About Digestive Enzymes

If you have a health condition in which your body does not produce enough digestive enzymes or produces enzymes that do not work properly, you may need to get these digestive enzymes from another source in order to break down foods into nutrients, including fats, that the body can use.

Digestive Enzymes and Their Roles In Breaking Down Food

Did you know that different kinds of enzymes play different roles in breaking down foods into the forms that the body can use?

Three different enzymes break down foods:

  1. Protease – pronounced “pro-tee-ace” – this enzyme breaks down proteins.
  2. Amylase – pronounced “am-a-lace” – this enzyme breaks down carbohydrates.
  3. Lipase – pronounced “lie-pace” – this enzyme breaks down fats.

Breaking Down Fats is An Important Job

Fats provide a very important source of calories for the body, so breaking them down for the body to use is an important job. That's where lipase plays a role.

What's So Special About Lipase?

Of the three digestive enzymes discussed above, it is lipase that has the important role of breaking down fats in the body.

Fats in Enteral Tube Feeding Formulas

Enteral tube feeding formulas contain a type of fat called triglycerides because this type of fat does not spoil as quickly as other types. However, some triglycerides are not absorbed by the body without first being broken down. That’s where RELiZORB can help.

RELiZORB has a type of lipase enzyme (iLipaseTM) that is able to break down the triglycerides into absorbable forms (fatty acids and monoglycerides) during enteral tube feeding. Learn what happens when fats are not properly broken down here.

Learn more about fats on the Fat Facts page.