Enzymes are a delicate
lifelike substance found in all living cells whether animal or vegetable.
Enzymes are energized protein molecules necessary for life. They
catalyze and regulate nearly all biochemical reactions that occur
within the human body. Enzymes turn the food we eat into energy
and unlock this energy for use in the body. They can not be seen
with even the most powerful microscope, but their presence and strength
can be determined by improved blood and immune system functioning.
Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes
as they are needed. Surplus enzymes can be stored by some organs
for later use or used as fuel for the brain.
What are Metabolic
Metabolic Enzymes speed
up the chemical reaction 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.
Metabolic enzymes are produced by the liver, pancreas, gallbladder
and other organs.
What are Digestive
Digestive Enzymes are
secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients
and waste. This allows nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream
and the waste to be discarded. Human digestive enzymes include ptyalin,
pepsin, trypsin, lipase, protease, and amylase. The body does not
make cellulose, an enzyme necessary for proper digestion of fiber,
so it must be introduced through the raw foods we eat.
What are Food Enzymes?
Food Enzymes are introduced
to the body through the raw foods we eat and through consumption
of supplemental enzyme fortifiers. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes
providing an erogenous source of digestive enzymes when ingested.
However, raw food manifests only enough enzymes to digest that particular
food, not enough to be stored in the body for later use. 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 since the
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.
What are Supplemental
A variety of supplemental
enzymes are available through different sources. All bodily functions
can be enhanced and improved by supplemental enzymes ingested orally
in capsule or powder form. It is important to understand the differences
between the enzyme types and make sure you are using an enzyme which
will meet your particular needs. The following is a list of several
types of enzymes offered in today's marketplace.
a substance from the pancreas of the hog or ox containing enzymes.
Pancreatin contains proteolytic enzymes, amylase, and lipase. However,
it is only broken down in an alkaline setting of 8.0 to 9.0 pH.
This occurs within the small intestine after carbohydrate and protein
digestion has already taken place. Dr. Roy Dittinan suggests that
pancreatic enzymes should not be taken during pregnancy or when
using blood thinners. Pancreatin has been used successfully in Germany
for fortifying the pancreas since it is a glandular compound. Pancreatin
is not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.
Pepsin is a proteolytic
enzyme usually prepared from the stomach of pigs and is the principle
digestive component of gastric juice. It is usually given to those
whose digestion of protein is impaired. However pepsin is only activated
at a temperature higher than normal body temperature. Pepsin is
not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.
Bromelain is a
group of proteolytic and milk clotting enzymes derived from the
pineapple stem, Ananas sativus, and protein hydrolysates. Together,
a concentrate of these enzymes can be used as an anti-inflammatory
agent, a meat tenderizer, and in the chill-proofing of beer. Like
pepsin, bromelain is only activated at a temperature higher than
normal body temperature. Bromelain is not used in Enzymedica enzyme
Papain is an enzyme
derived from the latex of papaya. This enzyme becomes active in
an environment of 6.0 - 8.0 pH and required temperatures above normal
human body temperature. For this reason it is not conducive to use
in humans and is not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.
an enzyme from the pancreas of ox and pigs. This enzyme requires
a pH level of 8.0 to become active. As with any other animal enzymes,
Chymotrypsin is not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.
Trypsin is a proteolytic
enzyme formed in the intestine and can be taken from the intestine
or pancreas of an animal. Trypsin breaks down arginine or lysine
and works only in an acid setting. Today, it is often coated so
that it can make it to the 8.0 pH occurring in the small intestine.
It is commonly used to fortify the pancreas and the small intestine.
Trypsin is not used in Enzymedica enzyme formulations.
What are Plant Enzymes?
Plant Enzymes are grown
from plant protein foods in a laboratory setting with specific actions
rendered in units. They are non-pathogenic pharmaceutical Aspergillus
species and are free of mycelium contamination. Removal of all the
aspergilli and fungi leave only the enzymatic action. Aspergillus
enzymes have a strong record of safe use in the food industry. They
are considered food by the FDA. The plant enzymes in Enzymedica's
product are manufactured by Dr. Edward Howell's original company,
National Enzyme Company. These enzymes can be taken with meals to
aid in the digestion of all foods. They may also be taken following
or between meals to feed and fortify the body as a whole. Plant
enzymes are not disposed of as if the body has no need for them.
They exit only after there is no more activity left in them to do
their work. Since they are food which is natural to the body, and
since they are proven to be a catalyst, plant enzymes are in a completely
different arena from other enzyme supplements. Plant enzymes are
useful to develop and maintain a proper digestive system and to
allow the body to produce more metabolic enzymes by reducing the
need to produce digestive enzymes. They can also be used in varying
formulas to treat certain ailments. The other types of enzymes mentioned
above are better suited for specific treatment purposes rather than
in enzyme maintenance programs. Enzymedica enzyme formulations
use only plant enzymes from Aspergillus-niger and Aspergillus Oryzae.
Does the addition
of raw food or juicing to the diet guarantee enough enzymes to meet
Raw food provides only
enough enzymes to digest that particular food. There are no extra
enzymes in raw food to digest cooked or processed food. Although
a totally raw diet may appear to be the best solution, it is generally
not practical, and in most cases, not medically advisable. Due to
the risk of bacterial contamination, many foods should not be eaten
raw, including meats, poultry, eggs and beans. Many people find
the fiber content in large quantities of raw food difficult to digest.
Why is Enzyme Supplementation
Most people will choose
cooked foods over raw foods. Gas ripened and irradiated foods have
no enzyme activity because of this processing. Our body makes our
metabolic enzymes from the complete amino acid food we ingest. Complete
amino acids are only found in animal products. It takes a combination
of many plant products to make a complete amino source, and these
sources are usually processed or heated, destroying the enzymes.
We usually cook our animal products, robbing them of their enzymes.
As we age our bodies ability to produce enzymes decreases. Nuts
that are raw contain an enzyme inhibitor (as do most beans). Grains
and flour are processed, robbing them of their enzymes. Enzyme supplements
assure an adequate enzyme supply.
What about supplements
or foods that represent that they are an enzyme, such as CoQ10,
Blue Green Algae, Green Barley, HCL vitamins and minerals?
CoQ10 is a co-enzyme
and was first isolated from a cow's heart. A Co-enzyme is an organic
molecule, usually containing phosphorus and some vitamins. A coenzyme
and an apo-enzyme must unite in order to function. Vitamins and
minerals are considered co-enzymes. A co-enzyme is dependent on
another energy and an enzyme to work. Blue Green Algae and chlorophyll
products are wonderful foods that contain minerals, vitamins, and
enzymes because they are a plant food. However, they do not have
the digestive action of supplemental plant enzymes and at best,
their enzymes will only deliver the nutrients they contain. Hydrochloric
acid, or HCL, is a normal constituent of gastric juice in human
beings. Although administered to aid digestion, it is not an enzyme
nor does it act as an enzyme.
What constitutes a
Complete health is the
sum total of the soundness of our own individual enzyme system.
The health of our organs and glands is completely dependent upon
our enzyme making abilities. When we are ill, it is because our
organs and glands, individually or collectively, cannot function
at ideal levels. This is completely influenced by the absence or
deficiency of metabolic enzymes. Inherited genes (DNA) control our
body's production of metabolic enzymes. Research in the mid 1940's
established that some people inherit a low enzyme potential and
come into this life with an enzyme deficiency. For those of us born
with normal enzyme potential we still loose our ability to produce
metabolic enzymes as we age.
Diet is an influence
on the health of our glands and organs, and it interacts directly
with our genetics. However, good nutrition alone is not enough to
attain the genetic potential of your organs and glands. Only if
we eat the best of foods with the proper enzymes to assist in their
digestion, can we alleviate stress on the entire system and increase
the body's ability to fight off disease. Enzymes are vital to the
ability of glands and organs to receive the specific nutrients they
require to function properly
What about the aging
Another factor affecting
health is the process of aging. As we grow older, many of our nutritional
requirements increase, and our glands and organs do not function
as well as when we were younger. Often organs and glands begin to
atrophy. This is why we generally become more susceptible to degenerative
and infectious diseases as we age. Since enzymes are connected to
every working organ in our body and run our life's processes, the
decrease in enzyme production is one of the first causes of the
Can supplemental enzymes
slow the aging process?
According to Bob Farmer,
P.H.D., a professor at Baylor University, the DNA of our body's
cells is constantly being damaged. When a cell's DNA is damaged
one of three things will happen: the cell will die; the change will
be detected by the immune system and T-cells will kill it; or the
cell will simply cease to do its assigned duty but will still hang
around, using nutrients but providing no service. Dr. Farmer feels
that the later of these three, the accumulation over a lifetime
of millions of freeloading cells, is a primary cause of the aging
process. The key then is to enhance the immune system so it can
find and destroy these freeloading cells. Enzymes, along with a
healthy lifestyle, can help improve the immune system and eliminate
cells which are no longer needed by our body.
Can enzymes help control
obesity and heart disease?
Lipase is the enzyme
which aids in breaking down and storing fat as well as converting
fat to energy. Without lipase, fat will stagnate remaining in the
stomach for 2 to 3 hours after being consumed. Hydrochloric acid
in the stomach chemically alters the fat, preventing it from being
properly digested in the intestine. This improperly digested fat
may result in an accumulation of plaque in the arteries, resulting
in heart disease.
Obese people typically
have a deficiency of lipase. By supplementing a cooked food diet
with enzymes, fats will be properly digested allowing for maximum
use of the energy and efficient removal of the waste. It is interesting
to note that Eskimos and animals who eat 'raw fat', which retains
its natural lipase component, generally do not have a problem with
obesity or cardiovascular disease.
Can children take
Enzymes are safe for
people of all ages to use. After almost 70 years of research with
plant enzymes no side effects have been reported. Since children
have the same enzyme deficient diets as adults, enzyme supplementation
begun at an early age will help preserve the enzyme potential of
the child for later in life.
Even babies may benefit
from enzyme supplementation. Mother's milk is an important source
of enzymes for babies. Pasteurized milk and formulas contains no
enzymes so bottle fed babies begin using up their enzyme potential
So enzymes may help
protect against disease.
What about controlling
the effects of an acquired disease?
Research is on-going
however, enzymes have been shown to benefit some people with everything
from migraine headaches, insomnia and allergies to diabetes, heart
disease and leukemia. Enzymes aid in the digestion of food and distribution
of nutrients through the body. This process allows the endocrine
system to function properly resulting in hormonal balance. When
the body is functioning properly and efficiently the immune system
is better prepared to fight any disease and maintain the balance.