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Digestive Enzymes

Digestive Enzymes

 

Enzymes are protein catalysts produced by the body which are identified by the suffix -ase. Enzymes are responsible for the breakdown of compounds and for regulating the speed at which metabolic processes take place. In this case, the processes involved are concerned with digestion. Digestion is a complex process, whereby foods and complex nutrients are broken down into units that the body is able to use.

 

FUNCTIONS

Digestive enzymes are all involved in the hydrolysis (breakage of a bond with the addition of water) of large food molecules. There are 3 major types of digestive enzyme: those digesting proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

 

Proteins:

The proteolytic enzymes are involved exclusively in the digestion of proteins. Protease is found in the stomach, pancreatic and intestinal juices. Other proteolytic enzymes include pepsin, trypsin, pancreatin and chymotrypsin. In addition, there are the enzymes bromelain and papain from pineapple and papaya respectively. These enzymes work together in the body to provide units small enough to be absorbed.

 

Fats:

The enzymes that are used for the digestion of fats are called lipases. These work to break down fats into their components - fatty acids and glycerol. These end products of fat digestion are absorbed in the small intestine.

 

Carbohydrates:

Amylase is the main enzyme used for the breakdown of carbohydrates. It is produced in the mouth and is therefore present in saliva. Amylase is also secreted into the pancreatic and intestinal juices.

In addition to these basic digestive enzymes, there are a whole range of other complementary enzymes that work together to produce the appropriate end products.

 

Lactase:

Lactase is the enzyme responsible for the digestion of the milk sugar lactose so that it can be easily absorbed in the small intestine (1).

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