Digestive enzymes greatly assist the body’s natural digestive processes, helping many to enjoy a comfortable settled feeling after meals instead of bloating, reflux or gas. Our ability to digest and absorb food diminishes as we age, particularly after age 40. As a result, you may not get the benefits you could from your food or supplements. Many enzymes have a distinct smell, nothing is wrong with them.Digestive Enzyme Blends – HCI and Pancreatic Enzymes
The first group of digestive aids found in complete formulas are hydrochloric acid and pepsin. Hydrochloric acid (HCl or stomach acid) is often implicated as being the cause of digestive problems like acid reflux, yet it’s often the under-production of enzymes and HCl that creates problems. HCl changes the stomach contents to a desirable acid environment, which activates the enzyme pepsin to begin the partial digestion of certain protein bonds. This leads to more complete digestion and absorption. Lindberg Betaine Hydrocloride with Pepsin helps with this first phase of digestion.
The next group of digestants are pancreatic enzymes. Your pancreas releases several enzymes to facilitate absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. They include protease (finishes protein digestion begun in the stomach), amylase (carb digestion) and lipase (fat digestion). Some formulas add bile for more complete digestion, which helps with the digestion of fat just like the bile released from your own gall bladder. People who tend to burp the taste of vitamins or fish oil hours after consuming them can benefit from the complete digestion that pancreatic enzymes and bile can offer. Lindberg Pancrea-Lind is specially formulated for the digestion process in the small intestine. All-in-one formulas like Lindberg Complete Digestant are an excellent choice for combination pancreatic enzymes as well as betaine HCI.Plant Enzymes
Plant-source enzymes from papaya or pineapple can be an effective vegetarian alternative to animal-source ingredients like pancreatic enzymes or pepsin and are used by the body in the same way. Lindberg Plant Enzymes contains enzymes to break down protein, carbs, milk and fat.