So you’ve heard of digestive enzymes, but not systemic enzymes?
In digestion, enzymes break down food into nutrients the body can absorb in the digestive tract. But enzymes are also critical to nearly every other bodily function, from respiration to cardiovascular support. Enzymes that work throughout other parts of the body – or system-wide – are called systemic enzymes.
Systemic enzymes are absorbed through the intestines into the blood stream, where they circulate and can break down things like fibrin or even non-living tissue.
What Are Systemic Enzymes?
Systemic enzymes support vital functions in your body, including the immune, cardiovascular, respiratory and inflammatory response systems. In other words, they’re the enzymes you’d take to boost overall health and well-being. Like all kinds of enzymes, their primary role is to synthesize or break down things within your body.*
Many systemic enzymes, including popular ones such as serrapeptase, nattokinase, bromelain, and papain, are proteolytic enzymes, or they break down proteins into smaller polypeptides or amino acids. They have also been shown to break down excess mucus, toxins, allergens and fibrin.*
Well-designed systemic enzyme blends contain a range of systemic enzymes, which are more powerful when put together, as well as herbs, vitamins, and even probiotics. When designed this way, they target circulating immune complexes within the blood, breakdown excess fibrin, and remove necrotic debris.*
Sometimes, systemic enzymes are referred to as immune system enzymes. The human immune system relies on a complex network of cells and organs that keep the body safe from foreign pathogens — bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, for example — which cause it to become tired or stressed over time. Systemic enzymes provide the immune system support through the healing process.*
Powerful Systemic Enzymes
Expertly formulated systemic enzyme supplements contains a blend of proteases – such as serrapeptase and nattokinase, two of the best systemic enzymes out there – with other enzymes and complementary herbs and vitamins.*
Serrapeptase and nattokinase make excellent core ingredients for powerful systemic enzyme blends. Let’s take a look at why they’re preferred for supporting the body in a wide range of ways, from promoting the body’s healthy response to inflammation to healthy mucus levels.*
Also known as “the miracle enzyme,” enteric-coated serrapeptase was originally derived from bacteria produced by the silkworm, but is now grown in cultures through fermentation. It’s known to be one of the most effective types of enzymes on the market for supporting the body’s response to inflammation. It also supports the respiratory system and amends muscle elasticity and viscosity. If you’re looking for an enzyme to provide full-body support, consider Excellacor with serrapeptase. The powerful blend supports overall metabolic health, healthy blood circulation, recovery from muscle soreness and joint and tendon health.*
Another popular systemic enzyme, nattokinase, is extracted from the Japanese food natto, or boiled soybeans. These beans have been fermented with a bacterium called Bacillus natto. The systemic enzyme nattokinase is particularly useful to the human body because it has the ability to degrade fibrin, supporting circulatory and respiratory health. Some doctors suggest nattokinase as a natural way to support healthy blood pressure. In the same way that serrapeptase can thin mucus, nattokinase is able to thin blood, keeping it flowing properly.*
Nattokinase is often paired with serrapeptase (such as in our Serracor-NK formula) for heightened results. Serracor is also enhanced with herbs and other proteases (e.g. bromelain and papain) as part of a carefully crafted formula to enhance efficacy. Together, these ingredients can help support overall body function rather than one specific system within the body. Other systemic enzymes may be combined with powerful proteases and herbs (like the formula in Excellacor) to address total body health.*
Systemic enzymes have no major known side effects, and have been used safely around the world for decades. They are all-natural, well-tolerated and free of the harmful side effects caused by prescription medications.*
How To Get the Most Out of Your Systemic Enzymes
- To be effective, systemic enzymes must be consumed on an empty stomach, and absorbed into the blood stream through the small intestine.*
- Look for formulas that carefully identify which enzymes require enteric coating to survive the acidic environment of the stomach to be effective. Learn more about enteric coating here.*
- It is important to take systemic enzymes consistently and over an extended period of time for maximum benefit.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.