to Enzymes Explained
Enzymes are protein molecules that are manufactured by all plant
and animal cells. All cells require enzymes to survive and function.
Enzymes are catalysts, which means that they make chemical reactions
go faster, but are not changed by the reaction. For example, digestive
enzymes cause food that you eat to be broken down much faster
than would occur without them, but they are not broken down in
the reaction they are speeding up.
has shown that people who have a chronic disease or have low energy
levels also have lower enzyme content in their blood, urine, and
tissues. While there is clearly a direct relationship between
disease states and a person's enzyme levels, only recently has
the NATURE of that relationship been better understood. Researchers
began to question if a person's enzyme levels were low because
they were sick or were they sick because their enzyme levels were
low. The researchers found something surprising.
person may not have a low enzyme content because he is sick or
old, but instead, the reason a person may be sick or old is because
of low enzyme content.
a result, the "old concept" of "I am sick, therefore
my enzyme levels are low" has recently been replaced by a
"new concept" which is "my enzyme levels are low,
therefore I am sick."
more about enzyme research.
are enzymes important?
Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in our body. Enzymes
are more important than the air you breathe, the water you drink,
and the food you eat. Why is this? Enzymes are required for your
body to function properly because without enzymes you wouldn't
be able to breathe, swallow, drink, eat, or digest your food.
To do all of these things, your body needs some help. You must
have enzymes to help perform these tasks. Enzymes are an absolute
necessity to live.
are your body's workers. They are responsible for constructing,
synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating
the many ingredients and chemicals our body uses in its daily
business of living. Your body makes enzymes. When you were young,
you had an abundant supply of enzymes. You felt great. Your energy
level seemed never ending. You had "enzymes to burn"
which kept you running at tip top efficiency.
time goes by, you SLOWLY begin to lose this efficiency. For years
you don't even notice the changes. But then you are less able
to eat the spicy foods you love or less able to recover as quickly
from the aches and pains of weekend sports. This reduced vitality
and stamina can signal a weakened and compromised body.
running low on the enzymes you need to fuel your life. The process
of depleting your enzymes is a slow one, and most likely you didn't
notice your energy and vitality disappearing until one day something
you once loved to do was suddenly too much work. You aren't getting
too old to enjoy life, you are running out of enzymes that would
ensure you the energy you need to enjoy life. You simply need
to restore your enzyme potential.
is happening to our enzymes?
The reason we are running out of enzymes is a LIFESTYLE PROBLEM.
Our poor dietary habits, fast food obsessions, and excessive intake
of fat and sugars, all require excessive amounts of enzymes to
digest our foods. Stress kills and damages cells, resulting in
our enzyme-making machinery having to work overtime to help rebuild
and replace them. Environmental pollution causes cellular damage
requiring ongoing assistance from enzymes just to maintain a healthy
immune system. And time is a big factor. Time and the process
of living uses up enzymes that must be replaced if we expect to
retain the healthy active lifestyle we have grown accustomed to.
Every one of these factors diminishes our body's capacity to act,
to do, to feel the way we want to feel; and, as many reputable
scientists will tell you, these factors may even shorten your
are ESSENTIAL, but your enzyme potential is dropping. Many researchers
now view the aging process and death itself as nothing more than
an enzyme potential which has decreased to a level where the living
organism can no longer be repaired and maintained in its existing
may slow down this trend by fortifying your body with supplemental
digestive enzymes. You can help minimize this inevitable downward
spiral in your body's efficiency, a spiral created by a growing
shortage of available enzymes.
can I maintain my enzyme potential?
There is much you can do to combat your waning enzyme potential.
The sooner you start, the quicker you begin to restore and extend
the vitality you once had. If you still think you have it, you
might be surprised what you have ever so slowly lost without knowing
it until you get it back. And, if you're young enough not yet
to have lost it, then here's a way to keep it.
digestive enzymes are win-win for all ages. The research is clear
that enzymes can help you maintain good health.
Read more about enzyme research.
role do enzymes play in nutrition?
To better understand digestive enzymes, we must first understand
the role of NUTRITION in our health. Nutrition is the body's ability
to use and metabolize food. There are 45 known essential nutrients
that are required in specific amounts for the body to function
properly. The term "essential," as used here, means
the body cannot synthesize them internally. Therefore all "essential"
nutrients must come from exogenous, or outside, sources. In addition
to carbohydrates, fats (lipids), complete proteins, and water,
there are at least 13 kinds of vitamins, and at least 20 kinds
of minerals required for proper metabolic function.
consumed, the food containing these nutrients must be digested,
meaning they must be broken apart and reduced to a state that
the nutrients can be absorbed into and transported by the blood
stream to all parts of the body.
body's cells are programmed to direct each nutrient to combine
and interact with other nutrients and chemicals to create still
other chemicals and compounds which, in turn, are used to build
and repair the body's cells, bones, tissue, and organs. The process
is called metabolism.
Each metabolic reaction is started, controlled, and terminated
enzymes, no metabolic activity will occur. A body that does not
consistently and efficiently metabolize the essential food nutrients
necessary cannot maintain optimum health.
are the types of enzymes?
Enzymes are classified into three categories.
enzymes run the body. They exist throughout the body in the organs,
the bones, the blood, and inside the cells themselves. These enzymes
are instrumental in the growth of new cells and the maintenance
of all tissue. Every organ and tissue has its own group of specialized
enzymes. They are trained to run and maintain their host. When
these enzymes are healthy, robust, and present in adequate numbers,
they do an excellent job carrying out their mission.
two kinds of enzymes we are concentrating on here are DIGESTIVE
ENZYMES and FOOD ENZYMES. These two are active only within our
digestive system. These enzymes have only one job — to digest
ENZYMES are made by our body's organs. Digestive enzymes are secreted
by the salivary glands, stomach, pancreas, and the small intestine.
[Technically, digestive enzymes are also considered to be metabolic
enzymes whose metabolic role is to digest food. We are specifically
distinguishing these particular enzymes here, because they deal
with digestion and they can be supplemented from an outside source.]
FOOD ENZYMES are already present WITHIN the food we eat. Food
enzymes exist naturally in raw food. If the food is cooked, however,
the high temperature involved in the cooking process will destroy
Digestive enzymes and food enzymes basically serve the same function,
which is to digest our food so it can be absorbed through the
walls of the small intestine into the blood stream. From this
viewpoint the only real difference between food enzymes and digestive
enzymes is whether they come from inside our body or from the
food we eat.
are enzymes so important for digestion?
Most food, when it is uncooked, contains enough natural food enzymes
to digest that food. When you cook the food the enzymes are inactivated
(denatured) and can no longer assist in the digestive (breaking
down) process. Eating raw food is totally acceptable in some cases
and quite unacceptable in others. We eat raw fruit and many raw
vegetables, but less often do we eat raw meat, raw fish (not withstanding
sushi), or raw pork. Eating uncooked rice is nearly a guaranteed
trip to your dentist! So, obviously we cook our food.
where the problem occurs. Cooked food contains no enzymes because
they have been destroyed. If you eat a meal consisting of a salad,
a steak and a baked potato, there are likely enough food enzymes
contained in the salad to digest it (break it down so your body
can use its nutrients). But, there are no extra enzymes available
to help digest the steak or the baked potato. Because the steak
and potato are cooked, there are no FOOD ENZYMES available to
digest them, so our body must take over and internally create
the needed amount of DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to handle the digestive
more we depend on our internally generated DIGESTIVE ENZYMES,
the more stress we put on our body's systems and organs and the
less time these systems and organs have for rebuilding and replacing
worn out and damaged cells and tissue and keeping our immune system
strong. Your body’s top priority is making sure it has enough
nutrients to run its systems. This means digesting food and converting
it into nutrients. There is no activity more important to the
body than this. This takes a lot of energy and enzymes, particularly
if the body must make most or all of these enzymes. Remember that
no food can be digested without digestive enzymes.
DicQie Fuller, in her book The Healing Power of Enzymes,
emphasizes the importance of enzymes for digestion:
percent of our body's energy is expended by the digestive process.
If you are run down, under stress, living in a very hot or very
cold climate, pregnant, or are a frequent air traveler, then enormous
quantities of extra enzymes are required by your body. Because
our entire system functions through enzymatic action, we must
supplement our enzymes. Aging deprives us of our ability to produce
necessary enzymes. The medical profession tells us that all disease
is due to a lack or imbalance of enzymes. Our very lives are dependent
digestive enzymes digest food?
You know that proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are the three
main food groups that make up the bulk of our daily diet. A "balanced"
diet means we consume the proper proportions of these three basic
food groups on a daily basis. This balance, when combined with
the assurance that we also get the essential nutrients, can help
provide a healthy life — IF we properly process and metabolize
these nutrients. To do this we also need an adequate source of
the major types of digestive enzymes: Proteases, Amylases, and
are numerous categories of digestive enzymes, but for the purpose
of this discussion, we will cover the three primary classes of
digestive enzymes that digest our food. [NOTE: generally speaking,
enzymes end with the suffix "ase."]
I have an infinite supply of enzymes?
No. Until recently, many within the scientific community labored
under the misconception that the digestive enzymes in our body
are constant and last forever; that they can be used and reused;
that they never get old and never wear out.
now know that we lose digestive enzymes through sweat and body
waste. Through constant use, enzymes lose their strength and ability
to do their work. As we age, the organs responsible for producing
our digestive enzymes become less efficient. Today's environmental
pollution, overly processed fast foods, genetically modified food,
and microwave cooking can result in free radical damage, which
lowers the body's effectiveness to produce enzymes. To offset
this loss, we need to supplement our system with oral digestive
happens when we start to run low on enzymes?
Proper amounts of enzymes are a key part of optimum health. DIGESTIVE
ENZYMES are needed to properly digest and metabolize nutrients.
our body is stressed by a shortage of digestive enzymes two things
can happen and both are bad:
Our body continues to work overtime to create the needed enzymes
required to digest our food. This extra stress adversely affects
our immune system and lowers our ability to protect ourselves
from and fight off disease.
Because our body finally becomes so overworked, it can't make
enough enzymes to properly digest our food.
digestive enzymes will deliver the necessary nutrients to fortify
your body and can enhance your body's healing system often resulting
in improved overall health and vitality.
can I do to maintain my enzyme levels?
You don't need to be in this predicament and there are some ways
to stay out of it. Now that you know you are running out of enzymes
you can eliminate this problem quickly.
digestive enzymes you need for the process of restoring and maintaining
your health are available through the Enzyme
Essentials E-Club. The E-Club
is an Enzyme-Based Nutrition System designed to deliver a monthly
supply of the supplemental digestive enzymes, essential nutrients,
and antioxidants you will normally need to digest your food properly
and put you on the path to optimum health.
Basic E-Club is comprised of OxiCellZyme
and Plantadophilus. When taken consistently, this combination
of OxiCellZyme, a good digestive enzyme with essential nutrients
and antioxidants, and Plantadophilus, a highly active probiotic
that helps control the pH balance in the lower intestinal tract,
can put you on the road to a long-term health and wellness program
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you choose not to initially join the E-Club, but want to order
our high-quality digestive enzymes, you can do that too. Order
there certain enzymes I can take for special health conditions?
Here are some digestive enzymes designed to address specific problems
you have occasional indigestion or heartburn you may find relief
you experience occasional anxiety or occasional insomnia then
CalmZyme is an excellent product.
constipation may be alleviated with only two to three ReleaseZyme
capsules per day to provide a natural way to regularity.
those who have extra difficulty digesting fats (lipids), then
LypoZyme should be considered with
particularly heavy and fatty meals.
those people who are serious about a weight management program,
then BalanceZyme Plus can
assist in balancing your appetite. This excellent product should
be taken immediately (15-30 minutes) prior to a meal. It is
also often used in conjunction with LypoZyme.
of these products can be ordered
online and are available to both E-Club members and non-members.
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