|Enzymes are the essential building blocks of life. Every cell in the body uses enzymes for building, maintenance, and repair. Whether breaking down foods or healing from injury, nearly every process the human body performs involves chemical reactions. Enzymes are proteins that act as the catalysts for these chemical reactions. They are vital to our body’s ability to properly digest and benefit from the food we eat. But more importantly, enzymes are systemic (body wide) and thus provide the energy we use to rebuild cells, nerves, tissues, muscles, bones, and glands.The human body produces many enzymes on its own; however natural production of enzymes begins to decline as early as age 25.
Enzymes fall into three main categories: food enzymes, digestive enzymes, and systemic enzymes.
Food enzymes are found naturally in raw food. They help with joint health, arterial health, and the immune system.
Digestive enzymes, true to their name, aid in the digestive process. They help the body break down fiber (cellulase), protein (protease), carbohydrates (amylase), and fats (lipase). They do all their work in the gastrointestinal tract and can help combat common issues such as indigestion, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and gas.
Systemic enzymes help to build and maintain overall health. They may be taken to address specific issues, but just as often are used to promote prevention and provide general body support. Supported processes include the breakdown of excess mucus, fibrin, many toxins, allergens, and clotting factors.
Many people use systemic enzymes as an alternative to NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, since they also can be helpful in the temporary reduction of inflammation. Unlike NSAIDS, systemic enzymes are able to pinpoint only the harmful circulating immune complexes (CICs) without suppressing the CICs that are beneficial
Systemic enzymes have also been found helpful for:
Taken in combination with a healthy diet, supplements of digestive and systemic enzymes can help your body fight the effects of aging and improve your overall health.