What are Enzymes and Why we need to supplement them!!

Probably the most overlooked puzzle piece in the health and wellness industry is the emphasis on enzymes. In fact, the wellness industry is not talking about it much at all. The wellness industry is constantly looking for the next best product to put on the market to help people with energy and vitality. However, we are missing one of the fundamentals when it comes to living a healthy long life, i.e. enzymes! I just want to give you a basic overview of what “Enzymes” are, where we get enzymes, and why supplementing with plant based enzymes are necessary for our lives today.

First, “what are enzymes?” The word enzyme is a general term for a protein catalyst made within the cells of a living thing. In other words, without the presence of enzymes, all living things would cease to exist. They are needed for every chemical action and reaction in the body. They are a part of all metabolic processes, from the working of our cells, tissues, and organs, to the functioning of our digestive system, endocrine system, immune system, and every other system. Even minerals, vitamins, hormones, and neurotransmitters need enzymes to be present in order to their own work properly. Enzymes are the true laboor force of the body!

There are three major classes of enzymes: 1. Metabolic Enzymes: that help the blood, tissues, and organs to function. 2. Digestive Enzymes: produced in the body for digestion. The four categories of digestive enzymes are: 1. Amylase: breaks down starch. 2. Cellulase: acts on cellulose (plant fiber). 3. Lipase: acts on fat (lipids). 4. Protease: acts on protein. Each of these four categories include co-factor enzymes too numerous to list, since 3,000 of the 5.000 types of enzymes in the body are located in the digestive system. Therefore, it is important to focus on what we are eating and digesting because it can give us energy and vitality or weigh us down and shorten our lives. 3. Food Enzymes: contained in raw food.

Second, “where do we get them?” We have two sources where enzymes derive from. The first are endogenous metabolic and digestive enzymes that are produced in the body by various organs and tissues. For example, the pancreas secrets digestive enzymes to break down our food. The second source comes from enzymes found in raw plant foods.

Third, “why do we need to supplement with digestive enzymes?” I tell people if they eat raw food 100% of the time, they really do not need digestive enzymes, unless they want to break down their fruit or low fibrous vegetables in greater capacity to get more nutrient absorption from those foods. In fact, vegetarians can benefit from them because of the lack of abundant enzymes in certain plant foods. Most people need them because any time we cook a food above 118 degrees, the food is what we call “dead food.” This means the food cannot be digested in the body because the enzymes in the food are no longer present, therefore, putting stress on the body by taking our metabolic enzymes throughout the body to assist our digestive enzymes to break our food down. This puts stress on our blood and vital organs over time, leading to faster aging. This is why I recommend taking digestive enzymes at each meal, so we can reduce stress on the body, break our food down, and utilize the nutrients in the food without taxing all our metabolic enzymes in the body. We know vegetarians usually live the longest and are some of the healthiest people on the planet. It is due to eating enzyme rich foods and allowing the blood and organs to regenerate from the raw foods they eat! To live long and healthy in today’s world, we must eat more raw foods and take plant based enzymes, like the Core Health Pack, when eating cooked food!

To life and longevity!

John Nardozzi

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