Enzymes: Digestive and Systemic Explained

Most think Enzymes are taken only for better digestion. But they do so much more.

They play a vital role for proper functioning of your inflammatory response. That helps reduce pain. And increase circulation, to reduce risk of heart and blood clot issues.

Primary functions of Enzymes:

  1. Healthy, comfortable digestion
  2. Reduce inflammation (and pain)
  3. Break down scar tissue
  4. Clean your blood
  5. Speed tissue repair (injury/surgery)
  6. Balance hormones.

Adequate Enzymes are essential to maintain a healthy, energetic lifestyle.

The word enzyme comes from the Greek word enzymos which means causing change or fermenting.

Digestive or Systemic Enzymes?

It’s all about when you take them. Whatever they come into contact with first, that’s what they work on.

With Food – Digestive Enzymes
If you take Enzymes with food, they enable better digestion. See the long list of benefits below.

WithOUT Food – Systemic Enzymes
The word “systemic” means body wide. When you take Enzymes withOUT food, they go into your bloodstream to repair other tissues. If this is your goal, take them in between meals. At least 30 minutes before, or 1.5 hours after food. See the long list of benefits below.

Benefits of Digestive Enzyme Supplementation

Support Complete Digestion and Food Assimilation

This strengthens your immune system. It’s not busy dealing with undigested food and toxic waste sitting in your gut. That can lead to a long list of possible degenerative diseases.

  • Fully break down food
  • Assimilate all nutrients
  • Relieve gas and bloating
  • Severe inflamed digestive disorders
  • Help digest problematic foods (wheat, dairy)
  • Building, repairing and maintaining cells.

You are what you eat?
No… You are what you Digest!

Virtually all chronic degenerative diseases are caused or aggravated by digestive problems. Improperly digested foods and their by-products get absorbed into the body. You might enjoy the book “Survival into the 21st Century” by Viktoras Kulvinskas.

Two very basic fundamentals of good health are:

  1. Adequate nutrient absorption
  2. Efficient toxic waste elimination.

Symptoms of poor digestion and Enzyme deficiency:

  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Bloating, heartburn
  • Food allergies
  • Weight problems
  • Frequent and/or chronic illness and/or pain
  • Low energy
  • Skin conditions
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Chronic pain
  • Reduced ability to recover from illness and injury.

Cooked and processed food destroys enzymes.

Even a predominantly raw food diet can lack enzymes. Our soils are depleted of nutrients from modern agricultural practices.

For many, consuming mostly raw foods leads to discomfort. Diarrhea, cramping and bloating. If so, Enzyme supplementation necessary, not optional. If you eat cooked or processed foods, you NEED Digestive Enzymes.

Enzymes are produced in your mouth, stomach, pancreas and small intestine. Digestion is hard work for your body. It starts with chewing. Eat slowly, mindfully, and chew each bite thoroughly.  In this way, digestion begins sooner. It takes some burden away from your stomach, pancreas and small intestine.

Digestive Enzyme-rich Foods

They must be raw, or fermented. Cooking destroys enzymes.

Nutritional powerhouse. Excellent source of probiotics, vitamins, minerals, lactic acid and digestive enzymes. Make certain to eat it raw. Heat destroys enzymes.

Known to be amazing probiotic food. It’s a fermented dairy product with a distinctive taste. Very rich in lactase, lipase, and protease. Kefir supports your digestive system flora and boosts your enzyme supply.

Rich in bromelain, an enzyme responsible for breaking down proteins. Great for meat eaters. Raw pineapple can be part of  a tasty dinner. And help you digest your steak faster. 

Delicious source of carbohydrates. Contains amylase, maltase and glucosidase that are necessary to digest carbohydrates. Green, less ripe bananas are less sweet than the ripe because enzymes in the fruit slowly break down starches into sugars as they ripen.

Just like pineapple, papaya is great for people who need help with protein digestion. It contains a protease called papain.

Benefits of Systemic Enzyme Supplementation

They enable proper functioning of your natural inflammatory response.

It works to heal injuries and fight disease.

If not working properly, resulting excess inflammation can cause serious degenerative diseases.

Thousands of Systemic Enzymes work outside your digestive system. Adequate intake can help you regain and maintain overall health.

  • Reduce inflammation and pain
  • Increase flexibility and mobility
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • Soften hardened tissues (scars and fibroids)
  • Easier recovery from injury and surgery
  • Combat symptoms of aging
  • Reduce risk of blood clots
  • Promotes healthy blood pressure, heart and circulation.

When your circulatory system functions properly, cholesterol and blood pressure are reduced. Your blood flows free from life-threatening clots.

Many people use Systemic Enzymes instead of NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Tylenol/Motrin/ibuprofen) for pain management and swelling.

Enzymes are the Spark of Life and Youth

Enzymes are critical to activate every process that powers your body. Without them, chemical reactions would happen so slowly that life would not exist.

Your body uses more than 3000 enzymes, for more than 7000 enzymatic reactions.

Enzymes are the Difference Between Alive and Dead

Here’s the Truth…
If you’re not feeling noticeable benefits from your supplements,
you’re likely deficient in the enzymes required to make them work!

Vitamins and minerals are activated
ONLY in the presence of Enzymes.

Enzymes are the critical energy that powers your entire body. Without enzymes all your cellular functioning stops. Without them, you can’t digest or absorb food.

Adequate Enzymes – Essential for Health

At birth, you have enzyme reserves that decrease throughout your life. As your enzyme reserves dwindle, you age more quickly.

The more you feed enzyme reserves, the healthier you can become.

From the age of 27 on, your enzyme production begins to decrease. This begins the cycle of aging. Physiologically, old age begins at 27!

The more you replenish your enzyme reserves, the longer you’ll enjoy youthful performance.

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If you experience any sort of digestive or inflammatory problems, definitely consider Enzyme supplementation. It might be the missing puzzle piece you’re looking for.

Replenish Your Enzyme Reserves

~ Feel Youthful Again ~

Author: Ann-Louise Evanoff with Martin Pytela