What's the Difference Between Enzymes & Probiotics?
Although probiotics and enzymes appear to perform similar functions, and both are beneficial to the vitality of the body (actually they are vital to sustaining life!) - they are, in fact very different in their helpful actions!!! One of the major differences between digestive enzymes and probiotics is that probiotics are living organisms. They are typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics. Probiotic functions are numerous and they bolster health all over the body. Enzymes, on the other hand, aren't living. Enzymes are proteins, meaning they're large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Their function is to facilitate chemical reactions within the body. 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. Digestive enzymes break large nutritional molecules, including protein, carbohydrates and fats, into smaller molecules that your intestine can then absorb. Probiotics, on the other hand, have a variety of functions that change with the species of organism. They can assist in vitamin and mineral absorption, alleviate lactose intolerance and produce vitamins (including K and B vitamins). Probiotics do not, however, break down food molecules you eat. Check out this video by Enzymedica and learn more: