Q WHAT ARE ENZYMES?
Enzymes are essential for the growth, repair and health of every living cell in the body. They are constantly being converted or produced in the body and depend upon good, living nutrition to keep ahead of daily damage and degeneration. They need help to do their job and this comes from co-enzymes. These are critical vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, zinc and co-enzyme Q10. Enzymes need a specific temperature and pH (measure of acidity/alkalinity) to perform their work. Enzymes from plants work best at the human body’s temperature and pH.
Q WHAT DO THEY DO?
There are three different types of enzymes:
1. Food/digestive enzymes
These take the basic building blocks delivered by the food we eat and convert them to colloidal particles (the smallest particles that exist in a free state) which can then be converted into healthy, living tissue.
2. Metabolic enzymes
These use the colloidal particles to keep our organs and tissues functioning with hundreds of diverse chemical activities. 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, co- enzymes and nutritious food.
3. Clean-up enzymes
These are responsible for cleaning up and eliminating the mess that is left in our body from the construction and repair work that is in operation 24/7. These clean-up enzymes clear our bodies of the undigested carbohydrates, proteins and any non-vital tissue floating around. Another vital job is to provide anti- inflammatory enzymes to fight infections and tissue damage.
These enzymes do specific jobs such as:
1. Digesting food
2. Breaking down toxins
3. Cleansing the blood
4. Supporting the immune system
5. Converting protein into muscle
6. Contracting muscles
7. Eliminating carbon dioxide from the lungs
8. Supporting the pancreas and other vital organs
Enzymes are the workers in your body – they carry out every chemical reaction. 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:
1. Lipase to break down fat
2. Protease to break down protein
3. Cellulase to break down fibres
4. Amylase to break down starch
5. Lactase to break down dairy foods
6. Sucrase to break down sugars
7. Maltase to break down grains
There are two ways to preserve and replenish our enzyme level: by eating living foods and food supplements and taking enzyme supplements.
Q WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Enzymes are ingested through unprocessed, raw or lightly cooked food (called exogenous or food enzymes) and 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 need for a daily intake of enzymes that are alive (meaning not microwaved, cooked or processed until enzyme death, as in pasteurised 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% of the enzymes found in the body of a 20-year-old. This is a major part of the cause of age-related diseases and is easy to correct with better food and supplementation.
Q ARE THERE ANY SCIENTIFIC STUDIES?
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.
Q ARE THEY SAFE?
In studies equivalent to a human taking thousand of tablets, no side effects were shown. Only haemophilia patients would need to take them under supervision.