All About Enzymes
In a nutshell, enzymes help you pull the nutrients out of what you’re eating and naturally digest the food in your gut. Without enzymes, you would cease to function! Enzymes are catalysts that cause a chemical reaction to happen faster - like digestion! They are composed of amino acids and they are not alive nor are they living cells. They are sensitive to their surroundings and can become inactive or denatured. 

Digestive enzymes perform many functions. They: 
  • Break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to avoid fermentation in the gut. 
  • Aid in proper digestion. 
  • Replenish and preserve pools of other enzymes that perform countless metabolic functions in the body not associated with digestion.
There are three ways your digestive system receives enzymes. 
1.) Naturally through your food or 
2.) produced in your digestive organs
3.) or from supplementation.

Here are the four different digestive enzymes and what they do: 
  • Protease - breaks down animal and plant based proteins 
  • Lipase - breaks down lipids, also called fats 
  • Amylase - breaks down carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables. 
  • Cellulase - technically a form of amylase, breaks down cellulose or the fiber in vegetables 
Information above from Nutrition 101, Debra Raybern N.D. pg 75-76

Enzyme Deficiencies
The following symptoms may suggest an enzyme deficiency: allergies, fatigue, bloating, gas, constipation, indigestion, irregular bowel movements, extreme mood swings after eating processed foods and sugars, nausea, and burping after eating greasy foods. 

“Enzymes are key in the process of healing your gut because without them, you’re getting a fraction of the nutrients in your food that your body needs to heal and support itself. You cannot build a house without wood and tools. You cannot have a body that works without enzymes. They are the tools to build the house.” Sarah Harnish, Scriptbook pg 267

Problems digesting food can cause the endocrine system to be overworked, leading to health concerns such as hypoglycemia, diabetes, and obesity. This can lead to over stimulation of digestive organs demanding more food than necessary that may lead to weight imbalances. Eating more raw foods, which contain a rich supply of enzymes, takes stress off the endocrine glands. 

Causes of Enzyme Depletion
“You have enzymes in your gut; but as you age, they get depleted or are damaged. This can cause DNA damage, making you age faster, and leading to chronic disease as the body can no longer keep up. The average 40-year-old is absorbing a fraction of what they were at age 20 because nutrient absorption declines with age. To compensate, your body must work overtime to produce enzymes. If you feel sluggish after a meal, it’s because your body is pooling all of its resources just to break down your food, and not into producing the hormones that give you energy. When your body works overtime to properly digest your food, it does not have the energy to devote to other functions, like immune defense. When food is properly digested, fewer digestive imbalances occur.” - Sarah Harnish, Scriptbook pg. 267

Causes of Enzyme Depletion: 
  • Cooking at high temperatures (above 105 degrees) which denatures most enzymes.
  • Chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides that work by destroying enzymes in both plants and animals.
  • Genetically engineered foods, which have few enzymes or none at all. 
  • Pasteurization or the heating of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products to reduce potentially harmful bacteria.
  • Irradiated food or exposing fresh foods, including meats, to radiation to reduce potentially harmful pathogens. 
  • Microwaving, which uses directed microwaves to alter food molecules. Microwaving your food kills all enzymes in your food.
  • Bovine growth hormones that are used in the dairy industry to cause cows to produce more milk.
  • Fluoridated water, when fluoride is added to water to potentially fight tooth decay.
Enzyme Supplementation 
We’ve talked a lot about enzymes and how to get them from food but if your body is majorly depleted from enzymes, you might need more supplementation. Here are the 4 types of enzyme supplements that Young Living has. Different ones are going to work for different people so be sure to give them all a try over time and see which one you like the best!

All About Essentialzymes-4
We’ve talked a lot about enzymes and how to get them from food but if your body is majorly depleted from enzymes, you might need more supplementation. 

Essentialzyme-4 helps support proper nutrient absorption. This is the broadest reaching Enzyme complex. If you don't know which digestive enzyme to choose, this is the one to get. It's dual release capsule ensures the proper break down of foods at the proper time during the digestive process.
This enzyme supplement works to break down sugar and proteins quickly and breaks down fats slowly!
It contains bee pollen which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, as well as enzymes to help build your immune system and support brain function and alertness. This digestive enzyme also contains essential oils to help it become more bioavailable.

  • Breaks down starch, breads, and pasta.
  • Breaks down meats, dairy, eggs as well as seeds nuts, leafy greens, and others.
  • Supports blood to help with inflammation.
  • Breaks down man-made fiber, plant fiber, fruits and veggies.
  • Breaks down dietary fats and oils. Helps liver function.
  • Helps with bone health and pulls needed minerals from grains.
  • Supports circulation and toxicity. Higher acid to break down animal protein.
  • Helps with sinusitis and has a lower acidic content.
  • Helps with edema and carries away toxins. Least acidic.
  • Helps produce other enzymes
  • Good for those with a poorly performing pancreas
  • Supports inflammation, healthy immunity, menopause, and contains many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Take 2 capsules (1 dual does blister pack) 2 times daily with largest meals.

All About Essentialzyme

Essentialzyme is a bilayered, multienzyme complex caplet specially formulated to support and balance digestive health and to stimulate overall enzyme activity to combat the modern diet. Essentialzyme is a good choice if you are looking for a broad spectrum digestive enzyme that also supports hormones. It is good for those who need help absorbing B12, Calcium, Iron, and Proteins. Essentialzyme should be used by people who have low stomach acid. It is the only enzyme from Young Living that contains Betaine HCL, which promotes the production of hydrochloric acid which is essential for high protein diets. This enzyme contains the most herbs.

All About Detoxzyme
Detoxzyme is a fast-acting enzyme. It is an enzyme powerhouse to help you cleanse your system. It is an excellent choice for bloating and gas, and for those who are lactose intolerant. Detoxzyme helps to flush the body of dead white blood cells to allow you to function at your best. Cumin powder is added to Detoxzyme and provides natural iron and also helps with blood sugar. It is a good choice if you have a sweet tooth. It contains the fewest essential oils of the adult enzymes and is not Vegan. 

  • Breaks down beans and veggies for gas and bloating. 
  • Breaks down starches, breads, and pasta. 
  • Breaks down meats, dairy, eggs and grains. Helps support blood with inflammation 
  • Breaks down starch and cereals. Flushes dead white blood cells. 
  • Breaks down table sugar and the connection between fructose and glucose. 
  • Breaks down man-made fiber, plant fiber, fruits and veggies. 
  • Breaks down dairy sugars. Helps with lactose intolerance. 
  • Breaks down dietary fats and oils. Helps liver function. 
  • Helps with bone health and pulls needed minerals from grains. 
  • Helps with sinusitis and lower acidic content. 

Take 2 capsules 3 times daily between meals or as needed. This product may be used in conjunction with a cleansing or detoxifying program. 

All About Allerzyme
Allerzyme is the strongest of all the digestive enzymes and is the only vegan option. It is an excellent choice for bloating and gas and for those who are lactose intolerant. It is also good for people who like to eat desserts and items containing white processed sugar. It contains Plantain leaf, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and is packed with nutrients and vitamins. This enzyme contains the most essential oils. Below is a basic break-down (see what I did there???) of what this enzyme supplement can do for you. 

  • This enzyme is specifically formulated to break down starch, breads, pasta, polysaccharides, beans, and veggies. 
  • Also breaks down amino acids found in meats, dairy, eggs, and grains. 
  • Breaks down man-made fiber, plant fiber, fruits and veggies. 
  • Also breaks down table sugar and starch and the connection between fructose and glucose. Breaks down dairy sugars and helps with lactose intolerance. 
  • Pulls needed minerals from grains making them bioavailable. 
  • Helps with sinusitis and edema and carries away toxins.
  • Helps with liver function and bone health.
Take 1 capsule 3 times daily just prior to all meals or as needed. If you have celiac, this one is not recommended as it contains barley grass and barley can be contaminated with gluten. 

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