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If you experience digestive issues like bloating, gas, nausea, constipation or diarrhoea after eating, this can cause discomfort and affect your quality of life. These digestive issues could be why many people are noticing the importance of digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzymes help the body break down food compounds and increase nutrient absorption, relieving symptoms of indigestion in the process.

What are digestive enzymes and how do these supplements work, exactly?

The body secretes a variety of enzymes to break down the foods that we eat—some are secreted starting in the mouth, and others further down in the digestive tract. “The most important enzyme categories are the proteases (which break down proteins), lipases (fats), and amylases (starches and sugars)

Normally functioning glands (in the mouth, stomach, small intestine, gallbladder, and pancreas) are pros at producing the enzymes we need to digest our food and absorb the subsequent nutrients properly—but when these glands are either non-functioning or have been damaged, digestive enzyme supplements are intended to help pick up the slack.

Who might—or might not—benefit from taking digestive enzyme supplements?

A first step, if you are experiencing any digestive discomfort is to remove any foods from your diet that may be causing bloating, gas etc. For many people dairy and gluten may be a severe problem and you should avoid these if you are allergic. Including a digestive enzyme into your diet can improve symptoms from certain foods that you aren’t allergic to, but simply cause a bloating affect like broccoli or Brussel sprouts.

If you want to try digestive enzyme supplements, what’s the safest way to do so?

Reading the label is everything and check the ingredients list to make sure it doesn’t contain anything you’re allergic to.

NPL has a strict non-proprietary blends policy, so everything that is inside the product is on the label, this means you can be rest assured that you are getting the best quality supplements