoy eating a wider variety of foods.

By helping to improve nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes contribute to energy production, cellular repair, and many other important functions that are essential to your overall health and wellbeing.

How long does it take for digestive enzymes to work?

Supplemental digestive enzymes are generally fast-acting. They typically begin working soon after ingestion, and work in harmony with your digestive system to reduce occasional digestive discomforts such as gas, bloating and indigestion. The speed at which supplemental digestive enzymes begin working will vary depending on factors such as the type and concentration of enzymes, the foods that make up your meals, and your individual digestive efficiency.*

What to expect when taking digestive enzymes?

When taking supplemental digestive enzymes, you can expect to enjoy a wider variety of foods with less digestive discomfort. You can expect relief of occasional gas, bloating and indigestion, as well as digestive support and nutrient absorption.*

By supporting the breakdown of food into absorbable nutrients, digestive enzymes promote proper gastrointestinal function, ensuring that the body receives the essential nutrients required. As a result, you may feel lighter, brighter and more energized to take on the day.*

Do digestive enzymes help with occasional bloating?

Yes, digestive enzymes can help ease occasional bloating by assisting in the breakdown of fibers, carbohydrates, proteins and fats.*

When you eat foods that lack enzymes, such as many cooked or processed foods, your digestive system has to work harder to break down and absorb their nutrients. This may result in undigested food fermenting in the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to occasional gas or bloating. Digestive enzymes can help break down complex food molecules, which helps reduce their fermentation in the gut.*

By enhancing digestion and nutrient absorption, digestive enzymes can help ease occasional gas and bloating, promoting gastrointestinal comfort.*

For additional digestive support, consider incorporating probiotics for constipation and gas into your daily routine.*

Should I take digestive enzymes with a meal?

Yes, you can take digestive enzymes with a meal to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption. Enzymes are especially helpful when taken before or with hard-to-digest meals. They can also be good to have on hand when you travel or any time your diet changes.*

Taking digestive enzymes before or during your meals will help support the digestive process and help break down the foods you eat more completely. It’s best to take them before or while you eat, so they have enough time to get to your small intestine (where the majority of digestion occurs).

How can I promote digestion after a big meal?

To support efficient digestion and ease digestive discomfort after a big meal, consider taking a walk or engaging in another form of light physical activity to stimulate gastrointestinal motility and aid in the digestive process.

Additionally, taking supplemental digestive enzymes before a big meal can help promote efficient digestion by supporting your body’s ability to break down food into smaller, easy-to-absorb nutrients.*

Another way to promote digestion after a big meal is by sipping on tea or taking supplements that contain herbs traditionally used to promote digestive comfort and soothe the stomach, like ginger, fennel or peppermint. You can also support your digestive regularity by staying hydrated and incorporating fiber and probiotics for gut health into your daily routine.*

How can I ease occasional digestive discomfort?

Some key dietary and lifestyle shifts can help ease occasional digestive discomfort. For example, consuming smaller, more frequent meals can be easier on your digestive system than eating larger amounts of food at one time. Practicing stress-reduction techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises can also help set the conditions for digestive ease.

Additionally, incorporating digestive enzymes, a high-quality probiotic like Extra Care Probiotic 50 Billion and gut-soothing herbs like ginger or fennel into your daily routine can help keep your gut health on track and ease occasional indigestion, gas and bloating.*

Digestive enzymes are particularly helpful for supporting the digestion of your “trigger” foods, making it easier to enjoy a wide range of foods in comfort.*

What are plant-based enzymes?

Plant-based enzymes are derived from sources like fruits, vegetables and fungi. Plant-based enzymes offer digestive support for those seeking plant-based options. These enzymes, including amylase and protease from fungi, bromelain from pineapple, and papain from papaya, aid in the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, enhancing digestion and nutrient absorption.*

Plant-based digestive enzyme supplements can be a great addition to a plant-based diet. The human body doesn’t make cellulase, the enzyme needed to break down the cellulose found in vegetables and other plant foods, or phytase, the enzyme needed to break down the phytic acid found in beans and legumes. This is why many people have trouble digesting beans, nuts and other plant foods that are often important sources of protein in vegan and vegetarian diets. Taking supplemental plant-based enzymes containing cellulase and phytase can help support the digestion of these foods.*

What are the best digestive enzymes to take?

When it comes to choosing the best digestive enzyme supplements for you, consider your unique needs and dietary preferences. A broad-spectrum formula may be best for comprehensive everyday support, or you can opt for a targeted formula to address specific issues such as occasional gas or bloating. You could also select a digestive enzyme formula specifically designed to help support the digestion of certain foods such as fats and proteins.

Renew Life digestive enzyme supplements are formulated with a wide range of enzymes to promote digestion of a broad spectrum of foods, so you can enjoy all the foods you love while supporting your gut health.*

Are digestive enzymes the same as probiotics?

No, digestive enzymes and probiotics are not the same. As supplements, they each serve distinct roles in supporting digestive health.

One of the reasons you might take a daily probiotic supplement is to help support your gut microbiome and overall digestive wellness, but what about those times when you experience occasional bloating or indigestion after eating? Taking digestive enzymes with your meals may help provide relief.*

Digestive enzymes work differently than probiotics. Enzymes are protein molecules that support the digestive process by working to break down food molecules into absorbable nutrients.

Probiotics are live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host (that’s you!). Probiotics for digestive healthcan help support balance in your gut microbiome, which in turn supports digestive and immune health.*

Taken together, probiotic supplements and digestive enzymes help support a balanced, efficient digestive system so you can feel your best.*

How do enzymes help digestion?

Enzymes support the digestive process by speeding up chemical reactions that break down complex food molecules into simpler, more readily absorbable compounds. By facilitating the conversion of carbohydrates, proteins and fats into smaller compounds like sugars, amino acids and fatty acids, enzymes help promote efficient nutrient absorption and utilization by the body.

Enzymes can also help support your gut health and digestive comfort while offering relief from occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.*

What are the best enzymes for digestion?

The best enzymes for digestion include a diverse range of enzymes such as amylases for carbohydrates, proteases for protein and lipases for fats. Additionally, certain enzymes can provide targeted support for the digestion of foods that are often difficult to digest. For example, cellulase can help break down plant fiber. Phytase can help break down the phytic acid found in beans and legumes. And lactase can help break down the milk sugar lactose.

Renew Life digestive enzymes are comprehensive enzyme formulas containing a wide variety of enzymes. Each enzyme within our formulas is designed to provide targeted support for breaking down a specific type of food, helping to enhance digestion and absorption of nutrients.*

How many digestive enzymes can I take a day?

The recommended daily dosage for supplemental digestive enzymes varies depending on factors such as the specific enzyme formulation and your individual digestive needs. In general, it's advisable to follow the dosage instructions provided on the supplement facts label. Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and digestive health goals.