When is the Best Time to Take Enzymes?

clock_veggiesEven the healthiest eaters may experience occasional bloating or upset stomach after a meal, which is why many of us reach for digestive enzymes to support the digestive process and help break down the foods we eat more completely.‡ One of the questions we hear often at Renew Life is When is the best time to take enzymes? Here is what our team of experts had to say:

Aim to take enzymes before or with meals. It is best to take them before so they can get to the small intestine where the majority of digestion occurs. However, often people report forgetting to take their enzymes before meals, so don’t worry if you take them after.

Did You Know…?

  • Enzymes play an important role in every function in the human body. The protein-based substances are involved in digestion, breathing, kidney and liver function, reproduction, elimination, and more.
  • Enzymes help with nutrient absorption.‡ They help break down foods in the digestive tract by breaking apart the bonds that hold nutrients together—nutrients that will be absorbed so the body can use them for energy and other important functions.‡
  • Different types of enzymes work with different types of foods. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are the most basic foods the body breaks down and absorbs; the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase are made by the body for this purpose.
  • Enzyme production decreases with age. As we age, our bodies produce less protease, lipase, and amylase, which means digestion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates can be impaired as we get older.
  • Plant-derived enzymes are effective over a broader pH range in the body. For this reason, a plant-based digestive enzyme supplement is often recommended to help break down a wide variety of foods—including proteins, fats, dairy, carbs, and sugars.‡

Kids benefit from enzymes too! Taken with meals, enzymes are great way to support digestive health and help little tummies break down a broad range of foods.‡

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Natural Ingredient in Black Tea May Help with Type 2 Diabetes

loose_teaResearch tells us that a healthy diet plays an important role in diabetes prevention and management. Indeed, what we eat and drink may impact the way our bodies control the digestion of carbohydrates, which in turn affects the way we process blood sugar, or glucose. Recently, several studies have looked at black tea as a possible ally.

Building upon an earlier study from Japan, scientists in the United States recently conducted a study using black tea extract to determine whether or not the natural chemicals in the tea may help prevent type 2 diabetes—a chronic condition that affects how the body metabolizes glucose and maintains healthy blood sugar levels.

The body uses certain digestive enzymes to break down carbohydrates and form glucose, and in both studies researchers were able to determine that the antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols that are found in black tea actually slowed down that process and lessened glucose formation. Previous studies have found similar effects with green tea, which typically has a higher level of polyphenols and less caffeine than black tea.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It currently affects nearly 30 million Americans every day, but key factors such as diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight are critical to preventing or delaying its onset. Experts agree that drinking tea regularly may benefit those with type 2 diabetes by helping the body manage glucose levels more efficiently.

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