The majority of us with cystic fibrosis or pancreatic insufficiency require pancreatic enzyme supplementation in order to digest our food. We need this because our pancreases may not produce enough pancreatic enzymes on our own due to a genetic mutation or other pancreatic malfunction. When this happens, the most common conventional intervention is prescription-strength digestive enzymes which are enteric coated. These work pretty well for the majority of us, but sometimes they don't work as well as they should for certain individuals. In this article I will explain what enteric-coated enzymes are, how they are designed to work, possible reasons why enteric-coated enzymes may not work for certain individuals, and a few options to address this problem.
Mica (they/he) is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, ecologist, and writer living in Abenaki territory (Vermont).
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