Enzymes: The Key to Longevity
Enzymes rule over all other nutrients. Enzymes are responsible for nearly every facet of life and health and far outweigh the importance of every other nutrient. They control all mental and physiological functions. Each body cell has in excess of 100,000 enzyme particles necessary for metabolic processes. Enzymes cannot function properly without the presence of coenzymes, such as minerals, vitamins and proteins. Once enzymes have completed their appointed tasks, they are destroyed, so for life to continue, you must have a constant enzyme supply which requires continual replacement of enzymes. Enzymes are found in all living cells including raw foods or those that are cooked at a temperature lower than 118 degrees. They begin to perish when the temperature increases beyond this mark. They are primarily proteins, yet enzymes need amino acids for normal function. Hormones are primarily proteins which require interaction with enzymes to regulate body processes.
Enzymes also help extract chelated minerals from food. They transform chelated minerals into an alkaline detoxifying agent which combines with acid cellular wastes and toxic settlements within the body thus neutralizing them and preparing them for elimination. Enzymes use minerals to create an even balance of dissolved solids both inside and outside the cells, thus equalizing both internal and external pressures which we call osmotic equilibrium.
Vitamins are required as coenzymes to work with enzymes in every chemical reaction in every cell of the body. Without minerals extracted from food by enzymes, vitamins would be unable to perform their function.
An enzyme deficiency must be carefully considered as a possible precursor of bodily imbalance and consequent disease symptoms. If we eat food which has its enzymes deactivated by cooking processes, then our bodies cannot sufficiently break down the food for the body to use. From this, fermentation and distress will follow.
So please pay attention to the need for digestive enzymes, both in the amount of protein and raw vegetables that you include in your diet, and in adding enzymes to each meal. That way your digestive process will feed you for years to come.