Digestive enzymes are naturally occurring and help break down food so the body can absorb nutrients. The body produces digestive enzymes – some in your mouth, stomach and small intestine – but most are made in the pancreas. The pancreas delivers enzymes to the small intestine whenever food is eaten.
These enzymes are:
- Proteases and peptidases, which break down proteins.
- Lipase, which breaks down fats
- Amylase, which breaks down carbohydrates