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.