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What do digestive enzyme supplements do? And are they good to take?

What do digestive enzyme supplements do? And are they good to take?

Substitute: Enzyme supplements substitute for deficiency of your own body's enzymes. Unless you have pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis or known deficiency of enzymes, supplements aren't necessary. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Why do I have acid reflux once i stop taking digestive enzyme supplements ?

Why do I have acid reflux once i stop taking digestive enzyme supplements ?

Incompetent: Gastro-esophageal sphincter (valve between stomach and esophagus). You need to see a gastroenterologist for there are several conditions that need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Probiotics or digestive enzyme supplements for proper digestion and relief of irregularity?

Probiotics or digestive enzyme supplements for proper digestion and relief of irregularity?

It depends...: This depends on the cause. At 21 a lack of digestive enzymes (or low hydrochloric acid) is less likely than an imbalance of flora. Probiotics may help but if you have intestinal parasites or overgrowth of candida anti-microbial herbs may help too. You may also have gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance or other food sensitivities, or magnesium/other nutrient deficiencies. Find ; treat the cause! ...Read more

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Do digestive enzyme supplements causes elevation of AST? AST 65 ,Alt normal range

Do digestive enzyme supplements causes elevation of AST? AST 65 ,Alt normal range

No: Look for a different cause. Why is the person taking the supplements in any case? Adult-onset cystic fibrosis is one cause of both pancreatic insufficiency and elevated liver enzymes in some cases. ...Read more

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Would digestive enzyme supplements help with acid reflux and infrequent stools ?

Would digestive enzyme supplements help with acid reflux and infrequent stools ?

I don't think so.: These are two different pathophysiology. You do not need digestive enzyme supplements if you do not have any deficiencies, i.E . Pancreatic deficiency . For acid reflux you need h-2 receptor antagonists, like zantac or tagamet, and/or proton pump inhibitirs like zegrid, nexium, (esomeprazole) Omeprazole etc. ...Read more

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Is having sensitive teeth and/or burning gums a symptom of taking digestive enzyme supplements ?

Is having sensitive teeth and/or burning gums a symptom of taking digestive enzyme supplements ?

Doubtful, but. . . : The use of digestive enzymes can be beneficial for many patients. The side effects are mostly GI related, with occasional skin rash. So your dental sensitivity is probably not related to the supplements, but it can be related to your diagnosis. Gastric reflux. Reflux can bathe your teeth in gastric acid, more commonly when you are asleep, and result in sensitive teeth and gums.So keep up treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Are there any side effects to taking pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Yes for some...: Virtually all supplements have possible side effects. Most people tolerate pancreatic enzymes well but people with gastritis/ sensitive stomachs often will experience stomach pain/irritation from taking protease enzymes that are included in most enzyme supplements. Some people may get loose stools from enzymes. It is also possible to react to fillers/binders/additives in any med or supplement. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of digestive enzymes?

What are the side effects of digestive enzymes?

Don't know of any: Digestive enzymes are vital in the digestion (breaking down) of the large food molecules we eat so that they can be small enough to pass through the GI lining into our blood stream. There are enzymes to break down sugars, proteins and fats primarily. When taken as instructed, there should not be any side-effects to mention. Make sure the ones you are takng do not have allergens such as gluten. ...Read more

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Which digestive enzyme brand is better for acid reflux issue and digestive problems: swiss natural or jamieson ?

Neither: Gerd or acid reflux disease results in irritation of the lower aspect of the esophagus resulting in changes in the lining (barrett's), some having scarring and difficulty swallowing, lung problems, and abdominal pain. Digestion should not be affected, and there should be no reason to take any enzymes unless you have other problems such as with your pancreas. ...Read more

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Do we need a digestive enzyme for absorbing raw protien?

Unclear question: What do you mean by raw protein? Milk has proteins in it which could be called raw and babies digest those fine without any additional digestive enzymes. I trust you are not thinking or eating raw meat.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Need recommendations for a probiotic and digestive enzyme for healthy person sensitive to meds?

Bifidobacterium: Bifidobacteriun bifidus is one of many probiotics that are found normally in the human body. Useful instead of meds for irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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Do I need a digestive enzyme with my whey protein?

Not really.: Whey protein is among the most complete protein ( has all essential amino acids), is is readily digestable. No need for a digestive enzyme, unless you have a deficiency in pancreatic enzymes, which is not common. ...Read more

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Can you improve your digestive process by taking the quantum supplements HCl and digestive enzymes?

Can you improve your digestive process by taking the quantum supplements HCl and digestive enzymes?

If deficient: If by hcl you mean hydrochloric acid, do not take it. As for other enzyme supplements, these are helpful in patients with deficiency, e.g., cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis. In an otherwise normal person more enzymes would not be useful. ...Read more

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Can I take digestive enzyme and probiotic at the same time? Because sometimes good bacterias in probiotic can be destroyed and died by digestive acid

Interaction: I agree that it is better to space out the digestive enzymes so that at least 2 hours have elapsed before you take the probiotic. Your pharmacist would be better qualified to advise you about this matter,however. ...Read more

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Is a digestive enzymes supplement safe to take while breastfeeding?

Is a digestive enzymes supplement safe to take while breastfeeding?

Good nutrition : The digestive enzymes may help you with food absorption but are broken down by your intestinal lining before they enter your bloodstream in significant quantities ( though some are present in the blood in low levels in healthy adults (high levels could indicate a medical condition)). Your baby's brain will thank you for the dha. Thank you for breast feeding your baby! ...Read more

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What's the name of the digestive enzyme in gallbladder?

What's the name of the digestive enzyme in gallbladder?

Gallbladder: The liver produces bile for digestion, some of which is stored in the gallbladder. The bile acids help the intestine to be able to absorb the fatty nutrients in foods. There are no enzymes in bile. Digestive enzymes are produced by the pancreas to help break down proteins for digestion (amylase, lipase, protease). The salivary gland, stomach & small intestine also produce enzymes. ...Read more

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I've read that taking a digestive enzyme before meals can be beneficial. Is this true and safe in general?

Safe, yes: But it may not be necessary. If you are having digestion problems, it won't hurt to try taking digestive enzymes with your meals. People with pancreatic insufficiency really need to take them. Others without this disorder can sometimes benefit as well. If your symptoms persist you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it true that digestive enzyme pills produce more stomach acid?

Enzyme pills: Enzyme pills do not produce acid, they often contain acid in the form of hcl depending on the formulation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a digestive enzyme when your taking levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Yes, on empty stomac: All levothyroxine, including Levoxyl brand, should be taken on an empty stomach (http://www.drugs.com/dosage/levoxyl.html). Digestive enzymes shouldn't affect absorption. More important for you to take consistently and have TSH (blood test) monitored regularly and at least 6wks after dose changes. ...Read more

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Would it be good to take beano or a digestive enzyme to help with flatulence?

Would it be good to take beano or a digestive enzyme to help with flatulence?

Worth a try but...: Everyone has some flatulence; this occurs when undigested food is fermented by bacteria & yeast in the intestines. Enzymes may improve digestion; some need BetaineHCl as well. Probiotics may help, as well as drugs or herbs to treat dysbiosis. Some benefit from a low FODMAPs diet. Read http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd/ for more details. ...Read more

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Is it safe/ unsafe if I take digestive enzyme two times per day forever? Can it impair my digestive pancreas or intestine?

No, but: why would you do so? try to see a gastroenterologist for evaluation, you may not need those digestive enzymes at all, good luck ...Read more

Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more