In simple terms an enzyme is substance which facilitates another chemical reaction.

Amylase - breaks down amylose (a starch); hydrolyzes (reaction with water) starch or glycogen to maltose, glucose or dextrin; found widely in plants (both alpha and beta amylase), animals (only alpha amylase) and microorganisms.

Carbohydrase - breaks down carbohydrates

Lipase - breaks down lipids (fats)

Protease - breaks down proteins; individual proteases are highly specific in the type of peptide bond they hydrolyze.

Pancreatin / Pancreatic - secreted from the pancreas (includes all of the basic forms of enzymes)

Wobenzym - a formulation of proteolytic enzymes (proteases). These are used in the body (aside from the digestive functions) to breakdown unwanted proteins inside cells (thus can be effective against cancer). Wobenzym is enterically coated to survive the digestive process to reach the small intestine where it can be absorbed for usage in the body rather than in digestion. Wobenzym claims to be the only enzyme product to successfully accomplish this.

Enzymes have a relatively short shelf life (one year), so they should be used promptly.

Most manufacturers are conservative on suggested dosage, so taking the recommended amount on the label is unlikely to be noticably effective or noticed by the patient.

Enzymes should be taken several times a day (5 or 6 times per day is good).

If taken with food they can still do some benefit but definitely they are best consumed on an empty stomach.

Proteolytic enzymes increase immune cells ability to kill bacteria, viruses and pathogenic cells including cancer cells.

To avoid recognition by immune cells such as macrophages and neutrophils, cancer cells hide under a fibrin protein shield 15 times thicker than the fibrin protein over normal cells. Because Proteolytic enzymes break down such proteins, the thick fibrin protein (same as in blood clots) that protectively surrounds cancer cells is broken down, making the cancer cells visible to searching immune cells. Growth and multiplication of cancer cells continues if there is an absence or lack of Proteolytic enzymes to strip the fibrin protein shell away from the cancer cells enabling the immune cells to attack and destroy the cancer cells.