Buyer's Guide: The best digestive enzymes

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. 


Combination Enzyme Formulas

All-in-one formulas like Lindberg Complete Digestant are an excellent choice for combination pancreatic enzymes as well as betaine HCI. Complete Digestant is a combination of pancreatin, betaine hydrochloride, and proteases, plus other key enzymes. This formula will assist your body's own ability to digest protein, carbohydrate, fat, legumes (beans), vegetables, grains and lactose (milk sugar).*

Lindberg Complete Digestant has ten times (10X) strength Pancreatin provides Amylase 50,000 USP units, Protease 50,000 USP units and Lipase 4,000 USP units in 2 capsules. The activity levels of the other enzymes are Papain 2,000 USP units/mg, Bromelain 2,400 GDU/g, Protease Blend 1:10,000, Lactase 100,000 ALU/g and Alpha-Galactosidase 15,000 GAL/g.



Betaine HCl (Hydrochloric Acid) 

The first group of digestive aids found in complete formulas is hydrochloric acid and acid-stable protease. 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 HCL with Pepsin Activity helps with this first phase of digestion.



Pancreatic Enzymes

The next group of digestants is 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 can offer.

Lindberg Pancreatin 200 mg 10X is specially formulated for the digestion process in the small intestine.



Plant Enzymes

Plant-source enzymes from papaya or pineapple can be an effective vegetarian alternative to animal-sourced ingredients like pancreatic enzymes and are used by the body in the same way. Lindberg Plant Enzymes contains enzymes to break down protein, carbs, milk and fat. 

The body's production of digestive enzymes declines with age and is further reduced by a diet high in processed foods, which lack enzymes. Eating raw foods and supplementing with natural plant enzymes may support healthy digestion.*

Lindberg Plant Enzymes broad spectrum blend includes protease, papain, and bromelain to break down protein; amylase to break down carbohydrate (starch); lactase to break down lactose (milk sugar); lipase to break down fat, and cellulase to breakdown cellulose (plant fiber).* All are effective in a wide range of pH levels for optimum digestion.*




Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from the pineapple plant that can help breakdown proteins to support digestion at mealtimes.* When taken between meals on an empty stomach, bromelain helps support joint comfort and provides relief from temporary soreness associated with muscle exertion.* For best results, take 1 capsule between meals.  

Lindberg Bromelain 500 mg provides 2,400 GDU (Gelatin Digesting Units) per gram.




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