Some Useful Facts About Enzymes
Enzyme is a type of complex protein that accelerates chemical reactions occurred in our body. Some of the enzymes are Papain, Bromelain, Lipase, Glucoamlyse, Cellulase and etc.
There are approximately 3,000 of enzymes that exist in our body. Each of them has a specific function. Our body also produces some enzymes through food digestion and metabolism. Raw foods provide us with different types of enzymes. Papain, Bromelain, and Lipase are enzymes derived from papaya, pineapple and avocado respectively.
Enzymes help to maintain body’s vital digestive functions, relieve constipation, promote metabolism, and relieve toxin accumulation caused by inadequate digestion.
How Do You Know that Your Body is Lack of Enzymes?
Symptoms of inadequate enzymes:
- Feeling tired easily
- Muscle pain
- Eat a lot, but still look skinny
- No appetite
- Aged earlier than expected
- Low blood sugar
- Imbalance fat secretion
Why Enzymes are Important to Us?
We cannot survive without the enzymes as they involve in every process of our body. Even with sufficient nutrients and vitamins, without enzymes, our body will not function properly and effectively. In other word, they are important in maintaining normal body functions such as food digestion, wastes and toxins removal, blood purification and cells repairing. A lack of enzymes will make our bodies’ reactions occurred too slowly for live to be possible.
Though we may obtain enzymes through foods that we ate, it will be destroyed when food is cooked or heated above 48°C or 118°F. Therefore, it is necessary for us to supplement these enzymes by eating raw fruits and vegetables.
Digestive enzymes play a vital role in food digestion. For example, Lipase is important for fat digestion, protease for protein digestion, cellulose for fiber digestion and amylase for carbohydrate digestion. These enzymes act as sharp knives that cut up the complex foods into smaller units so that it can be assimilated easily into the blood stream. The absorption will then enable our body to reassemble to build cells, tissues, organ glands and entire body system.
Though we may inherit an enzyme reserve at birth, this quantity can be reduced as we age by eating an enzyme deficient modern diet, emotional stress and other underlying factors. When human has used up all these enzyme potential, the life will be ended quickly.
When our body experiences insufficient intake of dietary enzymes, it will continuously ‘steal’ the enzymes reserve from organs and tissues and hence slowing down the process of metabolism. When foods we ate do not get digested properly, they can cause toxic reactions. This in turns causes our organs to overloading and finally leading our body to the development of diseases. Therefore, it is always wiser to conserve enzymes through our diet so that it can help to cut down the secretion of digestive enzymes and allow our body to make enough metabolic enzymes in order to promote regeneration of damaged cells.
Hectic lifestyle has caused many people unable to have proper diets or regular meals. The foods we ate outside are lack of enzymes as they are destroyed by processing, refinement and oxidation. In short, today’s diet do not contain as much enzymes as raw fruits that our body needs everyday. To compensate the shortage of enzymes, our body will produce more and more internal digestive enzymes but its ability to do this has certain limitation. This condition has added burden on the digestive system which leads to incomplete digestion. As a result, we will have poor nutrient absorption, fatigue, digestive upset, food allergies and it may also trigger to other health conditions. Therefore, in order to reduce the burden of our body to produce enzymes, we should eat plenty organic fresh raw fruits and vegetables. Pineapples, bananas, mangoes, avocados and sprouts are some of the good sources of enzymes.
Enzymes improve digestion better particularly for pancreatic insufficiency and cystic fibrosis (a rare inherited disorder). This pancreatic insufficiency is characterized by impaired digestion, nutrient efficiencies and abdominal discomfort. As for long-term ailments or chronic diseases sufferers may have a digestive disorder or malnutrition problem, and thus supplementing enzymes is deemed necessary for optimum health.
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