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    Digestive Enzymes

    What is it?

    Enzymes are catalysts to chemical reactions. As we all know, the digestion of our foods involves many enzymes. There are various enzymes used in various supplement formulas, some which are of animal origin and some of plant origin.

    What is it supposed to do?

    The breakdown of food starts in the mouth with chewing and the exposure to enzymes. In the stomach, food mixes with enzymes and other factors such as lipase, pepsin, intrinsic factor, and of course, HCL (stomach acid).

    The food moves on to the small intestine and then the large intestine. The small intestine is considered the major anatomical site of food digestion and nutrient absorption. It is made up of sections such as the duodenum, jejunum, and the ileum. Pancreatic enzymes (chymotrypsin, trypsin, etc.), bile salts, gastrin, cholecystokinin, pepidases, are among the substances released here.

    The large intestine is composed of the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and the sigmoid colon, which all play a part in absorbing the nutrients we eat.

    Sounds complicated? It is.

    Enzymes play an essential role in every step of the digestive process. The basic idea is that by adding specific enzymes in supplement form, it will help the body efficiently digest food and this will help with weight loss.

    Companies market supplemental enzymes such as papian, amylase, lactase, lipase, bromelian, pancreatin, as well as others.

    Enzyme therapy may have health benefits, especially for those with poor digestion or other issues relating to the digestive tract. Exactly how the enzymes are supposed to assist in weight loss in unclear.

    What does the research have to say?

    There are a few odd studies with animals that have found adding certain enzymes, such as pancreatin, reduced food intake and weight gain. One recent study fed broiler chickens large amounts of pancreatic and noted reductions in food intake and subsequent weight loss.

    High amounts of pancreatin may have a mild anorectic (appetite suppressing) effect, but I doubt it would work in people or be particularly healthy either. However, there is very little modern research to go on regarding healthy people and weight loss with enzymes.


    Digestive enzymes have many potential health uses and are often prescribed for specific treatments in a variety of health problems, from simple digestion issues to pancreatitis and other pathologies. Some studies show the intake of certain enzymes, such as bromelain, may reduce inflammation. Other research suggests enzymes can positively effect immunity.

    For weight loss specifically, enzymes donít appear to be of any help. Itís a wonder why so many diet books still recommend them.

    Itís impossible for me to give recommendations on how to take enzymes due to the fact there are so many types and formulas and each enzyme serves a different function. Enzyme formulas should pose no risk to healthy people however.

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