Young Living Enzymes

Young Living has you covered for enzyme support. Did you know they offer 5 different formulations including enzyme support for your children!


What Are Enzymes & Why Do We Need Them?

Enzymes are found in every living organism and involved in every body process. Digestive Enzymes are needed to help facilitate our digestion, allow us to breakdown our foods into smaller molecules so they the nutrients can be absorbed from our food.  Enzymes help make your food nutrients useful to the body and available for absorption and allow the body to be better equipped with the building blocks they need to be fully functional and operating. Enzymes make reaction processes happen faster in your body. Enzymes require minerals to perform and do their job and the body needs a variety of minerals for optimal function (more on minerals here).

Did you know that enzyme production is decreased when you are exposed to stress, antibiotics, chemical cleaners, pain relievers, microwave radiation,  food that is non-living (processed food), high heat over 120 degrees and even some raw food because enzymes are used to break them down.  Enzyme levels decrease with age and enzyme excretion increases with age too.

Eating non-living food sources replete our enzyme stores and they are not replaced without sufficient living food.

A healthy body will produce around 3000 types of enzymes with distinct roles within the body. When our enzyme reserves are diminished this can lead to illness, inflammation, heart disease, hormone disruption, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, strokes, headaches…you get the idea. The body can not function optimally without enzymes.

Most enzymes are proteins produced by living things. They are the catalysts in the biochemical process, in other words, they get things going and keep them going until their job is complete.

There are 3 main types of enzymes: digestive, metabolic and food types. Enzymes facilitate building compounds, transport of elements, elimination, and the breakdown of substances in the body. Enzymes require minerals and vitamins to function. They are key players in the glandular and hormone process. Enzymes facilitate digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

What If We Don’t Have Enough Enzymes?

The gut is intricately involved in so many processes if we don’t have enough enzymes we could have trouble digesting our food. You can also have a combination of seemingly unrelated symptoms such as skin rashes, allergic reactions, bacterial overgrowth, mood swings, acne, rashes, brain fog, joint pain, headaches. This can all be related to our body not having enough building blocks for our body’s proper operation. Gut health is key to overall wellness. We need the gut operating optimally and one way to assist this process is through good digestive enzymes.

After digestion is completed and enzymes are finished breaking down they enter the blood stream as amino acids which are the building blocks for protein. Enzymes enter the blood stream to cleanse foreign materials, help remove free radicals and potential allergens. Enzymes return to the liver and pancreas and are used again.

Digestive enzymes decrease energy needed for actions within the body allowing for better work efficiency,  increased speed of reaction, and helping to drive minerals and vitamins into cells faster thus allowing faster break down of food for nutrient assimilation.


A Few Enzyme Types

Remember there are thousands of enzyme varieties. When you see words ending in ‘ase’ that means it is involved in breaking something down within the body.

Protease breaks down proteins

Peptidases breaks down peptides into amino acids

Amylases break down starches and sugars

Lactase splits the milk sugar lactose, to produce the sugars glucose and galactose.

Nucleases break down nucleic acids

Invertase carbohydrate-digesting enzyme that splits sucrose (common table sugar) into its component parts, glucose and fructose

Cellulase breaks down cell walls (cellulose from plant walls) and polysaccharides (carbohydrate molecules)

Pepsin breaks down proteins into smaller peptides. It is produced in the stomach and is one of the main digestive enzymes and aides in protein digestion.

Phytase relates to breakdown of grain materials

Trypsin (a type of protease) is formed in the small intestine when in its proenzyme form, the trypsinogen produced by the pancreas, is activated.

Young Living offers 5 types of digestive enzymes; let’s see which one might best support your body.  All Young Living supplements are infused with pure, therapeutic grade essential oils to complement the supplement.



Essentialzyme-4 is an animal and plant based enzyme that contains lipase for helping to break down and digest fat. It also contains polyzyme, fiberzyme and carbozyme, these are enzyme complexes added to the supplement for additional enzymatic support. It has an enteric coated formula (HPMC) for delayed time release. The yellow capsule is immediate release, the white is delayed-release. HPMC helps hold capsule together to allow it to make it further down into digestive tract.

Essentialzyme-4 contains plant enzymes with a wide range of activity containing the enzymes protease, peptidase, lipase, amylase, glucoamylase, alpha-galactosidase, cellulose and others. It is infused with ginger, fennel, tarragon, anise and lemongrass essential oils.

Two food based ingredients in Essentialzyme-4 are bromelain (from the pineapple stem, used in folk medicine as meat tenderizing agent) and carrot powder (natural form of enzyme and contains highest enzymes found in the plant kingdom). This somewhat makes the body believe it is receiving a completely natural, living enzyme formula.


Essentialzyme is a dual layer animal based enzyme that contains pancrealipase. This enzyme breaks down fats, protein and starches. This helps prevent fatty bowel movements, fat should all be absorbed over the course of digestion.  The key enzymes in Essentialzyme functions with the pancreas for proper insulin and glucose metabolism.

It also contains trypsin, bromelain, Thyme leaf powder, alfalfa, papain, cumin seed and the essential oils of anise, fennel, peppermint, tarragon and clove. This enzyme can be taken around meal time, consider taking 30-45 minutes before a meal.


Detoxzyme is a vegetarian based product containing amylase, invertase, bromelain, phytase, lipase, lactase, alpha-galactosidase. This supplement contains the fewest herbs and essential oils of all the enzyme products and may be a good option for people who are sensitive to taking essential oils by mouth.  It does contain cumin, anise and fennel. This supplement is especially good for digesting starches, fats, sugars, proteins. Detoxzyme is fast acting.

Of note, phytase is unique in that it can unlock the mineral content of many grains, nuts, seeds and other foods that contain high levels of essential minerals normally unavailable to the body.


Allerzyme is also a fully vegetarian supplement and contains amylase, bromelain, peptidase, protease, phytase, barley grass, lipase, lactase, alpha-galactidase. Allerzyme contains maltase that breaks down sugars contained in brown breads. It is the only enzyme that contains lactase (for those lactose intolerant). The alpha-galactidase breaks down sugars found in beans and legumes, especially good for harder to digest starches.

It contains the highest number of essential oils compared to the other formulas with tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise and patchouli. This is especially good for sugar and starch breakdown, smaller amounts of fat and proteins. This is the slow acting variety. Allerzyme contains barley grass, if you are sensitive to gluten, keep this in mind.

To Summarize

Young Living’s two fast acting enzymes are Essentialzyme-4 and even faster is Detoxzyme. All of the enzymes contain amylase (helps to break down starches and sugars). All of them except Detoxyzme contain peptidase (breaks down peptides into amino acids).

Allerzyme has the most enzymes and the most essential oils. As with all Young Living products, the enzyme supplements are also infused with essential oils and were specifically selected along with certain herbs for digestive support.

Detoxyzme contains the fewest essential oils. Consider Detoxyzme at bedtime for further cleansing.

Essentialzyme has the most amounts of herbs. These can be taken with meals and throughout your day.

Your delayed release enzyme formulas are Essentialzyme and Allerzyme. These both can be taken early in the morning or between meals.

If you are vegan, then you will want to use Allerzyme and/or Detoxzyme which are both plant based enzymes.

Enzymes For Your Kids

Young Living KidScents MightyZyme is designed for children ages 2 and older. Digestive health is just as important to children and starting young is a key to maintaining a lifetime of health. This vegetarian, chewable supplement aides with normal digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats. It contains alfalfa leaf powder, amylase, protease, bromelain, lipase, carrot root powder, peptidase and phytase. It is infused with peppermint essential oil.

MightyZyme can be taken three times per day (1 tablet) prior to or with meals and is a chewable tablet.

It is recommended that between the ages of  2 and 6 years old to take 1/2 tablet three times per day.

Ages  7+ can take 1 full tablet three times per day. This is also an option for adults who prefer a chewable tablet.

MightyZyme can also be used for relief of occasional symptoms including fullness, pressure, bloating, stuffed feeling (commonly referred to as gas), pain and/or minor cramping that may occur after eating.


As with all supplements considering consulting with your health care provider to see if these would be a fit for your wellness regimen.





Essentialzyme for Digestive Health

Essentialzyme is a multi-enzyme formula that supports proper digestion and assists with the assimilation of nutrients. This is particularly important with the modern diet that is often not nutritionally competent.  The formula is a bi-layered capsule to help increase absorption with dual release technology. Essentialzyme helps to maintain proper enzyme balance in the digestive system and throughout the body. This will assist with maintaining natural gut flora. It supports digestion and toxin removal. Normal digestive health means the feeling of more energy and vitality.


A Closer Look at Essentialzyme

MCC (microcrystalline cellulose) insoluble fiber helps the tablet to dissolve in a timely manner.

Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate is a calcium ion mineral

Proprietary Delayed Release Blend includes:

Pancrealipase-powerful fat, protein, and starch dissolving enzyme.

Pancreatin-protein digesting enzyme complex (full spectrum enzyme that includes proteases, amylases, and lipases).

Trypsin-is an anmial product that has amino acid precursor to assist with digestion and conversion of carbohydrates for nutrient assimilation.

Proprietary Immediate Release Blend includes:

Betaine (HCl) to assist with fat and protein digestion.

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme from pineapple that assists with protein digestion.

Thyme Leaf Powder is rich in the naturally occurring constituent thymol (look this up). Thyme leaf powder commonly used for respiratory support.

Carrot Powder has the second highest concentration of natural enzymes of vegetables.

Alfalfa Sprout Powder is a natural source of amylase.

Papain is a vegetable enzyme that comes from unripened papaya. It supports protein digestion.

Cumin Seed Powder supports digestion and enzyme activity.

Essential Oil Blend:

Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Clove essential oils work together synergystically to support GI/digestive health. I encourage you to delve into each oil individually to learn more about each one’s unique properties.


How to Use Essentialzyme

Take 1 dual time-released tablet of Essentialzyme 3 times daily prior to or with meals. As with any supplement, you are wise to discuss its use and benefits with your personal healthcare provider. Order your Essentialzyme here or add to your Essential Reward order.


Companion Supplements & Oils:

Essentialzymes-4, Detoxyzme, Allerzyme, JuvaPower, JuvaTone, DiGize, Peppermint, Tarragon, Nutmeg.