Key to a healthy body and mind
Enzymes are catalysts and speed up all biochemical processes in the body.
To change and renew itself throughout life, our body needs many different enzymes (about 3,000 enzymes have now been identified).
Enzymes are specialists that break down or also synthesize very specific substances. It is the active substances that keep the metabolism going. The release of digestive enzymes begins when we think about food, smell food, but at the latest with the first bite.
The enzymes are produced in the pancreas as inactive precursors to protect the organ from its own digestion by the enzymes. The enzymes are activated in the duodenum and break down food components into their building blocks. Enzymes are also found in saliva.
Enzymes help with digestion
Digestive enzymes are vital. Without them, none of the vital nutritional components, vitamins and minerals would enter our bodies. In short, our bodies would not function without them.
Digestive enzymes specialize in certain nutrients. So-called peptidases or proteases break down the protein from food. Amylases, on the other hand, are responsible for processing long-chain carbohydrates such as starch. The resulting sugar building blocks are then further processed by other specialized enzymes, such as lactase (for milk sugar) and other sugar-splitting enzymes. In addition to proteases and amylases, lipases are among the enzymes that play an important role in our digestion. Lipases are responsible for breaking down fats.
The tasks of enzymes in the digestive tract also include breaking down food components that are not good for us. One of these so-called protective enzymes is DiAminOxidase, or DAO enzyme for short. It causes the breakdown of excess histamine in the gut.
Structure of enzymes
All enzymes consist of two parts: the large protein molecule (apoenzyme) and the smaller coenzyme, which is usually a vitamin or mineral.
Without the coenzyme, the apoenzyme cannot perform its function; together the two form an effective unit – the holoenzyme.
We absolutely must absorb the coenzyme material with our food, or the enzyme balance will get out of balance and we will get sick.
An adequate supply of vitamins and minerals through food and nutritional supplements is therefore very important.
But with the increased demands placed on people today (e.g., stress, environmental toxins, etc.) and poor nutrition, the body can no longer produce enough health-preserving enzymes on its own. Enzyme production also decreases with age.
Symptoms of enzyme deficiencies
A cell that is poorly nourished (poor in vitamins) is likely to initially have many enzymes without the corresponding coenzyme and will perform its tasks in increasingly slower steps until it regains its necessary nutrition – or until it eventually dies.
This explains why vitamin or even mineral deficiency has no short-term effect. After a few weeks or months of chronic malnutrition, deficiency symptoms slowly appear.
The cells first function with less effect and one day they die and certain tissues and organs become increasingly sick.
You can see it on the outside, too: The skin becomes wrinkled, the hair thin and gray. Glands, nerves and muscles, the whole body becomes weaker. Because it is precisely the enzymes that are always “making new from old.”
Enzymes also need proper working conditions, body temperature should not exceed 40 degrees and proper pH should be given.
With an enzyme deficiency, either from birth or acquired only during life, many health problems can occur.
Intestinal problems occur when digestive enzymes are deficient.
But the following symptoms may also indicate isolated or multiple enzyme deficiency:
* Skin changes
* Asthma attacks
* High blood pressure
* Rising blood sugar levels
* Increased blood lipids
* Non-alcoholic fatty liver
The symptoms may occur singly or in various combinations, usually after the ingestion of certain foods.
Enzyme therapy - as old as mankind
The use of enzymes as therapy is nothing new, but a natural, herbal remedy based on empirical knowledge.
The Bible describes King Hezekiah, who was sick with cancer, asking God for relief. Through the prophet Isaiah came the “divine” therapy suggestion: a fig plaster on the ulcer and the king got better.
This case could be called the oldest documented case of enzyme therapy in cancer with complete cure.
Primitive peoples in Asia, Africa, America and Australia also know and use enzyme-rich plant parts for wounds, sores and other diseases.
Tree juices or crushed fruits such as pineapple or papaya have particularly high levels of protein-dissolving enzymes, the proteases.
Targeted research on enzymes in medicine began in the 19th century. The detection of enzyme activity in blood, saliva, gastric juice, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, amniotic fluid and pancreatic secretions revolutionized diagnostics. Enzymes are used not only in diagnostics but also as therapy. Currently, medicine has achieved its greatest success with the enzyme therapeutic treatment of circulatory disorders. But enzymes are also widely used to aid in digestion.
Enzyme therapy is even broader and can decisively support and restore the healthy function of all body systems: Immune system, musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, bones) blood vessels, digestive tract, skin and tissues, as well as healthy inflammatory responses, protection against free radicals, healthy liver function (fat digestion and removal of toxins).
Enzymes in food
doTERRA Supplements with enzymes
Both doTERRA Zendocrine detoxification complex with enzyme delivery system and doTERRA Terrazyme are high-quality products that contain enzymes to support the body. However, the doTERRA Zendocrine detoxification complex is specially designed to help the body detoxify and remove waste products from the body. It contains a unique enzymatic delivery system to improve the absorption of the enzymes, allowing them to work quickly and effectively.
On the other hand, doTERRA Terrazyme is a general enzyme supplement that helps digest food and optimize the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. It contains a mix of different enzymes, including proteases, amylases and lipases, to break down and digest different types of food.
The functioning of enzymes in the body is essential for maintaining good health. Enzymes help break down nutrients and wastes in the body and play an important role in digestion, the immune system and detoxification. The delivery system of the doTERRA Zendocrine detoxification complex is designed to deliver enzymes into the body quickly and efficiently, which can help support the body's natural detoxification processes.
All in all, both doTERRA Zendocrine detoxification complex with enzyme delivery system and doTERRA Terrazyme are excellent products with enzymes that support the body and help maintain good health. The difference is mainly in the specific purpose of the products and the mix of enzymes they contain.