In the world of enzyme supplements, there seems to be a recurring question:
Should I take systemic enzyme or digestive enzyme supplements?
By now, we can probably assume that you are well acquainted with systemic enzymes as well as their benefits and potential side effects. But what about digestive enzymes? Let’s take a quick look at how they work before going any further.
Quite simply, digestive enzymes do exactly what their name entails: They help your body digest food while at the same time work with it to alleviate a number of digestive issues. (Think heartburn, bloating and reflux among others. You know — the nasty ones nobody likes to talk about.)
Unlike systemic enzymes which should be taken on an empty stomach, digestive enzymes need to be taken with meals. This is to ensure that they end up where they should be — namely, in your stomach, alongside undigested foods so that they can support their complete digestion.
To go back to the original question, here’s our answer (and it seems to be prevalent in the health community): Take both. After all, why would you only take one and give up on the benefits that the other could have provided you? Systemic enzymes and digestive enzymes are completely safe and free from serious side effects. Further to that, they can work in tandem with a healthy lifestyle and diet to enhance your overall health and help alleviate a condition (or two!) that you might be suffering from.
Of course, if you suffer from a health condition that could potentially be worsened by the consummation of either systemic enzymes or digestive enzymes, then we recommend that you talk to your doctor before incorporating either of these supplements into your diet. And as usual, remember that those supplements should never be taken to replace a healthy lifestyle and diet.