Enzymes in Vegetables and Fruits

There are various enzymes that the body requires for its smooth functioning and maintaining health. Enzymes are nothing but the proteins that are designed to help in the process of digestion and enable other chemical processes in the body to be done in a smooth and easy way. The enzyme known as Amylase, actually helps breaking down carbohydrates and starches that we consume. There are certain enzymes that also help in prevention of certain health issues. For example, an enzyme known as Bromelain helps to reduce inflammatory conditions. While there are some enzymes that the body tends to produce on its own, there are some enzymes that we have to supply to our body through the foods that we consume. The enzymes in vegetables and fruits are known to be one of the best sources for this purpose. Yes, fruits and vegetables are a great source of enzymes that are required by our body to be healthy. But then, it also matters as to how you end up consuming them. It would be interesting for you to know that before 1930, when the phenomena known as digestive leukocytosis existed, it was noticed that there was a rapid increase in the white blood cell count after a person consumed cooked food. This increase in the number of white blood cells was considered to be normal back then, but it was still a concern as to why would the WBC’s increase because that happens only when the body perceives a threat or is under stress! A research was done by the Swiss researchers at the Institute of Chemical Chemistry in 1930 and it was then discovered that consuming foods in their natural form, doesn’t increase the white […]

Enzymes can Help Food Tolerance

Supplemental digestive enzymes are gaining traction with consumers. Increasingly, when patients show me their multivitamin labels, there are a handful of digestive enzymes listed among the vitamin and mineral ingredients. I’ve also read online testimonials from folks who swear that enzymes marketed as providing “digestive support” for gluten work as promised—and enable them to eat bread and pasta, bloat-free. What are these enzymes, exactly? Should you be taking them? Enzymes are proteins that facilitate specific chemical reactions. Digestive enzymes facilitate the chemical breakdown of food into smaller, absorbable components. Enzymes called amylases break down starches into sugar molecules; proteases break down proteins into amino acids; and lipases break down fat into its component parts. Humans naturally produce multiple different enzymes in these families that encounter food at different places in the digestive process: first in the mouth, then in the stomach, and finally, within the small intestine. Humans also possess disaccharidases, or enzymes that break the bonds between double sugar molecules like sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar) into two individual sugar molecules for absorption. Unlike members of other biological kingdoms, humans (as mammals) lack digestive enzymes that break down compounds from plant cell walls like cellulose, pectins and resistant starches. These dietary compounds are collectively called “fiber.” By definition, fiber is a nondigestible substance whose health benefits derive from its inability to be absorbed. Since it survives the digestive process intact and unabsorbed, it can travel along to the colon where it feeds our resident bacteria and contributes to fecal bulk. In considering whether taking supplemental digestive enzymes may be beneficial, one should recognize that the term “digestive enzymes” is a catchall that includes a variety of compounds with different purposes—similar to “vitamins” or “probiotics.”
By |November 22nd, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Enzymes Are a Vital Component of the Digestive Process

Enzymes are essential to the body’s absorption and utilization of food. The capacity of the living organism to make enzymes diminishes with age, and some scientists believe that humans could live longer and be healthier by guarding against the loss of our precious enzymes. Enzymes are responsible for every activity of life. Even thinking requires enzyme activity. The two primary classes of enzymes responsible for maintaining life functions are digestive and metabolic. The primary digestive enzymes are proteases (to digest proteins), amylases (to digest carbohydrates), and lipases (to digest fats). These enzymes function as a biological catalyst to help break down food. Raw foods also provide enzymes that naturally break down food for proper absorption. Metabolic enzymes are responsible for the structuring, repairing, and remodeling of every cell, and the body is under a great daily burden to supply sufficient enzymes for optimal health. Metabolic enzymes operate in every cell, every organ, and every tissue, and they need constant replenishment. Digestion of food takes high priority and has a high demand for enzymes. When we eat, enzymatic activity begins in the mouth, where salivary amylase, lingual lipase, and ptyalin initiate starch and fat digestion. In the stomach, hydrochloric acid activates pepsinogen to pepsin, which breaks down protein, and gastric lipase begins the hydrolysis of fats. Without proper enzyme production, the body has a difficult time digesting food, often resulting in a variety of chronic disorders. Poor eating habits (e.g., inadequate chewing and eating on the run) may result in inadequate enzyme production and, hence, malabsorption of food (which is exacerbated by aging because this is a time of decreased hydrochloric acid production) as well as a general decline in digestive enzyme secretion. Saliva is rich in amylase, while […]

Enzymes and Digestive Health

Eighty million Americans suffer from digestive problems on a daily basis, leading the way for specialized diets to become the norm.  Johnson Compounding recognizes the importance of enzymes, which many believe to be the next wave of wellness in the digestion category. The digestive plague has ravaged the American people with disorders and diseases, causing an epidemic in North America. Statistics show that over $100 billion a year is spent on medical treatment for digestive concerns and $10 billion dollars alone for Over the Counter (OTC) and prescription antacids. Heartburn drugs have become the top selling OTC and prescription medication in this country. While these medications may treat the symptoms momentarily, they fail to address the underlying and systemic issues plaguing the millions of Americans who seek relief. The solution is naturally produced by our bodies and found in fresh wholesome foods and supplements. Enzymes, which occur naturally in the body, are responsible for digestive health. Nearly every action that takes place within the body, including digestion, immunity, and cellular repair, requires the action of enzymes. With certified enzyme experts on staff, Johnson Compounding can be a resource to support naturally improving digestive issues. One commonly known solution are probiotic dietary supplements, which contain the healthy bacteria found in yogurt. Probiotics have made the national headlines, but not all the facts are known. Probiotics fuel our digestion through the production of digestive enzymes. This thereby allows the American people to go to the source of the digestive problems and allows them to take enzymes directly. Enzymes are crucial for healthy digestion and the absorption of nutrients, and therefore enzyme supplements may potentially prevent the indigestion that plagues so many.
By |October 8th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Enzymes More Important Then Vitamins?

Enzymes are more important than vitamins and minerals for general health. Without enzymes, vitamins and minerals are useless. Enzymes are catalysts for metabolic processes and digestion. A catalyst initiates a chemical process without being part of the resultant product Many readers are familiar with digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from foods when they enter the small intestine. The enzymes provided by both wholesome raw foods and the pancreas go to work. Most standard American diets, consisting of processed or over-cooked food like substances, lack enzymes. So the pancreas has to work harder producing the enzymes necessary for normal digestion. Eating more raw veggies and fruits as well as juicing allows enzymes inherent in real food to assist the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Of course, digestive enzymes are also available as supplements. But there is a function beyond digestion for enzymes that is mostly unknown in the Americas, Australia, and the UK. They can also be utilized for many therapeutic purposes ranging from treating physical injuries to battling cancer and chronic diseases. Proteolytic enzymes or protease Proteolytic enzymes or protease can be used, in part, to digest complete proteins that are in meat. Yet, outside of meals, they have been harnessed for a multitude of healing processes, sometimes exclusively and sometimes in conjunction with other therapies. When not used for digestion in the small intestines, these enzymes are free to roam through the blood stream seeking to break down hard protein, fibrin surfaces, scar tissue, granuloma, and even cancer cells’ tough coatings. In Europe and Japan, proteolytic enzymes or protease are used to speed up healing from bodily injury or surgery. They’ve been doing this for years, incorporating enzyme therapies with mainstream medicine. But in the USA, UK, and […]
By |September 18th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments