Enzymes: What Do They Do?

Life without enzymes is impossible!
Enzymes are substances that make life possible.
They are vital for life and serve a wide range of important functions in the body, such as aiding in digestion and metabolism.

Enzymes activate life

As we age we become more challenged by various forms of stress, chemicals, daily life activities and emotional issues. All of these make our body’s natural ability to build enough enzymes harder.
Our body needs enzymes to function properly.

Not only do we need them for healthy digestion, but we also need them to live as without them we wouldn’t be able to breathe, swallow, drink, eat and digest our food. They break up large food molecules into smaller units that are absorbed into the cells.

Signs Of Enzyme Deficiency

While not all signs of enzyme deficiency are seen and felt, the following symptoms can be considered early warning signs:

  • Disturbed Digestion
  • Weight Problems
  • Allergies
  • Indigestion
  • Low Energy
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Gas
  • Slow to Heal
  • Excessive Aging
  • Headaches
  • Stomach Upset
  • Slow Recovery
  • Constipation

If you happen to have at least 4 of those symptoms, you may want to continue reading. Our bodies need it for the most important reasons we are all not aware of. There are lot of reasons why we need enzymes, but it would take long to gather information.

Here, is a list – and this short, in-depth list is already more than enough to inform us why we need it.

First, we need enzymes to enhance blood.
Is it possible that an enzyme can clean up or purify our blood? The enzyme protease breaks down proteins and since the invaders of our blood system are protein, it would make sense that ingesting protease on an empty stomach would help purify the blood of protein invaders.

Second, it breaks down fat.
It is a proven fact the enzyme lipase breaks down (digests) fat. When added to your meal as a supplement, it is able to do this in the digestive tract. This takes stress off the gallbladder, liver and pancreas. When taken between meals, it will be stored in the liver and called upon as needed Lipase is present in all of the Enzymedica Enzyme Fortifiers. Lypo has the highest content of lipase to aid in the digestion of fat.

Third, it helps shed excess weight.
Many overweight people have metabolism imbalance or will soon create one. The endocrine system is our metabolism. Once we are able to fortify the endocrine system, get the bowels working regularly, and digest our food rather than turning it into fat, we have a successful combination for losing weight. It takes longer, but it is more healthy and lasts longer. Best of all, it does no harm.

Fourth, it enhances mental capacity.
All plant enzymes come from protein foods, thus they help fortify the liver for this function. Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the glands, muscles, and all the organs of the body, including the brain. Nutrients however, can only be delivered throughout the body by means of the enzyme delivery system. When this is not accomplished, you become fatigued and are less able to think clearly.

Last but not the least, enzymes improve skin-aging.
An adequate supply of enzymes are absolutely essential for keeping your skin young-looking and healthy. Enzymes fight the aging process by increasing blood supply to the skin, bringing with it life-giving nutrients and carrying away waste products that can make your skin look dull and wrinkled. Circulation slows down as we get older. Taking a complete enzyme supplement becomes more important with age.

Where do you naturally find enzymes? While all raw food contain enzymes, the best sources of enzyme-rich food are those that are sprouted (seeds and legumes). Sprouting increases the enzyme content in these foods tremendously.

Besides sprouts, other enzyme-rich foods include:

  • Papaya, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and grapes
  • Avocado
  • Raw honey (Fact: the enzymes actually come from the bee’s saliva!)
  • Bee pollen
  • Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil
  • Raw meat and dairy

Getting a supplement – Approximately 80% of digestive enzyme supplements are plant-based. Look for ingredients that have high Protease, Lipase, Amylase units with added lactase and bromelain. This would be a very good combination to take with each meal.

Although people primarily think of enzymes as a supplement to aid in digestion, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Whether you are healthy or sick, young or old, we should all take enzymes. The benefits of these microscopic organisms are amazing. If you’re well, you’ll feel better and if you’re not then just try them and awe at the results.

Also, small amounts of enzymes can affect profound changes!

References:

http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2013/07/17/5-reasons-to-take-digestive-enzymes/
http://www.generationrescue.org/latest-news/nutrition/21-benefits-of-enzymes-and-why-you-need-them/
http://www.livescience.com/45145-how-do-enzymes-work.html

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