In my more than twenty years of working with enzyme therapy, I have seen remarkable improvements in patients with a wide variety of dis-eases. The most noticeable and immediate change in patients is often an increased level of energy. They no longer feel a ‘crash’ after meals, especially at the most common time, right after lunch. This typically helps encourage them to continue their prescribed program and increases their overall compliance. But, what exactly are enzymes?
Enzymes are complex proteins in the body that accelerate chemical changes in other substances without being destroyed or changed in the process. They are energy catalysts essential to the successful occurrence of over 150,000 biochemical reactions in our bodies and are the basis of all systemic activity. Best known are those involved in food digestion, extracting minerals from food and converting proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and other nutrients for the body’s assimilation and use. Enzymes help convert food into chemical substances that can pass through cell membranes, helping transform foods into muscles, nerves, bones, and glands, and helping store excess foods in muscles or the liver for future energy needs. They help pulmonary and cellular respirations, metabolize iron for production of hemoglobin, aid in blood coagulation, and decompose hydrogen peroxide and thus liberate healthful oxygen.
Enzymes contribute to immune system activity. For example, white blood cells are enzyme-rich, enabling them to digest foreign invading substances. By enabling toxic substances to be broken down and eliminated and purifying the blood, enzymes keep our immune systems strong. They help nourish and clean the body, delivering hormones and balancing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They also make available the energy needed for a normal body to burn hundreds of grams of carbohydrates and fats every day. Without enzymes, life could not be sustained.
The number of enzymes produced in a lifetime is limited. Every person is born with a genetically determined “enzyme potential” (the amount of enzymes that can be produced in a lifetime). In addition, each enzyme can only perform a certain number of reactions before it is exhausted and must be replaced by another. A person’s available enzyme supply can be diminished by ingesting processed foods and caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as well as colds and fevers, pregnancy, strenuous exercise, injuries, extreme weather conditions and other stressors.
If we do not eat an enzyme-rich diet, we can deplete our enzyme potential. This is why enzyme supplementation and a good diet with raw foods are essential. When all enzyme activity stops, the body stops functioning and dies. However, the human body can store ingested food enzymes to ensure the body’s ability to metabolize needed nutrients. Enzyme therapy can save people’s lives by restoring energy and homeostasis, slowing and even reversing the aging process, turning a dysfunctional digestive system into a healthy one, and strengthening the immune system.