Enzymes are important for gut health. Having the right amount daily can increase your nutrient absorption rate. This means you get more nutrition from your foods and supplements when they are incorporated into your daily routine. They help to correct multiple pathways throughout the body.

Digestive enzymes help break down foods so the body can utilize nutrients better. Different enzymes work to digest different compounds, including amino acids or sugars. For example: the lactase enzyme is needed to digest lactose sugars.

Eating a healthy diet and supplementing with nutrients really won’t do any good if you don’t have the enyzmes needed to break down your proteins, fats, sugars and soak up your vitamins and minerals. Things like leaky gut, bacteria overgrowth and celiac disease all are contributed to a lack of proper enzymes at work.

a multi-enzyme supplement with a blend of various digestive enzymes can provide the best support for low enzyme production.

List of Enzymes:

Potease – breaks down proteins
Cellulase – cellulose in plants
Lipase – for fats and oils
Peptidase gluten and casein proteins
Amylase – starches
Lactase – Dairy lactose sugar
Pectinase – fruits
Alpha-galactosidase – legumes and starches
Glucoamylase – maltose sugar
Invertase – sucrose sugar

Examples of foods include pineapples, bananas, sauerkraut, and kefir.

If your food is not properly digested and absorbed in your small intestines, it can cause poor levels of nutrients since they are not being absorbed by the body. Supplementation may help, but it is important to address the root causes of your emzyme absoprtion with your diet alongside any supplements. It is best to have your enzymes right before or during a meal.

A side note is that as undigested foods move along through the digestive tract they provide food for the “bad” bacteria to beat out the good bacteria.

There can be underlying health issues that contribute to enzyme deficiency. Leaky gut is the most common reason for faulty enzymes production. It is thought to destroy the brush border of your small intestines. 

Inflammation from food sensitivities and toxic overloads also decreases enzyme production, as well as genetics and stress.  Also, low stomach acid can play a role in production because an acidic environment is important for activating enzymes that are responsible for digestion.

Increasing enzymes in the diet can help heal root causes of mental health conditions that start in the gut, not just the brain.