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The human digestive tract relies upon many different chemicals — and in some cases, organisms — to function normally. Digestive enzymes help digestive processes — the reactions that break food molecules into smaller pieces prior to absorption — take place efficiently. Probiotics are organisms, many of them native to the human intestine, that augment digestive tract function. There are several major differences between probiotics and digestive enzymes.
One of the major differences between digestive enzymes and probiotics is that probiotics are living organisms. They’re typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics. Enzymes, on the other hand, aren’t living, explains Dr. Mary Campbell and Shawn Farrell in their book “Biochemistry.” Instead, enzymes are proteins, meaning they’re large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Your body produces enzymes in the cells of several different organs, including the stomach and pancreas, and secretes them as needed into the digestive tract.
You obtain digestive enzymes and probiotics from different sources. Your own cells produce digestive enzymes, and secrete them into the appropriate spaces in the gastrointestinal tract, explains Dr. Lauralee Sherwood in her book “Human
Physiology.” While it’s possible to take a limited number of digestive enzymes to enhance digestion — though it’s rarely, if ever, necessary — most digestive enzymes don’t work as supplements. That’s because enzymes are proteins, and if they’re not meant to operate in the stomach, the stomach simply digests them like any other nutritional protein. You can, however, obtain probiotics from food. Yogurt, which contains living probiotic microorganisms, is one common source of probiotics in the diet. Other fermented dairy and food products also contain high levels of probiotics.
There are three types of enzymes: metabolic enzymes, digestive enzymes, and food enzymes, Signature Skinny Assimilate is an advanced formula that utilizes all three to increase the absorption of the foods that you consume. Assimilate is formulated with a diverse range of 18 different enzymes to help ensure proper digestion with each meal regardless of the food groups.