On January 25, 2013, Dr. Oz went on his national television program with special guest Robynne Chutkan, MD, touting the benefits of enzymes and how they can dramatically improve your health. In the segment titled “What’s In Your Gut“, the two doctors discuss how enzymes can help bolster your immune system while minimizing the gastric discomfort we get from a diet heavy in processed and artificial foods. Dr. Oz also commented on how our lifestyle can affect the enzyme levels in our bodies and demonstrated a specific way to check to see if your levels are too low.
But what are Enzymes? In short, specific enzymes help the body break down certain nutrients. The most well-known enzymes are protease (breaks down proteins), amylase (breaks down carbohydrates), lipase (breaks down fats) and cellulase (breaks down fibers). When taken with food these enzymes can optimize and support digestion. When taken on an empty stomach, protease has been shown to support a healthy immune system and detoxify the body and reduce symptoms typically associated with acute or chronic inflammation. By supplementing the body with enzymes you are effectively reducing the strain on the body to breakdown food and allowing the body to use it’s resources to fight inflammation, regulate hormones and boost immune functions.