Digestive enzymes assist the body in breaking down foods, which can help eliminate or reduce the number and size of proteins gaining access to the blood stream, which in turn reduces inflammation. When inflammation is reduced it helps heal the leaky gut that was initiated by yeast-excreted enzymes that allowed the organisms to burrow into the intestinal tissue. Impairments in digestion and absorption contribute to the child’s impaired nutritional status, which can in turn contribute to and further impair immunity, detoxification and brain function. Plus, when food is broken down properly it reduces the undigested food that microorganisms can live off of, which can continue to cause havoc.
There has been much research on the incomplete break down of protein peptides from casein and gluten as well as inflammation in the gut lining of individuals with autism. Other studies have documented and described enzyme deficiencies. These studies revealed a complex range of enzyme deficiencies.
There are many different enzyme formulations. All should be taken right before each meal.
Please note that most practitioners will advise that digestive enzymes do not substitute for avoiding problematic foods.
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