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Plant based enzymes vs animal-based enzymes

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Enzymes are a critical, but often overlooked nutritional need of the body. Heavy cooking, grilling, and other processing kill the natural enzymes present in food. So, when the amount of enzymes ...

Enzymes are a critical, but often overlooked nutritional need of the body. Heavy cooking, grilling, and other processing kill the natural enzymes present in food. So, when the amount of enzymes decreases, the digestive process also slows down.

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  • 1. Plant-based Enzymes vs. Animal-based Enzymes  Enzymes are molecules performing biochemical reactions that allow other molecules to change in some way. The two types of enzymes are digestive enzymes and systemic enzymes.  Digestive enzymes work in the digestive tract to break down the food into smaller particles. Amylase, lipase, and pepsin are the three common digestive enzymes. Amylase digests carbohydrates, such as starches found in pasta and potatoes. Lipase helps the body break down oils and fats, and helps in lowering the amount of fat in the blood stream. Pepsin is produced in the stomach and breaks down protein.  Systemic enzymes work in the blood, tissues, and in every cell of the body. Fibrinolytic and proteases are two systemic enzymes. Enzymes are a critical, but often overlooked nutritional need of the body. Heavy cooking, grilling, and other processing kill the natural enzymes present in food. So, when the amount of enzymes decreases, the digestive process also slows down. There are many sources of enzymes including those from both plants and animals. Plant enzymes work in all stages of digestion, whereas animal enzymes work in later stages of digestion. Plant based enzymes digest the food immediately. They are helpful as an indigestion remedy. They also reduce the risk of reflux, heartburn, and acid indigestion. Fresh fruits, sprouts, and soaked nuts are rich in enzymes. Animal based enzymes, such as chymotrypsin and pancreatin, work in the small intestine. These enzymes may be destroyed by the acids in the stomach
  • 2. even before reaching the small intestine. They are basically obtained from slaughterhouse animals that have been given steroids and antibiotics. As a result of these “additives” that penetrate the tissues in animals, enzymes from animals are inferior to plant based enzymes. There are many ways you can increase the enzyme content of your body. Eat fewer animal based foods; eat more fresh, raw food; and reduce the intake of cooked/processed foods. Also, simple changes such as eating a variety of fresh, real foods can assist in the level of enzymes in your body. Enzyme levels are directly proportional to the strength of the immune system. As enzyme levels improve, digestion improves and the body is able to fight many diseases. Systemic enzymes studies have shown that they support and enhance the production and use of metabolic enzymes. Studies also indicate that systemic enzymes could possibly increase the body’s ability to fight many diseases. They have also been shown to help such diseases as arthritis, allergies, cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, obesity, headaches, skin and digestive disorders, cholesterol, and many others. ____________________________________________________________ ___________ Dr. Fred Bisci is an organic and raw food nutritionist with over 40 years of experience helping people improve longevity and reduce the risk of diet related illnesses. He has assisted over 35,000 people to improve health by focusing not only on what goes into the body, but what is left out. For more information on how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help you feel better and live longer, visit: www.anydoubtleaveitout.com