Enzymes are proteins responsible for doing specific tasks in your body. From digesting food, to building tissues and bones, to helping with detoxification, enzymes get the job done. Enzymes are specialized molecules, and each has a specific set of roles to play. To digest the protein in your food, you’re going to need protease enzymes.
Athletes often eat a tremendous amount of protein in the hope that it will help them pack on muscle. While protein is required for muscle building, simply eating protein won’t help you gain muscle. This is because protein can’t be used directly.
The protein you eat first needs to be broken down into peptides, and this requires protease enzymes. These peptides then need protease enzymes to further break them down into amino acids. Once proteases have done their work digesting the protein from your food, the resulting amino acids can be reassembled into a form your body can use.
You could think of the proteins in your food as a long chain. The protease enzymes cut this long chain into smaller peptide chains. Then proteases cut these smaller peptide chains into amino acid links. Your body takes these amino acid links and builds a new protein chain that helps build bone, repair cuts, or does any of the thousands of other processes you need to be healthy.
So where do these essential proteases come from? Raw, unprocessed food is a good source of protease enzymes. Don’t cook it though, or you will destroy the enzymes. If you eat cooked or processed food devoid of enzymes then you really only have two ways to replace these essential enzymes.
You can either get them from digestive enzyme supplements, or your body is forced to make the digestive enzymes it needs. Making them may sound like a good cheap way to go, but it is actually very costly as it puts huge demands on your body by using up some of your valuable metabolic enzymes.
Metabolic enzymes control every function in your body except digestion. Cut yourself shaving this morning? You’ll need metabolic enzymes to fix that. Think you’re coming down with something? You need metabolic enzymes to fight infections too. Just about everything you need your body to do requires metabolic enzymes, and you have a fixed supply of them so they’re extremely valuable.
The trouble is that if you don’t have enough digestive enzymes, then your body will convert its supply of metabolic enzymes into digestive enzymes. So you cook up a protein rich steak for dinner, but cooking it destroyed all its protease enzymes. That means that you have to use up some valuable metabolic enzymes to digest your steak, which could mean that you have a harder time fighting off that bug that’s going around.
Eating good quality raw food is always wise, but when you choose not to do so, supplementing your meals with high quality digestive enzymes is the best way to preserve your essential metabolic enzymes so they can repair and build your body like they were meant to do.
There are many high quality digestive enzyme supplements you can choose to eat with every meal or snack. If you are fairly young and healthy we recommend an inexpensive digestive enzyme such as Enzymedica Digest. But if you are older, have health challenges, or you are an athlete putting big demands on your body, go for a top quality high potency digestive enzyme such as Enzymedica Digest Gold + Probiotics.
Just take one capsule of digestive enzymes near the beginning of any meal or snack. This will help you break down your food into the nutrients your body will use to rebuild itself and keep you healthy.