Digestive v Systemic Enzymes

Serrapeptase (systemic enzyme) is typically taken orally.  A lot of people also take digestive enzymes to help with digestion.  These enzymes need to pass through the acidic stomach to get a chance of passing into our circulatory system.

This educational video discusses the difference between systemic enzymes and digestive enzyme.

Nena Dockery explains.

My notes:

  • Digestive enzymes that somehow impact the digestive process.
  • Systemic enzymes impact process that go on outside of the digestive system.
  • Animal enzymes are mostly active in an alkali area.  In the stomach which is acidic, orally taken enzymes are coated with a substance that protects them from the acidic stomach.
  • Plant enzymes CAN survive acidic conditions.  Research shows that they can pass through the stomach and remain active.
  • Digestive enzymes should be taken WITH meals.
  • Systemic enzymes should be taken BETWEEN meals and are usually taken to impact inflammation.
  • Research on bromelain (plant enzyme) and microbial/fungal enzyme shows that they can impact the inflammatory process in the vascular system by breaking down fibrin.  They can also help reduce inflammation extra-vascular system like in tissues and fluids outside the circulatory system.
  • Systemic enzymes are typically used to combat inflammation.

Nena says towards the end that scientists are still trying to find out if the enzymes can pass through the digestive tracts and into the blood so they can have an effect.  In another post on this site, I mention some research that suggests serrapeptase CAN pass through the digestive system.  Read Can Orally Taken Serrapeptase Be Absorbed Without Being Broken Down in the Gut? for more information on that.

About Andy

I suffered a serious neck injury when I was about 19 years old. That problem didn't affect me until I was in my 40s, but I then suffered two prolapsed discs in my neck and problems with my right arm and hand. Serrapeptase was recommended by my chiropractor to try to break up the scar tissue around the vertebrae that were causing me the problems. It seemed to help me with my problem, so created this site to help inform people what serrapeptase is, what it can do and just as importantly, what it cannot do. I hope you find the information useful.

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