You now you know that proteolytic enzymes break down proteins into amino acids and peptide fractions. But what do lipase enzymes break down? And how do they differ from systemic enzymes? This article will answer both of these questions—assuming that you haven’t already guessed the answers to these questions correctly!
What Are Lipase Enzymes?
Like their sister enzymes, lipase enzymes break down something into smaller somethings that your body can then absorb for the purpose of survival.
Here’s a quick nutrition lesson for you: There exist 3 main macronutrients that perform essential roles in the human body. The 3 of them are: Proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
In the previous article you learned that proteolytic enzymes break down one of these macronutrients (proteins) into amino acids and peptide fractions. Knowing this, you can now deduce that lipase enzymes break down either fats or carbohydrates (yes, those most dreaded carbs) into smaller somethings that your body needs for survival.
If you guessed fats, you were right. Lipase enzymes break down fats into fatty acids and glycerol. Once again, this is an overly simplified explanation of what lipase enzymes do, but this is pretty much all that you need to know about them right now. (If you want to learn more about lipase enzymes, plenty of awesome resources are available online.)
With that being said, how do lipase enzymes differ from systemic enzymes? As you will soon find out (or as you might already know)—they differ a lot.
What Are Systemic Enzymes?
Systemic enzymes, unlike lipase enzymes, are not produced in the body and can only be supplemented. In other words, they originate from non-human sources. An example of this is serrapeptase which is derived from silkworms.
Systemic enzymes and proteolytic enzymes don’t share many things in common, and they don’t share many things in common with lipase enzymes either. As our later articles will explain in more details, systemic enzymes are used to alleviate a number of health conditions—many of which plague millions of people on a daily basis.
If you too suffer from joint pain, allergies, inflammation or a weak immune system (among other things) then we encourage you to keep reading about the benefits of systemic enzymes.