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Natural Weight Loss
Enzymes have been called the “sparks of life.”
They’re energized protein molecules and they play a necessary role in just about every biochemical activity in your body.
They’re essential for digesting food, stimulating your brain, providing cellular energy, and repairing all tissues, organs, and cells.
Life as we know it couldn’t exist without enzymes, even if you have enough vitamins, minerals, water, and other nutrients.
In their main role, enzymes are catalysts – they accelerate hundreds of thousands of biochemical reactions in your body that control life’s processes.
If it weren’t for the catalytic action of enzymes, most of these reactions would take place way too slowly to sustain life.
Enzymes aren’t consumed in the reactions they help.
Each enzyme has a specific function in your body no other enzyme can fulfill.
The chemical shape of each enzyme is specialized so it can start a reaction only in a certain substance, or in a group of closely related substances, and not in others.
The substance on which an enzyme acts is called the substrate.
Because there must be a different enzyme for every substrate, your body must make lots of different enzymes.
The Functions of Enzymes
Enzymes assist in practically all bodily functions.
Digestive enzymes break down food particles for energy.
This chemical reaction is called hydrolysis, and it involves using water to break the chemical bonds to turn food into energy.
The stored energy is later converted by other enzymes for use by your body as needed.
Iron is concentrated in your blood by the action of enzymes; other enzymes in your blood help your blood coagulate in order to stop bleeding.
Uricolytic enzymes prepare the conversion of uric acid into urea.
Respiratory enzymes help eliminate carbon dioxide from your lungs.
Enzymes help your kidneys, liver, lungs, colon, and skin in removing wastes and toxins from your body.
Enzymes also use the nutrients ingested by your body to make new muscle tissue, nerve cells, bone, skin, and glandular tissue.
One enzyme can take dietary phosphorus and convert it into bone.
Enzymes help the oxidation of glucose, which creates energy for your cells.
Enzymes also protect your blood from dangerous waste materials by changing these substances into things easily eliminated by your body.
The functions of enzymes are so many and so diverse it’d be impossible to name them all.
Enzymes are often divided into 2 groups: digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes.
Digestive enzymes are secreted along your gastrointestinal tract and break down foods, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into your bloodstream for use in various bodily functions.
If you don’t make enough digestive enzymes, you’ll experience bloating, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, and/or pain.
Of the macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) people have the most trouble digesting fat, followed by protein and carbohydrate.
Those who are lactose intolerant lack the enzymes needed to break down milk sugar.
When choosing an enzyme supplement, make sure it addresses your specific digestion needs.
There are 3 main categories of digestive enzymes: amylase, protease, and lipase.
Another part of the digestive process is hydrochloric acid.
While not technically an enzyme itself, it interacts with digestive enzymes as they perform their functions.
Metabolic enzymes are enzymes that change the various chemical reactions with your cells, like energy production and detoxification.
Metabolic enzymes govern the activities of all your organs, tissues, and cells.
They’re the workers that build your body from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Metabolic enzymes do their specific work in your blood, organs, and tissues.
Each body tissue has its own specific set of metabolic enzymes.
Two particularly important metabolic enzymes are superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase.
SOD is an antioxidant protecting cells by attacking a common free radical, superoxide.
Catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide, a metabolic waste product, and frees oxygen for your body to use.
Your body uses most of its enzyme-producing potential to make about 2 dozen enzymes.
These control the breakdown and usage of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to create the hundreds of metabolic enzymes needed to keep the rest of your tissues and organs in their functions.
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