What Are Enzymes and why do we need them?
Enzymes are catalysts in the body.
Enzymes are protein-like substances which help maintain the tissues, orchestrate the many functions of the body, and digest food.
Enzymes can be broken down into three categories:
- metabolic enzymes,
- digestive enzymes and
- food enzymes.
Metabolic enzymes spark many of the reactions inside the cells of our body. Our organs, tissues and cells would not work without the help and direction of metabolic enzymes.
Digestive enzymes secreted by our own pancreas break down the nutrients contained in the foods we eat.
Food enzymes are supplied to us through the foods we eat. Food enzymes help to break down the foods before our digestive enzymes are called upon. Food enzymes are destroyed at temperatures above 118 degrees. All cooked and processed foods are devoid of food enzymes.
Why Do We Need Enzymes?Enzymes are perhaps our most important nutrients.
Enzymes are responsible for nearly every facet of life and health.
When we eat raw foods, we consume the enzymes in the foods. The foods are then digested easily by the body.
When we eat cooked or processed foods, the body must create the enzymes necessary to digest the cooked foods. This constant need for enzymes depletes our store of enzymes, strains the body and causes the pancreas to enlarge.
Without enzymes, we're dead. In fact, Dr. Edward Howell, the groundbreaking physician who devoted his life to the study of enzymes, has stated in his classic work, "Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity", "After we have attained full mature growth, there is a slow and gradual decrease in the enzyme content of our bodies. When the enzyme content becomes so low that metabolism can't proceed at a proper level, death overtakes us."
If one does not consume proper levels of enzymes from foods or supplements the following symptoms may occur:
Once enzymes have completed their appointed task they are destroyed. For life to continue you must have a constant enzyme supply which requires continual replacement of enzymes.
The best way to assure your body gets the adequate amount of enzymes every day is to consume a diet high in "live", raw and fermented foods and to consume a high potency, broad spectrum digestive enzyme supplement such as OmegaZyme or Vegiezymes.
Enzymes may help digestive functioning for those suffering with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastritis & GERD.
|Protease||Aids digestion and utilization of dietary Protein *|
|Amylase||Digests starch *|
|Lipase||Digests fat *|
|Glucoamylase||Breaks down starch-like carbohydrates *|
|Malt Diastase||Digests maltose based carbohydrates or malt found in grains *|
|Invertase||Breaks down sucrose into glucose and fructose *|
|Alpha- galactosidase||Aids digestion of beans, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables *|
|Lactase||Digests the milk sugar lactose *|
|Cellulase||Digests fiber cellulose into smaller units *|
|Xylanase||Breaks down wood sugar, or xylose *|
|Pectinase||Breaks down food carbohydrates such as pectin found in the pulp of many fruits *|
|Hemicellulase||Breaks down carbohydrates widely present in plant foods *|
|Phytase||Breaks down Phytic acid *|
|Betta-glucanase||Breaks dwon betta-glucan molecules into smaller units *|
|Bromelain||Derived from pineapple, breaks down a broad variety of proteins *|
|Papain||Derived from papaya, helps digest proteins into peptides and amino acids *|
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