Enzymes for Immune Support?* How to Explain Enzyme Defense Pro to Clients

How Enzymes Work Beyond the Digestive System

Enzymes exists in every cell and tissue in the body, so their work extends beyond the digestive system. Systemic enzymes (or therapeutic enzymes) go beyond the digestive system, into the bloodstream and to specific cells and tissues.*

Some of these enzymes support the immune system and help break down excess mucus made by immune responses. They can also support recovery, circulation and cardiovascular function.* 

Nearly all external threats contain proteins that the body must identify, break down and dispose. Since proteolytic enzymes break down protein, they help the immune system “clean house” of these unwanted proteins.  

Timing is everything with enzymes: 

Digestive enzymes are taken with meals to help break down foods faster (for more energy and better nutrient absorption).

Systemic enzymes are taken between meals on an empty stomach, to get beyond the digestive system into the bloodstream and beyond. 

Types of Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes: Enzymes that target and break down protein can support the immune process.* An easy way to explain them is this: Think of proteases as street sweepers that circulate in the bloodstream to clean up cellular debris. Their role is to help target foreign proteins and dead or damaged ones generated from immune responses.*1

Fibrinolytic enzymes: This category of proteases break down excess fibrin in the blood. Fibrin formed by blood proteins creates long strands that form a net for platelets and other cells. By keeping fibrin in a normal, healthy range, these fibrinolytic enzymes support both circulation and cardiovascular health.*

Mucolytic enzymes: This type of proteases reduce the thickness and viscosity of mucus produced as an immune response.* By promoting the break down of excess mucus, these enzymes also promote healthy respiratory function and easy breathing.*3  

All three of these types of proteins are found in Enzyme Defense® Pro, our award-winning immunity defense formula.* In addition to scientifically supported enzymes, the formula includes vitamin D3 for immune health.*



1 Lorkowski G. (2012). Int J Physiol Pathophysiol Pharmacol. 4(1),10-27.

2 Jensen, G.S., et al. (2016). Integrated blood pressure control, 9, 95–104.

3 Role of Serratiopeptidase in Enzyme Therapy. (2017). International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), 6(7), 758–759.