Enzymes do much more than break down foods: Taken therapeutically, they strengthen immunity, reduce inflammation, help manage weight, and alleviate food and seasonal allergies. Most supplements contain a combination of the following enzymes.

Amylase

Used for:  Digestion; allergies

How it works:  Divides carbohydrates into smaller units such as glucose; regulates histamine to reduce allergy symptoms. 

Cellulase

Used for:  Digestion

How it works:   The only enzyme the body doesn't manufacture; digests carbohydrates and fibers in fruits and vegetables.

Lipase

Used for:  Weight and cholesterol management.

How it works:  Breaks down fat cells into fatty acids and glycerol and distributes them throughout the body.   

Protease

Used for:  DIgestion; immunity; circulation; inflammation 

How it works:  Breaks down proteins to distribute amino acids throughout the body.