Enzymes for Better Health

November 26 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, Health supplement review

When I used to think about enzymes, I would remember the advertisement on TV about the Hungry Enzymes in the washing powder, that looked like Pac Man, that ate away at the stains on your cloths.  Now when I think of enzymes, I think of a group of essential proteins that are involved in and needed for EVERY single chemical reaction that takes place in our body.  Read on to find out why Enzymes are essential for better health.

Enzymes for better health

We stock a number of ranges of enzymes, but one of our best is Enzymedica – The Enzyme Experts.  Unlike a lot of other companies who make or supply almost every kind of supplement you can think of, Enzymedica specialise in enzymes.  They specialise in these and produce a wide range of Vegan and Kosher enzyme combinations in Venice Florida.

What are Enzymes?

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Enzymes for better health

Enzymedica tell us ” Enzymes are found in all living cells.  Enzymes are biologically active proteins necessary for all living organisms. metabolic enzymes catalyze and regulate every biochemical reaction that occurs within the human body, making them essential to cellular function and overall health”.

“Digestive enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and maximize this potential energy for use in the body.  Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes, as they are needed”.

Enzyme Sources

Enzymedica tell us that metabolic enzymes are an essential component for optimal cellular function and health.  These descriptions are not without merit.  They speed up the chemical reactions within the cells for detoxification and energy production.  They enable us to see, hear, feel, move and think.

Every organ, every tissue and all 100 trillion cells in our body depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes and their energy factor.  Without these metabolic enzymes, cellular life would cease to exist.

Digestive Enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients and waste.  Most of the digestive enzymes are produced by the pancreas.  The liver, gall bladder, small intestine, stomach and colon also play pivotal roles in the production of these enzymes.

Digestive enzymes allow the nutrients found in the foods we consume to be absorbed into the blood stream and the waste to be discarded.

Some human digestive enzymes include lipase, protease, amylase, ptyalin, pepsin and trypsin.

Food Enzymes are introduced to the body through the raw foods we eat and through the consumption of supplemental enzyme products.

Alkaline Foods

Fruits & veggies contain naturally occurring enzymes

Raw foods naturally contain enzymes, providing a source of digestive enzymes when ingested.

However raw food manifests only enough enzymes to digest that particular food.  The cooking and processing of food destroys all of its enzymes.

Since most of the foods we eat are cooked or processed in some way and because raw foods we do eat contain only enough enzymes to process that particular food, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require, unless we use supplemental enzymes to aid in the digestive process.

It is important to understand the differences between the enzyme types and make sure you are using an enzyme product most beneficial for your particular needs.

Life Cannot Exist Without Enzymes

  • Enzymes are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body
  • Enzymes are catalysts for chemical reactions
  • Enzymes are an essential part of every working organ in our body
  • Enzymes are needed by vitamins and minerals to maximise their distribution and delivery within the body
  • Enzymes are required to properly digest all foods
  • Enzymes are inevitably destroyed by cooking and processed food
  • Enzymes can prevent partially digested proteins from putrefying, carbohydrates from fermenting and fats from turning rancid within the digestive system
  • Enzymes from a plant based source become active as soon as they enter the body

Supplemental Enzyme Types

Plant-Based enzymes are the most popular choice of supplemental enzymes.  They are grown in a laboratory setting and extracted from certain types of fungus and probiotics.  The enzymes harvested from aspergillus are called plant-based or fungal.  Of all the choices, plant based enzymes are the most potent.  This means they can break down more fat, protein and carbohydrates than any other source.

Plant Enzymes consist of bromelain and papain.  Bromelain is a proteolytic (breaks down protein) and milk clotting enzyme derived from the pineapple stem.  A concentrate of this enzyme has been known to promote a healthy imflammatory response, is used as a meat tenderizer and is used in the chill-proofing of beer.

pineapple

Pineapple & Papaya are sources of  Bromelain & Papain

Like pepsin and papain, bromelain has an optimal temperature higher than normal body temperature.  There is always greater heat at the sight of inflammation than any other part of the body.

Papain is an enzyme derived from the latex of papaya.  This enzyme becomes active in an environment of 6.0 – 8.0 pH and requires temperatures above normal body temperature.  Like bromelain, it too supports the bodys natural recovery from overexertion.

Glandular/Animal

Chymotrypsin, pancreatin, pepsin and trypepsin are enzymes from the pancreas, stomach and small intestine derived from animal glands and organs.  These enzymes require an alkaline pH level of 8.0 to become active.

Enzymedica products are 100% vegetarian, thus, enzymes derived from animals are not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.  Almost all of their products are suitable for vegans.

Here is a link to the Enzymedica range of enzymes we have

 

Author
Leanne James
Naturopath & Founder of Ideal Health

Information copied from Enzymedica “Yeah – We have an enzyme for that” 2012.02

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