“Life begins with enzymes and life ends without enzymes,” says Eric Sauer, a registered pharmacist and the owner of the Natural Pharmacy in Ocean, N.J.
Based on this statement, we want to preserve our enzymes and put them to optimal use so that we can live a long, healthy life, right?
Yet our diets, particularly in the U.S., are comprised primarily of cooked and processed food, which prevents our enzymes – protein molecules that unlock the energy in the body – from doing the best work they can to achieve optimal health.
What’s the solution? Plant-based enzyme therapy combined with a diet that is rich in raw food.
Types of Enzymes
The body makes two types of enzymes, digestive and metabolic, Eric says. Food enzymes, a third type, are present in the raw foods we eat.
Metabolic enzymes accelerate chemical reactions in living cells to allow for detoxification, energy production, infection fighting, cell repair and more.
Digestive enzymes break down food so the nutrients can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
A diet rich in raw foods lets our body use its enzymes to their fullest potential since raw foods contain the enzymes needed for digestion, according to the Natural Pharmacy website. When digesting an apple the body doesn’t need to call on its own digestive enzymes since the apple includes the necessary enzymes to digest it.
The apple contains only enough enzymes to digest that apple, though. It doesn’t have enough enzymes to digest a hamburger with the apple, for example.
When food is cooked or processed, the enzymes are destroyed. When we eat mostly cooked and processed foods, we force our body’s metabolic enzymes to assist the digestive enzymes with digestion since the digestive enzymes often can’t get all of the digestive work done.
Less Time for More Important Work
Metabolic enzymes are called to do digestive work because the body places a higher priority on digestion than it does on repair, maintenance and infection fighting, according to the Natural Pharmacy.
When metabolic enzymes must spend time digesting cooked and processed food, they have less time for the more important repair, maintenance and infection-fighting work, which can lead to more disease and illness.
Also, metabolic enzymes weren’t designed for digestion, so they aren’t good at it. Their digestion is often incomplete, driving the digestive tract to deposit larger quantities of toxic trash, or undigested food, into the blood. This toxic trash accumulates and can lead to many chronic problems.
This digestive process is continuous since cooked and processed foods dominate most diets in the U.S. It takes five to six days to digest red meat, Eric says. That’s five to six days that our body spends using its infection-fighting metabolic enzymes for digestive work.
Exhausting Our Enzymes
We are born with a limited bank of enzymes known as our enzyme potential. People who eat a diet dominated by cooked and processed foods use up a tremendous amount of their enzyme potential to assist with the digestion of this food.
Our bodies make digestive and metabolic enzymes as needed, but as we age we make fewer and fewer enzymes until we reach our potential.
“A lack of enzymes can create illness, lower resistance to infection and aggravate all types of stresses and physiological environments that can lead to a shortened life span and chronic physical conditions,” the Natural Pharmacy website says.
“When this lifetime enzyme potential is reached, the body can no longer sustain life.”
A completely raw diet might appear to be the best solution to preserve and maximize our enzymes, but that option isn’t practical for most people. Further, foods like poultry and eggs offer many nutritional benefits, but we shouldn’t eat these foods raw because of the risk of bacterial contamination.
A diet rich in raw foods combined with plant-based enzyme therapy is the best solution.
Plant enzymes, grown from food such as soybean and wheat, assist with the digestion process and free up the metabolic enzymes so that they can do metabolic work like fighting infection, repairing cells and strengthening the immune system.
Plant-based enzyme therapy, which has been around for about 70 years in theU.S., is 100% safe and doesn’t interact with drugs.
“No one knows about it. It’s the best kept secret,” Eric says.
Supplementing the diet with plant enzymes can help purify blood, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, cleanse the colon, shed excess weight and fat, improve vitamin absorption, enhance mental capacity, improve aging skin and more.
Says Eric: “Enzymes without a doubt are the missing link in Americans’ nutrition.”
– By Jessica Braun
Jessica Braun is an associate editor at WholesomeOne. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.