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How Enzymes Help Support Sinus & Respiratory Health*

March 19, 2024 by Enzymedica Team
How Enzymes Help Support Sinus & Respiratory Health*

Breathing is essential to life. Each day, the average adult takes between 720 and 1,200 breaths every single hour. Ideally, we breathe through the nose, which offers benefits like filtering our dust and irritants (that’s the reason we have nose hair!), better oxygen intake and maintaining healthy circulation. Breathing through the mouth is an option, but it’s not ideal — and can lead to bad breath, dry mouth, snoring and other issues. 

Maintaining optimal sinus and respiratory health can help you breathe easily. But about 8% of American adults experience seasonal issues with outdoor and environmental irritants. These irritants can cause our bodies to produce an uncomfortable amount of mucus, making it harder to breathe through the nose. 

Want support for the immune system — and respiratory and sinus health?* Consider enzymes.* Read on to learn why and how they offer support.* 

Enzymes for seasonal or occasional congestion*

You already know that enzymes can promote healthy digestion and reduce occasional gas and bloating.* But enzymes can do more than break down food.* They can target and break down inhaled irritants while bolstering the body's natural responses, helping us breathe better without drowsiness or side effects.* As naturally occurring proteins that speed up reactions, enzymes act like tiny scissors, cutting up the food we’ve eaten into smaller components.  

Nearly all external threats contain proteins that must be identified, broken down and disposed of. Protease enzymes target proteins. Many can offer systemic support to help “tidy up” and clean house – for immune, respiratory and sinus health.*

Different systemic enzymes can:

  • Support healthy immune function*
  • Promote respiratory and sinus health*
  • Break down mucus for clear airways*
  • Ease discomfort from seasonal, indoor & outdoor irritants*
  • Offer support for seasonal or occasional congestion*

What are Proteolytic Enzymes (Proteases)?

Protease enzymes break down proteins, both in the foods we eat and elsewhere in the body, into their amino acid building blocks. When breaking down food, those amino acids are used to perform important tasks in the body, including building muscle and repairing tissues. But in other cases, proteases dismantle unwanted proteins so they can be escorted out of the body. They help remove dead and dying cells, tissues and other unwelcome substances.  

Think of these enzymes as little street sweepers circulating in the bloodstream that clean up cellular debris.* They help target foreign proteins and dead or damaged ones generated from immune responses, exercise or overexertion.* 

What are Mucolytic Enzymes?

Mucolytic enzymes are proteases that reduce the thickness and viscosity of mucus produced as an immune response.* By promoting the breakdown of this excess mucus, the enzymes also promote healthy respiratory function and easy breathing.* 

The majority of our immune system resides in our gut. Just as some enzymes are designed to cut up food in the stomach, others work perfectly for cutting up and busting through irritants and mucus.*

Throughout the year, irritants in the air may cause our bodies to produce an uncomfortable amount of mucus. A combination of amylase (a starch-digesting enzyme) and Mucolase™ (an enzyme that targets and breaks down mucus) can help naturally break down the mucus and irritants so that you can go back to feeling good again.* Because enzymes are all-natural, they are non-drowsy and free of side effects when used to promote easy breathing and immune health.*

We offer two all-natural and non-drowsy enzyme formulas that may interest you.* 


  • Promotes healthy respiratory function for any season* 
  • Support for environmental challenges* 
  • Ease discomfort from seasonal, outdoor and indoor irritants*


  • Enzyme blend with high-potency Mucolase*
  • Promotes easy breathing from occasional congestion* 
  • Supports to break down and eliminate excess mucus in the sinus & nasal passages*

Want to learn more about enzymes’ work beyond digestion? Read: 12 Natural Ways to Deal with Seasonal Irritants.*