What Are Enzymes and Why Do We Need Them?
Enzymes are made up of amino acids which makes them a type of protein. They increase the rate of a chemical reaction within a cell. Enzymes are very specific. We need them for every little chemical reaction in the body. Every chemical reaction has it’s own specific enzyme to either build something or take something apart and distribute it within the body.
Here are some examples of enzymes and their function within the body
Protease-Is an enzyme that breaks down protein within our digestive system.
Lactase- Is the specific enzyme that breaks down lactose.
Amylases- Is an enzyme that breaks down starches into smaller sugar molecules.
Lipases- Breaks down fat
Papain- Is found in raw papaya. It helps support the digestive tract by breaking down protein. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Bromelain- Is found in raw pineapple. It breaks down protein, heals wounds and is anti-inflammatory.
As we age, enzyme production is reduced. It is important to replenish your enzymes through food and sometimes supplements.
Food Sources- The best source of raw enzymes is from raw fruits and vegetables. Many enzymes are killed in the cooking process, so it is important to incorporate raw foods into your lifestyle.
Supplements- Some people need to take a supplement form of enzymes, because they cannot produce their own. Enzyme supplements help improve digestion and relieve symptoms of pain and bloating in the stomach. Here is a great Raw cabbage and kale salad to get you started, raw style :) Next time you reach for raw pineapple or an apple, think, raw enzymes, Does the body good!