Digestive Enzymes Overview
"Life could not be defined as an orderly, integrated
succession of enzymatic reactions"
Enzymes are the single most important element of your health and far out weigh the importance of any other nutrient. Nothing in the human body functions without enzymes making it happen. Without exception, every new "breakthrough" nutritional product being introduced on the market depends entirely upon enzymes (i.e. MSM, HGH, 5HDP, DHEA, Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, etc.) for it's effectiveness. So, what are enzymes? Enzymes are:
Proteins that hold an electrical charge
- Catalysts that speed up chemical processes without being used up in the process
- Specific in that they only cut certain bonds that hold proteins, sugars or fats together
- Effective in that one enzyme can break-down millions of bonds
- Enzymes are also important in building the bodies natural antioxidants
There are three factors that effect enzymes; temperature, pH and inhibitors. Enzymes work optimally at slightly higher temperatures. This is why the body creates a fever when it's fighting off an infection.Â When temperatures go above 118 degrees, most enzymes are destroyed. This is what happens when you cook and process your foods. Each enzyme has its own optimum pH range in which it is active. When it goes outside of this pH range the enzyme is inactivated. Similarly, when specific substances (i.e. snake or insect venom, aspirin, etc.) are introduced into the body they may inhibit certain enzymes.
Where do enzymes come from? Enzymes come from one of three sources; plants, animals, or microbes. Plant enzymes (bromelain and papain) work in a wide pH range but only digest some proteins. Animal enzymes (pepsin, pancreatin) work in a very limited pH range and only digest some of the food groups. The microbial enzymes (Digestive Enzyme HP270V) are the only ones that work in a wide pH range and will digest all of the food groups. Acid and alkaline are the two words most commonly associated with pH. pH means hydrogen potential or the number of hydrogen ions in a solution.
More hydrogen = acidic Less hydrogen = alkaline
The pH in the human digestive tract varies greatly. The pH of saliva is usually between 6.5 - 7.5. After we chew and swallow food it then enters the fundic or upper portion of the stomach which has a pH between 4.0 - 6.5. This is where "predigestion" occurs while the lower portion of the stomach is secreting hydrochloric acid (HCI) and pepsin until it reaches a pH between 1.5 - 4.0.Â After the food mixes with these juices it then enters the duodenum (small intestine) where the pH changes to 7.0 - 8.5. This is where 90% of the absorption of nutrients is taken in by the body while the waste products are passed out through the colon (pH 4.0 - 7.0).
With the basic understanding of enzymes and digestion let's look at what happens to your body over the period of one life-time. Your body was specifically designed to function on raw, enzyme-rich foods which support the digestive and metabolic enzymes found naturally in the body. When enzymes are present in the raw foods you eat, they "predigest" themselves and are readily assimilated. Think of what happens when you eat a salad for lunch. How long does it take before you're hungry again? Now, let's look at what happens when you lower your body's enzyme level through eating enzyme-deficient foods. Enzymes occurring naturally in foods are destroyed by heating, cooking, pasteurizing or processing. At the bottom of the Enzyme Pyramid are the food enzymes received from the foods you eat. They are the most abundant and are the foundation of our health and longevity. When these food enzymes are not replenished on a daily basis, your body is forced to supply all of the enzymes needed to digest that cooked food. This is where the The Law of Adaptive Secretion that was established in 1943 is important. This law holds that an organism values its enzymes highly and will make no more than are needed for the job. These enzymes come from your digestive system or the second level of the Enzyme Pyramid. After years or decades of eating patterns that lack enzymes, your body will eventually use up its own digestive enzymes or the building blocks needed to make them. What may show up at this point are a host of side effects that include acid reflux, gas, belching, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and upset stomach. These symptoms are not a result of too much HCI and enzymes but way too few. Your body has now used up the two lower levels of the Enzyme Pyramid.
Do you stop eating now? No, you continue to eat enzyme-deficient foods that will now begin to rob the enzymes that perform all of your internal bodily functions. They are referred to as metabolic enzymes or the third level of the Enzyme Pyramid. Once this process starts, whatever genetic weaknesses or tendencies that run in your family-tree may begin to appear (i.e. cancer, diabetes, heart disease). Because of the limited number of metabolic enzymes and the importance of their functions, the body will deteriorate at a very rapid pace. Death occurs when your final enzyme has been used up.
When digestive enzymes are taken with meals there are a number of benefits:
Reduction of gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn
- Better elimination
- Increased energy levels
- Balance of blood sugar levels
- Relief from hiatal hernias and ulcers
- Lactose tolerance
Explaining our digestive enzyme activity per serving!
We have our Digestive Enzymes (digestive enzymes) listed in potency. Potency is expressed in units of activity.Example: Protease units (150,000 HUT). The units of activity we use are based on the Food Chemical Codex (FCC), which we are using the latest version of activity units, which is FCC # 4 version assay procedure set forth by the National Academy of Sciences and accepted by the American food industry. The accurate wording and unit measurement for each enzyme in our product that meets these standards are: Protease HUT, Bromelain GDU, Amylase SKB, Malt Diastase DP, Lactase ALU, Cellulase CU, Lipase FIP.
Beware when you start comparing different enzyme supplements. When you compare our product with others, and they don't use our units of measurement, then it's almost impossible to compare the enzymes. We use the term of measurement for Bromelain, 100 GDU units. This is the same as 1,745,000 FCCunits. This might make you believe that 500,000 FCC is more than 100 GDU, but in reality 100 GDU is more than 3 times as much per capsule. We hope this helps to clear up some concerns you may have when comparing our product with others. We understand it is very difficult to try and understand how to compare the different units of measurement.
Here is one study that was done, which was taken from the above booklet!
Dr. Francis Pottenger conducted a now-famous independent study about the long-term effects of eating cooked foods. The study involved 900 cats over the course of ten years. During the study, Dr. Pottenger fed two sets of cats raw milk and meat. He also fed another three sets of cats pasteurized milk and cooked meat. The cats that ate the raw food were healthy, disease-free, and produced healthier kittens generation after generation. At the end of the first generation, cats that ate cooked foods were lethargic and began to suffer from allergies, infections, and other maladies, including kidney, heart, thyroid, and gum diseases. Each succeeding generation of cats that ate cooked food showed progressively more illness and disease. The third generation of cats that ate cooked food were not even able to produce offspring.
Whether we are cats, dogs, or human beings, when enzyme-dead food is eaten, the body is overburdened to produce enzymes to aid in the process of digestion. The body will actually interrupt the making of vital metabolic enzymes in order to compensate for the enzyme deficiencies in the foods we eat. Enzyme-less diets are responsible for many of humanity ills, including the shortening of lives. Today, doctors are treating children for juvenile arthritis, sugar diabetes, and other degenerative diseases that just a few years ago were found only in people in their fifties and sixties.
After thinking about the study above, many of us may want to believe the way to improve our health and longevity, is to eat more fruits and raw vegetables. And take digestive enzymes when eating cooked and/or processed foods.