In today’s world, there seems to be a widespread belief that carbohydrates (more commonly referred as “carbs”) are bad for you. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Along with proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of the 3 main macro-nutrients essential to the human body. Amylase is the digestive enzyme responsible for digesting carbohydrates and converting them into glucose and other forms of sugar. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at what exactly amylase is — and why it plays such a major role in your body.
So without further ado, let us begin!
What is amylase?
As we mentioned above, amylase is a digestive enzyme found in the human body. It is more specifically found in the pancreas and the salivary gland where it breaks down sugar and starch and converts them into more simple forms of sugar that can later be used for energy. While amylase is mainly found in humans, it is also found in other animals as well as plants.
Why is amylase important?
Amylase plays a key role in your body’s overall ability to digest foods. Without amylase, your body would be unable to digest carbohydrates and use them as fuel — just like your body would not be able to digest proteins without protease and fats without lipase. But here’s a little known fact: Amylase doesn’t only digest carbohydrates. It also digests dead white blood cells, or pus, and is also involved in your body’s anti-inflammatory reactions.
Remember: Amylase deficiency (or any other enzyme deficiency for that matter), is never a good thing… which brings us to our next question.
What about amylase supplements?
People who are unable to produce high levels of amylase or who wish to experience other benefits associated with this enzyme sometimes end up supplementing with amylase supplements. Amylase can be found in several digestive enzyme supplements and is often combined with other digestive enzymes such as protease and lipase for better results.
And now to answer the question that you’ve probably been dying to ask all along: Yes, amylase supplements are safe to use and are completely natural. Aside from mild stomach discomfort that may arise as a result of taking too much amylase at one time, no other side effects are currently associated with taking amylase supplements. A good thing because amylase is definitely one of our favorite enzymes!