Probiotics vs. Digestive Enzymes: What's the difference?

Wellness by Nature Contributor, Dr. Derrick DeSilva of CommonSense Supplements explains the difference between these very common supplements.

Probiotics and digestive enzymes are both very important to digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body... read about their functions and how you could be using these correctly or incorrectly...

Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes: Are they the same thing?

Let's dive into this topic....

“Digestive enzymes make sure your food can actually be absorbed by the body.”

Digestive enzymes

Digestive enzymes are used to break down the food you have just eaten into strains of molecules your body can then absorb. These enzymes are crucial in making sure all the food you are eating can actually be absorbed by the body. Their job is to pull apart the food and rearrange it into what will be absorbed and what will become waste.


Probiotics or the “good bacteria” are heavily concentrated in the intestines because this is where the absorption of nutrients will take place. A properly functioning intestine system is crucial in getting the most out of the good food you are eating. If all the super healthy food you are eating isn’t fully absorbed by the body, it is being wasted. Speaking of waste, a healthy intestine will also eliminate waste from the body much better. Still need more convincing on the benefits of probiotics? 70% of the immune system is located in the intestines. Think of how important it is for your intestines to be performing at their very best.

Let's Work Together...

So now we have gone over the digestive enzymes and probiotics separately, but how can they work together? You can look at digestion like an assembly line. The food enters the body and immediately starts to be broken down by the saliva. This continues when the food enters the stomach. The digestive enzymes are breaking the food down to its building blocks and organizing those blocks for the intestines. These block then move along the line to the intestine to be absorbed or excreted. Even though these blocks have been sorted before, if the line is performing poorly, some will be excreted when they should have been absorbed. This is where the probiotics come in. They make sure this part of the line is working at an optimal level.

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