The Difference Between Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics
Digestive enzymes thrive in various areas found around the gastrointestinal tract; from the saliva to the stomach acid, pancreatic juice along with our body’s intestinal discharges. Probiotics, however, are concentrated to a great degree in the small intestine and in the larger one.
Digestive enzymes contain protease and peptides for protein digestion, along with lipase that aid in fat digestion. Aside from our body’s natural ability to produce these digestive enzymes, they also come as supplements that have been extracted from food, and which people with certain food intolerance find helpful.
Some sources though suggest that long-term ingestion of digestive enzyme supplements will cause the body to become dependent and eventually it will no longer produce its own, thus implying continued supplementation is not advisable after all.
Probiotics are natural sources of digestive enzymes:
Probiotics are in fact capable of generating many different variety of enzymes. They may use them primarily to degrade organic matter as food sources for themselves, however such additional enzyme resource also offers benefits to the health(digestion) of people.
Food ‘macromolecules” like fats, starches, proteins typically need many different enzymes in order to break them completely. Probiotics churn out the right groups of enzymes that can totally break down all the food polymers and macromolecules into building blocks basically needed by the body.
With such ability to totally degrade each and every component of our food, probiotic bacteria is believed to be potentially beneficial for those with enzyme deficiency problems like lactose intolerance. A lot of the Lactobacilli strains found in our range certainly promotes the performance of lactase, the enzyme which is essential in breaking down lactose found among dairy products.
Although some consider the long-term digestive enzyme supplementation not advisable, patients and customers should realize that probiotics are generally safe for long-term use.. Without the ability of the adult body to produce probiotics by itself, the risk of dependency or addiction is a remote possibility when supplementing such. As such, probiotics, and some herbal or Ayurvedic formula that promote digestion, are probably a more sensible solution for the long-term.
To sum it all up, digestive enzymes such as protease, lipase, lactase and amylase are special proteins that our GI tract need to produce to be able to degrade our food into nutrients that can be readily digested and used by our body. Interestingly, you should be aware that probiotics cannot be produced by our body by any means. The WHO or World Health Organization has defined these bacteria strains as ‘live microorganisms that provide a lot of benefits on a person, when taken in the exact amounts.