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Enzymes are substances that act as catalysts for all the biochemical reactions that happen in our body. These include reactions that happen inside our cells to produce other substances such as proteins and hormones, and break down waste products so they can be removed from the body.
Another important role for enzymes is in our digestive system – they help to break ...Read more down our food into smaller particles substances which can then be absorbed into the body. These enzymes are released by our pancreas and the lining of the stomach and small intestine; they include protease that breaks down protein, lipase that breaks down fats, and amylase that breaks down carbohydrates. Some people who experience digestive problems may not make enough of these digestive enzymes, and these are the main types of enzyme taken in supplement form.