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Digestive Enzymes

Commented on October 19, 2013
Created October 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Looking for your best recommendations (or ones to stay away from!) for digestive enzymes and/or probiotics. Need effectiveness & cost-effectiveness as well. I've done the Now Super Enzymes in the past and they were good, just wondering if there's anything better out there.

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on October 19, 2013
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Yes, I am currently taking swedish digestive bitters (preparation of 59 (!!) herbs with alcohol called "Elixir du suédois") after some heavy meals or whenever I feel my digestion is not optimal. It helps me a lot while I got no benefit from HCl betaine + pepsin & Now super enzymes.

It's an old herbal remedy to support digestion & promote good health, you don't need to be sick to take it! It also helps with stomach acid production, which is very important to produce enzymes (check Chris Kresser's post about it).

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No I haven't.... good results with them? I have digestive issues anyway (scar tissue that creates partial obstructions when my diet isn't spot-on clean) and have to take miralax daily to keep things moving. Also tend to get bloated fairly frequently. I'll look them up.

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on October 18, 2013
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@Bethany4,

Humans have a limited set of digestive enzymes:

  • Protease (for animal protein)
  • Lipase (for lipids)
  • Lactase (for dairy proteins, like casein)
  • Cellulase (to break down plant structures
  • Amylase (for simpler carbohydrates)

AFAIK, Now Super Enzymes is the cheapest way to get most of those (no lactase in there). Lactase supplements are quite cheap, especially if you have a Costco or Sam's club warehouse store in your area.

Cheval also offers a good suggestion to stimulate your body's production of hydrochoric acid, which also breaks down protein.

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on October 18, 2013
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Have you tried digestive bitters?

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:36 AM

Yes, I am currently taking swedish digestive bitters (preparation of 59 (!!) herbs with alcohol called "Elixir du suédois") after some heavy meals or whenever I feel my digestion is not optimal. It helps me a lot while I got no benefit from HCl betaine + pepsin & Now super enzymes.

It's an old herbal remedy to support digestion & promote good health, you don't need to be sick to take it! It also helps with stomach acid production, which is very important to produce enzymes (check Chris Kresser's post about it).

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on October 18, 2013
at 04:03 PM

No I haven't.... good results with them? I have digestive issues anyway (scar tissue that creates partial obstructions when my diet isn't spot-on clean) and have to take miralax daily to keep things moving. Also tend to get bloated fairly frequently. I'll look them up.

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