By Tami Charbonnet
Probiotics are living organisms, mainly bacteria found in the intestines. These “good” bacteria play an essential role in the breakdown of food in the intestines. Probiotics come directly from the food you choose to eat.
Digestive enzymes are proteins produced by your body. The majority of enzymes in the human body are made in the pancreas and the small intestine. The substance your body uses to create digestive enzymes comes from the food you consume. The difference between digestive enzymes and probiotics and how they function in the digestive process is important to understand.
Digestive enzymes release macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The modern diet is missing these important nutrients. Because of heavy processing, most packaged foods lack active enzymes. The result is that our bodies have to work harder than ever to break down and use the foods we eat for fuel. Adding digestive enzymes as a supplement to your nutritional plan is essential because heat destroys enzymes. Therefore, by cooking the food you eat, digestive enzymes are denatured or eliminated. If enzymes are destroyed by cooking, it is important to have a nutrient dense nutritional plan to ensure your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs for the processes it must perform. If you aren’t able to get enough from what you are eating, speak to your doctor. Researchers at Body Ecology state:
“While it’s possible to take a limited number of digestive enzymes to enhance digestion — though it’s rarely, if ever, necessary — most digestive enzymes don’t work as supplements. That’s because enzymes are proteins, and if they’re not meant to operate in the stomach, the stomach simply digests them like any other nutritional protein.”