Let’s Talk About Enzymes

March 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm 2 comments

“Let’s Talk About Enzymes”

By Joe Stout B.Sc. M.S. IP

In the vast universe of nutrition, knowledge is often assumed. Some fall into the habit of simply spewing nutrition “buzz words” or phrases without proper understanding or appreciation for the topic at hand. With this in mind, let’s define both an enzyme and its function.

Enzyme: a small protein catalyst which helps metabolic reactions happen quickly

Such a definition seems fairly boring so let’s put this into more exciting terms. golf ball“Just how important are enzyme catalysts,” you might ask. Well, imagine that you were to remove every piece of furniture from your bedroom and fill the room, floor-to-ceiling with golf balls so that every cubic inch of space was occupied. Also, let’s say that the goal is to empty the room of golf balls and this goal represents a necessary metabolic reaction. Now if there wasn’t an enzyme present to help catalyze the “golf ball evacuation” reaction, it would take an entire year to remove only one cubic foot of golf balls! However if an enzyme catalyst was present, the room would empty of golf balls in less than one second!

Such an example is not an exaggeration but indicative of the extraordinary nature and importance of enzymes and their ability to catalyze or speed up metabolic reactions on the cellular level. If our cells did not contain enzymes, it is safe to say that life could absolutely not function because metabolic reactions would progress much too slowly.

Now that we have established the absolute necessity of enzymes, the question begs to be asked, “What impact do enzymes have on my life?” Although many of the answers to this question could fill entire textbooks, one extremely important aspect of enzyme processes involves the digestion, or breakdown, of all sandwich macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat). For example, if someone eats a meat and cheese sandwich, (which contains all three macronutrients) then the enzymes amylase, protease, and lipase all go to work cleaving, or breaking, the bonds which bind the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats respectively. This process of enzyme-mediated bond cleaving is a fundamental and crucial aspect of digestion. However, some of us do not digest these macronutrients in the most efficient or comfortable manner either because we completely lack certain enzymes (as is the case in lactose intolerance that is found in those sensetive to milk) or because our levels of certain digestive enzymes are not at optimum levels. This can often lead to unpleasant effects such as gas, bloating, and stomach cramps. As this is a condition no one wants, allow me to introduce CapraZyme™.caprazyme bottle

Mt Capra’s CapraZyme™, contains a unique blend of natural digestive enzymes that have the potential to process macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and fats more efficiently, more effectively, and more politely. CapraZyme™ contains a proprietary botanical blend of aloe vera, ginger root, and naringin (found in grapefruit) as well as a host of other beneficial herbs which can help to alleviate unpleasant digestive annoyances. Personally, I have found much success supplementing my digestive needs with CapraZyme™ and would highly recommend it to anyone!


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