Enzyme Functions

Each hydrolytic enzyme is named after the substances it hydrolyzes. Below is a list of the functions of specific carbohydrases, lipases and proteases. For more detailed data on these enzymes, please contact us.



  • Helps digest gas promoting carbohydrates, such as raffinose, and stachyose
  • Especially helpful with cruciferous vegetables and legumes
  • Measured in FCC GalU (Galactosidase Units)


  • Hydrolyzes carbohydrates, such as starch and glycogen
  • Measured in FCC DU (Dextrinizing Units)


  • Breaks down polysaccharides known as beta D-glucans which are associated with grains, such as barley, oats, and wheat
  • Measured in FCC BGU (Betaglucanase Units)


  • Degrades cellulose and cellulose derivatives producing smaller polysaccharides and glucose
  • Helps free nutrients in both fruits and vegetables
  • Measured in FCC CU (Cellulase Units)


  • Degrades maltose to glucose
  • Measured in DP (Degrees of Diastatic Power)


  • Converts starch completely into glucose which is the carbohydrate most usable for energy
  • Measured in FCC AGU (Amyloglucosidase Units)


  • Digests soluble fibers seen in plant cell walls
  • Used to release nutrients bound in the cellular structure of fruits and vegetables
  • Measured in FCC HCU (Hemicellulase Units)


  • Splits sucrose into its component sugars, glucose and fructose, so they can be utilized
  • Measured in FCC SU (Sumner Units)


  • Converts lactose (milk sugar) into its component sugars, glucose and galactose
  • Supports digestion of dairy products for those with lactose intolerance
  • Measured in FCC ALU (Lactase Units)


  • Degrades carbohydrates, such as pectin, found in many fruits and vegetables
  • Measured in AJDU


  • A type of Hemicellulase which specifically degrades the xylose-containing polymers found in wheat, oats and barley
  • Measured in XU (Xylanase Units)



  • Breaks down triglycerides and improves fat utilization
  • Supports gallbladder function
  • Measured in FCC FIP



  • Degrades many types of proteins into smaller components
  • Supports normal inflammatory response
  • Measured in FCC PU


  • Hydrolyzes proteins preferentially releasing the aromatic amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine
  • Supports normal inflammatory response
  • Measured in USP Units


  • Hydrolyzes fibrin
  • Used to improve blood circulation
  • Measured in FU (Fibrin units)


  • Breaks down protein
  • Supports normal inflammatory response
  • Measured in FCC PU (Papain Units)


  • Releases amino acids from proteins and polypeptides
  • Measured in FCC HUT units


  • Breaks down proteins into smaller polypeptide fragments and amino acids
  • Used to improve digestion of proteins for improved nutrition and to reduce allergenicity of the proteins
  • Measured in FCC HUT (Hemoglobin Units in a Tyrosine Base)

Serrapeptidase (or serratiopeptidase)

  • Degrades certain proteins associated with inflammation
  • Measured in SPU units


  • Hydrolysis of proteins with preferential release of lysine and arginine
  • Along with chymotrypsin, the proteolytic enzyme produced by the pancreas gland to digest dietary proteins



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


  • Digests protein, starch, and lipids into smaller components
  • Measured in USP


  • Hydrolyzes phytic acid, an indigestible organic form of phosphorous
  • Helps with mineral absorption
  • Measured in FCC FTU (Phytase Units)

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