Tag : lipase-enzymes
Tag : lipase-enzymes
If protease digests proteins and amylase digests carbohydrates, can you venture a guess as to what lipase digests?
If you guessed fats, you were correct!
Just like amylase breaks down carbs into simpler forms of sugar, lipase breaks down fats into smaller molecules that are known as fatty acids and glycerol. In science jargon, the process is known as hydrolyzing. While pancreas is (mostly) responsible for the production of lipase in your body, the enzyme is actually released into the digestive track when you eat. This is because lipase doesn’t like to wait to get to work — as soon as food enters your digestive track, it likes to assist your body in the breakdown of fats.
Unlike what some people think, your body needs fat to function properly. However, there is a difference between good and bad fats, but since this isn’t a nutrition article we won’t cover them today. What you need to know is this: Making sure that your body is getting an adequate amount of healthy fats is as important as making sure that your body digests fats properly.
It all begins with lipase. Without this enzyme (or with an insufficient amount of it), your body becomes at risk of suffering from an array of digestive problems, including indigestion and heartburn. Yikes, no? Yikes indeed!
However, amylase and protease are not limited to the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates. It comes as no surprise to learn, therefore, that neither is lipase limited to the digestion of fats. Here is a short list of benefits associated with this enzyme:
Should you supplement with lipase enzymes?
As we said above, making sure that your body is properly able to digest fats is nearly as important (if not more important) as making sure that your body gets enough fat. Since lipase production slows down as you age and since certain conditions can affect the production of this enzyme, some people are absolutely required to supplement with lipase enzymes.
The question remains, though. Should you supplement with lipase enzymes? We see no reason why you shouldn’t. However, as is the case with most enzyme supplements out there, be aware of the safety concerns associated with lipase supplements. For the most part, they are safe to consume, but do check up with your doctor before making a decision that could affect you negatively. You never know when supplements may interfere with prescription medications!
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.