What are Enzymes? Enzymes are complex molecules, vital catalysts that are needed for every chemical reaction in the body. There are two major types of enzymes - metabolic and digestive. Metabolic enzymes help build body structure. Digestive enzymes work to break down large food molecules into smaller, readily absorbable building blocks the body requires.
Naturally grown foods contain the enzymes necessary to break food down to the essential nutrients the body needs. Nature provides enzymes in food to aid in the digestion process so that the body doesn't have to use its enzyme reserves to do all the work. But when we process, refine, overcook, or microwave our food, most if not all enzymes are rendered useless. At a temperature above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, all enzyme activity is destroyed. When we consume cooked or highly processed foods, our digestive system has to produce the enzymes necessary to digest what was eaten.
The purpose of our digestive tract is to extract and absorb the essential nutrients contained in our food. Consuming cooked foods can cause our body to take enzymes from the liver, pancreas, and other organs to use in the digestion process. Over time, this can cause these organs to be stressed, which can weaken our immune system and slow down our metabolism.
Digestive enzymes assist in the breakdown of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and sugars. The body can't utilize the nutrients even in healthy foods unless digestive enzymes are present to aid in the delivery of the nutrients to the bloodstream, cells, and organs. And, these nutrients are what keep the immune system and the rest of the body strong and healthy.
If the body is forced to supply the digestive enzymes needed for digestion, then it has fewer enzymes for other essential body functions. Including supplemental plant enzymes at the time food is consumed provides two important benefits. First, the plant enzymes can go to work immediately to start the digestive process. Second, the body doesn't have to take enzymes from other organs. This means that more metabolic enzymes will be available to help organs and tissues function properly.
Including enzyme supplements in a daily diet may yield these important benefits:
• Adds to the body's natural enzyme supply.
• Boosts energy level.
• Helps maintain the health of the immune system.
• Improves overall well-being.
Maximizer - A Potent Enzyme Formula
Maximizer is a plant enzyme supplement that contains 17 different types of digestive enzymes to aid in the pre-digestion of all the foods. This allows your body to use metabolic enzymes to do their vital work, rather than use them for food digestion.
Each vegetarian capsule contains four different types of enzymes to digest proteins, four types for digesting fibers, a powerful enzyme for digesting fats and oils, two types that reduce starches, and six types of enzymes for sugars, grains and dairy products.
Maximizer can help you maintain your body's natural enzyme levels and help you maximize your energy level, feel better and give you a much better chance of staying healthy and disease free. Maximizer works in a wide range of pH environments. Below is a list of major enzymes and their function:
PROTEIN REDUCING ENZYMES:
Bromelain - a broad spectrum enzyme that hydrolyzes most soluble proteins.
Protease and Acid Stable Protease - for digesting different types of proteins.
Papain - a proteolytic enzyme characterized by its ability to hydrolyze large proteins into smaller peptides and amino acids.
FIBER REDUCING ENZYMES:
Cellulase - hydrolyzes cellulose.
Hemicellulase - breaks down the hemicellulose of plant walls.
Xylanase - naturally occurring enzyme commonly found in microbes and fungi that can play a vital role in human digestion. It is an enzyme that breaks down a type of fiber known as hemicellulose by converting one of its components (beta 1,4 xylan) into a simple sugar called xylose.
Phytase - is an enzyme that has the ability to liberate the phosphate and mineral residues from phytic acid, a compound formed during the maturation process of plant seeds and grains.
FAT AND OIL REDUCING ENZYME:
Lipase - for breaking down fats and oils.
STARCH REDUCING ENZYMES:
Amylase - helps digest carbohydrates and starches.
Gluco Amylase - breaks down sugars and starches.
SUGAR AND DAIRY REDUCING ENZYMES:
Lactase - breaks down the lactose in dairy products into more soluble sugars.
Invertase - breaks down cane and beet sugars.
Diastase (Maltase) - breaks down maltose, malt, and grain sugars.
Mannanase - helps break down mannans, which make grains hard to digest.
Alpha-Galactosidase - breaks down Melibiose, Raffinose and Stachyose sugars that are responsible for excess gas in the digestive system.
Pectinase - breaks down the pectin in fruits.