Plant enzymes are natural supplements that have demonstrated health benefits. Enzymes are extracted from pineapple stems and unripened papaya. Fungal enzymes, which are extracted from fermented fungus, are sometimes also known as plant enzymes. The benefits of taking plant enzymes include improved digestion and treatment for candidiasis. Plant enzymes are also used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis sufferers and as a blood thinner. Though side effects of taking plant enzymes have been minimal, there are precautions to consider.
Problems With Digestion
Plant enzymes have been successful in helping those with digestive problems. However, some may also find taking them more harmful than helpful. Those who have ulcers or have been diagnosed with gastritis may suffer from intestinal burning and irritation while taking plant enzyme supplements. If this occurs, discontinuing or lowering the dose should make these side effects subside.
Possible Interactions With Prescription Blood Thinners
Some concern has been expressed that it may not be safe to take plant enzymes while also taking prescription blood thinners. No studies had proven this theory as of 2010, but there is a possibility of patients bleeding too easily when on two products that have the same effects. If taking prescription blood thinners, it is always best to consult a physician before beginning a plant enzyme regimen.
Symptoms With Candidiasis
Those who have been diagnosed with long-term candidiasis may also have minor side effects when taking plant enzymes. These symptoms occur as the yeast in the body begins to die. Side effects, such as nausea, bloating, diarrhea or any combination of these, may begin when one first starts taking the supplements. Normally these symptoms discontinue once the plant enzymes are taken regularly for several days.
Symptoms With Malabsorption Disease
Patients who have been diagnosed with malabsorption disease should consult with a physician before taking enzyme supplements. One of the symptoms of malabsorption is a decrease in the important fat-absorbing enzymes, the lipases. Plant enzyme supplements can digest or even destroy lipases enzymes. Therefore, those suffering from malabsorption may need to take supplements that are higher in lipases enzymes.