Supplemental Probiotics and Enzymes: Two Partners that are Not to be Confused or Separated
Dr. M. Mamadou
Very often I hear people say: “Don’t probiotics make enzymes? So why should I take enzymes? I take probiotics, so I don’t need supplemental enzymes”.
Another confusing statement is: “Enzymes, especially proteases, destroy the probiotics, so I cannot take enzymes”.
There are various other incorrect views related to probiotics and enzymes that are prevalent within the dietary supplements market.
The objective of this paper is to describe the characteristics related to probiotics and enzymes and hopefully help clarify the misconceptions.
Probiotics is a generic term referring to the various microorganisms occupying the large intestine and living in symbiosis with the host. They are friendly to the host, and in fact provide many benefits to the host. Probiotics are found in animals as well as humans. However, in this paper the focus is on probiotics living within the large intestine of humans.
Among the probiotics living in the lower gut, there are some that are potentially pathogenic. Those are kept in “check” when the conditions are good and favoring the good organisms. However, when the conditions get bad, often as a result of bad foods, medications, stress, gastrointestinal surgeries, poor bowel movement, the potentially pathogenic can come out, take charge, and ultimately harm the host. READ MORE