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Enzymes 101

The chemistry of digestion is really simple; with all the three major types of food being protein, carbohydrates, and fats. But remember, the important thing is not how much food we eat, but rather how much food we digest. And enzymes are the main component in food digestion. There are also three main categories of digestive enzymes:  proteases (for protein digestion), amylase (for carbohydrate digestion), and lipase (for fat digestion). We digest proteins into amino acids, carbohydrates into glucose, and fats into fatty acids.  Each day, the pancreas secretes about 1.7 liters of pancreatic juice in the small intestine. In this juice are enzymes (including lipase, protease, and amylase) required for the digestion and absorption of food. Lipase (along with bile) helps digest fats. Amylase (secreted by the salivary glands and pancreas) breaks down starch molecules into more absorbable sugars. The proteases secreted by the pancreas (trypsin, chymotrypsin, and carboxypeptidase) break protein molecules into single amino acids. There are also two plant-based proteases – bromelain (from the stems of pineapples) and papain (from unripe papayas).  Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with enzymes, but when we cook food, the enzymes are destroyed.

Charlene and I take a daily enzyme supplement called Vitalzym, which is a proprietary blend of systemic enzymes (including proteases, lipase, amylase, bromelain, papain, and serrapeptase). Serrapeptase, a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme present in the intestine of silkworms, is sometimes referred to as the “super enzyme.” The theory is that the enzymes extracted from the bacteria present in the intestine of silkworms are capable of dissolving dead tissue without having any harmful effect on the user’s living cells.  This is how these enzymes dissolve the cocoon of silkworms which makes them capable of transforming into adult moths. Serrapeptase suppresses the growth of “bradykinin” (a group of compounds which bind to the spot of inflammation), thus it is able to reduce inflammation and pain. It also reduces the accumulation of “fibrin” in the body, which, as a result, reduces the chances of blood clots and arterial plaque. Fibrin, a byproduct of proteins, is responsible in the formation of blood clots. If someone already suffers from blood clots, serrapeptase is able to dissolve them. In addition to blood clots, serrapeptase also digests cysts, arterial plaque, scar tissue, and inflammation in all forms. The late German physician, Dr. Hans Nieper, used serrapeptase to treat arterial blockage in his coronary patients. Serrapeptase protects against stroke and is reportedly more effective and quicker than EDTA chelation treatments in removing arterial plaque.

Around the age of 30, your body’s production of enzymes drastically diminishes, so it’s essential to begin supplementing immediately if you are older than 30.

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3 Responses to “Enzymes 101”

    • lu says:

      I didn’t know all the info you post prior to being diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian so I did not know not to have surgery immediately. Does the fact I’ve had surgery alter any hope of beating it? In this case is chemo best option along with alternative build of immune system?

  1. Gloria says:

    :raises BOTH hands::I am not really a picky eater, but liver and beans are two tighns I just don’t like. It is the texture. However, after being married and becoming the one responsible for nutrition I have actually found that, in addition to baked beans, I like black beans if they are included in something. So, if I can do beans surely I can do liver right? I also have a little one with low iron and am in the process of convincing myself that liver should show up on the table. Thankfully this particluar little one is not at all a picky eater, so that will help.Thanks for pointing out the nutritional benefits of different parts. I really should start looking for some recipes to use them in and add them to our meals. Any suggestions?

    • Danna says:

      Hello, I used to be low in iron also, but now have found many foods that have helped, and there was no need for eating liver. Blackstrap molasses, raisins, dried apricots, grape juice, dark leafy greens… all good sources of iron, and make sure you eat foods high in vitamin c so you can absorb the iron. I eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, so the blackstrap molasses alone seemed to clear up my iron deficiencies. It’s pretty sweet, so I just add a little bit onto my toast with peanut butter a few times a week. Especially important just before the menstruation cycle starts. My tiredness is gone! I have a great drink recipe also that is extremely high in iron, for people who have severe deficiencies, and can I add that on here also, if you are interested.

      Take care!

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