Enzymes are large protein molecules that play a main role in every chemical reaction in the body. They are complex and powerful so they can deal with digestion of food and construction of cells. They lower the amount of energy required to perform these tasks as they convert substrates into products. In other words, they’ll turn a sugar molecule from food into a chemical that synthesizes fat.
You would naturally consume enough enzymes from the protein contained in whole foods like vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains and nuts.
However, keep in mind that plants create compounds called antioxidants to neutralize harmful free radicals that occur during photosynthesis. When we ingest plants, we consume these antioxidants that also protect us from those free radicals. In other words, free radicals that are part of the plant makeup are cancelled out by the antioxidants that are also part of the plant makeup. But when you add meat to your diet, the level of free radicals out-numbers the amount of antioxidants you would normally consume, so you end up with excessive oxidation. The free radicals produced by excess oxidation enourage aging, promote cancer and rupture plaques leading to strokes and heart attacks.
Sprouting a grain
This activates enzymes and increases the nutritional profile, making it easier for the body to digest and assimilate the nutrients. So when you are purchasing breads and cereals, try to choose the ones that are sprouted to maximize the nutritional value.
If you don’t consume enough plant foods, supplements of Digestive Enzymes can help with gas & bloating when added at meal time.
CoQ10 is a coenzyme
This is required by the body for 95% of all energy produced. It is fat-soluble so needs fat to be used by the body. It converts to ubiquinol or ubiquinone as the body needs it. Ubiquinol turns CoQ10 into an antioxidant; Ubiquinone is for CoQ10’s energy production
Types of Enzymes:
- Protease digest proteins
- Lipase digest fats
- Carbohydrases digest carbs
- Alpha-galactosidase break down carbs from beans & veggies