In all likelihood, people since ancient days knew about various health and nutritional benefits of enzymes. This is evident from the fact that different civilizations have been using enzymes in one form or the other, as a part of their everyday practices.
That’s why, in the present-day scenario, the well-known adage, “You Are What You Eat,” would best fit-in with some tweaks, i.e. “You Are What You Digest.” Because even the healthiest of diets are without value if the body cannot properly digest and assimilate its nutrients. To that end, enzymes play a vital role in facilitating proper digestion and better nutrient absorption.
However, when one’s body isn’t producing or decline in digestive enzymes, especially in elderly individuals, they may not only experience several digestive problems (e.g. gas, bloating, postprandial fullness, constipation, cramps, etc.) but also face many health problems like ‘leaky gut syndrome,’ for example, wherein incompletely broken down nutrients are attacked by body’s immune system once they enter the bloodstream. This may lead to immune reactions ranging from allergies to arthritic damage.
Enzyme supplementation would be an ideal approach in addressing enzyme insufficiency along with good lifestyle and healthy diet habits.
Additionally, a growing body of evidence also suggests that enzyme supplementation plays an integral role in the management conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome as well.
Overall, enzyme supplementation is highly recommended to get that ‘extra support’ to offset the accumulated negative impact of dietary errors.