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5 top enzyme formulas to ease digestive distress.

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Grumbling, gurgling, bloating, discomfort … sound familiar? Digestive issues are not only embarrassing, but poor digestion may also mean that your body is not effectively absorbing nutrients from food, which could lead to other health problems. These specialized enzyme formulas (some with added stomach-soothing botanicals and probiotics) come to the rescue.

Flora Udo’s Choice Enzyme Blend

What’s In It: A blend of 10 high-potency digestive enzymes including amylase, lipase, protease, cellulase, glucoamylase, invertase, lactase, pectinase, and bromelain, designed to replace the full-range of enzymes lost through the cooking, processing, canning, and pasteurizing of foods, thereby improving the digestion of healthful nutrients.

How It Works: Enhances proper digestion and absorption of nutrients with a full spectrum of digestion-enhancing plant enzymes. Contains the enzymes required to break down and metabolize fat, carbohydrates, soluble fiber, starch, milk sugar, and complex sugars to mitigate a variety of gastrointestinal issues, including gas, bloating, acid reflux, heartburn, and irregularity.

How to Use: Take 1 capsule at the beginning of each meal. For heavy meals, take an additional capsule in the middle of the meal.

Source Naturals Essential Enzymes

What’s In It: Pancreatin and protease to break down protein, lipase to break down fats, alpha-amylase and amyloglucosidase to break down carbohydrates, cellulase and hemicellulase to break down fiber, and lactase to break down milk sugar.

How It Works: This formula contains a wide array of enzymes that break down proteins, fats, milk sugars, fiber, and carbohydrates in a wide pH range. It aids the body’s natural digestive process, maximizing utilization of the nutrients in the diet while decreasing digestive discomforts.

How to Use: Take 1 capsule with water at the beginning of each meal (or open capsules and sprinkle over foods). If the meal is very large or unusually high in fat or protein, a second capsule may be taken. Do not sprinkle on hot food.

Enzymedica Digest Gold + Probiotics

What’s In It: A broad range of enzymes, including amylase, protease, lipase, cellulase, invertase, lactase, maltase, glucoamylase, alpha galactosidase, phytase/pectinase, xylanase, hemicellulase, and beta glucanase, plus a probiotic blend including 500 million CFUs.

How It Works: Supports the digestive system with a supplemental enzyme formula with probiotics to maximize digestion, thereby boosting overall health and wellness. Formulated to assist in the digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fiber. Added probiotics support intestinal wellness and regularity.

How to Use: Take 1 capsule with each meal. Capsules provide 1.5 billion CFUs when taken 3 times daily. More may be taken as needed.

Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System

What’s In It: Plant-source enzymes, including amylase, glucoamylase, lipase, protease, invertase, maltase, cellulase, bromelain, and papain, as well as green papaya, apple pectin, ginger, turmeric, fennel seed, and peppermint.

How It Works: Provides complete digestive support with high-potency plant-source enzymes, enzyme-rich whole foods, and specific enzymes to aid in the break down of difficult-to-digest carbohydrates. Also eases digestive discomfort with botanicals.

How to Use: Take 1 capsule with or before each meal, or may be sprinkled on food immediately prior to consumption.

MegaFood High Active Enzymes

What’s In It: A broad spectrum of natural digestive enzymes, including CereCalase (a blend of hemicellulase, beta-glucanase, and phytase); amylase; cellulase; glucoamylase; invertase; lactase; lipase proteases 3.0, 4.5, and 6.0; bromelain; and papain to help maximize nutritional benefit from food.

How It Works: 100% whole-food nutrients actively digest dietary fats, protein, and carbohydrates. CereCalase breaks down fibrous plant cell walls to release the full nutrient potential of foods, and additional protease and proteolytic enzymes work at varying levels of pH throughout the digestive system for optimum digestion. Xylanase and pectinase, enzymes not produced by humans, support the comprehensive digestion of carbohydrates.

How to Use: Take 1 capsule with or before a meal, as needed.