Supplemental lipases work alongside the body's lipases to optimize the digestion of fats and the bioavailability of essential fatty acids. While pancreatic lipase (made by the body) breaks only the bonds at the 1- and 3-positions, some microbial lipases are able to break all three bonds for maximal release of free fatty acids, which are used throughout the body to build cell membranes, insulate nerve cells and provide an energy source. Fatty acids may also induce satiety and are important for healthy weight management.
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