We suggest digestive Enzymes – enzymes labeled before meals – be taken at the beginning of the meal because that is when the digestive process begins. You will want the enzymes averrable as soon as possible to assist the digestive process. However, if you forget, then it is perfectly fine to take them in the middle, at the end, or whenever you remember, as digestion last approximately one hour. * Snacks are excluded.
We suggest taking other enzymes – enzymes labeled between meals – one hour away from food (or on an empty stomach) because the goal here is to get the enzyme into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream it benefits circulation, the immune system, inflammation, and detoxification. There is usually enough protease in the digestive formulas to meet the need for protein digestion during meals. If you are sensitive to taking supplements on an empty stomach, we might suggest taking the protease at the end of a meal. However, we often find that after the patient has been on the enzymes for a period of time, this “sensitivity” is resolved.
We suggest taking other enzymes – enzymes labeled with meals – at the end of the meal so these enzymes nutrients are absorbed with the nutrients from your food. However, if you forget, take them when you remember.
We suggest taking Candisol (Maintenance Dosage) at bedtime because the gut is at rest during the night. The organisms have the best opportunity to adhere to the intestinal wall for colonization during this time of least activity in the GI tract. We may also suggest additional enzymes in the morning to assist with bowel regulation, and some enzymes may also be taken with meals to reduce digestive discomfort from gas and bloating.
As you can see, the recommended timing is idea, but not strict. For the very busy patient who just can’t seem to taken them as recommended, we say: “Taking them when you remember is better than not taking them at all!”