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Digestive Enzyme Supplements
Dangers, Risks

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What are Digestive Enzymes?

They may assist in aiding digestion of foods and drinks, particularly carbohydrates in individuals with compromised digestive issues which impact the stomach, the metabolism, and the pancreas.

Individuals with cystic fibrosis may also use enzyme supplements in order to assist in breaking down the carbohydrates to assist in digestion.

Papaya and pineapple enzymes are among the most popular enzymes sold over the counter for digestive issues.


Digestive Enzymes May Cause Scarring of Large Intestinal Walls

For every good comes a bad - and in the case of enzymes that can involve scarring of the walls of the large intestines, a medical condition known as Fibrosing Colonpathy.

Symptoms of Fibrosing Colonpathy include abdominal pain, cramping and bloody stools, at times bloody diarrhea. When scarring is significant it may block the exit path for waste so surgery is necessary to remedy.

At times, a reduction in the amount of enzymes can remedy the issue is scarring in minimal.

Pancreatic Enzymes, Naturally Low Production

These can be useful for individuals who are not producing sufficient enzymes naturally. The human body requires a sufficient amount in order to process micro-nutrients,  which include energy-producing carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

There are potential side effects associated with pancreatic enzymes. They include an increase in uric acid within the body which may trigger arthritic issues in addition to kidney and heart issues.

Enzymes to Fight Gassy Foods

Sold over the counter and the store brands are about half the cost of the major brands.

They are designed to state-off gas found in foods which indigestible sugars - such as those in beans and legumes.

Lactose Intolerance Supplements

These are sold over the counter and are relatively inexpensive.

If you experience bloating, belching, constipation and tummy pain after consuming dairy-based products, you may have lactose intolerance.

Taking a lactase enzyme before taking that first bite or sip of dairy food can assist in breaking down the sugars in milk.

Mild side effects include hives and skin rash. If the hives are significant, more serious side effects can occur such as difficulty in breathing, tightening of the chest or throat. This requires immediate medical intervention.

In Conclusion

Whether you're seeking medications to assist in healthier digestion or for a medical condition such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis, it's best to get with your doctor before taking an over the counter remedy - even a natural remedy.

There are simply too many side effects associated with these such as free bleeding and digestive issues which may far exceed those you are currently experiencing.


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