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Supplementing Enzymes

February 4, 2013

EnzymesEnzymes are a delicate lifelike substance found in all living cells whether animal or vegetable. Enzymes are energized protein molecules. They catalyze and regulate nearly all biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. In other words, enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes.

Digestive enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients and wastes. Metabolic enzymes speed up chemical reactions within the cells for detoxification and energy production. Food enzymes are introduced to the body through the (raw) foods. The only other way to get enzymes is to take supplemental enzymes.

Enzymes are catalysts
Plant Enzymes are grown from plant protein food in a laboratory setting. Plant enzymes exit the body only after there is no more activity in them to do their work. Enzymes have no harmful effects.

Why do we need supplemental enzymes?
We are all born with the ability to produce a finite number of enzymes during our lifetime. This ability is referred to as our enzyme potential. Enzyme potential is determined genetically.

We need supplemental enzymes because certain body types are prone to be deficient of particular types of enzymes. Cellulase and phytase are examples of two enzymes that our bodies need but do not produce. Cellulase and phytase are used to break down fruit and vegetable fibers.

Raw food contains only enough enzymes to digest that particular food. We need supplemental enzymes, especially when we eat processed food. When food is processed its natural enzymes are destroyed.

Research shows that as we age we lose our ability to make our necessary enzymes. Eighty percent of our body’s energy is expended by the digestive process. Over the years as we age, we use up so much of our enzyme potential making digestive enzymes necessary to digest our food, we begin to run short.

This deficiency leads to malabsorption and poor nutrition. Undigested food collects in the colon. Poorly digested protein putrefies, fats turn rancid and carbohydrates ferment. If you are run down, under stress, living in a very hot or a very cold climate, pregnant or are a frequent air traveler, your body requires enormous quantities of extra enzymes.

As we use up and abuse our enzyme potential we begin to lose energy, lose our ability for our body to remedy its own naturally occurring malfunctions. This loss may lead to disease and eventually death.

Common enzymes for digestion
It is important to understand the difference between the enzyme types and make sure you are using an enzyme that will meet your particular needs. There are four main types of enzymes that break down food:

Protease breaks down proteins; Amylase breaks down carbohydrates; Lipase breaks down fats; Cellulase breaks down fibers In addition to amylase, three additional “sub-amylases” are essential to the digestion of carbohydrates; Lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar); Sucrase breaks down sucrose (refined sugar); Maltase breaks down sucrose (malt sugar).

Text from: Subtle Energy Solutions

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