Heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux, it causes the stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus (food pipe). This causes a burning sensation and discomfort in the lower chest. If acid reflux becomes persistent and happens more than 2 times a week is called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). As per American College of Gastroenterology, around 15 million people in US experience heartburn every day.
When you take a meal, the food enters in your stomach where acid and enzymes help break it into smaller pieces. Which then enters into the small intestine where more enzymes continue the digestion of food. Sometimes when not enough gastric acid is present to activate your digestive enzymes, gastric emptying is delayed.
Delayed gastric emptying plays a role in heartburn, but its only one part of the mechanism that leads to this condition. Anything that is present in stomach during “acid reflux” can potentially come in contact with esophagus. Which means, the digestive enzymes which you are taking can backwash into your esophagus and could further irritate the esophageal lining.
Use of digestive enzymes may accelerate gastric emptying and reduce the probability of heartburn. But more medical research is required to confirm the effectiveness of digestive enzymes for the treatment of heartburn and acid reflux. There is a possibility that digestive enzymes may worsen your heartburn and injure esophageal if they are regurgitated. You should consult with your doctor first before using digestive enzymes for the treatment of heartburn.