The importance of enzymes is undeniable. They compose of amino acids and are secreted by your body to help catalyze functions that would normally not occur at physiological temperatures. They are absolutely vital to your life.
The Potential of Enzymes
Enzymes drive biological processes necessary for your body to build raw materials, circulate nutrients, eliminate unwanted chemicals, and the major role of other biochemical processes. They pretty much run and control every single cell in your body – you can compare it to the Pentium chip of an operating system.
A deficiency in digestive enzymes reduces availability of your metabolic enzymes. Dr. Edward Howell, a physician and researcher believed this metabolic enzyme deficit was at the root of most chronic health problem, and metabolic disorders.
Digestive enzymes, as their name suggests, help you break down food into smaller parts that can be absorbed, transported and utilized by every cell in your body. Digestive enzymes are extra cellular meaning, they are found outside of your cells.
Metabolic enzymes are intra cellular; they help the cell carry out a variety of functions related to its reproduction and replenishment. Your pancreas produces most of these digestive and metabolic enzymes.
Fortunately, we get many enzymes from the foods you consume—particularly, raw foods. These directly help with your digestive process and utilizing important nutrients.
The more raw foods we eat, the lower the burden on your body to produce the enzymes it needs, not only for digestion, but also for practically everything. Whatever enzymes are not used up in digestion is then available to help with other important physiological processes that occur within the body.
Digestion begins in your mouth, starting with saliva. Your mouth is where enzymes begin to exert their action. Did you know that 90 percent of your digestion and absorption takes place in your small intestine?
This is one of the reasons it’s so important to eat your foods RAW. Raw foods are enzyme-rich, and consuming them decreases your body’s burden to produce its own enzymes. The more food that you can eat raw, the better. Ideally, you should get ideally 75 percent of your digestive enzymes from your food.
This is because the fewer enzymes we use from our bank account, the longer the life of our cells and body, and this is why we should all emphasize on having some form of RAW foods in out diet.
Enzyme deficiency results in poor digest, poor nutrient absorption, GI tract issues: constipation, cramps, bloatedness and reflux. Enzyme and digestive issues begin in your gut, which are important in controlling pathogens and healing the gut lining, we need to understand that as we age our enzyme bank account slowly declines.
Ageing and Enzymes
When digestion of foods requires such a heavy demand, enzyme supplies run short and your enzyme-producing capacity can become exhausted. Why does this matter? The high demand for digestive enzymes depletes your body’s production of metabolic enzymes, which every cell in your body needs in order to function. This in turn causes the ageing of our cells.
The Important Roles of Enzymes
Metabolic enzymes are intimately involved with running your circulatory, lymphatic, cardiac, neurologic, endocrine, renal, hepatic, and reproductive systems, and maintaining your skin, bones, joints, muscles and other tissues.
Also as blood cleansers, enzymes also help fight chronic and systemic inflammation, it breaks down foreign proteins (invaders) in the blood via your blood and lymphatic system.
Any inflammatory disease can be helpful and beneficial by increased levels of functional enzymes in your blood. So ideally in conclusion we should have our enzyme bank account to a maximum capacity, which in turn leads to a longer life with less signs of ageing.