- Lipases – break down animal fats such as cheese, butter, and meat.
- Proteases – break down proteins found in cheese, meats, and nuts.
- Carbohydrases – (including Cellulase, Amylase, and others) break down sugars, starches, and fibres from grains, vegetables and fruits.
Sources Of Enzymes
There are two main types of supplementary enzymes on the market: those derived from plant sources and those from animal sources. Fungal enzymes are believed to be superior to the animal-based enzymes, which are generally obtained from the pancreas of a pig. Any ingested enzymes have to survive the acidity of the stomach to be therapeutically viable. Most animal derived enzymes (e.g. Pancreatin) are therefore enterically coated to protect them from the acidity of the stomach. Enteric coating does provide some protection from the acid but many times the tablet will break in the stomach or will not completely dissolve in the small intestine. This affects the performance of the enzyme preparation. Fungal proteases on the other hand are remarkably acid stable and do not require enteric coating. A limiting factor in formulation with animal derived enzymes like pancreatin (from animal sources) is the lack of variety. Pancreatin is a pre-defined blend. Fungal-derived enzyme blends on the other hand can be custom formulated to suit various needs. This is possible because fungal (plant) sources not only include protease, amylase and lipase activities but also offer a variety of other enzymes such as lactase and cellulase etc. Overall, fungal enzymes are superior to pancreatin with regards to pH range, acid stability, activity, variety and safety. In addition to the above advantages, fungal enzymes are animal friendly and hence suitable for a vegetarian diet. Please note that none of our formulas contain animal derived enzymes.
When one commences taking fungal derived supplemental enzymes several health enhancing changes start to occur: You will improve the breakdown and absorption of Carbohydrates significantly, thereby improving the availability of glucose for energy to the cells. The body’s ability to obtain amino acids from the more thorough breakdown of dietary Proteins will improve and Fats in the food you consume will better contribute as an energy source to the body. These lipids are also important as they help provide fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids to the cells. A major obstacle to healing and regeneration is the amount of metabolic wastes or toxins most of us carry…the word “detox” is on every healthcare practitioner’s list of “things to recommend”. Apart from the thousands of chemicals and additives in our foods today there is also the potential for increased toxicity as a result of sub-optimal digestion. Poorly digested Proteins from the diet have the potential to putrefy, likewise Carbohydrates eaten in excess or undigested will ferment, and dietary Fats if not broken down can turn rancid. These undigested food particles can then leak back into the blood and lymph via the bowel. If you support the digestive process with enzymes, there will also be a passive, ongoing cleansing of the large bowel and your other detox protocols will be supported. Genuine N.Zimes Formula #10 contains the following four enzymes: Lipase, Protease, Amylase, and Cellulase in a base of rice bran and cellulose. (No added gluten, soya, or dairy).