Enzymes What Are They?
Thousands of enzymes are working every second to build and regenerate the body. They are constantly produced in the body and depend upon good nutrition to keep ahead of daily damage and degeneration. They do need help in this job, and are aided by Co-Enzymes, which are essential vitamins, such as Vitamin B12. Even a small deficiency in B12 results in disease. This becomes such a problem with elderly people on poor diets, that they sometimes need injections.
Zinc is a mineral Co-factor, required by roughly 80 enzyme reactions. Co-Enzyme Q10 is required by every cell to generate its energy supply from food. Without enzymes and co-enzymes, there would be no life, as we know it. Grass, trees, insects, germs, animals, and humans all depend on enzymes to sustain growth and health.
In a nutshell, there are:
3 types of enzymes
Food/digestive enzymes – These break down the food we eat and convert it to its basic building blocks, before they can be assembled into healthy living tissue. Metabolic enzymes – Metabolic enzymes use these nutrient building blocks to keep all organs and tissues functioning. Enzymes are required for hundreds of diverse chemical reactions controlling all cellular activities, such as repairing body organs and fighting disease. Our body’s ability to stay healthy, to repair tissue when injured, and to protect us from disease is directly related to the quality and number of enzymes, coenzymes, and nutritious food.
Clean-up enzymes – These third types are responsible for cleaning up and eliminating the mess that is left in the body from the construction and repair work that is in operation 24/7. These clean-up enzymes clear our bodies of undigested carbohydrates, proteins, and any non- vital tissue floating around. Another critical job is to provide anti-inflammatory enzymes to fight infections and tissue damage.
“DIGEST/ BUILD/REPAIR/ CLEAN-UP”
Enzymes are catalysts, which are made of amino-acids sequenced by RNA (RiboNucleic Acid) and directed by DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid). Some people call them ‘active proteins’. This activity means they make things happen. (Imagine a factory with lots of equipment and raw materials; nothing much happens without workers, which are the same as enzymes – look after them, and they will do a great job.)
Enzymes need a specific temperature and pH (measure of acidity/alkalinity) for peak performance. Enzymes from plants work best at the human body’s temperature and pH. They are essential in every function of growth, repair, and resulting health of every living cell in your body.
Thousands of enzymes are working every second to build and regenerate your body.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
Enzymes act to do specific jobs, like:
- Digesting food.
- Breaking down toxins.
- Cleansing the blood.
- Supporting the immune system.
- Converting protein into muscle.
- Contracting muscles.
- Eliminating carbon dioxide from the lungs.
- Supporting the pancreas and other vital organs.
To have a healthy body, you need both workers (enzymes) and building materials. The building materials are proteins (amino acids), minerals, and vitamins.
Trying to function without all the necessary enzymes is the reason for most body malfunctions.
There are seven categories of food enzymes:
- Lipase to break down fat.
- Protease to break down protein.
- Cellulase to break down fibres.
- Amylase to break down starch.
- Lactase to break down dairy foods. 6. Sucrase to break down sugars.
- Maltase to break down grains.
Enzymes in a natural life would come from fresh living foods. There are two ways to preserve and replenish our enzyme level:
Eat living foods and food supplements. Take enzyme supplements.
On a daily basis, enzymes are ingested in unprocessed, raw, or lightly cooked food (called exogenous or food enzymes). They are also produced or converted by other enzymes inside the body (endogenous, meaning inside-created). Some have a long life (weeks), and some have a short life (minutes). This explains the obvious need for a daily intake of enzymes that
are alive (meaning not microwaved, cooked, or processed until enzyme death, as in pasteurized milk) and foods such as vegetables, fruits, raw or lightly cooked fish, meats, and sprouted seeds and beans.
Studies show that a 70 year old has only 20 percent of the enzyme levels of a 20 year old. This is a major part of the cause of age-related disease and is easy to correct with fresh live food and supplementation.
Enzymes have been studied more that any other facet of life and health over the past 100 years.
In 1930, only 80 enzymes were known. By 2000, 3,000 enzymes had been researched and discovered. There are literally thousands of studies on enzymes’ contribution to life and health. Rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and lung diseases all have studies showing enzyme therapy to be the most successful prime treatment. See the appendix for lists of studies.
In studies equivalent to a human taking thousands of tablets, no side effects were shown. Only haemophilia patients would need to take enzymes under supervision. Do doctors prescribe them? Many do. There are numerous doctors who have changed completely and now practice health care (Lifestyle and Nutrition) as opposed to disease management (drugs and surgery).
These doctors are unfortunately a tiny minority. The majority of doctors will only practice “disease care”, until the system is taken out from the control of the medical/ pharmaceutical business, that only sees profit in disease management.
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