Supplements with enzymes for better digestion
Digestive enzymes are catalysts for biochemical reactions that break down complex molecules into simple ones. They help to ensure optimal digestion and thus efficient absorption of individual nutrients. Digestive enzymes are most active in the intestines, and are also partially active in the mouth or stomach. In general, we distinguish enzymes that break down proteins, carbohydrates, fats and nucleic acids.
When to take digestive enzymes?
Dietary supplements with digestive enzymes are suitable for people whose digestive enzyme production has declined, during post‑surgical recovery or for individuals with lactose intolerance (supplements with the enzyme lactase). However, their effects can also be used to support digestion in acute problems caused by the body's inability to digest certain food components. These include bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain or diarrhoea.
Digestive enzymes are recommended to be taken for the duration of digestive problems, but can also be taken long‑term with food. It is advisable to consult a doctor when taking them together with medication.
Digestive enzymes in food
Some digestive enzymes are naturally present in certain foods. Some of the best natural sources of enzymes are fruits (pineapple, papaya, mango or banana), fermented vegetables (e.g. the popular Korean kimchi) or fermented dairy products such as kefir.