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When is the right time to take digestive enzymes?

Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 1.47.21 PM (2)I get asked this question on a pretty regular basis. And it’s true, WHEN you take digestive enzymes will have an impact on how well they will work for you to support digestion, and minimize irritating symptoms like heartburn, bloating, etc.

To answer the question about timing once and for all, a randomized intervention trial published in the journal, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, used three randomized groups of people to look at the digestive ability of lipase (a digestive enzyme that breaks down fat). Lipase was given to each group either before, during or just after eating and the ability to digest fat was measured using a breath test. The winner? The group given lipase during or just after eating experienced the most effective breakdown of ingested fat.

How do you know if digestive enzymes are right for you? If you experience bloating, gas, or excessive burping after a meal, digestive enzymes may be worth a try. I’ve had good results using a product like, V-Zyme by Pharmax, that provides a blend of enzymes to support the digestion of carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Dominguez-Munoz JE, Iglesias-Garcia J, Iglesias-Rey M, et al. Effect of the administration schedule on the therapeutic efficacy of oral pancreatic enzyme supplements in patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency: a randomized, three-way crossover study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2005;21:993-1000.

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