Digestive Enzymes (8)
Digestive enzymes are specialized proteins, each designed to break down a specific type of molecule in your food. There are Lipases, to break down fat; Amylases, to break down large carbohydrates and Proteases; to break down protein. Digestive enzymes are naturally produced within your body but there are many people whose enzyme stores become depleted for one reason or another. Food cannot be digested properly if enzyme levels are less than optimal.
These digestive enzymes are specialized proteins, each designed to break apart a specific type of molecule in your food. For example, there are:
- Lipases -- to break down fat
- Amylases -- to break down large carbohydrate chains
- Proteases (also called proteolytic enzymes) -- to break down protein
The liver, pancreas, and gall bladder contribute other useful helper molecules as well.