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How Enzyme Therapy and Raw Foods Fortify Health

“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.

Enzyme Therapy

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.”

For more information about Eric Sauer, his pharmacy and enzyme therapy, visit the pharmacy’s website at

– By Jessica Braun

Jessica Braun is an associate editor at WholesomeOne. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.


Enzyme Therapy

Digestive and food enzymes are proteins that assist in the breakdown of food. There are several thousand different types of enzymes in the human body and every day we have millions of biochemical reactions taking place all of which require the use of specific enzymes. They can be further broken down into 3 different groups: digestive, food, and metabolic. Digestive and food enzymes will be the focus of this article, as the importance of properly digested food is paramount to sustaining good health. The four classes of digestive enzymes are: amylase, which digests carbohydrates, starches, and sugars found in grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables; protease, which breaks down protein found in meat, nuts, and cheese into amino-acids lipase, which breaks down fats and oils found in dairy and meat products into fatty acids cellulase, which helps digest fiber.

How They Work

Some digestive enzymes are created by the body in certain organs to assist in the catalyzation of the food we eat, and some enzymes are actually a part of the food itself. Food enzymes are already within the food that we consume, however with our modernization of heating foods to temperatures above 118 degrees F, we destroy the highly beneficial enzymes to assist us in breaking down that food, thereby placing great stress on the rest of the digestive system to do more work that it should have to do.


By choosing to take additional plant-based enzymes with every meal one would have better assimilation and digestion of foods and nutrients, enhanced immunity would be experienced in addition to a sustained feeling of well being and increased energy from the vitamins and minerals that are now actually able to be utilized by the body because they have been properly broken down with the assistance from plant based enzymes. Ellen Cutler, the founder of Bioset acupressure allergy elimination technique feels very strongly that enzymes play a large role in reversing and healing food allergies.


One would want to consider modifying their nutritional intake when taking plant enzymes and choose to eat whole foods, and reduce the intake of processed foods and sugar. There have been some reports of sensitivity to some of the components of plant based enzymes such as bromelain (from pineapple), in which case you should discontinue use and consult your doctor.


The addition of using plant based enzymes to your wellness routine will be a wonderful way to enhance your assimilation and digestion of food and utilize the beneficial nutrients that lay within them. After all, we are only as healthy as what we can absorb, and if we cannot digest our foods properly, it can set the stage for an imbalance to occur later in our health.


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