Enzymes, what are they and why are they important?
They are biological catalysts (a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change). They are proteins and without them the chemical reactions needed to keep us alive, would happen so slowly, that we would not be kept alive.
Enzymes assist us with breathing, digesting food and converting it into energy, immune function, hormone regulation, detoxification and heaps more.
Exogenous enzymes (originating from outside the body) are known as food enzymes. They are found in raw and unprocessed foods. When breaking down our food to gain the nutrients we need, if we don’t have enough food enzymes to do the job, then we need to rely on our digestive enzymes.
Endogenouse enzymes (produced in the body) are divided into metabolic and digestive enzymes. In the endogenouse enzyme factory, if we have to keep producing digestive enzymes, because we lack sufficient food enzymes, production of metabolic enzymes takes a back seat.
Metabolic enzymes are key for things like energy production, tissue growth and repair and managing toxic waste products. So if they are taking a back seat you will be feeling pretty yucky, to put it mildly.
Providing your body with an enzyme supplement therefore assists it to be able to produce metabolic as well as digestive enzymes and restores balance.
doTERRA TerraZyme Ingredients
Protease (Aspergillus) – An enzyme that breaks down protein.
Papain (Papaya) – An enzyme extracted from the papaya plant. It breaks down tougher protein fibers.
Amylase (Aspergillus)- An enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates.
Lactase (Aspergillus) – An enzyme that breaks down lactose (milk sugar) and helps with digesting dairy products.
Lipase (Rhizopus) – An enzyme that breaks down fats.
Alpha Glactosidase (Aspergillus) – An enzyme that breaks down complex carbohydrates.
It helps to break down hard to digest, starchy foods. If your gut does not break down these food particles, they become a food source for intestinal bacteria. As the bacteria ferments the food, you end up with bloating and gas.
Cellulase – An enzyme that breaks down cellulose.
Cellulose is the substance that makes up plant cell walls. It is insoluble, so cellulase helps to break it down. It turns it into beta-glucose, which is a more stable, slow-release of energy than you would get from simple sugars.
Sucrase – Breaks down sucrose or sugar.
Sucrose a simple sugar, known as table sugar is broken down into fructose and glucose. While glucose is our body’s prefered energy source, both provide our body with energy.
Betaine Hydrochloride – Helps to increase your stomach acid.
Stomach acid not only protects you by killing off bad bacteria, but it also starts the break down of proteins and most minerals too. It’s preparing your food particles to be broken down further as it travels down your gut.
Glucoamylase (Aspergillus) – An enzyme that breaks down starch.
It breaks off a free glucose molecule from starch and simple sugars and that molecule can be used as an energy source.
Anti-Gluten Enzyme Blend – An enzyme blend that assists in breaking down gluten.
Tummy Tamer Blend – Extracts of Peppermint leaf, Ginger root and Caraway seeds to comfort the gut.