How do you choose the digestive enzyme supplement that is best for you? It's not easy -- they contain a variety of enzymes and some labels don't tell how much enzyme activity you can expect.
To find out how digestive enzyme products truly compare, we purchased and tested popular supplements on the market.
We found that one product did not seem to provide one of the enzymes it claimed. Across the products we found huge variations in their abilities to digest fats (25-fold variation — measured in FIPs), carbohydrates (50-fold variation — measured in DUs), and proteins (100-fold — measured in HUTs). Some of the products include bromelain and papain (17-fold variation — measured in PUs).
Among the products that passed all of our tests of quality, several stood out for providing a good all-around blend of enzymes and substantial enzyme activity, and we selected one as our Top Pick
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to get the full test results for digestive enzyme supplements along with ConsumerLab's recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 12 supplements, including nine selected by ConsumerLab.com and three others that passed the same testing through our voluntary Quality Certification Program. In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
- Which digestive enzyme supplements failed testing and which passed
- ConsumerLab's Top Pick for digestive enzyme supplements
- What different digestive enzymes do
- The evidence for digestive enzymes for improving digestion and the absorption of nutrients, preventing indigestion, helping with conditions such as lactose intolerance and ulcerative colitis, and other uses such as reducing pain and inflammation
- The amylase, lipase, and protease activity in each supplement and the other important enzymes they contain -- like lactase, alpha-galactosidase, cellulase, and phytase
- How to choose an enzyme supplement and the best way to take them, including what enzyme units to look for on labels and dosage for specific uses
- Potential side effects and drug interactions with digestive enzymes