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Enzymes - The Miracle Nutrient

May 15, 2008
They are energized protein molecules and responsible for all biological activities going in our 60 trillion cells and are essential for every chemical reaction which takes place in our body. From digesting the food that we eat and unlocking the nutrient to activating our immune system and producing energy in our body.

Without them, all nutrients including vitamins, minerals and trace minerals cannot be utilized properly. A person who are deficient are prone to a myriad of health problem and accelerated age. Many will suffering chronic ailments, such as arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin diseases, cancer and immune deficiencies and all this were cause by low enzyme levels.

You can find an enzymes in a raw foods, but they are more heat sensitive than the vitamins, and are destroyed when heated more than 50 degree Celsius or 122 Fahrenheit. All form of cooking such as boiling, steaming and etc, will destroy the enzymes 100 %. In fact, every time you eat them, you will use the enzymes reserve in your body. This will cause a burden to the body, when energy can be conserved for repairing our body.

Each individual is born with an "enzymes bank" or "enzymes potential", and when started to get low, we will have a health breakdown. Each time you eat you are making the enzymes to run out as digestive enzymes are being used to digest food. While eating enzymes rich raw foods is good, it still doesn't count as a "deposit" but it will only "offset" with the one used to digest them. We also lose enzymes during sweat and body waste. If you'd like to improve your health or increase your lifespan you should take more enzymes supplements.

There are various types of enzyme- digestive, metabolic and food enzyme. Each of it has a specific function. For example, amylase breaks down carbohydrates, lipase fat and protease protein. Some such like SOD function as a potent antioxidant and involved in energy production. Others enzyme such as bromelain and papain are proteolytic enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties.

Each fruit and vegetables has a unique enzyme. The best form of enzyme supplement should have multitude of source. Digestive enzyme usually contain isolated enzyme such as amylase, protease or lipase. Better get enzymes from whole food source and multiple fruits and vegetables so you can receive a wider spectrum of enzymes.

Fresh raw fruit and vegetables are rich in enzymes but it's hard to eat enough variety to get a full spectrum of enzymes and nutrient. But nutrient can be preserved through fermentation by using specific healthful microorganisms. It will increase the level of enzyme and produce more nutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and phytonutrients) and will be more bio-available to the body.

The function of your immune system is to fight off all foreign invaders inside our body such as bacteria, viruses, carcinogens and other chemical. When our body is forced to work overtime to produce digestive enzymes, it will have a dire effect on our immune function.

Your immune system demands a constant supply of enzymes, especially amylase and protease.

Amylase is found in the macrophages, the white blood cell that actively seek out and destroy diseases that causing microorganisms and toxins.

Protease or proteolytic enzymes break down undigested proteins, cellular debris and toxin in the blood. Also help reduce blood levels of immune complexes that could otherwise active the immune system to attack the tissue of our body.

As we know, we all have cancer cell at any given time. But, we have specialized immune cell such as NK cells (natural killer cells) and macrophages ( white blood cell) that will kill and destroy these cancer cell before they can cause any serious damage.

However, scientist have found that some cancer cells hide under a protein covering to avoid detection. NK cells and macrophages unable to kill them , allowing cancer cells to attach themselves to an organ and spread more faster than before.

Enzymes dissolve this protein covering. Once it removed. NK cells and macrophages can effectively kill these cancer cells. It also have been reported that enzymes will increase the action of macrophages by 700% and NK cells by 1,300% in a short period. Enzymes play a good role in prevention of cancer cells.

Today, medical specialist used enzymes for treating arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and backaches. Many athletes are given daily enzymes to accelerate recovery from surgery, injuries and intense exercise. Enzymes will dissolve fibrin which prevents the scar tissue build up, which can cause restriction in an injured area. Proteolytic enzymes (bromelain type) reduce the body's production of "negative" prostaglandins (PGE2) that cause pain/inflammation. This enzymes also absorb amino acids to repair afflicted joints.

If you suffer from chronic physical conditions such as tunnel syndrome, tennis elcow, sciatica, strain tendon or old injuries (whiplash, stiff neck or disk problems) enzymes can offer relief. My Advice rather than used painkiller try enzymes to ease your problem.

One common cause of hardening and clogging of blood vessels is the accumulation of protein and cholesterol plaque. This plaque can become dislodge and travel to smaller vessels where it can cause heart attack or stroke.

Lipase is an enzyme that breaks down fat and removes fat from storage. Less lipase means the fat stagnates and accumulates in the arteries and increasing risk of heart diseases and high blood pressure. Lipase can help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Proteolytic enzymes, on other hand, is a great natural blood thinner.
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Bardnurz Sham, Write an article to educate people so that they can improve their life by eat well and have a wonderful life. web: Health And Longevity Feed: Health And Longevity feeds Natural Herbal Medicine: HERBAL MEDICINE
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