Horseman’s Health: Enzymes for Digestion–Why Bother?

You are what you eat, so if you eat well then you should be feeling pretty smug, right? Right … but you could be doing more for your health.

If you eat organic, get regular exercise, and feel healthy, you might ask, “Why bother?” when it comes to enzymes for digestions. After all, you are already taking really good care of your body.

So why take enzymes? What do enzymes do?

Why Take Enzymes?
The goal of taking digestive enzymes is to enhance your digestion and increase the nutrient absorption of what you eat. If you buy organic and eat a high-fiber low-sugar diet, the enzymes simply help your body absorb more of the healthy food you eat.

On the other hand, if you love junk food and your hardest workout is lifting a doughnut to your mouth, enzymes can still help you. Enzymes increase the digestion of any good nutrients in the doughnut, and lessen any digestive upset that comes from eating junk food.

So enzymes help your body whether you eat well or eat poorly. That’s pretty neat.

Do Enzymes Work? TIM Says Yes!
Scientists in the Netherlands have been using a certified artificial digestive system, nicknamed TIM for short, to study the human digestive system. Using TIM, they have discovered the answer to the question, “Do enzymes work?”

The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

By feeding TIM a FDA-type test meal (a mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and fat) mixed with water and saliva, they were able to see how a human digestive system would work with and without enzymes. Here’s what TIM showed them:

>> digestive enzymes significantly improved the digestibility and absorption of nutrients in the various parts of the system (such as the small intestine)

>> digestive enzymes significantly  improved digestion when TIM was operated under perfect conditions, and ALSO when TIM was operated in impaired conditions (with 70% reduced gastric and intestinal secretions)

What’s the Bottom Line?
Like my dog, some of you may be reading through all these statistics and acronyms and processing them like this: “Blah, blah, blah … digestive enzymes … blah, blah, blah … TIM (whoever HE is)…”

If so, don’t worry. The bottom line is simple:

Taking digestive enzymes will help your digestion whether it is operating perfectly or operating poorly. Enzymes will also help you get more nutrition from the food you eat.

Translation: Take enzymes. Feel better. Get more bang for your buck at the grocery store.

Get it? Got it? Good!

Not got it? Contact us … we’ll talk you through it!


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