The Science

What Are Enzymes?

Enzymes are biologically active proteins found in all living cells. Metabolic enzymes catalyze and regulate every biochemical reaction that occurs within the human body, making them essential for cellular function and overall health. Digestive enzymes turn the food we eat into energy which may be utilized by the body for various biological processes. Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes, as they are needed.


Using cutting-edge formulations, in 1998 Enzymedica introduced Thera-blendTM to the industry. Thera-blend is a proven technology for blending multiple strains of enzymes, shown to be far superior in potency over competing brands. To learn more about Thera-blend watch our video.

Enzymedica, America's #1 selling enzyme brand offers exceptional enzyme-focused supplements at the most therapeutic levels available.*

  • Exceptional Quality and Purity
  • Immediate bioavailability
  • Absolutely NO Fillers
  • 100% Vegetarian formulas
  • Vegan & Kosher when available
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Measuring Enzyme Activity

Specializing in enzyme assays, the Enzymedica Lab (EL) tests each batch of product for enzyme activity. Enzymes are best measured not by their weight but by determining their potential to break down a substrate. This is usually expressed in the form of active units as a measure of potency.

For years we have devoted ourselves to perfecting procedures and methodologies for validating and enhancing enzyme potency. EL uses methodologies published from the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), a compendium of standards used internationally for establishing the quality and purity of food ingredients. By using these recognized assay procedures we ensure that the methodology utilized can be reproduced to verify accuracy and legitimacy.

The Following Enzymes Are Used in Enzymedica Products


  • Breaks down carbohydrates, such as raffinose and stachyose
  • Especially helpful with raw vegetables and beans
  • Measured in GalU (Galactosidase Units)

Amylase (Carbohydrase) Thera-blend™

  • Breaks down carbohydrates, such as starch and glycogen (polysaccharides) into smaller sugars
  • Amylase Thera-blend™ consists of no less than 2 strains of amylase
  • Measured in DU (Dextrinizing Units)

Beta Glucanase

  • Breaks down beta D-glucan components
  • Beta Glucanase helps break down beta-linked glucose bonds often associated with grains, such as barley, oats and wheat
  • Measured in BGU (Beta Glucanase Units)


  • Breaks down protein
  • Supports healthy inflammation*
  • Supports healthy circulation*
  • Most beneficial in supporting the body’s natural recovery processes from overexertion*
  • Measured in GDU (Gelatin Digesting Units) and FCCPU (2400 GDU = 50,000,000 FCCPU)


  • Breaks hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen
  • One of the most potent antioxidants
  • Measured in Baker Units

Cellulase Thera-blend™

  • Breaks down cellulose and chitin (chitin is a cellulose-like fiber found in the cell wall of candida)
  • It helps free nutrients in both fruits and vegetables
  • Cellulase Thera-blend™ consists of no less than 2 strains of cellulase
  • Measured in CU (Cellulase Units)

Diastase (See Maltase)


  • Breaks down protein, especially gluten and casein peptides
  • Measured in DPPU and HUT


  • Breaks down carbohydrates, specifically polysaccharides into glucose units
  • Measured in AGU (Amyloglucosidase Units)


  • Proprietary enzyme blend shown to maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within a normal range*
  • Binds free glucose molecules to form soluble fiber


  • Breaks down carbohydrates
  • Especially helpful with polysaccharides found in plant foods
  • Measured in HCU (Hemicellulase Units)

Invertase (Sucrase)

  • Breaks down sucrose into simple sugars (glucose and fructose)
  • Measured in INVU (Invertase Activity Units) and SU (Sumner Units)


  • Breaks down lactose (milk sugar)
  • Supports optimal digestion of lactose*
  • Measured in ALU (Acid Lactase Units)

Lipase Thera-blend™

  • Breaks down lipids and improves fat utilization*
  • Lipase Thera-blend™ consists of no less than 2 strains of lipase
  • Supports gallbladder function*
  • Measured in FIP and LU (Lipase Units)

Maltase (Diastase, Malt Diastase)

  • Breaks down carbohydrates, malt and grain sugars
  • Breaks down maltose into glucose
  • Measured in DPo (Degrees of Diastatic Power)


  • Breaks down mucus*
  • Due to a proprietary blend of multiple enzymes, Mucolase is measured by weight (mg)


  • Breaks down inappropriate cross linked protein*
  • Reduces risk of inappropriate blood clot, inhibits ACE, reduces C-Reactive Protein*
  • Measured in FU (Fibrinolytic Units)


  • Breaks down protein
  • Most beneficial to increase circulation*
  • Measured in FCCPU (Papain Units)


  • Breaks down carbohydrates such as pectin found in many fruits and vegetables
  • Measured in Endo-PGU

Protease Thera-blend™

  • Breaks down protein
  • Bonds with alpha 2-macroglobulin to support immune function when taken on an empty stomach*
  • Protease Thera-blend™ consists of no less than 3 strains of protease
  • Measured in HUT (Hemoglobin Units in a Tyrosine Base)


  • Breaks down phytic acid found found in plants, especially brans and legumes
  • Helps with mineral absorption*
  • Measured in Endo-PGU and FTU (Phytase Unit)


  • Breaks down proteins, fibrin, and mucus*
  • Measured in SPU and SU (Serratiopeptidase Units)

Sucrase (See Invertase)

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)

  • Enzyme that converts the superoxide radical into hydrogen peroxide and oxygen
  • Provides important antioxidant defense by inactivating excess free radicals, preventing cell damage*
  • Measured in IU


  • A type of Hemicellulase found in grains
  • Breaks down soluble fiber
  • Measured in XU (Xylanase Units)