There are generally two different types of enzymes necessary for health and longevity, proteolytic (systemic) enzymes and digestive enzymes. While both types support the body in overall health and well-being, they work in two very different ways.
Systemic enzymes support the health and well-being of the entire body with their significant ability to:
- Combat chronic inflammation
- Neutralize rogue proteins in the blood that can trigger a hyper-autoimmune response
- Break down excess fibrin that contributes to scar tissue and fibrosis
- Reduce build-up in the arteries thus improving blood flow and circulation
Restoring each of these functions in the body not only targets specific health concerns and conditions but provides whole-body support as well. Systemic enzymes are taken on an empty stomach so that they may reach the small intestine where they are absorbed and sent into the bloodstream.
Digestive enzymes serve a different, but equally important, purpose. Digestive enzymes play a key role in the digestive tract where they help break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins for improved digestive function and nutrient absorption. As we age, the body’s natural production of enzymes significantly dwindles. While humans have historically supplemented their enzyme levels by consuming fresh raw foods, modern preservation and preparation techniques often destroy the enzymes these foods contain. Due to these conditions, it can be difficult to consume enough enzymes simply through food thus creating an enzyme deficiency that affects digestion and regulation of numerous functions of the body.
When taken with a meal, digestive enzyme supplements are designed to provide the activity of naturally occurring digestive enzymes found within our bodies that aid in the digestion of food. Supplementing with a digestive enzyme formula not only supports efficient digestion and optimum nutrient absorption, but may improve conditions of bloating, flatulence, and inflammation.
Both systemic and digestive enzymes are a natural way to balance and support the body’s multitude of functions; supplementing with a quality enzyme formula may support overall health and wellness.