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ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Big Differences in Digestive Enzyme Supplements

ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Big Differences in Digestive Enzyme Supplements -- digestive enzyme tablets and capsules on a table between a fork and knife
White Plains, New York, May 15, 2019 — Digestive enzyme supplements can help improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients, and may reduce symptoms of indigestion. But to work, they must provide a certain amount of enzyme activity. So which digestive enzyme supplements on the market contain their claimed amounts of enzyme activities, in amounts known to be effective? And with so many different digestive enzyme formulas on the market, how can consumers know which products are best suited to help with their particular digestive needs?

To find out, ConsumerLab recently purchased and tested and compared popular digestive enzyme supplements sold in the U.S., checking to see if they contained the amounts of enzyme activities claimed on their labels. The tests showed that activity in fat digestion (lipase activity) ranged 25-fold across products, carbohydrate digestion (amylase) ranged 50-fold, and protein digestion ranged 100-fold. Among products containing bromelain and papain, which contain proteases that are absorbed and may have activity outside the gut, such as reducing muscle and joint pain, activities ranged 17-fold. The tests also revealed that a product that claimed to contain lipase had no quantifiable lipase activity.

Among the products that were Approved, ConsumerLab selected a Top Pick for obtaining a good all-around blend of enzymes with substantial activity.

The results are available online now in ConsumerLab's new Digestive Enzyme Supplements Review. Products covered in the report are: Doctor's Best Best Digestive Enzymes, Dr. Tobias Digest Plant-Based Enzymes, Enzymedica Digest Gold with ATPro, Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Enzymes, GNC Natural Brand Super Digestive Enzymes, Healthy Origins Digestive Enzymes, NOW Optimal Digestive System, Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzymes Ultra, Renew Life Digest Smart, Synergy Mega Digestive Enzymes, USANA Digestive Enzyme and ZenWise Health Daily Digestive Enzymes. Nine of the products were selected for testing by ConsumerLab and three others underwent the same testing through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program.

The report discusses the evidence for and against enzymes for improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients, preventing indigestion, and helping with conditions such as lactose intolerance and ulcerative colitis and other uses such as reducing pain and inflammation. It also explains which enzymes to take with certain foods, the amount of activity and type of activity units to look for on labels, tips when taking enzymes, and potential side-effects and drug interactions with digestive enzymes.

Founded in 1999, ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online and provides immediate access to reviews of more than 1,300 products from over 500 brands. The company is privately held and based in New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products.



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