# 4 - PERSONALIZING "SCD" > * DO I NEED DIGESTIVE ENZYMES?


 

Some find that digestive enzymes are very helpful.  Most SCDers recommend adding supplements AFTER getting the SCD foods worked out, and diarrhea has subsided.

As with all supplements, make sure the enzymes are SCD legal. Legal sources can be found at:   http://www.pecanbread.com/new/Sup1.html

  • AMYLASE works to breakdown carbohydrates i.e. starches, sugars
  • BROMELAIN taken from pineapple plant, helps break down proteins
  • HCL hydrochloric acid stimulates pancreatic secretion, activates pepsin and sterilizes the stomach from bacteria and parasites
  • LACTASE needed to break down lactose found in milk products
  • LIPASE works to break down fats into fatty acids and glycerol
  • OX BILE improves fat digestion, stimulates bile flow, aids gallbladder
  • PANCREATIN contains protease, amylase, and lipase, functions in the intestine and in the blood
  • PAPAIN extracted from papaya fruit, aids in protein digestion
  • PEPSIN breaks down proteins, function depends on availability of HCL
  • PROTEASE works to breakdown protein into amino