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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


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Can toddlers safely take digestive enzymes on a regular basis?

Can toddlers safely take digestive enzymes on a regular basis?

Yes, if needed: A toddler should not need digestive enzyme supplements unless they have cystic fibrosis or pancreatic disease. People with cystic fibrosis have safely taken digestive enzyme supplements for their entire lives. ...Read more

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Can I take digestive enzymes with birth control pill?

Can I take digestive enzymes with birth control pill?

Yes: Digestive enzymes are used to replace those that are normally produced by the body. So they will not interfere with birth control pills. ...Read more

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Gall bladder removed in july, found I have to take digestive enzymes (heath store) or I regurgitate food. Take prevacid (lansoprazole) 15mg for poss. Reflux. Normal?

Gall bladder removed in july, found I have to take digestive enzymes (heath store) or I regurgitate food. Take prevacid (lansoprazole) 15mg for poss. Reflux. Normal?

Different problems.: Gallbladder disease tends to be distinct from gastritis or gerd with regurgitation. A ppi drug like Prevacid (lansoprazole) should be used short-term only if possible. I would consider a gerd workup, to include upper endoscopy (egd), and then perhaps other studies to evaluate your symptoms of regurgitation, that may be resolved with medical or surgical therapy. ...Read more

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Can prevacid (lansoprazole) cause anxiety? Took 3 doses of 15 mg and couldn't sleep and had a racing heart. Also, take digestive enzymes because no gall bladder.

Can prevacid (lansoprazole) cause anxiety? Took 3 doses of 15 mg and couldn't sleep and had a racing heart. Also, take digestive enzymes because no gall bladder.

Anxiety: I never heard of this reaction with prevacid (lansoprazole). Usually the following asverse relations are reported: diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, headache, bone fracture; hypomagnesemia (w. Prolonged ppi therapy). ...Read more

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I noticed that I'm extremely fatigue after meals, unless I take digestive enzymes. I also feel very weak after bowel movement, how can I avoid that?

I noticed that I'm extremely fatigue after meals, unless I take digestive enzymes.
I also feel very weak after bowel movement, how can I avoid that?

Digestive enzymes: If you are on digestive enzymes who is giving these to you? You may wish to see a gastroenterologist to determine exactly what is going on. Lab tests may shed some light on this as well. ...Read more

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I take digestive enzymes for ibs. Is it safe to continue these during pregnancy?

I take digestive enzymes for ibs. Is it safe to continue these during pregnancy?

Depends : It depends on what that enzyme is. I suggest resubmitting the question and specifically mentioning the name of medication you are curious about. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a digestive enzyme when you're taking levoxyl (thyroxine)?

Is it safe to take a digestive enzyme when you're 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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Food is coming back up my throat sometimes (usually when I don't take a digestive enzyme) had endoscopy; GI said nothing abnormal.?

Food is coming back up my throat sometimes (usually when I don't take a digestive enzyme) had endoscopy; GI said nothing abnormal.?

GER without GERD: Of the 70 million americans with reflux, about half have symptoms without esophageal inflammation. Your recently-negative endoscopy just put you in that category. The best treatment for ger (gastroesophageal reflux without disease), aside from behavior & diet modification (answered previously on healthtap), is use of acid blocker drugs (not "enzymes" which can hurt you depending on their potency). ...Read more

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If I take a digestive enzymes supplement, (protease, amylase, etc) will that go into my breastmilk and hence my baby would get the benefits of it too?

If I take a digestive enzymes supplement, (protease, amylase, etc) will that go into my breastmilk and hence my baby would get the benefits of it too?

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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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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My sister is breastfeeding and was wondering if she could take papaya enzyme for digestive?

My sister is breastfeeding and was wondering if she could take papaya enzyme for digestive?

Kinda sort: 1st check out https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6716076-im-breastfeeding-my-daughter-is-it-okay-to-take-papaya-enzyme-for-divestive. In general, if she can eat papaya, then papaya enzyme should be safe, in theory. But since there are no (strict) manufacturing guidelines in making dietary supplements, there may be contaminants that are not good for breastfeeding. Better to eat real food. ...Read more

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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

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I am into weight training and my protein intake is high. I take 1gm of protein per my body weight(187lb). Need a potent digestive enzyme?

I am into weight training and my protein intake is high. I take 1gm of protein per my body weight(187lb). Need a potent digestive enzyme?

No need: You do not need digestive enzymes. Your stomach, pancreas and intestine make enough digestive enzymes. You may be overdoing the protein supplements too. No more than 1gm protein/Kg of body weight is needed, including that in food and supplements, less may be adequate.
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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I have problems swallowing certain foods I take Prilosec 40mg twice a day along with Zantac 300mg at night will a digestive enzyme w/o probiotic help

I have problems swallowing certain foods I take Prilosec 40mg twice a day along with Zantac 300mg at night will a digestive enzyme w/o probiotic help

Globus versus...: A ball or lump sensation in your throat past which you can easily swallow is called "globus"--a functional problem that acid blockers likely won't help. Nor would it likely address esophageal spasm, dysmotility, or eosinophilic esophagitis. Have you had manometry? Might want endoscopy for definitive biopsy +/- address peptic stricture that may constrict the swallowing tube & benefit from dilation. ...Read more

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What tests can be done to find out if you are missing a digestive enzyme?

Digestive enzymes: There are some lab tests that include this information. Specialty Lab Stool Tests, for example. ...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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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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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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Need recommendations for a probiotic and digestive enzyme for healthy person sensitive to meds?

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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