Benefits of Digestive Enzymes
Benefits of Digestive Enzymes:
With the way the world has developed, most people are eating a diet mainly of processed foods and even their so-called fresh fruit and vegetables are a long way from their origins. We don’t grow our own vegetables anymore, and mostly don’t have access to very fresh produce. Digestive enzymes play such an important part in our over-all health. In short – they are everything! If we lack enzymes everything suffers.
Enzymes ensure the prompt and complete digestion of all proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the upper part of the stomach. This is where the initial phases of our digestion happens. This is documented in the works of Dr Edward Howell, author of Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity and Enzyme Nutrition.
According to Dr Howell, the stomach is divided into three portions, these being (from top to bottom) the cardiac, the fundic and the pyloric. He calls the upper two portions the Food Enzyme stomach, for it is here that during the first 15 to 45 minutes after eating that the food enzymes, whether found in raw food or introduced as supplements, will be active. Here is where they begin the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
After this initial stage occurs, the food will reach the pyloric portion of the stomach where the low pH activates the enzyme Pepsin which continues protein digestion, before the food passes on into the small intestine.
As most people will have considerably depleted their enzyme potential, through years of cooked food it is wise for every individual to supplement their diet with food enzymes. Because enzymes regulate practically every bodily process, it is of great importance if you want to have fantastic health – that your enzyme potential is not only maintained, but that it is augmented.
While an exclusive raw food diet will do much to slow down the rate at which enzymes are used up by the body, it is unlikely that even with an absolutely raw food diet that the enzyme deficit already accumulated can actually be reversed. For this reason food enzyme supplements are recommended for use not only for people eating a mostly cooked food diet, but also for those who are eating an entirely raw food.
The Benefits of Enzymes:
* Enzymes rule over all other nutrients. Enzymes are responsible for nearly every facet of life and health and far outweigh the importance of every other nutrient.
* Enzymes are needed to help control all mental and physical functions. Each body cell has in excess of 100,000 enzyme particles necessary for metabolic processes.
* Enzymes cannot function properly without the presence of other substances which are known as coenzymes. Coenzymes are minerals, vitamins and proteins.
* Once enzymes have completed their appointed task they are destroyed. For life to continue, you must have a constant enzyme supply which requires continual replacement of enzymes.
* Enzymes are found in all living cells including raw foods or those that are cooked at a temperature lower than 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Enzymes begin to perish when the temperature increases beyond 110 degrees. The degree of enzyme destruction is a function of time and temperature.
* Enzymes are primarily proteins, yet enzymes need amino acids for normal function. Hormones are primarily proteins which require interaction with enzymes to regulate body processes.
* Enzymes aid in transforming proteins into amino acids. Protein does not perform its function unless broken down into amino acids.Amino acids can be considered as an enzyme carrier whose function is to transport enzymes to various functions in the body.
* Enzymes help extract chelated minerals from food. Enzymes transform chelated minerals into an alkaline detoxifying agent which combines with acid cellular wastes and toxic settlements within the body thus neutralizing them and preparing them for elimination.
* Enzymes use minerals to create an even balance of dissolved solids both inside and outside the cells, thus equalizing both internal and external pressures which we call osmotic equilibrium.
* Vitamins are required as coenzymes to work with enzymes in every chemical reaction in every cell of the body. Without minerals extracted from food by enzymes, vitamins would be unable to perform their function.
* An enzyme deficiency must be carefully considered as a possible precursor of bodily imbalance and consequent disease symptoms.
* Enzymes are, therefore, justified as a supplemental dietary substance which need is parallel with mineral, vitamin and all other supportive therapies.
The very best way to get a good amount of enzymes into your body is from eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, and living foods such as sprouts. However, even the best and freshest of raw foods supply only enough enzymes for their own digestion. There are not many foods that offer an excess and this is where enzyme deficiency comes into the equation.
We actually need to take in extra digestive enzymes. Raw foods provide valuable enzymes that will assist with their own digestion. They cannot correct the already existing enzyme deficiency that has accrued as a result of many years of eating food devoid of enzymes.
References: 12 Points on enzymes by Dr. John Whitman Ray