Pancreas and Enzyme Supplementation

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM

A more science-y question:

Lets say you weren't producing sufficient enzymes for the complete digestion of your food, and started supplementing with a complete enzyme complex w/ pepsin and betaine HCl.

Would this make the pancreas lazy? Would it be like "oh, there are already enough enzymes, i can get lazy and shut down now"? Or would it go on as if nothing was different?

I don't want to have to use enzymes forever--just temporarily. I read that in order for the body to make enzymes, it needs amino acids, but if the pancreas isn't producing enough enzymes to break down proteins into amino acids, then it's sort of a catch-22. And the enzyme supplementation is part of my attempt to get out of that catch-22.

What do you think?



on September 26, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't pepsin and HCl produced by the stomach? Good question though.

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on March 24, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Paul Jaminet recently posted on his QandA thread that t enzymes could be problematic if not tailored to a specific condition, because they help to break down human cells/'good bacteria. The body might become reliant on them too in the long run like you suggest, but I'm not sure...

I've been taking them over the short term after getting some tests/having symptoms such that it is arguably a good idea. If you've learnt anything since asking this question, I'd love to hear! Cheers.


on February 24, 2013
at 03:38 AM

Pepsin is created in the stomach when pepsinogen is mixed with HCL.

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