What are enzymes?
Enzymes play an important role in your body’s digestive health. Each enzyme has a certain job and does only that job. There are certain enzymes for certain foods, and those enzymes help to break down those foods.
If there is a certain type of food you have trouble digesting, find the enzyme that is specific for that type of food. For example, sucrase is an enzyme that works on sugars and lactase is an enzyme that works on lactose. All enzymes are proteins that consist of amino acids just like other proteins.
Does our body produce enzymes naturally?
Your body does produce its own enzymes naturally. Our saliva produces an enzyme called amylase. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates. When you begin to chew a food that contains a carbohydrate, the food becomes sweeter when your teeth begin to grind the food.
This is because the amylase is breaking the carbohydrate down to their component sugars. Your stomach contains an enzyme called pepsin. Here is where the aid of the enzyme in further digestion. From there, the food travels to the small intestine where the pancreatic enzymes kick in.
What are the differences between a plant enzyme and an animal enzyme?
A plant enzyme can handle a wider PH level and temperature range. The stomach contains a lot of acid whereas the small intestine is much more alkaline. An animal enzyme would not survive the environment of the stomach, which is why a plant enzyme would be more effective. Plant enzymes have a wider range of foods that they work on, whereas animal enzymes are limited to proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
How does digestion work?
Once the food is chewed and with the help of the amylase enzyme (the enzyme contained in the saliva), the food than goes to the stomach where it sits for approximately 60 minutes or so and is further digested by the stomach acid and pepsin. Pepsin is an enzyme that helps to break down proteins found in meat, eggs, nuts and cheese. Once the food enters into the small intestine, the pancreatic enzymes take over.
Can cooking food destroy enzymes?
The natural foods that we eat contain enzymes that help support digestion; therefore, cooking or microwaving foods can destroy enzymes. We can eat all the healthy foods we want and take vitamins and supplements to maintain a healthy body; however they are not very effective without enzymes.
Should I take enzyme supplements?
As mentioned above, enzymes are important in maintaining a healthy body, as well as digestive health. By cooking natural foods, which can destroy most of the enzymes your body needs, your body is then forced to use its own natural enzymes, which can become depleted as time goes on. This is why it is important to take an enzyme supplement.
Joint pain and extreme fatigue can be caused by undigested proteins. When fats clump the blood, it cannot carry much oxygen. Joint pain can be a result of the fats and minerals forming uric acid crystals that can get caught in the joints.
Eating healthy raw foods like raw fruits and vegetables along with a plant enzyme supplement with each meal will help to maintain your body’s natural digestive health.