Digestive Enzymes

Written by Norene Anderson
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Most enzymes are produced in minute quantities and catalyze reactions that take place within the cells. Digestive enzymes, however, are produced in relatively large quantities and work outside the cells in the digestive tract. This pathway includes the mouth that initiates the digestive process. Then the stomach does its work through gastric juices that contain enzymes that continue the breakdown of the food consumption.

The intestine is responsible for a large amount of the digestion process and the absorption of the nutrients into the body. There are specific enzymes for specific substances and all must work efficiently in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the food we eat. If any of these enzymes are lacking it affects the efficiency of the entire process of digestion.

Digestive Enzymes Are Critical to Good Health

Some of the problems that may indicate a lacking in enzymes can be bloating, irregularity, heartburn, indigestion, or intestinal and gastric discomfort. When digestion is incomplete, it creates an environment where disease can occur. The aging process does not have to carry with it the problems of a 'slow' digestive system. To avoid the toxic effects from undigested food, consider trying digestive enzymes as a supplement to your daily routine.


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