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What are Digestive Enzymes?

Digestive Enzymes are proteins secreted by the pancreas that help the body break down starch, fats and proteins to be converted into energy. Raw foods provide digestive enzymes but poor diet choices, stress, and fast eating can inhibit the effect of enzymes.[11] Digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas, stomach, and salivary glands. In order for your body to manufacture enzymes, you need to eat trace minerals, which are found in raw foods. If your diet is deficient in raw foods, then you will also have an enzyme deficiency.[1] Furthermore, because of the quality of produce that is grown with pesticides in poor, nutrient deficient soil, genetically modified and at times frozen, it is difficult to find sufficient fruits and vegetables that are healthy to eat. Organic produce is the best way to go, but for those who cannot afford an organic, whole foods diet, ingesting a digestive enzymes supplement is an excellent option.


Protease is the enzyme responsible for breaking down proteins into amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of DNA, so their presence in the body system is vital. This enzyme is especially beneficial for athletes.


Amylase breaks down carbohydrates into glucose that is processed by the body and used as energy. It is present in the saliva and begins working as soon as mastication begins. This enzyme can be used to aid in weight loss.


Lactase breaks down lactose, a sugar in milk and milk by products such as cheese, pudding, etc. People who have a deficiency of lactase are said to be lactose intolerant.[13]

Digestive Enzyme Benefits

Digestive enzyme supplements are useful in improving overall body heath over time. Supplements with enzymes such as protease help with fat loss through breaking down fat stores.[12] To determine if a digestive supplement would be beneficial for you, ask yourself the following questions: Do you feel excessively full or bloated after meals? Does your food just sit in your stomach after eating? Do you suffer from constant gas or heartburn? Is there undigested food in your bowel? These are all symptoms of enzyme deficiency.[11] As mentioned above it is difficult to get all the enzymes the body needs from diet alone, much less the trace minerals that enzymes require in order to work properly. A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low on processed carbohydrates and including a regimen of digestive enzyme supplements aids with a number of ailments.

Protease benefits

The activity level to look for in protease is 40,000 HUT.[1] This enzyme is great in aiding the release of protein into the blood stream to assist with muscle recovery.

Amylase benefits

Amylase breaks down complex carbohydrates and starches. Once broken down they are converted into glucose that supplies the body with energy. Supplementing your diet with amylase is particularly important if you are a fast eater who does not chew enough. In a supplement, the activity level to look for is 16,000 SKB.[1]

Lactase benefits

Because milk is a major source of calcium, and people who do not get enough calcium in their diet can develop osteoporosis, a lactase supplement can be vital to good health by enabling a person to consume milk.[13] Vitamin D is another nutrient found in milk. Mothers who breastfeed have a special need to drink milk with Vitamin D to ensure their newborn gets enough of this nutrient. If the mother is lactose intolerant, an option for her is to take a lactase supplement. Symptoms of lactase deficiency include mild gas and bloating. Approximately 70% of people suffer from this while ignoring the symptoms. 1/3 of people in the United States are thought to be lactose intolerant. The activity level to look for in a supplement of lactase is 2,500 LACU.[1]

When to take Digest Enzymes

Digestive Enzymes should be taken right before eating so they can start to work before you even take your first mouth of food. In order to get the full effect of the enzyme, limit your intake of liquids during the meal, as liquids will dilute the enzymes.[1]

An individual will need to experiment to find a dose that works for his or her body. Once the correct dose is determined, symptoms such as gas, bloating, and constipation should improve. If the improvement is not sufficient gradually increase the dose every three days until symptoms improve.

How to take Digestive Enzymes Supplement

Digestive Enzymes sell in both pill and liquid form. When reading the label of a digestive enzyme, make sure that its lists the activity level of the enzyme as well as the milligrams present. Activity level is most important; two supplements can have the same amount of enzymes in them, but if only one has a good activity level, then the other will not be as effective.[1]

A digestive enzyme product that includes several different enzymes û such as a mix of lactase for dairy products, amylase for carbohydrates and protease for protein, will be the most effective. An enzyme can be identified because it will always end in the suffix "ase."

Gas and stomach bloating

Digestive enzyme supplements, more specifically Lactase, can help treat gas and bloating in people who suffer from lactose intolerance. Gas, heartburn, constipation and other digestive issues can all be treated with a regimen of enzymes. These supplements aid in the digestion and emptying of the stomach faster, which relieves the above symptoms. "For common digestive complaints such as flatulence, bloating, heartburn, or irritable bowel syndrome: Take 1 to 2 capsules with smaller meals; 2 to 4 with large meals."[14]

Weight loss

Digestive enzymes can have a positive effect in a weight loss regimen. In order to lose weight, the state of waste system, stress, and organs all need to be taken into account. Protease is needed to help breakdown proteins and eliminate toxins. It is difficult to lose weight if the body is storing excess toxins. These toxins can cause an individual to feel more hungry, and then to eat more. It may take up to three weeks to see results as the enzymes do their job, eliminating toxins and aiding in digestion. Another three weeks are needed to see a complete renewal in energy.[7]

Amylase improves glycemic homeostasis, the balance of insulin and glucagon in the bloodstream after eating carbohydrates. This can aid in weight loss by inhibiting an excess of insulin, which causes weight gain. "Digestive enzymes really do something. They are not a placebo. They work quickly. In seconds, they break down the simple carbs."[1]


Bodybuilders need to consume a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight every day. However, if the protein consumed is not effectively broken down by the body, the individual is not maximizing their protein intake. Digestive enzymes containing protease help the body break down protein so it can be better absorbed.[10] Protease enzymes added to whey protein powder enable easier digestion and absorption of the whey. This allows more of the amino acids to enter the blood stream to be used by the muscles. Protease aids in the recovery of athletic injuries by speeding healing time and decreasing inflammation. A recent study showed that after 30 minutes on a treadmill, subjects who ingested protease supplements were able to maintain the fitness of their hamstrings better than subjects who did not take protease.[4]

Digestive Enzymes vs. Probiotics

Probiotics are bacterial organisms that live in our digestive system. The signs deficient healthy enzymes and probiotics in our bodies are similar, such as gas, bloating, constipation and heartburn. Enzymes are very sensitive to their environment, and heat can kill enzymes present in the food we eat. Temperatures as low as 100? can start to impact enzymes. Steroids, chlorinated water, refined sugars, and stress can denature natural levels of good bacteria.[9] In understanding the differences between specific enzymes and probiotics, confusion comes into play because many people confuse lactase with the probiotic L-Acidophilus, bacteria found in yogurt that is needed in your stomach for healthy digestion. Unlike enzymes, probiotics are living organisms with a life cycle of about a few months to even a few years. Both enzymes and probiotics benefit from trace minerals found in the body. Because minerals help activate enzymes it is important to eat a diet rich in raw vegetables and fruits. Like with enzymes, probiotics are found in foods but the amount needed by an individual may sometimes be difficult to attain through diet alone, and in that case, a supplement is recommended.[8]

Digestive Enzyme side effects

Because the body rapidly processes digestive enzymes, serious digestive enzyme side effects are not common. Use common sense guidelines when beginning a regimen for the first time, and if symptoms such as cramping, issues with bowel or sore stomach occur then adjust the dose. However, such symptoms usually resolve themselves in a few days. Any regimen designed to eliminate toxins from the body will cause discomfort during the first few days of the cleaning out process. However, if painful symptoms occur and do not subside, a doctor should be consulted. In addition, attempting to treat serious chronic conditions with digestive enzymes before consulting a doctor is not recommended.

The use of digestive enzymes in a healthy individual will help to correct ailments due to an imbalance in the body caused by poor diet and a sluggish system. Once toxins are eliminated and the natural working order of the body is reestablished, an individual on a regimen consisting of a good diet and digestive enzyme supplements will find his/herself returned to their full level of energy and able to enjoy their body in the best health possible.

Supplement Facts

Digestive Enzymes


Caution: Not intended for children, pregnant, or breastfeeding women. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have health conditions. Store in a cool dry place away from children. Do not use if seal is broken.

Allergen warnings

Allergy Statement: Manufactured in a facility that processes milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, sulphites, sesame and seafood.

Disclaimer: The above description does not constitute medical advice and is for informational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Health Canada, CFIA, or FDA. Please consult a properly licensed medical professional before consuming nutritional supplements. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.


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Jérôme L. on 12/10/2016
Ca fait seulement 1 semaine que j ai commencer enzyme digestive et je suis tres satisfait!!ma digestion est deja grandement ameliorer!!merci canadianprotein.

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Michael L. on 26/07/2016
Vancouver, BC
I didn’t realize that this now came in a mylar bag as before it would be in a small bottle. Needless to say I feel that it does the job.

If you don’t take digestive enzymes, now is probably a time to start. It helps with food breakdown and absorption. Remember, it’s not about how much food you eat, it’s how much you can absorb.

I found that overall, this is great to take with larger meals, or at any time you consume large amounts of protein in support of digestion.

Cost wise, this is a little bit on the high end, but would buy again if required.

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Eddie on 29/01/2016
This product really works. My wife and I have been using it now for just two weeks and we love it. It does help break down the foods we eat day to day and you don't feel bloating or gassy. I just ordered some more.

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Patricia on 02/12/2015
Great product at an affordable price. Don't be without them especially over the holiday season.

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Works great!
Karl on 11/04/2015
I feel better after eating dairy products, especially yogurt, when using these. Thanks CP!