What Supplements Help with Digestion? Try DigestZen TerraZyme®
How can I help my digestive system?
Need a little digestive support? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 70,000,000 people are in need of some sort of digestive support every day. As a health and wellness company, doTERRA takes digestive health seriously. Because so much of the food we eat in the United States is either cooked or heavily processed, most of us are missing out on many natural enzymes that can come from raw food. These enzymes can help support normal digestive function and provide comfort throughout the day.
What is an enzyme?
Enzymes are folded protein structures that act as catalysts. A catalyst is something that speeds up a chemical reaction or makes a chemical reaction more likely to happen. Some enzymes are involved with DNA replication, allowing a cell to divide and produce new cells. Other enzymes are involved with helping to make other important proteins and enzymes. And then there are digestive enzymes. These enzymes help break down food into smaller parts that can be harvested for micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and used by cells to generate energy.
Where do enzymes come from?
Enzymes are made by cells. Plant, animal, and even bacterial cells are all capable of making enzymes. It’s safe to say that if something is alive, it’s making enzymes. Cells need enzymes in order to make chemical reactions happen in a timely manner. In the human body, certain organs in the digestive system, like salivary glands and the pancreas, are responsible for making the specific digestive enzymes needed to break down different kinds of food.
Why supplement with enzymes?
While enzymes can be handy, versatile structures, they are sensitive to changes in their environment. Many enzymes have a certain pH (level of acidity/alkalinity) and temperature at which they function best. If a particular enzyme that thrives in acidic environments is placed in a neutral solution, it will become denatured; its function sometimes irreversibly impaired. In the process of cooking and processing food, the natural enzymes that exist in fruits, vegetables, and fermented products are often denatured. In addition, some health conditions may inhibit normal production of certain enzymes. These factors may create a need for some individuals to incorporate natural enzyme supplements into their daily routine.
What is the best digestive enzyme to take?
With an essential oil blend designed to support healthy digestion, doTERRA DigestZen TerraZyme includes 10 different natural enzymes to help aid the digestive process. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are the macronutrients we get from food. Each of these requires a unique set of enzymes in order to properly break down into their smaller, simpler, and usable parts. The following is a list of natural enzymes found in DigestZen TerraZyme:
- Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down complex starch molecules, found in potatoes, corn, and beans, into simple sugars like glucose. Glucose is a simple sugar that cells prefer to use when generating cellular energy.
- Alpha Galactosidase, cellulase, and glucoamylase break down larger, more complex carbohydrates found in vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
- Lactase breaks down lactose, a sugar found in milk, into galactose and glucose.
- Sucrase breaks down sucrose, or table sugar, into simple sugars like glucose and fructose.
- Protease and papain break down proteins into usable amino acids and peptides.
- Our anti-gluten enzyme blend combines three different types of proteases that help to break down gluten.
- Lipase breaks down fats into their building blocks: fatty acids and sugar alcohols.
Whether you are trying a new restaurant, exploring foreign cuisine, or just needing some daily support, DigestZen TerraZyme is the perfect companion to promote normal, healthy digestion. Packed full of essential oils to soothe the digestive tissues and enzymes to aid the breakdown of nutrients, DigestZen TerraZyme is a natural way to enjoy good food and ditch discomfort.
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doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.