Digestive enzymes are essential for digestion of the food we eat. Without these enzymes, digestion is not possible. Digestive enzymes are also important in curtailing the bacterial and other harmful organisms.
The food is majorly composed of three main nutrients; proteins, fats and carbohydrates. There are various enzymes secreted by the digestive organs, which act upon the food and break it for easy digestion.
As a person ages, the secretion of digestive enzyme also decreases. This leads to deficiency of digestive enzymes. It is for this reason the food which once you used to tolerate is now giving you the problem and symptoms of indigestion.
Other reason of deficiency is poor diet, excessive fats and sugars, disease of pancreas or liver.
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Deficiency of Digestive Enzyme can Cause Several Symptoms such as
- Gas and flatulence.
- Food allergies.
- Acid reflux.
Deficiency of digestive enzyme protease: this enzyme is needed for the digestion of protein. Deficiency of protease will lead to protein deficiency in the body.
Lipase is needed for the digestion of fats. Deficiency of lipase will result in decreased breakdown of fats, the remaining fat transforms in triglyceride. Raised triglyceride is harmful to heart and brain circulation.
Amylase is responsible for digestion f carbohydrates. Deficiency of amylase will result in fluctuation of blood sugar and
Lactase: deficiency of lactase is known to indigestion to milk and milk products. Gas, bloating and frequent diarrhea are commonly associated with lactase deficiency.
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