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DIGESTIVE ENZYMES Are Essential to Health and Wellness


For everyone, daily food source enzymes are the most important
supplement we can consume. Digestive enzymes replenishes your enzyme supply to help your body break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins; convert
foods to useful nutrients; and complete proper digestion. Digestion is
just a small part of what we need to know about the role of Digestive.
Your body relies on properly functioning enzymes to manage your weight,
overcoming sickness, improving vitality and longevity. To understand the
importance of consuming supplemental enzymes we need to understand how
proper enzyme levels are crucial to a healthy body.

ENZYMES
The Key to Unlocking Your Health Potential

Enzymes are complex protein molecules that are found in every cell of
all living beings, from simple single cellular organisms to highly
complex multi-cellular organisms, including human beings. Enzymes are in
simple terms, “biological units of work” that play a vital role in
every activity in our bodies including the winking of the eye, the beating
of the heart and the capacity of the immune system. None of the known
health benefits of sunlight, air, water, food and even supplements
themselves are available without enzymes. They act in certain ways in the
body to do specific jobs such as

1. Digest food
2. Break down toxins
3. Cleanse the blood
4. Strengthen the immune system
5. Build protein into muscle
6. Eliminate carbon dioxide from the lungs
7. Reduce stress on the pancreas & other vital organs.

Enzymes can be grouped into four categories: metabolic, digestive, food
and supplemental enzymes.

Metabolic Enzymes: (Internal source)

These are energized protein molecules, which have been termed the
“life force” of body. This type of enzyme exists throughout our body
inside the cells that make up the organs and tissues; and outside the
cells in our blood and lymph. They catalyze and regulate every biochemical
reaction within the human body, including energy production,
metabolism, respiration, nerve function, reproduction, immunity and digestion.
Simply put, these body functions would not be possible and life would not
exist without enzymes. Plus, it seems that we inherit a limited enzyme
potential at birth. As we age and continue to eat processed foods, our
ability to replace these vital enzymes diminishes.

Digestive Enzymes: (Internal source)

The human body naturally produces biological digestive enzymes to
transform food into energy for the body's use by breaking down complex
proteins, fats and carbohydrates into smaller, simpler, and more usable
forms needed by the body.  Without them, the nutrients in food are
unavailable for use in the cells of the body. The digestive system secretes a
few digestive enzymes in the mouth and stomach, but most are secreted by
the pancreas and small intestine. These digestive enzymes are produced
as they are required their purpose is to aid the food enzymes in
digestion.


The Enzyme-Digestion Team
Food Enzymes: (External source)

Food enzymes are enzymes supplied to us through the vegetables, fruits,
grains, and other raw food we eat. Nature has placed them there to aid
in our digestion of foods. They are fuel for the living that provide us
with essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, protein,
vitamins, minerals and including enzymes.  These raw foods we eat contain only
just enough enzymes in each particular food to assist in the breakdown
of that food. Or do they? Due to today's poor growing conditions there
is a lack of food enzymes available in our fresh foods. For this
reason, people who consume a 100% fresh and raw must also supplement their
daily diet with food source enzymes.

Modern food processing destroys nearly all of the naturally occurring
enzymes in food. Whether food is canned, pasteurized, genetically
engineered, cooked, or packaged, enzymes must be systematically removed from
our food supply for economic and practical reasons. They are
nutritionally incomplete. This adds to the burden of the pancreas and immune
system to replace those lost food enzymes, robbing the body of energy
production, enzyme reserve and function. 

Supplemental Enzymes: (External source)

Supplemental enzymes can be divided into two general categories - those
derived from animal pancreatic enzymes and the newer type derived from
various fungi, also called "plant enzymes".  These are designed to
assist us in the process of more completely breaking down our food. The
increased use of food enzymes promotes a decreased rate of exhaustion of
the enzyme potential. The use of enzymes as a supplement with meals has
been popular for some time. We need food source enzymes to be
introduced back to the body through the ingestion of more raw foods (naturally
occurring enzymes) or in the form of enzyme dietary supplements. 

Each of four categories of enzymes is absolutely essential for health
and life. It involves understanding that enzymes are one of the key
elements of life and health. We may not have any choice over the limited
biological enzyme reserve that we inherited at birth.  By making wise
food choices and taking nutrition enzyme supplements, we can choose to
reserve them. The choice is ours!

Could Your Enzyme Potential Be Lacking?

Sometimes healthy eating habits are not enough to ensure that we absorb
the full nutritional value from our food. The body depends upon every
category of enzymes to help purify the blood, break down fats, cleanse
the colon, maintain proper cholesterol levels and maintain peak energy
levels.

The following situations can leave an individual's enzyme potential
lacking in necessary enzymes.

1. Nutrient deficiencies.
2. Enzyme production decreases with age
3. Cooking of foods at high temperatures.
4. Stress can and hard physical labor in hot temperatures can deplete enzymes
5. Illness can inhibit enzyme production
6. Injury can tax enzyme levels
7. Athletes have a greater need for enzymes

How can one determine if they may have insufficient digestive enzymes?

1. Excessive appetite and food cravings 
2. Hunger and sugar cravings soon after meals 
3. Abdominal fullness, bloating or heaviness after eating
4. Indigestion or nausea following large, heavy, fatty or meat containing meals
5. Diarrhea or constipation
6. Undigested food seen in bowel movements
7. Weight gain
8. Anemia, iron deficiency or other signs of nutrient deficiency

Every choice we make in our diet and lifestyle complements or sustains
the activity of enzymes or it insults or diminishes the activity of
enzymes. The faster you use up your supply of biological enzymes activity,
the quicker you will run out. Experiments at various universities have
shown that regardless of the species, the faster the metabolic rate,
the shorter the lifespan. In the 1930s a physician named Francis M.
Pottenger, Jr. undertook a series of  lab controlled studies, which lasted
10 years and involved over 900 cats, to ascertain the effects of a raw
food (raw meat and raw milk) versus a cooked food (pasteurized,
evaporated and condensed milk) diet on a cat's physiology. The results were
both profound and enlightening. The result consequence of eating a cooked
diet verses a raw diet and the obvious parallel between cat and human
nutrition.  Showing how inherited degenerative diseases are caused by
improper nutrition that weakens the genetic code we pass to our children.

Other evidence that suggest we may be wasting our reserves of enzymes
is presented in the book Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity by Dr
Howell lists over 400 scientific studies on the value of enzymes for
improving health from 1904 through 1938. Studies show that our body has to
adapt and start making more digestive enzymes thus reducing the
availability of many of the other metabolic enzymes needed to run and maintain
our body's systems and cells. Food source enzymes, along with a healthy
lifestyle, can help repair, restore, and strengthen by improving the
immune system.


Unlike animal source enzymes, plant-sourced enzymes work in a wide
range of pH environments thus provides a wider range of activity throughout
the gastrointestinal tract. When selecting supplemental digestive
enzymes we want ones that will "do the job", that means start and complete
the task of digestion, not just getting it started and leaving you to
suffer from a half completed job. Digestive Enzymes allow the body to get
maximum nutrition from the diet and support efficient digestion.
Alleviating the metabolic burden on an inefficient digestive system and
provides enzyme reinforcements by fortify your own enzyme potential.

Digestive Enzymes are designed to be ingested with food to assist in
the digestion and the absorption of the nutrients.   They also can be
taken between meals to build up one's biological enzyme reserves, or to
aid in specific health issues. But digestion is just a small part of what
we need to know about the role of Digestive plant source enzymes.

Digestive enzymes help to:

Break down, so we can absorb, the nutrients we need to build cells and
bodies.

Reduce bloating, gas, and heart burn that result from poor digestion.

Digest proteins, poor digestion of which causes many health problems.

Decrease inflammation, "leaky gut", allergies due to poorly digested
foods, migraine headaches, growing pains, asthma, and others.

Supplement the declining supply of digestive enzymes as we age.

Allow the immune system to better deal with virus, yeast (candida),
fungus, bacteria, and cancer by freeing it from involvement in the
digestive tract.

Improve circulation, rework scars, improve healing, and help with all
health problems caused by incomplete digestion of foods due to
insufficient digestive enzymes.

SUMMARY

Why Supplemental Digestive Enzymes are Necessary

Today the average American diet is essentially devoid of food enzymes.
Our bodies need proper levels of active enzymes in order to conduct a
variety of tasks, including digestion.  While enzymes occur naturally in
our bodies and in many plants, they can be destroyed by pesticides,
pollution, some processes used to cook or irradiate foods, and chemical
additives. It's been estimated that 80% of diseases are caused by
improperly digested foods and their by-products being absorbed into the body.

Nutrition cannot be explained without describing the part that enzymes
play. No mineral, vitamin, or hormone can do any work without enzymes.
To have a healthy body you need both workers (enzymes) and building
materials. The building materials are proteins (amino acids), minerals,
and vitamins. All of these are necessary to build a healthy body.

Nutritional enzyme supplements are an effective way to assist the
digestive process and relieve the stress placed on your body. For everyone,
daily food source enzymes are the most important supplement we can
consume.