What are Digestive Enzymes?
In a perfect world, two sources of enzymes break down our foods. First, enzymes are naturally present in raw foods, and do part of the work (experts have estimated 10-90%, depending on the kind of food). Second, our body secretes digestive enzymes from various locations throughout the digestive tract (salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and small intestine), which complete the work of digesting foods. Our reality, however, is different.
Because the enzymes naturally present in raw foods are heat-sensitive, they are destroyed as soon as we cook or process our foods. This places an added burden on our bodies during the digestive process. In addition, overeating (which dilutes enzymes and overtaxes production capacity), as well as not chewing our foods thoroughly (which fails to properly jumpstart the digestive process), further complicates things.
When these unintended consequences catch up with us, they may cause problems, like missing out on key nutrients, weakened cells and tissues, and absorption of undigested foods. Symptoms such as pain, bloating, gas, swelling, inflammation, and immune reactions may follow. Compromised and weakened by poor digestion, our immune system may not be able to do some of its other jobs.
What are the Benefits of Digestive Enzymes?
Udo’s Choice® Enzyme Blend provides a complete spectrum of digestive enzymes required for optimum digestion, which is necessary to build a healthy body. It meets the needs of people who eat all the major food groups and/or who may suffer from lactose intolerance by supporting digestive function and minimizing digestive problems.
Udo’s digestive enzyme blend is designed to provide support for the proper breakdown and absorption of foods.
- A potent blend of 7 types of active enzymes to:
- enhance digestion of proteins, fats, cellulose fiber, starch, and problematic sugars throughout the GI tract
- Maximizes nutrient absorption
- Helps alleviate abdominal discomfort such as indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and gas
- High level of lactase enzymes for lactose intolerance
- Take 1 or 2 capsules with each meal
Written by: Denise Tam, Holistic Nutritionist
Reference: Text taken from Udo’s Choice Website with consent