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Do you Suffer from Bloating, Gas, Heartburn, Indigestion, Chronic Fatigue, High Cholesterol,
Heart Disease, Intestinal & Colon Problems or Chronic Constipation?
 

Why are Food Enzymes Important to Your Health?

All raw food naturally contains the proper types and proportion of enzymes necessary to digest itself--whether in human consumption or in the eventual decomposition in the natural world. When raw food is eaten, chewing ruptures the cell membranes and releases the indigenous food enzymes to begin the selective breakdown of food components. Amylase reduces large carbohydrates such as starches and other polysaccharides to disaccharides including sucrose, lactose, and maltose. Lipases digest fats (triglycerides) into free fatty acids and glycerol. Cellulases (not found in the human system) break bonds found in plant fiber (cellulose). And so on. By disrupting the structure of the fiber matrices which develop most of the nutrients in plants, cellulase increases the nutritional value derived from fruits and vegetables.

Digestive Support
Digestive health—or the lack thereof—could be to blame if you feel like you’re running on empty. In your body, various enzymes are working all the time to process the chemical reactions necessary to maintain health. Digestive enzymes are responsible for breaking down the food you eat into nutrients that can be absorbed by your cells. Without the proper enzymes and their related coenzymes, no matter what you eat or drink, you would receive little to no nutritional benefit. So you’re low on fuel.
Enzyme Deficiency

Overwhelming evidence shows that food enzymes play an important role in digestion by predigesting food in the upper stomach before hydrochloric acid has even been secreted. Supplementation of food enzymes is necessary in today's society due to the prevalence of cooked and/or processed foods. Food enzymes are essentially destroyed at 118 degrees Fahrenheit, thus most modern methods of food preparation leave food devoid of digestive enzyme activity. Placing the full digestive burden on the body, the body's digestive process becomes over-stressed and vital nutrients are not released from food for assimilation by the body. Unlike supplemental enzymes of animal origin, plant enzymes work at the pH found in the upper stomach and are therefore more efficient at breaking down food

What is the role of Enzymes?
Enzymes are the force that allows our body to digest and absorb food! By doing so, everything just works better. Pain is reduced, symptoms disappear and you will begin to feel wonderful again.

Did you know that when food is cooked or processed the natural enzymes are destroyed? This puts the full digestive burden on the body. The result is a stressed-out digestive system that makes you feel bad.
 
Enzymes are specialized protein molecules that catalyze, or speed up, biochemical reactions. They are involved in all aspects of metabolism, growth, and development. Digestive enzymes are responsible for the digestion or breaking down of food. Supplementing with digestive enzymes can be helpful in people with digestive problems.

In essence, enzymes are what give us life. Enzymes are molecules involved in speeding up chemical reactions necessary for bodily function. Enzymes work to join molecules together or split them apart. They do this by making or breaking the chemical bonds that join molecules together.

Most enzymes are composed of a protein, along with an essential mineral, and possibly a vitamin. If an enzyme is lacking the essential mineral or vitamin, it cannot function properly.

If the body is provided the necessary mineral or vitamin through diet or nutritional formula, the enzyme is then able to function properly. For example, zinc is necessary for the enzyme that activates vitamin A, otherwise cannot be converted to the active form. This deficiency can result in night-blindness.
 
Many enzymes require additional support in order to perform their function. This support is called a coenzyme - a molecule that functions along with enzyme. Like enzymes, most coenzymes are composed of mineral component, the enzyme is again powerless.
 
If you suffer from any type of digestive problems, your health could benefit from taking digestive enzymes.
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Essential Therapeutics Digestive Enzymes (60 Tablets) Extreme Health's Digestive Support Formula (90 V Caps)
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If you eat fast, processed, or cooked food, supplemental enzymes assist in the digestion of these enzyme deficient foods. Researchers have discovered that processing or cooking foods kills virtually all enzymes that the food once contained.
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Extreme Health's Digestive Support provides an all natural way to ensure that your body enjoys the maximum benefit of enzyme and coenzyme balance. Digestive Support increases your body's digestive energy by providing enzymes that help digest a wide range of common foods (including Amalyse, Glucosamalyse, Lipase, Cellulase, Invertase, and especially Lactase, the enzyme responsible for digesting milk products).
   
 

Digestion and GI Disorders: Heartburn, Reflux, and GERD

Many people who complain of GI problems are deficient in digestive enzymes. A deficiency in these enzymes prevents the body from breaking down and sufficiently absorbing food. Most digestion and absorption takes place in the small intestine and is regulated by pancreatic enzymes (digestive) and bile. The pancreas aids in digestion by releasing proteolytic enzymes, which help break down proteins into amino acids.

These enzymes break down food-stuff and allow the smaller molecules and nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream. The enzymes may become deficient for a variety of reasons, including advancing age, excess sugar, deficient essential fatty acids, excessive trans-fatty acids, and overeating. Eating processed food also depletes normal pancreatic enzymes.

Raw, unprocessed foods contain their own digestive enzymes. When we eat these foods, we help spare our own pancreatic enzymes. However, eating processed foods requires our body to secrete extra amounts of pancreatic enzymes. Over time, processed foods deplete a persons own pancreatic enzyme stores.

Proteolytic enzymes also help regulate inflammatory reactions by reducing the amount of kinins in the body. Kinin is a tissue hormone capable of causing severe and painful inflammatory reactions. It is triggered by allergic foods or chemicals and can cause inflammation anywhere in the body, including the brain.

Bloating, Gas, and Indigestion Protocol

Bloating, gas and indigestion may be signs of low stomach acid, deficient digestive enzymes (not able to break down and digest their food), bacterial or yeast overgrowth. The solution to this is to take a digestive enzyme with each meal. Dr Murphree recommends using a potent pancreatic digestive enzyme formula that utilizes USP porcine-derived high-potency pancreatin for reliable and consistent enzyme activity.

If after one week you continue to have bloating gas or indigestion add 3 capsules of
high dose probiotics (good bacteria, acidophilous, etc.). Probiotics should be taken on an empty stomach. Usually one to two months of probiotic therapy is enough.

Heartburn, Reflux, and GERD

One estimate is that 40% of the US population has some degree of esophageal reflux, with 20% of adults complaining of weekly episodes of heartburn and 7–10% complaining of daily symptoms. Esophageal reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter malfunctions, allowing the backward flow of acid, bile, and other contents from the stomach into the esophagus.

Gastritis

(inflammation of the stomach itself), peptic or duodenal ulcers, and chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can result in reflux. A hiatal hernia and can also result in esophageal reflux.

The most obvious symptom of esophageal reflux is heartburn. It occurs after eating and can last from a few minutes to a few hours. Heartburn feels like a burning sensation in the pit of the stomach. The pain may also move up into the chest and throat. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) can cause esophageal scarring or Barrett's syndrome, a chronic irritation from acid-bile reflux that causes the normal esophageal lining cells to be replaced by precancerous cells. These cells are associated with an increased risk for development of cancer.


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