It’s no secret that as we age it becomes harder to enjoy a meal without suffering from some type of digestive discomfort. The reason is that as we age our body produces fewer and fewer digestive enzymes. In addition, today’s diets do not include many natural plant enzymes needed for digestion. This results in symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and may lead to malnutrition.
When we eat, our food sits in our stomach for about 45 minutes before making its way through the duodenum. Not enough digestion occurs in our stomachs because we lack the enzymes naturally found in foods which is killed in heating and processing. So imagine the benefit of adding a balanced digestive enzyme to this process. Supplementing digestive enzymes greatly reduces the burden on the pancreas and the entire digestive process by assisting in breaking down foods into smaller and smaller components that become much easier to assimilate. People who supplement digestive enzymes report improvements in health problems such as heartburn, indigestion, gerd, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes, bloating and a host of other health problems.
While inflammation is a natural process of repairing, excess can cause extensive tissue damage. The purpose of inflammation is to remove damaged tissue and promote regeneration. Cells and tissues can be hurt chemically (toxic substances), physically (athletic injury), and biologically (germs and viruses). Enzymes, particularly proteases (also called proteolytic enzymes), calm inflammation by supporting and quickening the healing process. The protease workhorses most frequently used to reduce inflammation include trypsin and chymotrypsin, papin (from papaya) and bromelin (from the pineapple). Once absorbed they have anti-inflammatory effect similar to drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Colorado State University states that the pancreas secretes a magnificent battery of enzymes that collectively have the capacity to reduce virtually all digestible macro molecules into forms that are capable of or nearly capable of being absorbed. Three major groups of enzymes are critical to efficient digestion. They are proteases, pancreatic lipase and amylase.
By taking CHF #17 on a daily basis may help digestive discomfort.