How do Enzymes Work? That is a fantastic question one that’s definitely worth asking. To start off...Enzymes are microscopic reactions that often speed up the chemical reactions within the body.
Without enzymes all the nutrients such as: minerals, vitamins, other proteins and so on…will not do you any good without this important biochemical catalyst that works to make all the chemical reactions (processes) work inside your body by breaking down the nutrients into absorbable forms.
First of all…Enzymes are microscopic organisms that support chemical processes in the body. They are proteins that allow these chemical reactions to take place much quicker than they otherwise would on their own.
Enzymes function as catalysts – what are catalysts? Well, in the context of enzymes it means: they speed up the rate at which chemical/metabolic reaction and processes occur within living organisms.
Without enzymes, harmful toxic chemicals could easily build up in the human body to dangerous levels, causing much damage and possibly illnesses. By speeding up the chemical reactions in the body this helps the cells to complete tasks more quickly and conserve more energy.
Believe it or not, every cell in the body depends greatly on their group of enzymes! For example, a fat enzyme will not and cannot digest starch, a protein digestive enzyme will not digest lactose ect… they have their own such as: digestive enzymes etc…
Enzymes act on chemicals and then change those into other chemicals yet the enzyme itself remains unchanged.
Here’s another example: say we eat some raw food, well the enzymes from the raw food are activated by the heat and moisture in our mouths, and the enzymes, once activated digest a significant portion of the food we consume to make it small enough to pass through the small intestines - from there the metabolic enzymes (that are in the blood) kick in digesting the nutrients to build muscles, bones, lungs, blood, nerves etc…
Above is a chart with the three main types of enzymes that our bodies have to have!
Metabolic – is responsible for maintaining the health of our metabolism (the labor force of the body)
This one is especially interesting because when we eat enzyme deprived food (cook-to-death food) in order for our bodies to digest the food, it has to have some kind of enzyme to break it down, so where do they get the enzyme from? Our bodies will steal metabolic enzymes from other parts of the body and put those to work digesting the enzyme deprived food we just ate.
Do you see how this works? When we eat food we need to make sure we are eating a balanced diet because if not our bodies will have to pull resources from other parts of our body in order to try to make the balance – something has to give.
Digestive – the purpose of this enzyme is to digest food. The human body only possesses so many digestive enzymes with the levels in our bodies declining with age.
*Interesting fact: If you look at it closely, really the only difference between digestive enzymes and food enzymes is where they come from. One comes from food and the other comes from our body’s storehouse.
Food – the food enzyme digests the food we eat.
The term eating “live foods” means eating “raw foods” which means the enzymes in the food are active. The more raw food we eat equals the more enzymes our bodies receive equals making it easier for our bodies to maintain optimal health.