Amylase

What is Amylase?
Amylase is an enzyme that converts starches into sugars. It is an integral part of a human being’s digestive process through its production in a person’s salivary glands and pancreas. This part of the digestive process begins when the salivary glands mix saliva with the food one consumes and the amylase begins to break down whatever starch is present into sugar. The testing of a person’s amylase levels is conducted through an analysis of the blood or urine, and this test is often administered for determining if a person’s small intestine is damaged, if a person has pancreatitis, if a person has other conditions associated with the pancreas, or if a person has a condition related to the salivary glands such as inflammation.

Amylase is also incorporated into the yeasts used for baking breads: The enzyme breaks down starches contained within the bread, and leaves behind a residue of carbon dioxide and alcohol which in turn causes the bread to rise.

What are the health benefits of Amylase?
Because it is a digestive enzyme, amylase can be used in coordination with other enzymes to aid digestion during episodes of heartburn or indigestion. It may also relieve an upset stomach or be taken before each meal to reduce one’s appetite.

What are the guidelines for taking Amylase?

Amylase is available as a dietary supplement and can be found online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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