The Timing of Enzyme Intake in Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers tell us that the timing of enzyme intake may be important in determining degree of nutrient absorption from food for CF persons. One study showed that taking enzymes before a meal resulted in the enzymes being cleared from the intestine before the bulk of the meal had arrived there. Reflecting on the implications of this study, some persons take half their enzymes before a meal, and half after. Others take all their enzymes after their meals. If you are experiencing difficulties with absorption, you may want to try either of these alternative strategies for enzyme intake and see if they help the situation.