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Doctor insights on: Does Taking Digestive Enzymes Help You Lose Weight

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Can taking digestive enzymes cause weight loss ?

Can taking digestive enzymes cause weight loss ?

No: If anything, they would increase caloric absorption and weight, but probably woun't do either. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Lose Weight (Definition)

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Could taking digestive enzymes help with gas bloating and constipation?

Could taking digestive enzymes help with gas bloating and constipation?

Possible.: Worth a try. Other thoughts would be to use simethicone for the bloating then a stool softener for the constipation. Sounds like you might have irritable bowel syndrome which is too complicated to treat here but generally responds to a progressive program of fiber / diet mods / bowel agents. ...Read more

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Should I be taking probiotics or digestive enzymes or both if I'm constantly bloated after eating?

Should I be taking probiotics or digestive enzymes or both if I'm constantly bloated after eating?

Bloating: I see you have gluten sensitivity. A gluten free food plan would be the first place to start. A lab test from your doc will tell you if you need digestive enzymes (which need to be taken w/food). A good probiotic can be helpful. Doctor Ohira's brand is a good one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any side effect associated with taking digestive enzymes?

Is there any side effect associated with taking 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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Is taking digestive enzymes safe ? Would it cause any dependency issues ?

Enzymes: They are safe. No, you would not be dependent on them unless your body fails to make a specific enzyme. If this was in fact the case, then you would find that you would have difficulty digesting certain foods without the enzymes. A common example is lactose deficiency. Those that are deficient find it very unpleasant to try and consume dairy without lactaid tablets. ...Read more

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Are there any advantages to taking digestive enzymes with meals? Any disadvantages?

Are there any advantages to taking digestive enzymes with meals?  Any disadvantages?

Pancreas: You only take digestive enzymes when your pancreas or intestine not working they are prescribed when there is dficiency and malabsorption. Advantage is to replenish. The disadvantages of taking them on normal body are nausea, bloating, gas, allergy, diarrhea and bleed. Excess of every thing is bad. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does taking OTC digestive enzymes with amylase and amyloglucosidase helps with fructose intolerance?

Does taking OTC digestive enzymes with amylase and amyloglucosidase helps with fructose intolerance?

Probably not: Amylase and amyloglucosidase (a type of amylase) break starches into sugars. Fructose itself is already a sugar. So, these two enzymes should not affect fructose intolerance. ...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