The role of enzymes in the body
Enzymes are essential for the natural functions of the body: energy production, detoxification, immune protection. They transform food for digestion. Without them the body cannot correctly deliver nutrients to our cells.
Enzymes are essential for the full absorption and usage of food by the body. Our capacity to produce enzymes diminishes as we age and many researchers believe that we could live longer if we protected our body from losing precious enzymes.
3 categories of enzymes :
Metabolic enzymes are produced by the body and are intracellular, meaning inside our cells. They are responsible for the repair, building and functioning of each cell in all the tissues of our body.
Enzymes present in food are essential to and facilitate digestion. They also preserve our enzymatic potential.
Digestive enzymes are extracellular, meaning they are found outside of our cells. Like their name implies, they help break down food into nutrients which are then absorbed, transported and used par each of our cells.
Digestive organs such as the pancreas and the liver produce part of the digestive enzymes of the body, the rest is taken from food. However digestive enzymes are lacking in our modern diet.