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what are digestive enzymes?

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Digestive enzymes are a commonly used word in health and wellness circles these days. While it’s usually clear that they aid in digestion — it’s in the name, after all — it can be difficult to grasp what a digestive enzyme’s role is in the digestion process.

Here is a quick breakdown of what digestive enzymes are, how they relate to intolerances, and how Intoleran can help those who don’t have enough natural enzymes in their body.

what are digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes aren’t a fancy, external substance. They are proteins that are naturally created right in the body. These proteins serve a specific function: to help you break down food.

Different enzymes break down different foods and are created in various areas of the digestive tract. This starts with the mouth, where enzymes are released and activated in your saliva. More enzymes join in the process in areas like the stomach and intestines.

While enzymes are found throughout the digestive tract, John Hopkins Medicine refers to the pancreas as the “enzyme powerhouse of digestion.” This comes from its critical role in creating digestive enzymes to help with the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and other proteins.

lock-and-key mechanism of digestive enzymes

enzymes and intolerances

There are many different enzymes that the body has to produce. These aid in breaking down a variety of different food elements, such as lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans, starch, sucrose, and histamine.

When you lack enough of an enzyme, it can lead to a food intolerance. This is different from a food allergy. The latter is rooted in a reaction from your immune system and can be very dangerous. The former is simply an inability to fully break down food in your digestive system. This usually isn’t dangerous but can be very uncomfortable.

That’s where Intoleran can come to the rescue.

how Intoleran uses enzymes

Intoleran tablets, capsules, and drops are designed to support the body’s own enzymes and help them do their job. When a problematic piece of food enters the digestive system, Intoleran provides the enzymes that the body may be lacking to properly break it down.

After taking the supplement the enzymes work for 30 to 45 minutes by filling your digestive system with an extra dose of an enzyme that is typically lacking.

We’re careful to target our products to provide enzymes with minimal additional ingredients and no additives. For instance, our Lactase product is made with just three ingredients:

  • The lactase enzyme itself;
  • A small amount of calcium carbonate as a filler;
  • The HPMC capsule.

That’s it. We ensure that each product is providing quality enzymes and nothing else so that your body can focus on digesting food without causing you pain or discomfort along the way.

It may sound simple, but the results can be life-changing.

digestion of FODMAP's
Intoleran’s supplements with digestive enzymes
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