Digestive enzymes have been a god send!!

After over 15 years of living through this nightmare, being frightened to eat food due to the hour or 2 afterwards where I would be in extreme agony with intense stomach cramps, explosive diarrhoea and vomiting I finally have found my cure. I have not had a single stomach cramp after eating in over 5 months now and I can't even begin to tell you how amazing that feels. I had my gall bladder removed in 2005 via an open cholestectomy due to stones obstructing my bile duct and a failed attempt at keyhole surgery to clear them. Ever since I have had a love hate relationship with food. I love it but it hates me. I was unable to find a trigger food and could eat something 1 day and be fine but eat it the next day and I would be doubled over in pain and have to spend the next few hours in the bathroom. I couldn't eat at work, I couldn't eat at a restaurant I couldn't eat outside of my home at all in case I had an attack. It was like I was living in hell and no doctor could help me. After years of online research that got me nowhere I was searching online for information about enzymes for cleaning as I use these at work and have had amazing results compared to other cleaning products, I stumbled upon some information on digestive enzymes and the more I looked into them the more promising they sounded so I went to the pharmacy and bought a bottle of the Blackmores brand that they had in stock. I took 2 with my next meal and have not looked back since. I generally take 2 with each meal and 3 if I am having a large meal or fatty food. I am in disbelief that In 15 years not one doctor has ever made mention of digestive enzymes to assist me with digestion which I was clearly having a huge struggle with. These things have literally changed my life! They may not help everyone but if like me you have tried everything else to no avail then these might be worth a shot.

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  • I like you have tried everything to no avial. I live in the U.S. Can you tell me where I can get this brand of Enzymes?

  • amazon.co.uk/Quest-Enzyme-D...

    This is a uk link but I'm sure amazon.com have this product.

  • I have had equally good results with other brands as well. I saw a heap of info on iHerb in the reviews section. Have a read through some different types on there, they vary in price and also in the types of enzymes they contain, I haven't tried an enzyme that has failed me yet so I don't think the brand is of too much consequence so long as you are taking them consistently with food and taking an adequate dose. (I began with 3 a meal and have tapered back to 2 a meal or 3 if it's a big cooked meal, I weigh 54kg and am 156cm tall if that helps) I have been reading that some brands are better than other etc etc but I would honestly just buy whatever is affordable and give it a try, if it works then you can experiment with the other brands at a later time

  • I went on there website was there product called "Digestive Aid". Thank you for any help you cab give me.

  • Hi jenny,

    Yes those are the ones that I have, but there are heaps of other brands out there that you can try. I have gotten a bit more adventurous and currently have a few different types that aren't vegan and also contain probiotics and glandulars. I have wonderful results with all of them and will continue to experiment. Different formulas contain different enzymes which break down different types of food. I found some wonderful information on iHerb in the individual product reviews and iHerb also seems to be very good price wise (some were around $7 for a bottle of 60) In saying that I havent purchased from them yet and sourced my other types through eBay (I particularly wanted the ones with ox bile, yes I know it sounds disgusting but i have found quite a lot of research online about its efficacy for those of use without a gall bladder to aid digestion) The digestive aid from blackmores is vegan and one thing I noticed it has that my others don't is lactase enzyme which is great for those with dairy intolerances. I really hope this helps everyone like it has helped me. I feel like I have been given my life back. I have suffered from terrible anxiety the past few years and I can't help but see the link between ibs and anxiety as so many others also experience depression and anxiety. The past week I have noticed a big change in my outlook on life, I have been free from anxious thoughts and actually leaving the house most days. I don't take any medication for anxiety but it feels like it is becoming a thing of the past for me. Being able to absorb more vitamins and nutrients from my food and knowing I can eat anywhere anytime without fear of my stomach wreaking hell on me could be part of that too, I don't know. It's just something I thought to mention as it only just dawned on me yesterday that I haven't had anxious thoughts all week. I can't wait to hear from others who try this. I just know in my heart that this is going to be the miracle many of you have been praying for.

  • I bought the bottle of digestive Aid. It had a lot of ingredients I can't tolerate. I had my Gallbladder out in 1990's. I was told I have IBS/C. I have tried everything from Diets, drugs , Accupture, etc.

  • +1 for the enzymes. I haven't had problems as bad as yours but it was grim at times and i rarely had an undisturbed night but tried these enzymes and they've really made a difference. I can eat almost anything now. I still avoid artificial sweeteners but they really really helped.

  • That's so awesome!! I don't use artificial sweeteners because I don't like the taste so they aren't a problem in my case. How amazing does it feel to be able to eat whatever you want!! And seriously why are we not being told about these?? I just can't understand how something so simple and effective isn't common knowledge amongst doctors. I could have saved so much time and money that was spent on ultrasounds and blood tests and doctors appointments and gastroenterologist appointments, none of which helped me one single bit. I feel like 15 years of my life has been stolen from me with this condition unnecessarily.

  • The cynic in me would say the doctors don't recommend them as they can't be patented and monetised by the 3 or 4 mega companies that medicate the world. We should spread the word. Glad it's worked for you.

  • Please do share!! I just know this is the answer so many sufferers have been waiting for. I am hesitant to make any type of claim when it comes to people's health and wellbeing because clearly I am no doctor and have no right to be telling people what they should put in their bodies. But after nearly 6 months of 100% symptom free living after 15 years of daily symptoms I felt It would be irresponsible of me not to share this information. I would love to hear any feedback from anyone who tries this.

  • Thanks, for sharing your story, I have terrible stomach/ colon every day no matter what I eat.

  • Thank you very much for sharing your story and it's something I would never have thought of. I will have a look for these.

  • Hi.

    I've just started taking them to. Bit this brand though.

    How long was it till you started seeing positive effects??😊 xxx

  • Straight away. From the very first time

  • I bought an Enzyme from Amazon. I thought I head read the ingredients , but I found out it has soy, milk, and wheat. I am now stuck with having to send it back.

  • Are you sure you are actually allergic to those additives?? Often we attribute our ibs symptoms to food allergies. If you are definitively allergic though I wouldn't take them. That sux you went to all the effort to get them and can't use them :( good you can send them back though.

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