The Benefits of Enzymes
Enzymes are powerful, biologically active proteins that are found in all living cells. There are two types of enzymes:
Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat and turn it into energy we can use. They help our bodies extract vital nutrients and absorb them into the bloodstream. Without enough of these enzymes, food remains partially undigested and passes into the colon, where it can lead to occasional bloating, gas, diarrhea and cramping.
Metabolic enzymes cause and regulate every biochemical reaction that occurs within our bodies, and they’re essential for how our cells function and our overall health.
Why use enzyme supplements?
- When foods are cooked or processed, the enzymes that are naturally in the food are destroyed. Since the modern diet consists primarily of cooked or processed foods, we rely on the digestive enzymes that our bodies manufacture to help us break down our meals.
- We all normally produce both metabolic and digestive enzymes. As we age, our bodies produce fewer of the enzymes that we need.
- There are many different kinds of enzymes, and they each have a specific purpose. Sometimes people simply have a deficiency of certain types of enzyme. This is why food intolerances occur. For example, lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase.
The good news is that studies have shown that by supplementing your diet with the right combination of digestive enzymes, you can take meaningful steps to improve and maintain your digestive health.* The result may be improved regularity, less digestive discomfort, and better assimilation of vital nutrients.*
Supplementing with metabolic enzymes may provide extra support for your cardiovascular and immune systems and your healthy muscle, tissue and joint function.*