Probiotics or digestive enzymes?
I thought probiotics were digestive enzymes you ask? Its a pretty common misconception. Digestive enzymes can be found in pancreatic fluid, stomach acid, saliva & intestines. Probiotics, however, can be found most densely concentrated in the large and small intestines. Digestive enzymes are proteins that are responsible for breaking down food in the body. Probiotics are actually microorganisms in the form of bacteria. Although it is not yet fully understood what probiotics do, it is known that they counterbalance bad bacteria in the gut. This keeps you health and regular. When this balance is broken we run into problems, such as after a round of antibiotics. This is where it is necessary to take a probiotic supplement since the body cannot produce probiotics. However, the body does produce the majority of its own digestive enzymes in the form of peptides & proteases which are used to break down protein. Fat is digested by proteins called lipases.
Probiotics influence more than just gut health
Probiotics are still being studied, as it wasn’t until the 1990’s that people began to be interested in them. However from what we know, they can be useful in treating a variety of digestive problems such as ulcers and a whole host of other gut related problems. What many don’t know is that it is thought that probiotics have a direct link to things like your mood, energy level, brain function, etc… While it is going to take more research to officially prove this connection, there is strong evidence that supports this claim. So if your having leaky gut syndrome and fatigue along with say, brain fog, probiotics may be for you. Another fact that most people probably don’t know is that over 80% of the body’s immune system is located in the gut. So if your having immune system problems, chances are you also have gut related issues.
So what about the digestive enzymes?
The benefits of digestive enzymes are numerous as well. They enable your body to break down the food in the intestines into usable parts. Although the body naturally produces them, it can be helpful to supplement them from time to time. Some people benefit from taking them regularly. I’ll get more into the individual scenarios later. Anyhow, I hope that you’ve found some useful information from this page. If you have please comment below and let me know! I always enjoy interacting with my readers!
Helpful Fact ⇒ It is thought that those that suffer from lactose intolerance can benefit from the use of probiotics. This is due to the fact that they enhance the production of lactase (the enzyme that digests dairy products).