Enzymes are the spark that make life possible. They are present in every cell of both plants and animals, and are needed for all chemical reactions that occur within the body. Without them no activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, minerals nor hormones would work. Human eggs and sperm could not combine. Every cell would cease to move, and no life would happen.
Naturopath Dr. Humbert Santino has said, “if we imagine the body as a light bulb, enzymes are the electricity. Without enzymes, our body is just like a useless bulb, never alight.”
More than 700 enzymes have been discovered in the human body, but there could be many more. Some scientists believe around 1,500 – 4,000 enzymes are necessary for optimal health.
Others speculate that number to be more than 10,000
Enzymes are protein compounds that serve as metabolic mediators within the body.
Without enzymes, metabolic function would become impossible.
The human body is one of the most sophisticated living organisms on earth.
Countless chemical reactions are constantly occurring, all relying on the presence of enzymes.
But some enzymes are lost during the reaction process.
Although the body can independently generate certain amounts of enzymes to replenish what it loses, without dietary supplementation it quickly falls into a state of enzyme deficit. The food we ingest daily has a direct effect on what and how many enzymes are available for digestion, metabolic function etc. Our diet can either support or damage enzyme levels in the body.
Metabolic function is key to disease prevention and optimal health. To preserve it, we must be ingesting sufficient dietary enzymes. If the level of dietary enzymes in the body is insufficient, metabolic rate slows down and our health becomes seriously affected.
Enzymes provide incredible support for digestion and absorption processes. The function of digestive enzymes can be explained with the following experiment: For meat to be broken down into amino acids and other vital nutrients in a laboratory, it must be soaked in a thick acid solution for 24 hours. But when combined with the right enzymes, such as those found in the stomach, this process can take as little as 2 hours to complete, whilst remaining at a temperature of no more than 40 degrees.
But enzymes don’t only break down substances, they also create completely new ones. For example, enzymes extract amino acids from the blood and convert them into muscle. They also turn sugar into heparin acid and store it in the liver for energy.
If we think of cells as small factories, enzymes are the engineers. They are constantly working to balance, to restore and to energize. Enzymes are responsible for oxidizing the cells. They also catalyze a series of chemical reactions that create adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. ATP emits an energy that causes the muscle fibers to contract, such as that needed for the heart to beat and the lungs to breath.
Enzymes are also at work within the nervous system. They manufacture acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter released by the nerve cells to send signals to other cells.
Enzymes are both mysterious and magical. They lie at the heart of everything we do, and yet for the most part we are completely unaware of their existence. The elusive qualities of enzymes have given them the title <Miracle of Life>.
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