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Digestive Enzymes Supplements

Updated on October 10, 2014

What Can Digestive Enzyme Supplements Do For Me?

Can digestive enzyme supplements make you feel more energetic? Help you lose weight? Or reduce gas and/or heartburn after meals?

Let's take a quick look at:

- What digestive enzyme supplements are

- Where to find high-quality enzyme supplements

- How to save money buying digestive enzyme supplements

- Different kinds of digestive enzymes

- How to get more information on enzyme therapy and supplements

What Are Digestive Enzymes and Why Do People Take Digestive Enzyme Supplements?

Digestive enzymes are proteins that your body uses to break down the food we eat into useful nutrients and waste products. You can only get the full benefit of food and nutritional supplements if your body has enough enzymes to properly digest and absorb the nutrients.

Here's the problem. Many digestive enzymes are found only in raw foods which most people do not eat enough of. Other digestive enzymes are produced by our bodies, but the older we get, the less our bodies produce of them. A lack of digestive enzymes can contribute to a myriad of illnesses including arthritis, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, chronic fatigue syndrome and more.

Many people have begun to take supplements to increase their levels of digestive enzymes and improve their bodies ability to access and use food nutrients for energy, cell growth and repair. By improving one's digestion, supplements will often reduce gas, heartburn, and improve regularity.

Can Digestive Enzyme Supplements Help Arthritis?

Consumers and health professionals can learn how protease and digestive enzyme supplements can effectively treat arthritis. According to Dr. Liz Lipski, nationally-known nutritionist and author of "Digestive Wellness", the cure for arthritis still eludes us and very often just relief from the pain becomes difficult at best. It may involve many joints or just one, and it can vary in severity from very mild to severe pain.

An estimated 15% of Americans suffer from arthritis, which is usually characterized with adjectives for inflammation such as; pain, swelling, stiffness, and redness. However, arthritis is not a single disorder, but the name of joint disease from a number of possible causes.

Dr. Lipski asserts in Digestive Wellness that arthritis has many causes: genetics, infections, physical injury, allergies, stress, and faulty digestion. Clinical work at the Transformation Enzyme Corporation now reveals that most arthritis sufferers respond well to treatment with protease and digestive enzyme supplements because arthritis is related to inflammation and digestion. Several studies have shown protease enzymes to be as effective as the drugs Methotrexate and Indomethacin for arthritis pain relief, but without the negative side-effects. By increasing support of the digestive and immune systems, inflammation is reduced.

"I'm now using the combination of protease and digestive enzymes along with other natural anti-inflammatory supplements, and a low-antigen diet with my arthritis clients, and I'm seeing very positive results," said Dr. Lipski. "Many clients report a significant improvement in five to seven days."

Dr. Lipski gives the following tips to alleviate arthritis:

- Explore a low-antigen diet. For two weeks eat only: fruits, vegetables, rice, olive oil, safflower oil, and fish.

- Get regular exercise to your ability: stretch, yoga, walking, water aerobics, etc.

- Try glucosamine sulfate and chrondroitin sulfate, and vitamin C to repair your joint tissues.

- Take digestive enzymes with each meal

- Take 1-3 protease enzymes twice daily on an empty stomach (these enter the blood stream and help reduce inflammation)

For more information from Dr. Lipski, see her book "Digestive Wellness", listed in our book list below.

Where to Buy Digestive Enzyme Supplements for Quality and Savings

Where to Find Additional Information

I found three excellent sources of both digestive enzyme supplements and information on their use.

  1. Transformation Enzyme Corp. (TEC) founded by Dr. DicQie Fuller has been actively involved in oral enzyme therapy for over 20 years. TEC operates an Enzyme Therapy clinic in Houston and supplies pharmaceutical quality, therapeutic enzymes to health professionals throughout the U.S. Enzyme Essentials, LLC was established as a consumer-oriented extension utilizing the proprietary enzyme formulations developed and clinically tested by TEC. Enzyme Essentials maintains a FAQ that will answer many of your questions about digestive enzyme supplements and if your question is not answered, then click on the link which says Don't see your question answered, email us. I have personally sent several questions via that link and all have been promptly and thoroughly answered.
  2. A second company that focuses exclusively on therapeutic enzyme supplements is Enzymedica.com.
  3. Finally if you prefer a company with information and products on a wider range of alternative health treatments, then consider LifeExtension.com. A recent issue even included an article on digestive enzyme supplements.

Digestive Enzymes & Supplements Books - Learn More About How Enzymes Therapy is Used to Treat Many Different Diseases

Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (3rd Edition): Completely Revised and Updated Third Edition
Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (3rd Edition): Completely Revised and Updated Third Edition

Offers "natural remedies for ulcers, heartburn, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, acid reflux, food sensitivity and more". Currently with 51 user ratings, it has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 
The Enzyme Factor
The Enzyme Factor

Originally published in Japan, this book became a huge bestseller and has now been published in the U.S. The book blurb mentions, "While some readers may find Shinya's ideas unusual, others may welcome his unorthodox approach." With 233 user ratings and a 4.5 out of 5 average rating, it seems quite a few people welcome the approach.

 
Living on Live Food
Living on Live Food

Living on Live Food teaches you what a raw and living food diet is and how to get started immediately! Includes recipes, menu planning, and a few pep talks too.

 

Different Kinds of Digestive Enzymes and... - Where to Get More Information on Digestive Enzymes

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Other Ways to Improve Digestive Health

Eating more raw uncooked foods will also help your digestive health.  I like keeping a bag of baby carrots handy to munch on.  Delicious.  Heading to the kitchen.  TTYL!
Eating more raw uncooked foods will also help your digestive health. I like keeping a bag of baby carrots handy to munch on. Delicious. Heading to the kitchen. TTYL!

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      Great info! Best of luck with this lens.

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      kemengr 9 years ago

      Thanks for making a lens on a subject i am interested in. Hope to see more info soon. Good work.

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      Jeff Wendland 9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      When choosing a good enzyme, you want broad ph so the enzyme works in your acidic stomach, and alkaline intestines. Enzymedica does just that. They are some of the best enzymes on the market. I take digest gold daily.

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      most of us need this !

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      anonymous 8 years ago

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Good info and research! Thanks for joining The Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Group!

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      pkzz 8 years ago

      I advise all of my patients that they should take an enzyme supplement, given that they mostly eat cooked food and that isn't likely to stop. I myself take them with every meal. I generally do not favor supplements, preferring to see patients get their nutrition from whole foods. However, along with minerals, I see enzymes in a vital "must-supplement" category.

      Dr. James Chappell.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Thank you! I had not heard of this.

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      kpcwriting2 6 years ago

      Excellent and informative lens - I'm very much into the natural approach and digestive enzymes supplements sound like a wonderful idea!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As I know, digestive enzyme doesn't just help people with arthritis, it also help people with many other different diseases. I love digestive enzyme as much as systemic enzyme.

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      BRAM2002 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with us this very useful info!

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      Barbara_Allan 6 years ago

      Like you mention Dr. Lipski recommending, I have also found at a low antigen diet important for effective rheumatoid arthritis treatment, although people must be individually tested to determine which antigens are problems for them specifically, since that can vary so widely from one person to the next.

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      absolutelee 6 years ago

      Really interesting lens about digestive enzyme supplements. I take a lot of supplements, including supplements for brain health.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great site about digestive enzymes supplement. I found this very helpful. Very informative!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The use of digestive enzymes to alleviate arthritis would be very useful, especially for hip replacement recipients suffering adverse effects and pursuing a DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit, who need to decrease the pain of underlying arthritis and pain from the hip replacement device. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was able to stop taking Nexium for GERD and acid reflux when I started taking Digestive Enzymes instead!! I took a lot of the enzymes at first because I was so deficient due to taking the Nexium that stops the stomach's acid production. Now I can tell that I am absorbing the nutrients I take in from food and other supplements.

      I use only the Digestive Enzymes available through Nutrilite, which is a Vitamin and Supplement company that has organic supplements and has never had a recall in all of it's 75+ years of doing business. The website I use is amway.com/dtr

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      FilipinaKisses 5 years ago

      I have found a natural digestive enzyme supplement I bought online from New Zealand. Check it out here if you want to know more about it.

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      RobertAlbert 5 years ago

      Consumers were told not to use body-building products that are sold as supplements but may contain steroids.

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      Barbara_Allan 5 years ago

      Great lens. Healthy digestion is crucial for healing arthritis and for good health in general. Probiotics are another great way to support healthy digestion. Check out my article on how to make your own non-dairy probiotics.

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      green-health-girl 5 years ago

      Digestive health is such a big part of the picture of overall health. Thanks I really enjoyed reading this lens.

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      FoundationOfHumanUnderstanding 5 years ago

      Good lens

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      bryonetter 5 years ago

      I just finished the book "Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes" and it's true it was a very Simple Guide to Using Enzymes". I had no real knowledge of how digestive and therapeutic enzymes work before reading the book.by Tom Bohager. I've been using digest gold for about a year now and I haven't had any problems with IBS or acid reflex when I am using the products. About six months ago I found out I was diabetic and started using the product called "Reduce" and it's been helping me maintain my sugar. . Thanks again for the lens!

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @bryonetter: Thank YOU for stopping by and sharing your experiences with others.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I was still in elementary, i perfectly explain the process of the digestive system to my class and since then i know how important is enzymes in our body which is a protein responsible in breaking down the food we eat into useful nutrients and waste products, I believe this digestive enzyme supplements which may help a person from the risk of arthritis might be effective. Thanks for sharing. DePuy

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I take digestive enzymes to prevent acid reflux and for better digestion, and they really work. I didn't know they were good for arthritis too. That's good to know. Very informative lens.

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      danielmccarthy lm 4 years ago

      I am quite often lacking in energy, have heartburn and am now overweight, I wonder if these could help. I'm surprised I've never come across them before. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      No, I have heard a lot about enzymes and know they are available in some sorts of foods, but had no idea there are supplements available. This info can be of great value to me too. Thanks!

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      deanna6812 4 years ago

      Has anybody heard anything about taking digestive enzyme supplements post-gallbladder removal surgery? I had mine removed about 8 months ago, and am having some difficulty with certain foods, and if I eat large meals.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @deanna6812: I'm not a medical expert, but if your doctor said he or she saw no reason that you can't take digestive enzyme supplements, then it would probably be worth making one purchase to see if they helped. I would ask the question of the doctor as you just wanted to be sure there wasn't a reason you can't take such and such. I have better luck that way as opposed to asking the general question or statement, such as, "I was thinking of taking a digestive enzyme supplement? What do you think?" Because then the doctor might go off on why they didn't believe it will help, when the best test is your own body and your own experience.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My family, including myself, have always had digestive issues one way or another. Due to this I tend to keep a fairly healthy diet including fresh fruit, veggies, grains, etc... Still I needed something to help things along and Lady Soma's Fiber Cleanse is working well for me. I have been taking 2 pills when I wake up and 2 pills about 8 hours later in the afternoon (this routine has gone on for about 3 weeks now). My bowel functions have regulated and become easier. I do not feel any nausea upon taking these pills on an empty stomach and the pills do not have a strong taste or after-taste. I have also felt a slight change in energy level. I am usually a bit fatigued and sore due to anemia, but lately I have been feeling less fatigue and a bit more energy. So far there is nothing I do not like about this product and I intend on keeping up with my daily routine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Digestive enzymes supplements are nothing new, and a lot of proffessional athlets use them for better performance.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Really? I had not heard of digestive enzyme supplements improving athletic performance. The only connection that I can imagine is that digestive enzyme supplements can improve one's health in general and also help someone maximize the benefit they receive from food. I know Carl Lewis was huge into juicing because he said that was the ultimate way to get the maximum benefit out of the food he consumed.

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      phanthink1967 4 years ago

      im sure that digestive enzymes can help us in many fields, but im not sure if there are some real side-effects or not?!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      im using them for two years now, and i feel much better since i started.

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      giovi64 lm 4 years ago

      I do not know at the bottom of this precious topic.

      Beautiful and interesting lens!

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