NHS44: Enzymes to Postpone or Reverse Aging12.06.2013
by Life Enthusiast Staff
They Are Essential to Life and Wellness
For at least the last decade, most of us have been taking vitamin and mineral supplements, and we may be feeling somewhat better... or not.
Almost daily now, more and new information comes out regarding the function of some nutrient, and on it's place in the overall scheme of your health.
But I've got questions!
If these nutrients did as they say, then why don't they work the same for everyone?
In other words, they seem to help some people and not others.
So, is there something missing, that would allow these nutrients to perform
Are vitamins, minerals and herbs the "do-all and end-all" of attaining wellness?
Or are they the bricks and mortar that create a solid foundation before they can take up their tasks solidly?
Let's Clarify Some Terms
In 1913, Dr. Funk discovered nutritional substances he called "Vital Amines" or Vitamines for short. Without getting into biochemistry, it turns out that vitamins are coenzymes... substances that help enzymes work.
An enzyme is a huge protein that speeds up chemical reactions. Without enzymes, chemical reactions would happen so slowly that life would not be able to exist at all. The human body has some 3000+ enzymes and over 7000 enzymatic reactions.
Most folks think of enzymes as being involved only in digestion. This is among the last things that enzymes do. Of all the enzymes in your body, the protein cleaving (or cutting and eating) ones are the most important. They have 5 primary actions:
- Reduce inflammation
- Balance the repair mechanism and prevent fibrosis (the buildup of scar tissue)
- Clean your blood
- Modulate your immune system
- Fight Viruses
Here's A Truth...
Folks who do not experience the beneficial reactions expected from their vitamins (coenzymes) probably don't have the necessary enzymes that the vitamin needs!
Your body produces a finite amount of enzymes. From the age of 27 on, your enzyme production begins to decrease.
Dr. Max Wolf (MD with 7 other Ph.D.'s after his name) researched enzymes and hormones at Columbia University from the 1930's through the 1960's. He found that round about age 27, most people stop making as many enzymes as they used to, and that this started the cycle of aging. In physiology we are taught that old age begins at 27!
The progression of aging goes like this...
About age 27, enzyme production drops. Age 27 to 35 marks the time when most of our aches, pains and arthritic changes begin to set in. Fibrosis begins building in the organs, blood vessels and muscles. Immune function begins to lag which is further complicated by high stress lifestyles. Blood begins to become thicker and harder to circulate.
From age 35 to 45 the drop in enzymes and lifestyle stresses causes a reduction in the all-important sexual hormones of testosterone and progesterone. Sex drive, mental drive, zest for life, bone density, muscle mass and overall energy go down significantly.
At 45 we begin to have trouble absorbing the nutrients we need to maintain the 4 types of tissue we have in our bodies (connective, epithelial, muscular and nervous), and these tissues begin to break down and malfunction. Here also, from lack of proper eating and exercise, complicated by smoking or air pollution, our blood is as thick as ketchup. We don't have great circulation and oxygen is not getting everywhere we need to get it to! Especially up to our brains.
From 50 through 60 we lose an estimated 10% muscle mass a year so that by age 60, we're at bare bones minimal muscle mass to move us around - getting out of bed, off the toilet or out of a deep chair becomes a chore. If your thighs and pelvic muscles - the strongest in your body - are weak and have trouble getting you up, then how are the other muscles doing?
From 60 onward our internal organs begin to shrink and further malfunction. That also goes as for the brain. Your brain is 60 to 70% cholesterol. Everything we think with is based on a fat linked to a protein. If we are lacking the good fats needed to produce neurotransmitters that the brain needs to maintain itself, then it begins to shrink and malfunction. If you've ever seen the MRI picture of an Alzheimer patient's brain, it looks like a dried, shrunken, cracked jello mold someone left out on the kitchen table under a ceiling fan for a week! The last 30 years of the low cholesterol craze has done nothing to lower the rate of heart disease and everything to increase the rate of the formerly rare Alzheimer's! Look in any Alzheimer's ward, are there any fat people there?
The above is extracted from "Essentials of Life and Wellness" by Dr. William Wong.
You Are What You Eat?
- No... You Are What You Digest!
We cannot expect to remain healthy if our digestive system isn't functioning properly. Enzymes are essential to a healthy digestive process and a healthy body is built with the help of enzymes that transform undigested food into nourishment.
Help convert food into its most usable form and promote a healthy digestive system. Proper digestion and elimination of what we eat are fundamental mechanisms for health. Consuming cooked, processed, nutrient depleted foods, and inadequately chewing your food will negatively affect these life-sustaining processes, leading to a variety of potential disorders.
Enable proper functioning of your natural inflammatory response that works to heal injuries and fight disease. If not working properly, the resulting excess inflammatory conditions can cause too much swelling, fluid retention, arthritis, heart disease and other joint pain diseases.
To your health!