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    Your body produces multiple digestive enzymes to help break down the foods we eat, so that we can benefit from the nutrients they provide. 

    You can also get natural digestive enzymes by eating fruits, vegetables and some other foods as part of a healthy balanced diet. 


    Digestive enzyme supplements

    If you feel like you need a little extra help and support with your digestion, then it may be worth taking an additional digestive enzyme supplement.

    Digestive enzyme supplements are dietary supplements which contain one or more of the digestive enzymes which are released naturally into your gut by the digestive system. They are usually available to take as capsules or tablets.

    The different types of digestive enzyme supplements

    Some digestive enzyme supplements contain one digestive enzyme to target a specific nutrient, whereas others contain a combination of different ones. 


    The lactase enzyme contributes to breaking down lactose, which is present in milk and other dairy products. 

    Being lactose intolerant or having a sensitivity to lactose is one of the most common digestive issues and is thought to affect up to 75% of the world’s population.

    Holland & Barrett Super Lactase Enzyme Capsules can help to support the normal digestion of dairy products, to help with consumption of milk-based products.


    Bromelain is a group of digestive enzymes which are found in both pineapple juice and the pineapple’s stem.

    Holland & Barrett Bromelain Tablets contains natural digestive enzymes which are extracted naturally from the stems of pineapple.

    Papaya enzyme

    Holland & Barrett Papaya Enzyme Chewable Tablets are made from the papaya fruit and have a reputation for being a great after meal supplement. 

    They contain a range of digestive enzymes including papain (a papaya enzyme), protease and amylase.

    They are made without chemical additives or preservatives and have a delicious flavour. They are also chewable so they are the perfect alternative if you do not like to swallow tablets.

    Digestive enzymes with friendly bacteria

    A healthy gut is a happy gut and the health of your gut actually impacts on the rest of your heath, both physically and mentally. 

    Some digestive enzyme supplements also contain gut-friendly bacteria. 

    Pro-Ven Acidophilus & Bifidus with Digestive Enzymes Capsules contains 12.5 billion friendly bacteria per capsule, as well as calcium and a full spectrum of digestive enzymes.

    Multi-enzyme supplements

    At Holland & Barrett, there are a number of high-quality, multi-enzyme supplements available.

    Holland & Barrett Enzyme Formula Tablets contains a specialised formula with a full spectrum of protein, fat and carbohydrate digestive enzymes. 


    Digestive enzymes are proteins which help to break down the food that we eat. They help to speed up the chemical reactions within the body, which turn the nutrients from food into substances which our digestive tracts can absorb.

    The digestive enzymes in your body start to work as soon as you eat food. The length of time they take to work can vary for everyone and this is similar for digestive enzyme supplements.

    Organs, including the gallbladder and liver, produce and release digestive enzymes. As well as this, the saliva has digestive enzymes in it and cells on the surface of your intestines store them too.


    Most of your digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas and these are known as pancreatic enzymes.

    The digestive enzyme supplements available at Holland & Barrett are subject to stringent controls and are of the highest quality. 


    Make sure that you read the instructions on the packaging and follow the correct dosage in order to take them safely.


    If you are currently on medication or under medical supervision, then please consult with your doctor before taking a dietary supplement.

    There are lots of different types of digestive enzymes, all of which have slightly different functions and work to break down different nutrients in our foods. 


    Six of the most significant types are amylase enzyme, maltase, lactase, lipase enzyme, protease and sucrase.

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