Enzymes are molecules involved in speeding up chemical reactions necessary for animal and human bodily function. Most enzymes are composed of protein along with an essential mineral and possibly a vitamin. If an enzyme is lacking an essential mineral or vitamin it cannot function properly. By providing the necessary mineral or vitamin through diet or a nutritional formula, the enzyme is then able to perform its vital function. For example, zinc is necessary for the enzyme that activates vitamin A in the visual process. Without zinc in the enzyme, the vitamin A cannot be converted to the active form. This deficiency can result in what is known as night blindness. By supplying the enzyme with zinc, we are performing "enzymatic therapy" and allowing the enzyme to perform the vital function.
Enzymes perform so many important functions in the body that they have been called the basis of all metabolic activity. Enzymes digest food, deliver nutrients, carry away toxic waste, purify the blood, deliver hormones, balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels, feed the brain, build protein into muscle, and feed and fortify the endocrine system. Enzymes also contribute to the healthy functioning of the immune system. White blood cells are especially enzyme-rich, which helps them to digest foreign substances that invade the body.
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Other responsibilities of enzymes are:
- Transforming foods into nutritional molecules for the building of muscles, nerves, bones, and glands
- Helping to store excess foods in muscles or in the liver for future use
- Helping to pass carbon dioxide, a by-product of normal metabolism from the lungs
- Metabolizing iron fro utilization by the blood
- Aiding in blood coagulation
- Liberating helpful oxygen by decomposing the by-product hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide is released from blood cells and white cells when their membranes are irritated by particulate matter)
- Attacking toxic substances in the body so that they can be eliminated which is essential to maintaining optimal health
- Helping convert dietary phosphorus to bone
- Extracting minerals from food so that they can be fully utilized, for example, magnesium, which is required as a catalyst for many intracellular enzymatic reactions, particularly those relating to carbohydrate metabolism
- Converting protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and other nutrients for the body's use.
The animal body's production of enzymes has limitations. It has a harder time producing enzymes when the body must cope with illnesses, pregnancy, stress, strenuous exercise, injuries, and extreme weather conditions. So the enzyme supply must be constantly replenished to maintain the animal's optimum health.
The animal's body is not the only source of enzymes. Ezymes are also taken from the foods. Unfortunately, that supply has been seriously diminished in recent decades. The enzymes that are available in pet and animal processed foods are packed with sugar, hormone-laden meats, artificial sweeteners, artificial fats, and food preservatives and additives. Other sources of enzyme depletion in pet and animal foods are irradiation, and processing at extremely high temperatures.
Enzymes can save your pet's life by restoring energy and balance, reversing the aging process, turning a dysfunctional digestive system into a healthy one, and strengthening the immune system.