Are Digestive Enzymes Safe For Pregnancy?

- Stage 3 Baby Food –

I have something to say. I would like to get your attention. How can I do it? Maybe a joke will do. Here’s another joke I got from the Internet. This one is titled “Adopted Turtle” and was submitted by Jamie. Here it goes…

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.

The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate.

“Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”

Did that get your attention? Then let us get on the real topic at hand, enzymes. There are three types of enzymes. The two types are naturally produced by our body they are digestive and metabolic enzymes while food enzymes are the ones found in food.

Metabolic enzymes function to speed up the chemical reaction within the cells for detoxification and energy production purposes. Metabolic enzymes enable us to hear, see, feel, move and think. Every organ we have, every tissue we have and all the 100 trillion cells we have in our body all depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes and their energy factor.

Meanwhile, digestive enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract and their function is to break down food into nutrients and waste. This process allows nutrients to be absorbed inside the blood stream and separate the waste to be discarded. Some human digestive enzymes include ptyalin, pepsin, trypsin, lipase, amylase and protease.

Food enzymes are taken by the body from the raw foods that we eat. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes but cooking and processing of foods will destroy the natural enzymes found in raw food.

If you are pregnant and want to take digestive enzymes as supplements. Be sure that the supplement is all natural 100% vegetarian and plant-based. For that is the safest and effective of them all. The one enzyme to avoid when pregnant is the enzyme pancreatin.

Pancreatin comes from the pancreas of the hog or ox that contains enzymes. This enzyme contains proteolytic enzyme, an enzyme that breaks down protein and has been studied extensively for it anti-inflammatory properties. But according to Dr. Roy Dittinan, pancreatic enzymes should not be taken during pregnancy.

I thank you for giving my article attention. Before I end, I leave you with a quote from a Spanish Proverb. It says, ” a man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” Bye!

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