The 4 Types Of Enzymes

Essentially there are four different kinds of enzymes, they are:

  • Food enzymes: These are found in raw foods.  There are sufficient enzymes in each raw food to digest it.  The level of active enzymes in a food is affected by many things – including:  food additives, radiation, long term storage, and any kind of food processing, especially heat.  Enzymes in foods are destroyed when they reach a heat over 116°F.


  • Digestive enzymes:  These help break food down into basic components so you can absorb the nutrients that are required to build cells, maintain organs and repair tissue.  These types of enzymes are present in the digestive juices your body produces, starting with the saliva in the mouth continuing down to and including the intestines.  These enzymes include protease, amylase, lipase, malt diastase, invertase, lactase, pectinase and alpha galactosidase.  Digestive enzymes break down different food groups.


  • Metabolic enzymes: These enzymes enhance and support metabolic processes. They are made by the body and drive chemical reactions within the cells.  On a cellular level,  metabolic enzymes direct body systems and are interconnected with every functional organ and biological system in the body.


  • Supplemental enzymes: These are cultured from plant enzymes. Plant enzymes are grown from food such as mushrooms, soy and wheat in a laboratory setting with specific actions rendered in units.  They are nonpathogenic Aspergillus Niger species and are free of mycelium contamination.  Removal of all aspergilli and fungi leave only the enzymatic action.  Supplemental enzymes are a concentrated form of enzymatic action.


Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II

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12 Responses to “The 4 Types Of Enzymes”

  1. Dennis Perry says:

    Is there one supplement that provides all of these enzymes or do we need to take multiple supplements?
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  2. I think as you get older supplemental digestive enzymes are very important. After all, you are what you absorb.

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  3. Jandy Quismundo says:

    So how do I make sure I get the good enzymes? I just bought the Health Master blender that is promoted by Montell Williams, largely because I can put raw foods in it to create good meals without cooking. What are your thought on the Health Master blender?


  4. Gary, that post helped with understanding enzymes and where they come from but also what they do.
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  5. Thanks for an interesting post! I have really never looked to enzymes, but your article has sparked my curousity – and so have some of the comments. Naturally, I want to be healthy as possible, so what kinds of enzymes do we need to have in our systems to stay in optimal health?

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  6. How can I tell what types I need?

  7. Shane says:

    If I understand correctly, many natural enzymes are being eliminated from our food supply by pasteurising (heating) and preservatives. Is that true?

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  8. Rob Northrup says:

    Does our body make their own, or is this something that we need to be aware of at some level?

    I haven’t spent a moment’s thought on enzymes in 48 years- what am I missing?

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  9. Hi Gary,

    thank you for making enzymes – the 4 types, what each does, how they’re ruined etc – so abundantly clear so we can best support our total health.

    I’m with @Christian. How do we determine what we need? Is there a suggested guideline anywhere?

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  10. Rae & Mark says:


    Another interesting post with stuff I probably should have remember from my days at school in biology class – but that’s too far away now.

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  11. Eva says:

    is there a product that has them all together?

  12. Bryan says:

    I didn’t even realize there were so many types of enzymes…anything we should eat in order to get what we need daily? or is there an anmount we should be getting?