"A disturbed intestinal flora opens the door for unfriendly microbes that can intervene and take over, which leads to all sorts of problems," explains Pedre. And when it comes to digestive enzymes, according to Amy Shah, M.D., they're especially helpful for people who don't make adequate amounts of enzymes on their own or who are low on stomach acid.
Terry Wahls, M.D. previously told mbg that people with bloating and gas, especially people over 50, are also at higher risk of low enzyme production and low stomach acid.
Even if you don't have a known digestive problem, the following are signs that you may need digestive enzymes: