From Devin Houston, Ph.D.
My doctoral education in the early 1980s included
the first two years of medical school. I distinctly
remember a lecturer in biochemistry stating that
enzymes could not be taken orally due to their not
withstanding the acid content of the stomach. I
believed that for 15 years, until I was challenged on
that thinking and looked up the actual literature.
wasnít true. Enzymes derived from certain plant
fungal sources are acid-stable and are active orally.
I remember wondering what else I was taught that
As one who also ended up teaching medical
students, I recognized the problem: we who
often lazily just repeat what we ourselves had been
taught. There isnít time to go and fact-check
everything said in a classroom.
And thatís the problem some health practitioners
Sometimes, they donít have the time to verify for
what passes for fact.
I learned my lesson years ago: I check out what
told. Make sure your doctor does also.
Here are 8 facts about digestive enzymes
your doctor may not be aware of:
1. Enzymes do not shut down your
The pancreas produces enzymes on a continual
basis, stores them, and then releases enzymes when
food enters the duodenum (the first part of the small
intestine). Pancreatic enzyme
production is not controlled through feedback
mechanisms, so oral enzymes are not ďsensedĒ by
Research has shown some
adaptability of the pancreas in animals. Giving oral
enzymes resulted in a slight decrease in pancreatic
enzyme output that quickly returned to normal once
enzymes were stopped.
2. Enzymes will not digest the lining of your
mouth, stomach, or intestine.
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