The 6 best digestive enzyme supplements

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Say goodbye to bloating, excessive gas and icky stool problems with these fantastic digestive enzyme supplements. Including the likes of Juvia, Wild Dose, and Ethical Nutrition.

Lucy holding her gut with one hand with two digestive enzyme supplements in her other hand

Navigating topics like bloating, excessive gas, constipation, and diarrhoea seems to have become my specialty recently. These conversations aren’t just because I grapple with these issues personally, but also because I’ve dedicated myself to assisting others in their own journeys toward better gut health here on Edible Ethics.

See also: “Do vegans have good gut health?

If you find yourself dealing with any of these digestive discomforts, it’s possible that your body isn’t producing sufficient digestive enzymes to process your food effectively. Perhaps you have specific food intolerances or have received a diagnosis of enzyme deficiency from a medical professional.

Either way, these digestive enzyme supplements will allow you to eat more of the food that you love, with less of the bloating and flatulence.

My top picks

I have chosen a range of digestive enzyme supplements, all of which come from reputable brands. I have made sure to include a mix of different types of products, but all are 100% vegan and 100% natural.

What are digestive enzyme supplements?

Digestive enzyme supplements consist of individual or combinations of enzymes that support the digestion process in your body. These enzymes are typically naturally produced by your body. However, when your body struggles to produce them adequately, these supplements provide a helpful solution.

Commonly found enzymes in digestive enzyme supplements include:

  • Amylase: Breaks down carbohydrates.
  • Lipase: Breaks down fats.
  • Protease: Breaks down proteins.
  • Lactase: Breaks down lactose (not essential for vegan diets).

In my comprehensive guide, I’ve detailed the specific enzymes contained in each digestive enzyme supplement. This information can be especially useful if you’re seeking a particular enzyme.

How do I know if I need a digestive enzyme?

Digestive enzyme supplements can be valuable for individuals facing specific challenges. While doctors might recommend them for enzyme deficiencies or age-related digestive issues, personal experiences often reveal their benefits. Consider trying digestive enzyme supplements if you encounter the following concerns:

  1. IBS: If you struggle with IBS and have difficulty digesting high FODMAP foods, taking enzymes before consuming trigger foods could be beneficial.
  2. Food Intolerances: Individuals who find it hard to digest certain food groups, like legumes, might find relief by taking enzymes before such meals.
  3. Bloating and Gas: If post-meal bloating and excessive gas are issues, experimenting with digestive enzymes prior to eating may help.
  4. Stool Irregularities: Regular experiences of diarrhoea or constipation could potentially be eased by incorporating digestive enzymes into your routine, potentially leading to more normalised stools over time.
  5. Nutrient deficiency: If you take all of your supplements or you eat a varied and well-planned nutritious diet, but your body is still deficient in nutrients then it may not be digesting them properly. Digestive enzymes can help with this.

For a deeper exploration of digestive enzymes and their efficacy, you can refer to my guide: ‘Do Digestive Enzyme Supplements Actually Work?‘”

Is it better to take probiotics or digestive enzymes?

The decision depends on your specific concerns. Probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements serve distinct purposes. Probiotics introduce beneficial live bacteria to your gut, creating a favourable environment for their growth. Digestive enzymes, on the other hand, aid in food breakdown during digestion.

For example, if you experience bloating due to specific foods like legumes, it might indicate an enzyme deficiency, specifically in galacto-oligosaccharides. Conversely, broader digestive issues after various meals, especially when compounded by stress or recent antibiotic use, could point to probiotic benefits.

Both can present similar symptoms such as bloating and gas, making diagnosis challenging. Identifying the cause helps greatly. Sometimes, a combination of both supplements is effective. Personal experimentation often reveals the best approach, as was the case for me – I found relief through a mix of probiotic supplements and digestive enzymes.

Evidence also suggests synergy between the two, particularly for individuals with complex gut problems like IBS and GERD. This entails using a probiotic supplement (like Symprove) to nurture friendly bacteria and a digestive enzyme supplement to facilitate food breakdown before it reaches the lower gut, providing a comprehensive solution.

Here are the best digestive enzyme supplements

Not all digestive enzyme supplements are created equal, so I’ve put together my favourite options to make your life that bit easier!

A bottle of Juvia digestive balance formula - one of the best digestive enzyme supplements

Best overall

1. Juvia

  • Enzymes: Amylase and glucanase
  • Form: Liquid
  • Price: From £39

Juvia is the creation of two scientists and gut specialists, Professor John Hunter and Dr Rosemary Waring. It comes in liquid form and contains two enzymes, amylase and glucanase. Both of these have come from a barley extract called ERME™. Find out more about the brand in my Juvia review.

Specifically, it has been made to help people who suffer from IBS because it breaks down starch into glucose and simple carbs early on in the digestive process. This means that your gut has an easier time breaking down difficult foods and providing the bad bacteria in your gut with less food to consume and thrive off of.

Studies have shown that people who suffer from IBS were able to tolerate trigger foods, like bread, better after taking Juvia (find out more here).

Whilst Juvia isn’t specifically sold as a ‘digestive enzyme supplement’ it does contain enzymes that help with digestive issues!

A pouch of Ethical Nutrition Digestive Enzymes - - one of the best digestive enzyme supplements

Best eco-friendly packaging

2. Digestive Enzymes by Ethical Nutrition

  • Enzymes: Bromelain, lipase, papain, protease, amylase, cellulase, lactase, maltase, and sucrase
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: From £18.70

Ethical Nutrition’s digestive enzyme offering contains a wide range of enzymes to help cover multiple areas. This is particularly useful if you aren’t 100% certain about what food groups cause you issues, or if you are sensitive to a whole range of foods.

They have also included artichoke and fennel seeds to help with the digestive process. You can take these before a meal, but I would recommend taking them regularly for a few months to really reap the long-term benefits.

My favourite bit about these supplements is the fact that they sell theirs in the most eco-friendly packaging that I’ve found to date. It is fully home compostable or recyclable. Find out more about Ethical Nutrition in my full review.

A packet of Wild Dose A Dose For Bloating - one of the best digestive enzyme supplements

Best probiotics with enzymes

3. A Dose for Bloating by Wild Dose

  • Enzymes: Papain, bromelain, lipase, amylase, protease, cellulase, and lactase
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: From £10

Wild Dose has created an anti-bloating supplement called ‘A Dose For Bloating’. It specifically targets just that, bloating. Oh, and gas too. And it really does work! I would take this prior to eating trigger foods as well as sometimes afterwards when I just started to bloat, and it would get rid of it after just 30 minutes.

On top of the 7 digestive enzymes (they recently added lactase to the blend), they also include 7 plant extracts known to help with digestion including turmeric and peppermint, as well as 1 billion probiotics. These help to target other gut issues that you may struggle with, making it a great all-in-one supplement. Find out more in my Wild Dose review.

A box of Feel Digestion supplements - one of the best digestive enzyme supplements

Best subscription

4. Feel Digestion

  • Enzymes: Protease, amylase, glucoamylase, lipase and lactase
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: From £26.95

These digestive enzymes from Feel contain a mix of 5 enzymes plus plant extracts like artichoke, fennel seeds, ginger root and peppermint. These help to soothe the gut whilst the enzymes get to work.

I always enjoy taking Feel products, they are clean and effective. In this particular supplement, they have chosen just 5 enzymes, including enzymes for breaking down protein, carbohydrates and lactose.

What I really like about Feel is the ease of ordering and their subscription service. It takes the hassle out of ordering, with automated deliveries. Plus I find it really easy to pause and cancel my orders at any time.

A tub of ARTAH enhanced synbiotic - - one of the best digestive enzyme supplements

Best prebiotics with enzymes

5. Enhanced Synbiotic by ARTAH

  • Enzymes: Amylase, protease, glucoamyloglucosidase, and lipase
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: From £39

This supplement is truly an all-in-one product with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes all included in a handy capsule. It also contains cranberry and pomegranate extract for antioxidant and immune support.

This mix helps to target a few different issues within the gut. The prebiotics act as food for good bacteria in your gut, the probiotics help to introduce even more good bacteria to your gut and the digestive enzymes help to digest your food.

This does mean that this supplement is more expensive than others here, but it is targeting a few different issues all in one!

A tub of Bulk Vegan Digestive Enzymes - one of the best digestive enzyme supplements

Best budget-friendly

6. Vegan Digestive Enzymes by Bulk

  • Enzymes: Amylase, bromelain, papain, cellulase, lipase and hemicellulase
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: From £13.49

This is the cheapest option that you’ll find here, which is great for those on a budget. It contains 6 digestive enzymes with one month costing just £13.49. Included within this are enzymes needed for a vegan diet, so they have left out lactase which isn’t necessary for plant-based diets.

Because it is cheaper it does contain filler ingredients like Magnesium Stearate and Silicon Dioxide. Many people can tolerate these fine, but I do find I have to limit the amount of filler ingredients I can take as they can begin to have negative side effects on my gut. This is something to be wary of if you are looking for cheaper options for any supplements!

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2 responses to “The 6 best digestive enzyme supplements”

  1. Aston Towler avatar
    Aston Towler

    Any thoughts on Enzymedica digestive enzymes?

    1. Lucy Johnson avatar

      Hi Aston, I haven’t tried Enzymedica yet. But I’ll be sure to give it a go!

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