Proteolytic Enzymes

Enzyme Basics

There are three basic categories of enzymes: 1) Digestive, 2) Metabolic, and 3) Food-based.

Digestive enzymes, as their name implies, help you break down food into smaller parts that can be absorbed, transported and utilized by every cell in your body. Digestive enzymes are extra-cellular—meaning, they are found outside your cells.

Metabolic enzymes are intra-cellular—meaning, inside your cells, where they help the cell carry out a variety of functions related to its reproduction and replenishment.

Your pancreas produces most of these digestive and metabolic enzymes.

Fortunately, you get (or should be getting) many enzymes from the foods you consume—particularly, raw foods. These directly help with your digestive process.

The more raw foods you eat, the lower the burden on your body to produce the enzymes it needs, not only for digestion, but for practically everything. Whatever enzymes are not used up in digestion are then available to help with other important physiological processes.

Enzyme Basics

The vast majority of metabolic enzymes in your body, the enzymes that regulate everything from liver function to the immune system, are proteases, or proteolytic enzymes.

Causes & Effects of Enzyme Deficiency

Poor Diet

Poor Diet

It is a sad fact that 90 percent of the food Americans buy is processed food. Diets heavy in cooked, processed, and sugary foods, combined with overuse of pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, deplete your body's ability to make enzymes.

Enzyme deficiency results in poor digestion and poor nutrient absorption...Chronic malabsorption can lead to a variety of illnesses. Think about it—if your body doesn't have the basic nutritional building blocks it needs, your health and ability to recover from illness will be compromised.

Besides breaking down food, [proteolytic enzymes] can help with gut healing, controlling pathogens, and immune support. Your immune system begins in your gut—and if you have enzyme and digestive issues, chances are your immune system isn't functioning as well as it should be.



Research has shown that your natural enzyme production starts to decline by the time you're about 20.

Studies show that, every ten years, your body's production of enzymes decreases by 13 percent. So by age 40, your enzyme production could be 25 percent lower than it was when you were a child. And by the time you're 70, you could be producing only ONE-THIRD of the enzymes you need.

Making matters worse, your stomach produces less hydrochloric acid as you age, and hydrochloric acid is crucial in activating your stomach's digestive enzymes.

When digestion of foods requires such a heavy demand, enzyme supplies run short and your enzyme-producing capacity can become exhausted. Why does this matter? The high demand for digestive enzymes depletes your body's production of metabolic enzymes, which every cell in your body needs in order to function.

How Proteolytic Enzymes Prevent Illness

Just about everything that makes us sick is either a protein or is protected by a protein and is therefore subject to control by proteolytic enzymes. For example:

  • Your DNA stores the code for all of your body's proteins and enzymes. In essence, your DNA is a protein manufacturing plant. Genetic diseases are the result of your DNA no longer producing those proteins and enzymes accurately or doing it insufficiently or excessively.
  • Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi are all protected by proteins. Attacking those proteins is key to destroying the invaders.
  • Food allergens are almost all proteins.
  • Cancer cells are protected by proteins.

Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to digest and destroy the protein based defense shield of each and every pathogen, allergen, and rogue cell, thereby leading to their ultimate elimination…

In addition to directly breaking down problematic proteins such as the fibrin that both produces dangerous blood clots and holds arterial plaque together, proteolytic enzymes play a key role in modulating both the immune response and inflammatory cascades.

It is here that [systemic] proteolytic enzyme supplements come into play. They compensate for your dietary inadequacies and errors...

Supplementing with Proteolytic Enzymes Systemically

Besides digestive enzyme supplementation, there is another way to use oral enzymes—for systemic use. This requires taking enzymes between meals so they can be absorbed through your gut and into your bloodstream, where your cells can use them metabolically.

It is crucial that, in order for enzymes to be used systemically, they must be ingested on an empty stomach. Otherwise, your body will use them for digesting your food, instead of being absorbed into the blood and doing their work there.

Vital proteolytic enzymes may be supplemented into the bloodstream for profound benefits

Armed with an understanding of how your body utilizes proteolytic enzymes, it becomes clear that the advantages of supplementing with a good systemic, proteolytic enzyme formula are profound.

Possible benefits include:
  • Reduced systemic inflammation for: Increased heart health, cancer and disease prevention and recovery, Alzheimer's prevention, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue relief, and more.
  • Cleanses the blood of debris.
  • Breaking down and removes circulating immune complexes.
  • Dissolving fibrin in the blood, reducing the risk of clots.
  • Dissolving fibrin in arterial plaque, thus leading to the breakup of arterial plaque.
  • Eliminating the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) when flying.
  • Boosting the immune system.
  • Killing bacteria, viruses, and other invading pathogens.
  • Improved circulation.
  • Eliminating CICs [Circulating Immune Complexes].
  • Eliminating autoimmune diseases.
  • Reduced risk of and response to food and pollen allergies.
  • Accelerated recovery from sprains, strains, fractures, bruises, contusions, and surgery.
  • Faster recovery time from workouts.
  • Help with MS.
  • Help with arthritis.
  • Eliminating plaque from teeth.
  • Helping with sinusitis and asthma.
  • Dissolving arterial scar tissue.
  • Aiding in cleansing and detoxification.
  • Improved body alkalinity.
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis.

The Best Source of Proteolytic Enzymes

Over the past 50 years, hundreds of millions of patients in Europe and Japan have benefited from the mainstream use of systemic enzyme therapy, so the therapeutic advantages and total lack of toxicity of proteolytic enzymes have been well-documented. However, most doctors here in the US are ignorant of this approach or reluctant to engage in any practice that has not been FDA-approved. But just because your doctor can't prescribe proteolytic enzymes for systemic use doesn't mean you can't still benefit from them.

While all raw foods contain enzymes, the most powerful enzyme-rich foods are those that are sprouted (seeds and legumes). Sprouting increases the enzyme content in these foods tremendously.

Raw and fermented foods are always naturally higher in enzymes. Fermenting certain foods also reduces any enzyme inhibitors that may be present…


The Essential basis of Greenfield SuperJuice is, in large part, derived from fermented sprouts, as well as a host of other enzyme-rich ingredients such as fermented papaya and pineapple. Such a high concentration of proteolytic enzymes in its most natural, bioavailable form makes SuperJuice ideal for systemic consumption.

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