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Enzymes "Make it Happen" in the Body

Enzymes - “Make it happen!”

What are Enzymes?

Composed of amino acids, enzymes arecatalysts in various processes - for example, in food, plants, laundry detergents, textile industry, and the human body

Catalyze biological reactions that would not normally occur at physiological temperatures

>3000 enzymes identified - each with a specific function.

E.g.

Catalase – breaks down toxic ethanol in alcohol to non-toxic acetic acid

RNA polymerase- used to transcribe DNA into RNA for making proteins.

Lysosomal enzyme – Protease – digests protein

Enzymes are relatively large, but their protein structures are fragile - amino acids in the molecular chain link together to form certain patterns and shapes, giving enzymes their unique characteristics and functions. When something disrupts the chain's structure and shape, the enzyme becomes "denatured"and loses its ability to perform. E.g. exposing them to temperatures > 116 ⁰F

Being catalysts, enzymes are not used up in a reaction

There are three types of enzymes:

(1)Digestive (extra-cellular enzymes) –help break down food for absorption and transport to cells

(2)Food based - enzymes in uncooked foods supply some of the body's enzymes

(3)Metabolic/Systemic (intra-cellular enzymes) –involved with cell's “in-house”reproductive and general functions

Your pancreas produces most of the digestive and metabolic enzymes – obtaining enzymesfrom food lowers the burden on the pancreas to produce enzymes. Enzymes not used for digestion are then available for important metabolic processses

Cooked/processed/fatty foods, aging and antibioticsdeplete body's enzymes

Enzyme production rate starts declining around the age of 20 –added to which,age brings a decline in the stomach's production of hydrochloric acid, which is needed to activate the stomach's digestive enzymes

(1)DIGESTIVE ENZYMES

Most digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas and released throughout the digestive tract – but digestion begins in the mouth with amylase in saliva breaking down carbs and mastication breaking down proteins

Enzymes in the digestivesystem - there are eight primary digestive enzymes, each purposed to help break down different types of food:

Protease:Digests protein mostly in the stomac h (after mastication in the mouth)

Amylase: Digests carbohydrates; in mouth, upper stomach, then the small intestine

Lipase: Digests fats primarily in the small intestine

Cellulase: Breaks down fiber

Maltase: Converts complex sugars from grains into glucose

Lactase:Digests milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products

Phytase:Helps with overall digestion, especially B vitamin production

Sucrase: Digests most sugars

Poor digestion often leads to GI disorders:

Acid reflux / heartburn

Constipation / Bloating /Cramping / Flatulence / Belching

Chronic malabsorption can lead to any number of illnesses

(2)FOOD ENZYMES

The major reason enzymes levels become depleted is that we eat mostly processed, irradiated and cooked food devoid of enzymes (most rendered inactive by exposure to temperatures over 116⁰ F)

–   Raw food (picked ripe) contains enzymes that help break it down in the upper stomach - where it sits for 30 to 45 minutes. In the lower stomach the pancreas excretes more enzymes.

–   Cooked, irradiated, processed food does not predigest in the upper stomach:

Eventually an overworked pancreas is no longer able to produce an adequate supply of enzymes –resulting in low enzyme levels for metabolic purposes –i.e. detoxification, energy production and for utilization by the immune system for fighting disease and eliminating cancer cells

–   Pasteurizing dairy products denatures enzymes

This author has concluded that enzymes are better received from foods such as fresh-made juices and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rather than supplemented – too many enzymes, as provided in a supplement, can promote a lazy pancreas. It is better to build up the body with nutrients and empower the pancreas. However, if you insist on a digestive supplement . . .

DIGESTIVE ENZYME SUPPLEMENT

Digestive enzymes must be taken WITH a meal

Should include lipase, protease, and amylase enzymes

A good DIGESTIVE enzymebrand:

Dr. Mercola Digestive Enzymes

Hydrochloric acid may need a supplemental boost too

(3)METABOLIC/SYSTEMIC ENZYMES

Metabolic enzymes are catalysts that speed up METABOLIC processES in the body

>3000 enzymes identified - each with a specific function

–   Each enzyme is described by a sequence of four numbers preceded by "EC" - The first number broadly classifies the enzyme based on its mechanism.

EC 1 Oxidoreductases: catalyze oxidation/reduction reactions

EC 2 Transferases: transfer a functional group (e.g. a methyl or phosphate group)

EC 3 Hydrolases: catalyze the hydrolysis of various bonds

EC 4 Lyases: cleave various bonds by means other than hydrolysis and oxidation

EC 5 Isomerases: catalyze isomerization changes within a single molecule

EC 6 Ligases: join two molecules with covalent bonds.

Benefits of metabolic enzymes (which are mainly proteolytic) in body

Detoxification

Energy production

Fighting disease/infections, healing wounds

Reduce inflammation

Oxygen absorption

Toxic waste removal

Dissolve clots

Regulate hormones

Anti-aging

Involved in: Circulatory, lymphatic, cardiac, neurologic, endocrine, renal, hepatic, and reproductive systems

Maintain skin, bones, joints, muscles

Some enzymes need coenzymes to function –E.g.CoQ10, magnesium, zinc

SYSTEMIC Proteolytic Enzymes

Most enzymes are proteolytic –meaning they catalyze the splitting of proteins. These category EC 3.4 enzymes usually act on peptide bonds between amino acids, in a reaction called dehydration synthesis, which releases a molecule of water

When available, the body uses proteolytic enzymes

Blood clots

Cancer

Scars

Fibrosis

Any inflammatory disease E.g. heart disease, arthitis

Pain E.g. sports injuries

Detoxification / Clean-up (Break down protein fragments and microbes in blood)

Immune function

Anti-aging

Decrease side-effects of chemo and radiation

For information on the best way to boost body's proteolytic enzymes

How to boost body's systemic proteolytic enzymes

ENZYMES LINKS

ENZYMES

Related Links

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- Systemic Proteolytic Enzyme Health Benefits

Systemic Proteolytic enzymes “Decloak”cancer cells

- How to Boost body's Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes

Systemic Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy

NUTRITION LINKS

NUTRITION Related Links

“N”= Nutrition

“Live to Eat or Eat to Live”

FOODS

Fruits and Vegetables:

Fruits and Vegetables

- How much Fructose in Fruit?

- Lemon Juice

- Sulforaphane"Eat Your Broccoli!"

- Garlic

Proteins:

Dairy

Eggs

Meat

Fish

Fats:

Fats & Oils

Carbs:

Grains

Sweeteners

- Raw Honey

- Too much sugar

Fiber:/span>

Fiber in Foods “Soluble and Insoluble”

Antinutrients:

Antinutrients

- Phytic Acid / Phytate “Malabsorption Agent”

Other food types:

Herbs, Salt and Spices

Beverages

Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit

Maximize Nutrition in Foods:

Cooking - How to Preserve Nutrients in vegetables

RECIPES

Budwig Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

ENZYMES

ENZYMES - “Make it Happen!”

PROBIOTICS

PROBIOTICS - “For Life”

MINERALS

MINERALS

Calcium

Potassium

Phosphate

Sodium

Chloride

Magnesium –“Missing Miracle Mineral”

Sulfur –“Healing Mineral”

Iodine –“Universal Medicine”

Fluoride

Selenium

Zinc

Manganese

Copper

Chromium

Molybdenum

Boron

Iron

ANTI

-OXIDANTS

/VITAMINS

Food /Supplemental Antioxidants

Vitamin A –“Grass Vitamin”

Vitamin B Complex

-Vitamin B9 (Folate)

- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Vitamin C –“God's Medicine”

Vitamin D –“Sunshine Vitamin”

Vitamin E

Vitamin K–“Klotting and Kalcium”

CoQ10–“Spark and Dampener”

Alpha Lipoic Acid

MELATONIN –“Darkness Hormone”

Dark Chocolate –“Anti-inflammatory

/Antidepressant”

GLYCO

-NUTRIENTS

Essential sugars

FATS

HIGH OR LOW FAT - FAKE OR NO FAT?

EFAS–“The Fats of Life”

(Essential Fatty Acids Omega-3 and Omega-6)

Damaged/Altered (Toxic) Fats

AMINO ACIDS

L-Arginine - "Precursor to Nitric Oxide (NO)"

HARMFUL

FOODS

Harmful foods / ingredients –Main Page

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

MSG “And other forms of neurotoxic free glutamic acid”

"Sickly Sweet"

- Aspartame -“Excitotoxin”

- Splenda (Sucralose) - “An Organochlorine"

- Too much Fructose - “Burdens liver / Increases inflammation / Favors Fat production"

- Too much Sugar - “Common addiction affecting health"

Nanotechnology

Caffeine- "The Jitter Drug"

Microwaved Foods - "Not so convenient for your health"

Chlorine - “Disease-causing Disinfectant in your Water"

Fluoride - "Mega Health fraud and Cover-up"

Food Colorings

HERBS

5-HTP - “SSRI Alternative”

DIM - “Anti-estrogen with Anticancer Benefits"

SUPPLEMENTS

Daily Nutritional Supplement Chart

"Green Drink" - A whole food multivitamin supplement

OTHER LINKS

Electron-Rich Foods

Bible References to Health