Digestive enzymes are these little proteins that act as biological catalysts that help the body convert food into stuff you can use, like energy or amino acids. They also facilitate the absorption of nutrients. Digestive enzymes are fragile little guys. Food, in its natural state, should contain enzymes. Because so much of today’s food is processed and/or cooked, we often don’t get the enzymes that we’re supposed to. That’s where PrepZymes comes in. One capsule provides your body with nine active enzymes to replace what’s been lost.
Here is a quick and handy guide to the possible benefits of digestive enzymes.
General enzyme benefits
• Promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria
• Transforms food into nutrients
May improve digestive health by relieving symptoms of:
- gas pain
- stomach ache
• May promote immune system strength
What The Enzymes Do and What They May Do
Protease I and Protease II (Proteolytic enzymes)
Proteolytic enzymes are commonly found in plants like papaya. These enzymes digest proteins and may help to reduce inflammation.
Lipase breaks down fatty substances and plays an essential role in weight loss and weight maintenance.
Source: University of Maryland
This enzyme helps the body break down and digest starch and may help with inflammation and bolstering the immune system.
This enzyme breaks down lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. People who are lactose intolerant cannot break down lactose and lactase may help them do that.
Cellulase converts cellulose into beta-glucose, helping the body maintain a stable energy supply.
Maltase assists the body in the digestion of sugars and starches, converting them in into glucose, the body’s main energy source.
Invertase allows the body to deconstruct table sugar/sucrose into its component parts: glucose and fructose (fruit sugar). Both are used for energy.
In addition to cultured enzymes, the papaya fruit in PrepZymes contains papain, an enzyme that sticks to proteins, aids in protein digestion, and has a soothing effect on the stomach.