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Protease: The Importance of Protein Digestion
Protein is one of the three major food groups needed for proper nutrition. Protease is the digestive enzyme needed to digest protein.
animal, including humans, must have an adequate source of protein
in order to grow or maintain itself. Proteins, which yield amino acids,
are the fundamental structural element of every cell in the body.
Specific proteins are now recognized as the functional elements in
certain specialized cells, glandular secretions, enzymes and hormones.
Thus, protein well deserves its name, which is of Greek derivation,
meaning "of first importance."
The Importance of Proteases
Proteases refers to a group of enzymes whose catalytic function is to hydrolyze (breakdown) proteins. They are also called proteolytic enzymes or systemic enzymes.
Proteolytic enzymes are very important in digestion as they breakdown the the peptide bonds in the protein foods to liberate the amino acids needed by the body. Additionally, proteolytic enzymes have been used for a long time in various forms of therapy. Their use in medicine is notable based on several clinical studies indicating their benefits in oncology, inflammatory conditions, blood rheology control, and immune regulation. Read more about proteases in enzyme therapy.
Protease is able to hydrolyze almost all proteins as long as they are not components of living cells. Normal living cells are protected against lysis by the inhibitor mechanism.
Parasites, fungal forms, and bacteria are protein. Viruses are cell parasites consisting of nucleic acids covered by a protein film. Enzymes can break down undigested protein, cellular debris, and toxins in the blood, sparing the immune system this task. The immune system can then concentrate its full action on the bacterial or parasitic invasion.
How Protease Deficiency Can Affect Your Health:
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