Your body naturally creates enzymes in your digestive system, including your mouth, stomach, small intestine, and pancreas. They help break down food so your body can soak up all of the nutrients. Without them, the nutrients in your food go unused, essentially leaving you malnourished.
Each digestive enzyme breaks down a specific nutrient, but the most common are:
- Amylase: Breaks down starches and carbs
- Protease: Breaks down proteins
- Lipase: Breaks down fats
Unfortunately, as you age your body produces fewer digestive enzymes, which can cause cramping, gas, diarrhea, food allergies, and chronic digestive issues.
If you find yourself struggling with common digestion issues, it could be time to start adding digestive enzymes to your diet.