325 mg pancreatin or 1200 mg pancreatin
The difference in how many 1200 mg. and 325 mg. tablets we need to take 30 minutes before each meal is as follows:
If you are taking a therapeutic amount of enzymes (9 grams six times a day), it means that 30 minutes before each meal (three times per day) you are taking 9 grams of enzymes (the other three times are one and a half hours after meals).
To take 1200 mg. tablets 30 minutes before meals you must divide 9,000 mg., which is a gram, by 1200 mg. Doing the math tells us that you should take approximately 7 1200 mg. tablets 30 minutes before each meal.
To take 325 mg. tablets 30 minutes before meals you must divide 9,000 by 325. Doing the math tells us that you should take approximately 27 325 mg. tablets 30 minutes before each meal.
Taking either 1200 mg. tablets or 325 mg. tablets before meals means you have more leeway as to the timing of when you take them, as the tablets are more forgiving (if you don't take them 30 minutes before eating your meal and remember to take them shortly before eating, you may be okay -- they still may reach the small intestine intact to help digest your food and not be made ineffective by your stomach acid) because the tablets are in a protective matrix (there is a coating on the tablets).
This protection is commonly called an "enteric" coating, which is designed to protect the enzymes from the stomach acid as they pass through the stomach.
Why Take Pancreatic Enzymes Before Meals?
In healing it is important to get the most complete digestion of your food possible so your new cells are created perfectly rather than damaged or imperfect.
That is the most important reason we recommend taking the pancreatic enzymes before meals.
After the stomach breaks your food down and it is passed into the small intestine the pancreatic enzymes turn it into nutrients, or rather, they release the nutrients.
If the stomach does not break your chewed and swallowed food particles down small enough, the enzymes don't have a chance to release the nutrients. (Stomach acid is typically strong enough in healthy people, who do not over do it, to get the food particles small enough.)
This is why I recommend using a Vitamix machine for mechanically breaking down food.
The other limiting part of this process is mucus and how much of it is lining your small intestine blocking the absorption of the nutrients. That's where the Okra Pepsin capsules are useful as they clean out the mucus build up.
Historically, you may have eaten foods that were possibly managed by your digestion fine, but when your health has been compromised the constant assault of chemicals in virtually all foods that are commercially prepared are often the cause of mucus to be released to protect the sensitive cells and digestive tract.