The Enzyme Education Institute is committed to the collection and sharing of knowledge regarding the various processes that enzymes facilitate in the body. Often referred to as “The Body’s Catalysts,” enzymes play a critical role in overall health and wellness. As individuals strive daily to improve their well being, there is an acute need for science-based education regarding the role of enzymes with the body.
Our mission is to provide unbiased, scientifically grounded information on a wide variety of enzyme-related topics, uses and roles within the body.
Through education about the power of enzymes, we hope to equip those seeking the information with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about enzymes and their capabilities.
Enzymes are proteins that initiate change. Enzymes are catalysts and are necessary for all functions of living cells via initiation and acceleration of biochemical reactions.
There are literally thousands of enzymes found within each cell as well as individual body systems, such as the digestive system. The enzymes found in the human body are naturally occurring, and each has a highly specific function that relies on certain conditions to successfully operate.
Enzymes are structure-specific so that they will only work with substances that fit their active site. Enzymes are also condition-specific, working optimally at certain pH levels and within given temperature ranges. Enzymes will continue to work until they are inactivated, denatured and/or digested by proteases.
The enzymes naturally present in food play an important role in digestion by helping to predigest the ingested food in the upper stomach. Cooking and processing destroys the naturally occurring enzymes found in foods. This places the full digestive burden on the body, which can cause extra stress on the digestive system, leading to incomplete digestion. As a result, vital nutrients may not be released from the food for assimilation by the body.
The human body naturally makes digestive enzymes, but the body often does not make enough enzymes, or the complete spectrum, required for proper digestion of modern meals. When this is the case, supplemental enzymes may help.
Nearly every person can benefit from supplementation with enzymes. People may improve their absorption and utilization of nutrients through the use of digestive enzymes.
Of course, the benefits will vary depending on the individual's diet and general health. Individuals in good health can expect to notice less fullness after meals, increased energy, faster emptying of the stomach contents, decreased gas and regular bowel habits.
First, the belief that stomach pH destroys all supplemental enzymes is erroneous. Food often remains in the upper region of the stomach for as longs as an hour. Much of the digestive activity of supplemental enzymes occurs during this time before food becomes mixed with the digestive secretions.
Enzymes are incredibly efficient biological catalysts in the body. In fact, the human body needs enzymes because they create a favorable environment for the chemical reactions necessary to maintain the body. Without enzymes, the body's chemical reactions wouldn't occur fast enough.
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