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Enzyme Use Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are enzymes?
Plant enzymes are energized protein molecules. They are involved in every function of the body. Life cannot exist without enzymes. Vitamins, minerals and hormones must have enzymes to work properly. Studies indicate that decreased enzymes levels are found in a number of chronic ailments, such as arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin diseases, cancer, immune deficiencies and much more. Enzymes are the key factor that determines the effectiveness of how your body functions.

2. Why do I need enzymes?
You need enzymes to digest your food; you need enzymes to fight off infections. You need enzymes to purify your blood and fight off allergies. And if you survive on a cooked diet, you don't get enzymes. (Any cooking of the food (above 118F) will destroy the enzymes.)

3. What can enzymes do for me?
Plant enzymes can reduce the burden on the bodyís natural curative powers, allowing the body to perform its natural, healing function. Taken with food, enzymes can dramatically improve digestion and absorption of foods (raw or cooked) and on an empty stomach they help to repair and strengthen the body as well as clean up the blood.

4. What are some of the physical conditions associated with enzyme deficiencies?
Here are some conditions associated with the decreased levels of each individual enzyme: Protease (digests proteins): anxiety, low blood sugar, kidney problems, water retention; depressed immunity, bacterial and viral infections, cancer, appendicitis, bone problems such as: osteoporosis, arthritis, and bone spurs. Amylase (digests carbohydrates): skin problems (rashes, hives, herpes, canker sores), liver and gallbladder disease. Lipase (digests fats): high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, spastic colon, and dizziness. Sucrase (digests sugars): lung problems, asthma, bronchitis, seizures, hyperactivity, mood swings, insomnia, depression, chronic diarrhea, and dizziness Cellulase (digests fiber): gas, bloating, acute food allergies, facial pain or paralysis, candidiasis (yeast infections).

5. How quickly will I notice results?
Most people having acid indigestion, upset stomach, bloating or problems with digestion will usually see immediate results. People having problems with bowel movements will usually see improvement within a week or two. Many people will see increased energy within a couple of weeks to a month.

6. Will enzymes interfere with my medication?
Enzymes breakdown and deliver only natural food sources. They do not deliver synthetics or change the action of medications. Consult your physician before taking enzymes. People on blood thinners or steroidal medications will find that their medications will have to be reduced due to the enzymes ability to remove the unneeded accumulations in the blood stream. Enzymes with cellulase may also interfere with some time-released medications by dissolving the coatings.

7. I take antacids for heartburn and indigestion. How can enzymes help?
Enzymes will help heartburn and indigestion almost immediately. Antacids provide only temporary relief by neutralizing the acidity in the stomach, but will cause a much greater problem. Antacids stop the body from doing its digestive job... while enzymes help the body to do its digestive job. Plant enzymes are safe and effective... antacids are not!

8. How can enzymes improve my overall health?
When you add digestive enzymes to your supplementation, your vitamins will work better, the ionic minerals will work better and youíll get a lot more out of the nutrients youíre taking. Enzymes are just as important as vitamins, minerals or any other nutrient, because enzymes are the workforce and life-force of the human body.

9. How do enzymes give people more energy?
Enzymes are energy. People that do not use an effective digestive enzyme product with food and on an empty stomach can use up to 50% or more of the bodyís energy in the role of digestion and clean up. Taking enzymes conserves the bodyís energy for other important functions like repairing and protecting.

10. I have a weight problem. Can enzymes help?
Yes! Most people that are overweight are low on lipase within the body. Lipase digest fats. Lipase also helps us to burn fat for energy. Our formulation will help a lot of people with digestion, cleaning up the blood and weight problems. Another major benefit is that lipase that isnít used up in the role of digestion can be stored in the liver for future use and thus replenish the lipase supply in your body.

11. Are ionic minerals in your formulation better for the human body than colloidal or chelated minerals?
Absolutely! Single ionic form minerals are hundreds of times smaller and can easily enter through the cell wall and be utilized. When we eat any living food source like meats or fruits and vegetables... the minerals within those foods are in an ionic form... and this is the natural form that nature intended us to use. Why would we use anything else? Ionic minerals are actually pure, living minerals which conduct and transmit electrical energies that keep living things alive and support regeneration and healing.

12. Why are plant enzymes better for the human body than animal enzymes?
Plant enzymes are much more effective in the pH and temperature ranges of the body and they help digest the cooked and raw foods in the upper part of the stomach. This helps decrease and conserve the digestive enzyme secretion from the body needed for digestion.

13. How do digestive enzymes help improve aging skin?
Enzymes can fight the aging process by increasing the blood supply to the skin. Better circulation helps bring nutrients to the skin and it also helps take away the waste products that can make the skin look dull and wrinkled.

14. Do athletes take enzymes?
Yes, especially in Europe. Taking enzymes has proven to help athletes recover from injury much quicker... sometimes twice as fast. Example: A double blind study with karate fighters... found the karate fighters on enzymes recovered from injury in 7 days. The karate fighters on placebos took 16 days to recover. Research has shown that enzymes are lost in perspiration and the body uses up enzymes during exercise.

15. Can enzymes help my immune system?
Enzymes are very effective at building up the immune system while at the same time decreasing inflammation, all with none of the side effects of many medications. Enzyme therapy has an excellent track record in the treatment of many types of autoimmune diseases. They work by breaking up the harmful complexes and activating the macrophages, which break down and destroy the intruders.

16. Can enzymes help with allergies?
In a person who exhibits an allergic response, there are not enough enzymes available for the white blood cells to break down the allergen and rid the body of it. They then experience the typical histamine response, including reddening of the eyes or local tissue, heat, runny nose and pain. People with allergies of an airborne source are typically those with a history of excessive sugar and simple carbohydrate intake. Someone with this problem has depleted their reserves of the enzyme amylase. Amylase is an IgG histamine blocker. Like bioflavonoids, amylase stabilizes the mast cells and basophiles that release histamine as a reaction to the damaged area.

17. Can enzymes help with diabetes?
Depends on the type of your diabetes. Type II (adult-onset) normally responds better to enzyme therapy than Type I (juvenile). Research has shown that when there is a lack of blood amylase, blood sugar levels can be higher than normal. When the enzyme amylase is administered, blood sugar levels drop significantly. One researcher showed that 86% of the diabetics that he examined had a deficiency of amylase in their intestinal secretions. He administered amylase to a majority of these patients and found that 50% of the diabetics who were users of insulin could control their blood sugar levels without the use of insulin. Amylase may help with storage and utilization of sugar in the blood.

18. What are the benefits of taking enzymes on an empty stomach?
Enzymes will help all of the following in the bloodstream: Digest proteins Stimulate the Immune System Assimilate fats Break up Crystalline Deposits Increase energy Breaking up Cholesterol Deposits Reduce bacteria Increase the White Blood Cell count and activity Eliminate Toxins Increase the surface area of the red blood cell... making it possible to carry more oxygen to all parts of the body. Eliminate Yeast Break up and dissolve Uric Acid Crystals Raise T-Cell activity and production

19. Can enzymes help with musculoskeletal pain, swelling and inflammation?
Enzymes have been medically validated as a natural healing agent that can help to relive musculoskeletal pain, swelling and inflammation. Enzymes work by breaking up what medical scientists call circulating immune complexes (CICs) that are at the root of inflammation. Chronic pain conditions almost always involve CICs. These circulating complexes of damaged proteins made up of cellular antibodies, antigens, and diseased tissue-accumulate in body parts such as the blood vessels, joints, and other tissues where they become systemic irritants, causing inflammation, and delaying the healing process. Enzymes, with their proteolic capabilities, help to breakup and destroy these bad proteins and immune complexes, helping the immune system to do its job better by removing inflammatory substances.

20. How should I take digestive enzymes?
Start with small doses of one enzyme with each meal then 1 to 3 capsules 3 times a day, in-between meals. If in a few days, no benefits are felt, increase the dose. Continue increasing the number of capsules taken until a benefit is felt. Most will feel the Systemic Enzymes kick in somewhere between 2 and 3 capsules, 3 times a day. An increase in the number of bowel movements may occur. This means that more food has been broken down and absorbed by the intestinal tract. Energy levels and alertness may also increase.

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