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Right now, there are thousands of enzymes at work in your body. They run everything from digestion to your metabolism, and they are necessary for ALL of your body’s processes and functions. A deficiency of even one of these enzymes can mean the difference between health and disease for your body.
Enzymes are absolutely essential to your health and life. More than 75,000 enzymes have been identified in the human body, and they are hard at work:
Enzymes are the catalysts in many of the essential biochemical reactions in our bodies, and they don’t work alone. Cofactors like magnesium and coenzyme Q10 work together with enzymes to speed up these reactions, sometimes as fast as several millions reactions per second!
The 3 basic categories of enzymes are digestive, metabolic, and food-based. Digestive enzymes are extracellular, meaning they are found outside of your cells. Metabolic enzymes are intracellular, which means they are inside your cells. Both of these types of enzymes are made primarily by your pancreas. Food-based enzymes come from the foods you eat, and once your digestive enzymes break the food down, these enzymes are free to help you digest your food into nutrients your body can absorb.
Each enzyme works best in its ideal environment, and as we age and are exposed to more toxins, the environment inside our bodies changes, depleting our enzymes. When enzymes run even a little bit low, symptoms appear and diseases aren’t far behind. It’s important to know what these enzymes do in our bodies, and how to supplement when symptoms appear.
Do you need digestive enzymes for weight loss? These enzymes are necessary to break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats into energy. All digestive enzymes come from the pancreas, and the small intestine is where 90 percent of digestion and absorption actually takes place. A pancreas that is functioning normally will secrete about 8 cups of pancreatic juices into the small intestine daily. This fluid is rich with digestive enzymes and bicarbonate, which neutralizes the strong stomach acid as it is released into the small intestine.
Lipase works with bile from the liver and gallbladder to break down fats. When you don’t have enough lipase, you may suffer with gas, bloating, diarrhea, fatty stools, lack of essential fats, and fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies. When your liver is overloaded with toxins, it can cause the bile to become thick, sludgy, and congested, and not flow as freely as your digestion needs it to. This can cause a feedback that causes you to make less lipase. It’s important for everything from fat digestion to healthy thyroid function to keep bile flowing freely, and that’s why we’ve created UNI KEY Health's Bile Builder Supplements for no gallbladder. This supplement is a must-have for proper fat digestion, especially if your gallbladder has been removed.
There are a number of enzymes that are needed to break down carbohydrates (aka “carbs”). They are everywhere from your saliva to your small intestine. Amylase, cellulase, maltase, lactase, sucrase, and phytase break down everything from simple carbohydrates like fruit sugars to dairy sugars, fiber, and other complex starches and sugars. Diets too heavy in carbs and sugary foods can cause constipation, bloating, cramping, gas, bloating, heartburn, and acid reflux when the enzymes can’t keep up with the demand. This is why reducing processed sugars in your diet is so important.
Proteases are the enzymes that digest proteins, and are arguably the most important for overall health. Proteolytic enzymes (proteases) have gained quite a reputation in the natural healing community, because they not only break down proteins into amino acids (e.g. trypsin and chymotrypsin), but also digest biofilms and the bacteria, yeast, protozoa and parasites that live there (e.g. lumbrokinase, serrapeptase, nattokinase). They also break down inflammatory proteins that are found in abundance in arthritis, cancers, and many other health conditions. When you are deficient in proteolytic enzymes, protein digestion is incomplete, which means allergies develop, toxins can form, and you are at an increased risk for intestinal infections.
Your circulatory, respiratory, cardiac, neurologic, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems all rely on these intracellular enzymes for critical functions. These enzymes also maintain your liver, kidneys, skin, bone, muscles, and other tissues and organs. Every single one of your cells depends on these enzymes for energy and life.
Proteolytic enzymes are not only important digestive enzymes, but are also important metabolic enzymes. The proteases found in your blood break down foreign proteins that cause inflammation and infection and cleanse the blood, as well as breaking down clots and reducing the swelling in inflamed tissues. Since inflammation plays a role in practically every disease we face today, boosting your levels of proteolytic enzymes may be essential to a healthy body, especially as we age.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez found enzymes to be indispensable in the treatment of his cancer patients. What is known of his formulas and protocols has been made available publicly since his death, and we can see that enzymes were a key ingredient in every single one of his tremendously successful cancer protocols.
You don’t have to be facing something as serious as cancer to benefit from increasing your enzymes. If you suffer from fatigue, arthritis, sore muscles, digestive issues, hormone imbalance, or any form of inflammation, insufficient enzymes may be a root cause. And there are several ways to increase them naturally: