5 Ways Digestive Enzymes Can Make Your Immune Vitamins Work Better

5 Ways Digestive Enzymes Can Make Your Immune Vitamins Work Better

These days, keeping your immune system healthy is more important than ever before. There’s a lot of talk about how vitamins D and C and zinc can support immunity. But if your body can’t digest foods properly you won’t get enough of those immune vitamins to do any good. For example, eating too much of a certain type of food can block zinc absorption. That’s a shame because zinc is one of your immune system’s best friends.

That’s where the best digestive enzymes supplements come into play. There are five ways our Digestive Enzyme Complex can make sure you are absorbing enough of the immune system booster vitamins. This is true whether you’re getting these immunity nutrients from your diet or through supplements. 


When You Gotta Go...Diarrhea

Diarrhea can cause a plunge in levels of key vitamins for the immune system—vitamins D and C and the mineral zinc. On the other hand, digestive enzyme supplements can restore balance in the intestinal tract. They can support a healthy intestinal barrier by promoting the healthy break down of foods. In doing so, they keep larger food particles from irritating the intestinal walls. This leads to regular bowel movements and better absorption of nutrients. Digestive Enzyme Complex contains the enzyme amylase, which breaks down carbs. If you’re not getting enough amylase, it can lead to diarrhea. 


Give Your Zinc Levels a Helping Hand

Digestive enzymes supplements can break down substances that get in the way of absorbing immune vitamins and minerals. For example, do you eat a lot of grains, nuts, and seeds? You might think you’re eating healthy. But diets like this are high in phytates. These bind to zinc, creating a complex that the body can’t absorb well. The result? That zinc supplement you’re taking isn’t as effective as you thought. Our Digestive Enzyme Complex contains phytase, which breaks down phytates. This helps your body use more zinc.


Boost Fat-Soluble Immune Vitamins

On the other hand, other enzymes break down substances that your body needs to absorb certain nutrients. Lipase teams up with liver bile to digest fats. If your body isn’t making enough lipase on its own, you won’t be able to use fat-soluble immune vitamins like vitamins A and D. A digestive enzyme lipase supplement can raise levels of these vitamins for the immune system.


Digest Foods That Boost Immunity

Digestive enzyme supplements make sure that you can break down superfoods. Those are the foods that give your immune system a boost. We’re talking about garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, ginger, and citrus fruit, to name a few. These can only power up the immune system after digestive enzymes release the foods’ nutrients into your system.


Foods Good For The Immune System 

• Tomatoes

• Broccoli 

• Ginger

• Garlic

• Red Bell Peppers (high in vitamin C)

• Citrus Fruits

• Almonds (high in vitamin E)

• Spinach

• Sunflower Seeds (high in vitamin E)

• Shellfish (high in zinc)

• Papaya

• Kiwi




A Strong Foundation for Immune Support During the Holidays and Beyond

When confronted with immune challenges, the stronger your body, the better. Cakes, cookies, pasta, refined carbs like white bread, pies, and other sweet treats might knock your body off balance. This will make it more vulnerable. Digestive enzymes can make sure your intestinal tract deals better with those indulgences. 


A Strong Digestive Tract Equals a Strong Immune System

The bottom line? Digestion and immunity go hand in hand. You can only absorb those immune system superstars like vitamins D and C and zinc if you can break down your foods or supplements the right way. The Confidence Company’s Digestive Enzyme Complex can help you do exactly that. You’ll have the confidence to know your body is nourished and healthy—and your immune system is in tip-top shape.

 

 

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Sharon Lattery

Lists, lists and more lists of foods we should eat for whatever reason. Thank you for offering so many references to refer any questions I might have and keeping your list to a minimal size…

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