Enzymes help make life possible by making chemical reactions occur, controlling metabolic functions and regulating almost all biochemical reactions within the human body. Enzymes help move muscles,
stimulate nerves, keep the heart beating and assist with breathing and thinking. Enzymes can promote digestion, diminish swelling, fight wrinkles, support immunity and help the body heal in countless ways. We cannot exist without them.
The human body is made up of many enzymes. One specific group is called digestive enzymes, which are made by the pancreas. Salivary glands also produce digestive enzymes when you chew food. Enzymes are also found in foods naturally. Digestive enzymes are vital to the body's ability to correctly break down and process the food you eat.
They are responsible for capturing the nutrients from food and releasing them into the blood stream. A lack of digestive enzymes has a major impact on the ability to stay healthy.
Enzymes are also fragile, unstable and decrease in production as we age. Fruits and vegetables which have not been cooked, canned or processed are excellent sources of enzymes. However, the American diet is generally enzyme-deficient because the majority of the food we consume has been cooked or processed. Enzymes are killed when exposed to heat above 118 degrees (boiling, microwaving, frying, baking, etc.) Plus, some sources say, for every 10 years of life there is a 13% decrease in your own enzyme production.
Not enough digestive enzymes can increase the likelihood that undigested food will enter the colon. Poor digestion has been associated with occasional mood swings, irritability, weight gain, headaches, and more. Plus, undigested foods can cause gases, acids and internal putrefaction (rotting). Gas, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and skir issues can all occur. Perhaps many people feel uncomfortable after eating because they lack digestive enzymes.