Supplement Spotlight: Digestive Enzyme
The Supplement Spotlight focuses on taking an in-depth look at a supplement that you’ve probably heard of but might not know a lot about. As always, we’re focused on empowering you in your life to make good decisions and to understand what it is you’re putting in your body. Knowledge is power, after all. This week, we’re looking at Digestive Enzymes.
- Where do I find it?
- Found in the pancreas and small intestine in your body
- Made in the saliva glands and stomach
- What is it?
- Digestive enzymes break down food into nutrients
- Breaks down food into its nutrient pieces, like amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol, simple sugars
- What does it do?
- Helps our body absorb the proper nutrients from the foods we eat
- Gives us energy, helps our bodily functions and performance
Digestive enzymes turn actual food into the necessary nutrients for our body. These enzymes are made in the saliva glands and stomach but can also be found in the pancreas and small intestine. When you consume food, your body needs to break down larger nutrients into more useful and small substances, like amino acids (from protein), fatty acids and cholesterol (from fats), and simple sugars (from carbohydrates). This allows you to maintain your bodily functions and performance, so you can keep your system running at peak performance. It’s an undoubtedly crucial feature in our body that we could not live without.
However, there are definitely people who suffer from pancreatic problems, which prevent proper digestive enzyme production. There could also be more common issues, like aging or inflammation in the digestive tract. Making sure your digestive enzymes are working is key to a healthy body—which is why it’s important to manage your diet and eat well so you’re getting proper nutrients. Customized supplement solutions like WellPath can also help with, because it ensures you’re maintaining the kind of healthy lifestyle your body requires.
Tiffany Chang is a writer on the Path Editorial Team. She is currently pursuing a double major in Marketing and Economics at Villanova University. In her free time, she enjoys learning about eco-sustainability and trying her hand at the next trendy green smoothie recipe.