“I think people are recognizing that there are sub-diagnostic conditions, like bloating and gas development [or] digestive discomfort and age-related enzyme deficiencies, that can be benefited by additional enzyme supplementation,” says Marc Jensen, technical marketing manager for BIO-CAT.
BIO-CAT was featured in New Hope media’s “Deep Dive on Digestive Health” in-depth article written by Peter Rejcek and Francine Schoenwetter. Here’s a snippet from the article: Digestive enzymes have much less awareness problem. They account for the most ingredient sales in the condition-specific category of gut health after probiotics—$286 million in 2016, up nearly $20 million from the year before, according to data from NBJ. 41 While total sales of digestive enzymes over the last decade have increased by more than $100 million, they’re losing market share to other ingredients such as probiotics and turmeric. 42 In 2006, digestive enzymes were about 21.4 percent of the market; now they’re down to about 11 percent.43 Digestive enzymes are complex proteins that help the body break down food to absorb nutrients. They are mainly secreted by the pancreas but are also produced in the mouth, stomach and intestines. There are a number of different enzymes that fall into three broad categories: proteases break down proteins; lipases tear down fats; and amylases digest carbohydrates. One common enzyme in the amylase family, for instance, is lactase, which can help those with digestive problems associated with lactose sensitivities. But enzymes can do so much more.
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