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.


Used for: Digestion; allergies

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


Used for: Digestion

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


Used for: Weight and cholesterol management.

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


Used for: DIgestion; immunity; circulation; inflammation

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