Understand what enzymes are and what are different types of enzymes?
An enzyme is a kind of protein. The enzyme plays a catalytic role and role in the human body. If the human body lacks enzymes, all activities in the body will be affected.
With the catalysis of enzymes, people can cope with changing environmental stimuli. Enzymes are necessary to maintain the normal function of body, digest food, and repair tissues.
Even if sufficient nutrients are ingested, but without the cooperation of enzymes, the organism still cannot maintain Normal function, so enzymes play a very critical role in physiological reactions.
In addition, most enzymes have specificity, which means that an enzyme can only participate in one reaction, e.g. salivary amylase can only break down starch, pepsin specifically cuts long-chain proteins, and each enzyme has a different function.
In general, common enzymes can be divided into 3 categories:
Common enzyme classification 1: Digestive enzyme
Mainly refers to enzymes that can help to decompose food. It acts on the stomach and intestines. Food must be broken down into small molecules from the macromolecules through the help of enzymes in order to be absorbed and utilized by the body.
e.g. There are starch digestive enzymes in saliva that specifically break down starch.
Common enzyme classification 2: metabolic enzyme
Mainly refers to the enzymes needed in the metabolic process of the human body, responsible for energy conversion, waste decomposition… and other physiological functions is an important promoter of metabolism in the body.
e.g. Convert body fat to usable blood sugar, and convert blood sugar to glycogen or fat for storage.
Common enzyme classification 3: Food enzymes
Basically, fresh foods have enzymes, but as long as they are cooked or heated above 48 °C, their original enzyme activity will be destroyed. In addition to sashimi and fresh beef, other meat products consider parasitic problems. It is recommended to heat until fully cooked, so vegetables and fruits are the largest sources of food enzymes.
Myths about the efficacy of commercially available metabolic enzymes
There are many enzyme products on the market, and many advertise fat burning, antioxidant, increase metabolism…etc., all belong to the function of metabolic enzymes, because the enzyme itself is a protein, which is decomposed by stomach acid, and the amino acid type is used by the human body. absorb,
Therefore, it can provide a considerable degree of efficacy within a certain time after consumption,
But we cannot expect that we can obtain the body’s ability to metabolize enzymes through external ingestion or convert to metabolic enzymes and store in the body
These are all untenable, and the current scientific evidence mainly accepts “digestive enzymes”.
I believe that everyone has a basic understanding of enzymes. Next, I will separately discuss the effects and benefits of enzymes, how to eat enzymes, whether there are side effects of eating enzymes for a long time, can enzymes help weight loss/detoxification, etc…, and the enzymes discussed in the future will mainly focus on “digestive enzymes”~
What are the benefits and benefits of enzymes
There are a lot of materials on the Internet about the efficacy and benefits of enzymes. Here, I help you to organize some researches and researches related to empirical medicine-related literature. There are about the benefits of moderate enzyme supplementation on the human body, especially the digestive function:
- Help Food Breakdown
- Help digestion and absorption
- Decomposition of body waste
- Energy Conversion
- to promote metabolism
- Improve constipation trouble
- Maintaining immune function
- Catalyzed Physiological Reaction
- Promote cell regeneration
- Improve inflammation response
Who recommends digestive enzymes? How to eat digestive enzymes?
The human body itself produces digestive enzymes, and not everyone must add additional enzymes to maintain a good diet. e.g. Chewing food well, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, etc., are all good ways to help maintain digestive function.
So we should think about, under what circumstances will we need to supplement digestive enzymes?
In general, I would suggest that if it is easy to cause “difficult conditions for food decomposition” e.g. When the elders’ chewing function is reduced, after party dinner, etc., it is recommended to supplement digestive enzymes.
It is recommended to supplement digestive enzymes, 6 major groups:
- People who eat more food and eat irregularly
- Those with an insufficient daily intake of fruits and vegetables
- Those who often need entertainment and dinner
- Those with reduced chewing and digestive function e.g. elders, patients
- People with constipation
In terms of eating, because digestive enzymes are mainly to help the decomposition and digestion of food, it is recommended to eat after meals. If there is nothing to eat in that meal, there is no need to eat that meal, because there is no part of the enzyme that needs to function.
What is the difference between enzyme and yeast? What is the difference between the efficiency of enzymes and probiotics?
People often ask me, is there any difference between enzymes and yeast? Can you eat enzymes and probiotics together? How to eat it? Do you also feel confused and silly? Don’t worry, let me sort it out for you and make sure you understand right away!
The enzyme has already been introduced to everyone at the beginning, so I will not repeat it here. Those who have forgotten can first pull up and review what enzymes are and what types they are.
Yeast is a fungal microorganism. We often use it in food for bread fermentation, winemaking, etc., and the most terminal product of yeast needs to be sterilized to make it inactive to preserve its nutritional value, so as to extend the shelf life of food. No deterioration.
In the health food market, yeast is rich in nutritional value. In addition to being used as raw material, yeast is often used as a carrier, combined with other beneficial nutrients, so that it can be used and absorbed by the human body. eg Yeast b group, yeast zinc, Yeast selenium… etc.
Probiotics are a collective term for a variety of microorganisms that are beneficial to the host. Probiotics will colonize the human body system and can produce effects such as helping to maintain smoothness, change the intestinal flora ecology, and adjust physical fitness…etc.
Here I also help you to sort out the comparison table directly so that you can more easily grasp the difference and efficacy of yeast, enzymes, and probiotics~
Should enzymes and probiotics be eaten together?
To understand it simply, in terms of digestive function, enzymes are responsible for the upper half, while probiotics are responsible for the lower half.
Enzymes> Help food breakdown >> choose digestive enzymes
Probiotics> Adjusting the intestinal bacterial phase to improve the overall function >> “Adjusting the constitution and improving the function of defecation” should choose probiotics
In addition, it is possible to eat digestive enzymes and probiotics on the same day, but the consumption time of digestive enzymes and probiotics is different!
Because digestive enzymes help to decompose and digest food, it is recommended to consume after meals, while the probiotic part is recommended to be consumed on an empty stomach before bedtime or early morning.
Is it true that enzymes can detoxify and lose weight? Will there be any side effects of eating enzymes every day/long-term?
The biggest function of enzymes is not to make you thin directly, but to digest foods to make them easy to digest, which will help the subsequent metabolism and discharge of the human body, and has an indirect assistance effect on weight loss.
But of course, the effect of weight loss will be very different due to factors such as personal constitution, diet, lifestyle, exercise, or not.
Enzymes are only one of the tools during weight loss and cannot be regarded as direct enzymes. To help lose weight, it is the fundamental strategy to move towards the goal of losing weight with determination.
The effect of enzymes on detoxification is actually a cognitive fallacy. Many people think that detoxification = defecation. Simple defecation cannot remove the toxins and waste accumulated in the body.
To really achieve the detoxification effect, only to make the metabolism rate high The rate of accumulation of toxins can effectively prevent cancer, so it is basically impossible to achieve a true detoxification effect simply by supplementing enzymes.
Basically, in accordance with the food instructions, choose high-quality enzymes for supplementation, even if you eat it every day, it will not cause side effects.
Consumers will have this worry. I think it is mainly due to some unscrupulous manufacturers. In order to make the enzyme have a good bowel effect, add some “food laxatives” e.g. senna, senna leaf extract…etc.
This is the laxative is not an enzyme at all! So if you are worried about the side effects of eating, remember to pay attention to the products you buy, whether there are other unhealthy auxiliary ingredients in addition to enzymes, choose high-quality brands, and you will feel at ease~
Share 6 rules to choose high-quality digestive enzymes
1. Choose the source of “Fungus Culture”
Compared with the source of fruit fermentation, the enzymes cultivated by the fungus can ensure consistent quality, high stability, and no heavy fermentation taste, and better import.
2. Choose “Multiple Enzyme Compounds” for more comprehensive products
Because the enzyme itself is specific, each enzyme can only participate in one reaction, for example, the enzyme that breaks down starch does not break down protein, so choosing a product that combines multiple enzymes can help the food break down more completely.
In general, I would recommend choosing products with at least 10~15 enzymes, which would be a better quantity.
3. Choose enzymes that have experimental efficacy and brand authorization to be more secure
There are a lot of products and types of enzymes. When choosing, it is recommended to choose e.g. TNO Study with experimental confirmation to be able to eat and avoid spending money.
And remember to choose the product authorized by the brand to ensure the dosage and quality of the added product, without being mixed with fish, and buying unreal products.
4. Remember to check if there is “marked enzyme activity”
To be called an enzyme, it must-have activity. An enzyme that does not have an active unit is not known to be useful.
Therefore, when choosing products, pay attention to whether the brand manufacturers have an active label indicating each added enzyme to achieve the best edible efficacy.
5. Choose “capsule” better than lozenges, pay attention to artificial additives
Needed in the manufacturing process, usually, the lozenge needs to be added with more chemical compounds to make, so it is recommended to choose the brand that uses the capsule or powder type to give priority.
Enzyme tablets = enzyme powder + excipient + adhesive + chemical compound
However, please pay more attention to the enzyme powder package, because of the taste problem in eating, many brand manufacturers will use Abbas sweet, chemical juice powder, artificial flavoring to avoid the accidental supplementation of beneficial enzymes. Additives that increase the burden on the body.
6. Do not contain “senna, senna leaf extract” Don’t let laxative harm health
Enzymes should not add laxative ingredients! For example, senna and senna leaf extract are the two most common laxative ingredients in foods. Because you want to have a quick bowel movement, it is very unhealthy to choose to add such ingredients. Please open your eyes and check the ingredients. Avoid letting unscrupulous brand manufacturers hurt your health.
Finally, let me review the key points for you, as long as you master the following enzyme selection rules to ensure that you can choose a safe and healthy digestive enzyme product~
Based on the above points, a good “digestive enzyme” should meet the following conditions:
1. The source of enzyme is “Fungus Culture”, which is more effective than vegetable and fruit enzymes
2. “multi-enzyme complex” products are more comprehensive (at least 10 kinds of combinations)
3. Enzymes are effective only if they are experimental, and they are more secure if they are authorized by the brand
4. Is the “Enzyme Activity Label” much worse?
5. Capsules are better than lozenges, pay attention to artificial additives
6. Cannot contain “senna, senna leaf extract”
7. Reassuring with SGS inspection (Western medicine, heavy metal)