Metabolic enzymes are enzymes that are produced in the pancreas. Their function is to absorb nutrients and convert them to energy. They are also responsible for repairing the cells from daily stresses and wear and tear. Without metabolic enzymes, this process cannot be done. As a result, when the body runs low on metabolic enzymes, degenerative diseases, common ailments and many other health problems begin to develop.
Metabolic enzymes depend on the digestive enzymes and other enzymes in order for them to function properly. Digestive enzymes, along with plant enzymes are responsible for breaking down the food so that the metabolic enzymes can make use of the nutrients. If there are not enough digestive and plant enzymes present in the body, then the body is unable to digest all the food. This leaves undigested food particles to float around in the body.
The undigested food becomes toxic and has to be eliminated from the body. Metabolic enzymes are responsible for eliminating these types of toxins and it becomes their number one priority in order to prevent further damage to the body. As a result, the repairing of damaged and weakened cells within the body is then put on the back burner. If new toxins keep entering into the body, the individual eventually becomes weaker and chronic illnesses begin to set in because the cells are not being repaired as required.
The human body will do everything that it can to save itself; and so it begins to produce an extra amount of metabolic enzymes. This process, however, can take its toll on the pancreas and also increases the risk of many age related diseases.
The Real Cause of Enzyme Deficiency
The quantity of the enzymes is not as important as the quality. For example, if the shape of an enzyme changes due to high temperature or free radical damage, then that enzyme becomes useless in the body. Therefore, the preservation of the enzymes is just as, if not more important, than the enzyme production itself.
One way to preserve these enzymes is by maintaining an environment that is free from toxins and harmful free radicals. This can be done with the raw food diet and a moderate amount of exercise.
Raw foods contain all the necessary enzymes that are needed in order for the body to properly digest each particular food. Anything that is cooked or heated at temperatures above 115-118 degrees Fahrenheit no longer contains live enzymes. The living enzymes are important because they can get the digestive process started in the stomach. The metabolic enzymes are only able to work in the small intestine, which means that when the living enzymes are not present, the foods are not digested properly.
Tropical fruits, such as pineapples, bananas, avocados, papaya, kiwi, mangoes and bananas are excellent foods to help increase and preserve metabolic enzymes within the body. Most vegetables, raw honey and unrefined, cold-pressed oils are helpful as well. In addition to the living enzymes that they contain, they are also rich with antioxidants, which help to destroy harmful free radicals and eliminate toxins.
Exercise also has many benefits in regards to metabolic enzymes. It not only helps the body to sweat out harmful toxins that interfere with enzymes, but it also increases muscle mass, which is essential for good health. However, studies have shown that too much exercise can increase the negative effects of free radicals, and thereby reduce the production of metabolic enzymes. Therefore, the key is to keep it in moderation.