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After having read our previous articles, we hope that you are now familiar with enzymes and their basic functions. Yet some people, when they hear the term “systemic enzymes” somehow still manage to confuse them with digestive enzymes. In this article we aim to make the difference between those two types of enzymes as clear as possible so that any misconceptions that you might have on both systemic enzymes and digestive enzymes can be dispelled at last.
But before this can happen, we first need to refresh your memory a little bit and define systemic and digestive enzymes in simple terms. Digestive enzymes are usually the ones that people are more familiar with, so let’s start with that one.
What Are Digestive Enzymes?
Before going further, it is important to note that both digestive and systemic enzymes can be supplemented—but digestive enzymes are the only ones that can be found in your body. This will become very important in later articles.
You eat food, but your body doesn’t absorb food—it absorbs nutrients (think proteins, carbohydrates, etc.) However, before those nutrients can be absorbed, they first have to be broken down by—you guessed it—digestive enzymes. Of course, we are grossly oversimplifying the entire process, but at this point it’s pretty much all that you need to know.
Digestive enzymes break down food into nutrients. But what about those mysterious systemic enzymes? What are they? And more importantly—what are they used for?
What Are Systemic Enzymes?
Systemic enzymes are a totally different kind of beast. Unlike digestive enzymes, they are supplemented orally, which means that they are produced outside of the body. Following in the footsteps of digestive enzymes, there exist many different kinds of systemic enzymes out there—each with their own function and each derived from different living organisms.
One of the most common type of systemic enzyme (which also happens to be a proteolytic enzyme) is known as serrapeptase. The latter is derived from silkworms. (Don’t worry if the name doesn’t a ring a bell right now—we’ll cover serrapeptase in more details later.)
Now that you know what systemic enzymes are, you probably are wondering what they are used for. The answer to that question, however, is not as straightforward as some people think it is… and let’s be honest: That’s what makes systemic enzymes so amazing.
Many people consume systemic enzyme supplements to improve their overall health. Others consume them to target a specific health issue. Systemic enzymes are known to alleviate a number of health issues that plague millions of people worldwide—think allergies, inflammation, heart diseases, etc. Once again, we will be covering the benefits of systemic enzymes in more details later down the road.
Proteolytic. Does the word sound familiar to you? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, here is the definition of proteolytic:
Of, relating to, or producing proteolysis
Proteolysis might sound like something straight out of a sci-fi book, but it is in fact something that your body is well acquainted with, even if you are not consciously aware of it. As you might have guessed already, both the words proteolysis and proteolytic stem from the word “protein”—proteins being those nifty little organic compounds that keep your hair shiny and build muscles for you.
With this bit of knowledge under your belt, can you guess what proteolytic enzymes are? Let’s take a look!
What Are Proteolytic Enzymes?
Proteolytic enzymes are a subgroup of digestive enzymes. As the name entails, they digest proteins. The process of breaking down proteins into peptide fractions and amino acids is known as proteolysis—hence the word proteolytic in proteolytic enzymes.
With that being said, how are proteolytic enzymes related to systemic enzymes? And how do they differ?
What Are Systemic Enzymes?
Unlike proteolytic enzymes which are produced inside your body, systemic enzymes can only be supplemented. In other words, they are derived from non-human sources and are taken to maintain and build overall health—the reason behind why they are known as “systemic” enzymes. One of the most popular types of systemic enzyme is known as serrapeptase and is derived from silkworms.
Systemic enzymes and proteolytic enzymes don’t have much in common, unless systemic enzymes helping digestion counts as a similarity. (Oh and of course, both of them being… well… enzymes.)
Now that you know what proteolytic enzymes are, can you guess what lipase enzymes are? Let’s find out in the next article!
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.