Enzymes and Aging
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Enzymes and aging. For those of you who know me, I’ve been touting this since I began my journey in enzyme nutrition many years back. Did you know as we age our body’s ability to produce vital enzymes declines? As it happens, research from PubMed confirms this. Another little known fact is that enzymes are not just for digestion. In fact every chemical reaction in your body requires enzymes. Without these vital chemicals the chemical reactions in your body would be too slow to support life.
In fact here is just a short list of functions that require enzymes. They include energy production, absorption of oxygen, fighting infections, wound healing, inflammation reduction, putting nutrients into your cells, carrying away toxic wastes, breaking down fats in your blood, regulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels, dissolving blood clots, healthy hormone regulation, and slowing the aging process. There are actually three different types of enzymes to manage all of these vital tasks. What are they? They are digestive enzymes, metabolic enzymes and food based enzymes.
The Role of Enzymes
Digestive enzymes,break down your food into smaller parts. This way your body can absorb nutrients from your food and carry them to every cell in your body. Digestive enzymes exist outside of your cell walls.
On the other hand, metabolic enzymes reside inside your cells. Here they help your cells carry out a variety of functions. Your pancreas produces most of these digestive and metabolic enzymes. Of course food enzymes come from your food. More specifically you will find them in raw fruits, vegetables and meats. This means that processed food, frozen food and cooked food are void of these vital enzymes.
Enzymes and the American Diet
Insufficient enzyme production lies at the heart of many health problems in America. Did you know digestive problems alone cost Americans $50 billion each year. It is a sad fact that over 90% of the food Americans buy is processed food. And let’s not forget the American diet is high in cooked, processed, and sugary foods. Not to mention our overuse of pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics. All of these things deplete your body’s ability to make enzymes. This can lead to a host of health problems. They include digestive problems, reproductive problems, chronic pain, headaches, fatigue, diabetes, low energy, mood disorders, osteoporosis and even fibromyalgia. and that’s just to name a few.
Have you increased your intake of raw foods? Do you still suffer from chronic ailments? If so, give us a call and set up a consultation. We will take the time to sit down and talk with you about your suffering. We will even do some preliminary testing to determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we will make every effort to find an appropriate referral.
After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer. His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner. If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.