With so much information about enzymes in the mainstream media, I am often asked should I take digestive enzymes or systemic enzymes? And what is the difference? The answer is for optimum health benefits – take both! And here’s a helpful table outlining key differences between digestive and systemic enzymes.

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How Digestive Enzymes Work
Most people that take digestive enzyme products are usually looking for help with occasional digestive issues – gas, bloating, GERD, reflux, heartburn, irregularity, etc. Products like Digest 90, DigestZyme and LypoZyme contain a blend of digestive enzymes that support the proper breakdown of foods and help release the nutrients from our food for energy production, cell growth and repair. When foods are not properly digested by your body’s own enzymes and enter the small intestine, this may irritate our digestive tract and allow undigested food or waste to enter the bloodstream. Now our bloodstream has to work to clean up these undigested particles! Ugh. When you take a blend of digestive enzymes (protease, lipase, amylase, lactase, cellulose, etc.) in the form of supplements with a meal, these digestive enzymes work to help support complete digestion and help prevent undigested foods and waste from ending up where they shouldn’t.

How Systemic Enzymes Work
But what about when you take enzymes on an empty stomach (not with a meal)? What do the enzymes do if they aren’t digesting your food? When you take enzymes, specifically protease or proteolytic enzymes, on an empty stomach, instead of the protease helping to digest the protein from your meal, the enzymes will enter your bloodstream to support the circulatory system, the immune system and work to support overall detoxification. The better the blood flow and the healthier your circulatory system, the better the detoxification. This type of enzyme use is called “systemic enzyme supplementation.” The use of systemic enzymes is great for healthy individuals, but can provide additional support for those with compromised immune systems. Some conditions that may be exacerbated by undigested proteins and food particles in your body are leaky gut, arthritis, fibromyalgia, CFS, allergies, to name just a few.

Learn more about which digestive enzymes are right for you!

Learn more about our systemic enzyme options!

 


juice cleanseJuice cleanses are very popular these days for many reasons. Juice cleanses can be a great way to “kickstart” healthier eating habits, give your digestive system a break, clear out toxins, and introduce your body to cleaner eating. Overall a juice cleanse can be a great way to detox from poor diet choices and help you get serious about the decision to live healthier.

But, since one of the benefits often touted is to give your digestive system a “break,” then most people might think they don’t need digestive enzymes while on a cleanse. All that raw juice has enzymes, right? And your body doesn’t really need extra enzyme supplements since you aren’t eating solid foods, right? Wrong.

Why? Digestive enzymes can be a great way to support and enhance a juice cleanse by assisting with breakdown and removal of toxins in your body. Systemic protease enzymes found in our PureZyme product can support flushing your system since the enzymes enter the bloodstream and help improve circulation and assist with clearing toxins. See our blog entry and video about how protease enzymes support detoxification.

Lisa Helffrich, RD, author of The Ripple Effect of Toxicity, explains why systemic protease enzymes are such a key component in immune system and detox support:

“..I talked about protease enzymes for digestion of protein, but proteases can also be taken between meals for other health benefits. These additional benefits are called “systemic benefits” because they help the circulatory system, the immune system, and the detoxifying organs.

Remember how I explained that the circulatory and lymphatic systems are very important to detoxification because they are the transportation systems? Well proteases improve circulation and the better the blood flow, the better the detox. Also, proteolytic enzymes are very effective at helping reduce and control chronic inflammation, the underlying cause of most degenerative diseases. Taking proteases regularly is very proactive and supports your body’s natural recovery and healing processes.

My experience and results have been with using fungal proteases that are acid, neutral and alkaline, and also require no coating for protection. Taken between meals (morning, mid-afternoon and at bedtime) they absorb into the blood stream very easily. My clients have told me they noticed:

  • Improved circulation, better energy and concentration
  • Less pain, inflammation and reduced stiffness in joints
  • Much faster recovery and healing after injury or surgery
  • Improved resistance to allergies, colds and infections
  • Clear and healthy skin and hair”

So while you are giving your digestive system a “break” with a juice cleanse, be sure to help your immune system clear out the toxins and improve circulation with systemic protease enzymes like PureZyme. We suggest taking 2 PureZyme capsules 3 times per day during a cleanse or any time between meals to help support immune health, improve circulation, and assist with toxin removal.

Thinking about a juice cleanse? I want to give quick, unsolicited (i.e., I’m not being paid for this!) plug for a great local business, Skinny Limits, that makes super tasty juices and offers a few different cleanse options. The owners, Cary and Joanie, live in our neighborhood and are really nice folks who are small business owners like myself! They ship nationwide too!


Take a few minutes to learn how systemic protease enzymes can help support immune health from Lisa Helffrich, Director of Education at Transformation Enzyme.

Our PureZyme formula contains 370,000 HUT of protease per serving. We suggest taking protease between meals to support circulation, remove toxins, and boost immune health*


Digestive enzymes work within the digestive system to support proper breakdown of foods and nutrient acquisition. Our Digest 90, DigestZyme and Kidz products are great examples of the types of products to take with meals for digestive support.

Systemic enzymes work within the other “systems” of the body to support optimal circulation, removal of toxins, and immune health. Our PureZyme and PureZyme Plus are products that support the immune system through improved circulation and support of detoxification.

Here’s a great new video from Lisa Helffrich, Director of Education for Transformation Enzymes about how Proteases Support Detoxification:

How Proteases Support Detoxification from Transformation Enzymes on Vimeo.


Protein shakes, powders and bars are everywhere these days. Many people are on high protein diets to keep up with training needs or reach a weight goal, but did you know that a diet high in protein can put a lot of added stress on your digestive system and your kidneys? If you are eating a healthy diet and involved in an exercise program, you are likely a very healthy individual. But while the energy bars, sports drinks and protein powders help you reach you body weight goals, they may also add digestive stress to your body.

Why do we need protein?
But let’s start with the reason people may be taking the protein in the first place. Muscle, bone, connective tissue along with antibodies, and hormones are all made up of mainly proteins. We constantly need to replenish our body’s cells and need the amino acids found in protein to do this. Proteins must be then broken down into amino acids to be bio-available to our body’s cells and this begins in the stomach and continues into the intestines. However, the further along the proteins get without being broken down into amino acids, then the more likely they are to cause issues within your gut and immune system. This is where digestive enzyme supplements, particularly those high in protease, can help can be so important.

What happens to undigested proteins in your body?
These protein fragments can produce allergic reactions and even lead to irritation of the mucosal lining of the intestines. The undigested proteins can putrefy in the gut and lead to embarrassing (and stinky) gas.

How can I better support protein digestion?
That’s where digestive enzyme supplements can help. Every time you eat a protein bar, shake or even just a meal, your pancreas and gall bladder have to produce enzymes to help digest those foods. That’s their purpose. But as we age, our body becomes less efficient at producing enzymes. But when you take supplemental digestive enzymes, you support your body in proper digestion.

So when you are working to build those muscles and improve your outer body, don’t forget to stay fit on the inside and take a comprehensive digestive enzyme supplement with at least protease, lipase, and amylase to help support maximum nutrition, optimal circulation and immune function.

Our Digest 90 and DigestZyme products provide the complete digestive support you need and PureZyme is our protease-only product to support your high protein needs.

Have a question about protease supplements and supporting complete digestion? Contact us! We are here to help!