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How Enzymes Aid Digestion

Everyone wants to enjoy peak well-being and tons of energy. However, poor digestion—marked by problems such as bloating and gas—can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food, leading to shortfalls that may undermine overall health.

The body uses enzymes to break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins into absorbable units. Providing these enzymes in supplement form can help support the body’s food-processing capacity, especially as part of a formulation that includes other digestive aids such as beneficial probiotic bacteria (and probiotic growth agents like FOS).*

Ongoing symptoms should be brought to a practitioner’s attention. But an enzyme supplement may provide relief of occasional intestinal discomfort and encourage more complete assimilation of food.*

What It Is

What It Does

Amylase

An enzyme produced in the salivary glands and pancreas

Breaks starches down into sugars that are then broken down into glucose, the body’s main fuel source

Bioprine

A patented form of piperine, a substance found in black pepper (Piper nigrum)

Not an enzyme, but a helpful extract that supports nutrient absorption*

Bromelain

An enzyme found in all parts of the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus)

Breaks down protein and has been found to aid nutrient bioavailability when taken with food*

Cellulase

The overall name for a group of enzymes produced by fungi and microbes

Helps break down cellulose, a form of indigestible plant fiber

Lactase

An enzyme produced by the small intestine

Breaks down the sugars found in milk and dairy products

Legumase

A patented enzyme designed to help with digestion of peas, beans, lentils and related foods

Supports the breakdown of sugars found in legumes, can help relieve gas and bloating

Lipase

A group of enzymes produced in different parts of the gastrointestinal tract

Breaks down fats, enabling the formation of tiny fat droplets that can then be absorbed by the body; promotes assimilation of such fat-soluble nutrients as vitamins A, D, E and K

Pancreatin

A group of enzymes secreted by the pancreas

Facilitates the breakdown of carbs, fats and proteins

Papain

An enzyme extracted from unripe papayas (Carica papaya)

Encourages the breakdown and assimilation of protein

Protease

A group of enzymes found in intestinal, pancreatic and stomach juices

Converts proteins into absorbable amino acids

NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a supplementation program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.

†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.

The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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