Enzymes are the catalysts for every body process. No vitamins, minerals or our hormones can work without the right enzymes. Each of us is born with a battery charge of enzymes at birth that keep our bodies working well and help us avoid disease. But as we age our internal enzyme stores are naturally depleted; a 60-year-old has 50% fewer enzymes than a 30-year-old. Yet, age itself is not the enemy of health... disease is. Eating enzyme-rich foods becomes critical as we age, to keep our immune systems strong and our bodies disease free.
Where Have All the Enzymes Gone?
Most of us are enzyme deficient today. Our processed food diet means we’re getting few enzymes from foods. Enzymes are highly sensitive to heat, too. Heat above 120 F. destroys them- a reason why microwaving food can have disastrous effects on your health. Chemical additives, tobacco smoke, chlorine in drinking water, fluorides and air pollution also sap body enzymes. Many prescription drugs, caffeine and alcohol deplete enzymes. The result: An inadequate enzyme supply that burdens both digestion and metabolism, and may even lead to fatigue, weight gain, skin disorders, degenerative disease and accelerated aging.
Add More Enzymes To Your Diet
Fresh foods contain the highest amount of enzymes to work with yours. Some enzyme enthusiasts say a raw foods diet is the only way to reap the benefits of enzyme therapy. I find lightly cooked foods along with enzyme booster foods works better for most people....especially for people with serious diseases like cancer or AIDS whose digestive systems may not be able to tolerate a completely raw foods diet. Some nutrients like lycopene (a carotenoid in tomatoes) are actually better used by the body when they’re slightly cooked.
High enzyme foods to include in your healing diet: fresh fruit and vegetable juices; fermented foods like miso, yogurt, kefir and raw cultured vegetables; sprouted seeds; cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower (boosts production of phase two enzymes which remove carcinogens from cells); pineapple, papaya, bananas and mangos; superfoods like barley grass, alfalfa and chlorella. Some experts say green barley extract contains all the enzymes necessary for life... even contains the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which prevents free radical damage. To learn more about the healing power of enzymes, consult The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy, written by my esteemed colleague, Anthony J. Cichoke M.A., D.C., D.A.C.B.N.
To Life-long health,