The Difference Between Systemic Enzymes and Digestive Enzymes

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Whether breaking down foods or healing from injury, nearly every process the human body performs involves chemical reactions. Enzymes are proteins that act as the catalysts for these chemical reactions. Every cell in the body uses enzymes for building, maintenance, and repair.

The human body produces many enzymes on its own, however natural production of enzymes begins to decline as early as age 25. Joint pain, circulatory problems, slower healing, and an increase in the incidence of disease are all too common with people who are enzyme deficient and suffering the effects of aging.

Types of Enzymes

Enzymes fall into three main categories: food enzymes, digestive enzymes, and systemic enzymes.

Food enzymes are found naturally in raw food. They help with joint health, arterial health, and the immune system. You can increase your intake of these enzymes by eating a healthy organic diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed foods. You can also take it one step further by opting for an entirely raw diet.

Digestive enzymes, true to their name, aid in the digestive process. They help the body break down fiber (cellulase), protein (protease), carbohydrates (amylase), and fats (lipase). They do all their work in the gastrointestinal tract and can help combat common issues such as indigestion, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and gas. Many people find that they require fewer medications and antacids when their digestive enzymes are in check.

Support and Prevention

Systemic enzymes help to build and maintain overall health. They may be taken to address specific issues, but just as often are used to promote prevention and provide general body support. Supported processes include the breakdown of excess mucus, fibrin, many toxins, allergens, and clotting factors.

Many people use systemic enzymes instead of NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, since they also can be helpful in the temporary reduction of swelling. Unlike NSAIDS, systemic enzymes are able to pinpoint only the harmful circulating immune complexes (CICs) without suppressing the CICs that are beneficial.

Systemic enzymes have also been found helpful for:

  • Fibrosis conditions caused by the hard, sticky protein called fibrin.
  • Reduction of scar tissue, also made up of fibrin.
  • Cleaning the blood of cellular waste and toxins, also supporting normal liver function.
  • Promoting immune system response by helping white blood cell efficiency.
  • Managing the overgrowth of yeast, putting less stress on your liver.

Taken in combination with a healthy diet, supplements of digestive and systemic enzymes can help your body fight the effects of aging and improve your overall health.

A problem need not be present to experience the benefits of enzymes. Since they can help us absorb more vital nutrients from the foods we need, they can help a healthy body perform even better.

What’s the Best Enzyme Supplement?

I personally use and recommend VeganZyme®. It is the most advanced full-spectrum systemic and digestive enzyme formula in the world and is free from fillers and toxic compounds.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Thank You Dr. Group. Now i got real difference between enzymes. Also I got knowledge about the types of enzymes.

  • Edward Group

    Thanks for reading, Rex!

  • Mmm

    Dr. Group,

    I am constantly bloated. I eat mostly vegetables, fish, avocados and nuts. I read these foods also add to bloating and gas:
    Problem foods include beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, oat bran, peas, peanuts, peppers, soy and whole grains. I feel I need to go on a nut and fish diet until I can figure out what to eat! Other ideas?

  • ghc_health

    Eliminating foods from your diet is an easy way to narrow down the items that are causing you problems. Do make sure that you’re getting the nutrients your body requires should you opt for a heavily restricted diet.

    You might also try supplementing with enzymes and probiotics, both of which support digestion.

  • Mmm

    Thank you for the info…if i take the veganzyme that you take and beans cause bloating and gas for me…does that mean I can now eat beans? I read the ingredient list and it looks like alpha-D-galactosidase (an enzyme that breaks down indigestible sugars in beans and vegetables), is not on the list. Seems like this may be the “right” one to take for me…suggestion of another enzyme supplement that contains alpha-D-galactosidase?

  • SJS

    Hello I am very interested in your product. I have read this below elsewhere on internet and wonder if you can comment on when to take enzymes? mainly pancreatic enzymes lipase, amylase, protease:
    “if enzymes are taken between meals, the body doesn’t need the enzymes
    for digesting food, so they make their way directly into the bloodstream
    to aid in the elimination of CIC’s”

  • I use enzymes all the time and I love them. I consider GHC to be the best out there but expensive. It is still worth it if you can afford it.

    For those that can’t afford the best, I would recommend even a cheap brand, because they work even when you don’t have the best quality available.

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