By Steve Marmor
Digestion, assimilation and elimination combined, are the most energy expending set of metabolic processes our body undertakes on a daily basis, unless we are sick or dealing with a disease of some sort. As we get older, when we use quality supplemental enzymes, some of the energy used to process foods is able to be used elsewhere, and we conserve more energy that can be used in other ways by the body. Also, enzymes help us to break down foods more fully and completely. Read (below) more about which enzymes do what…
A number of different enzymes are needed to deal with the variety of foods we ingest—some are found in foods, while others are produced by your body. Unfortunately, the levels of enzymes our body makes begin to decrease by about age 25 and decreases precipitously when we get into our 50′s and 60′s! Unless you are eating lots of vital raw foods, you probably aren’t getting adequate amounts of digestive enzymes from your diet either. That’s why you may want to consider augmenting the enzymes you produce with supplemental enzymes.
A good digestive enzyme product should contain the full range of digestive enzymes: Pepsin, papain and bromelain (digest protein), bile salts and lypase (digest fats) and amylase (digests carbohydrates).
Pepsin, papain (derived from papayas) and bromelain (derived from pineapples) all digest protein, but in different ways. Pepsin digests protein in an acid environment by converting them to amino acids. Papain is a powerful enzyme that can break down many times its volume in animal proteins. Bromelain assists in the removal of toxins and waste residues from the body and also helps reduce pain, inflammation, gas, bowel frequency or lethargy associated with poor digestion.
Bile salts and lipase work together to help you break down dietary fats and oils. First, bile salt (found in your gall bladder) makes fats soluble, which allows them to be absorbed. Lipase, which is produced in your pancreas, helps your small intestines split these fats and oils into smaller, more usable nutrients, including fatty acids.
Amylase, one of your key carbohydrate-digesting enzymes, is secreted by your pancreas as well as salivary glands in your mouth. Amylase breaks carbs down into smaller, more usable elements, such as simple sugars.
There are also other digestive enzyme supports such as: protease (more protein digestion), Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL, protein breakdown in preparation for assimilation), cellulase (digests fiber), invertase (digests glucose sugars) and malt diastase (digests starch).
For a full array of digestive enzymes to choose from, including muscle testing to help determine which specifically resonate for you, contact Herbs & More in Encinitas, Ca. 760 753-7272. Either stop by or call to order by phone. We will be happy to serve you with all your natural health needs.