By Smarty — One of many Digestive blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
Enzymes are required by the body for the effective performance of a variety of functions. Enzymes are necessary for the catalysis of reactions. This catalysis is an acceleration due to changes the enzyme creates for activation energy, the amount of energy necessary to begin and continue a reaction. Enzymes are located within every biological system of the body, and are typically used by the body as one level of regulation. In turn, enzymes are also regulated by the presence of activators and inhibitors. They may also require the presence of specific co-factors or co-enzymes for activation of biological function. Enzymes are responsible for the maintenance and regulation of proper levels of metabolism. Metabolism is the set of all chemical reactions required by the body for proper functioning. Deficiencies in enzymatic activity can lead to the development of certain conditions associated with a variety of signs and symptoms.
There are a variety of conditions associated with specific enzyme deficiencies. However, research is typically inconclusive and is still being conducted to confirm and construct exact mechanisms by which these enzyme deficiencies occur and their correlations with specific conditions. It is difficult to isolate the exact enzyme deficiency you may be experiencing without diagnostic testing. However, there are certain signs and symptoms of enzyme deficiencies that are associated with certain conditions. The presence of adequate amounts of digestive enzymes is essential for proper digestion. A list of conditions associated with certain enzyme deficiencies has been provided. However, it should be noted that these diseases are caused by a variety of factors, where enzyme deficiency is only one contribution.
Food can have particularly high concentrations of enzymes, particularly food that is eaten raw. Consuming raw fruits and vegetables are a great way to obtain high concentrations of enzymes on a daily basis. It should be noted that all foods can not be consumed raw. Enzymes are degraded or inactivated by common practices used for cooking. This is especially true for heating, particularly deep frying. Fried and processed foods do not contain enzymes, as the enzymes that were naturally contained have been destroyed.
There are certain enzyme supplements available that can be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Supplements were created to be supplementary. To supplement is to add in addition to. Supplements are similar to an insurance plan; the individual is expected to live a healthy life through healthy lifestyle and dietary patterns. The supplement is used to add any nutritional value that may have been missed. Additionally, many supplements contain co-factors or co-enzymes that are necessary for the activation of enzymatic function within the gastrointestinal tract.
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