How do Digestive Enzymes Work
Life can’t exist without enzymes. Every bodily process depends on them. Raw food is a source of enzymes, but if you only eat cooked, canned, baked, pasteurized or other prepared food, your digestive system is left to produce all necessary enzymes by drawing from reserves within the body. This can enlarge your digestive organs, cause a metabolic deficit, degrade your immune system and make you susceptible to certain diseases.
Fortunately, you can supplement your diet with digestive system enzymes in capsule form. But just what is an enzyme and what do enzymes do? Let’s find out.
Roles of Different Enzymes
All digestive enzymes play a role in digestion, but each specific enzyme only acts on a particular substance, called a substrate. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the enzyme and substance shapes must match perfectly for them to interact.
Once fitted together, the enzyme changes its shape to break bonds in the substrate’s atoms, form new bonds or join chemicals together. These chemical reactions change the substrate, but the enzyme remains intact so it can repeat this remarkable feat repeatedly.
Examples of different enzymes and their functions include the following:
- Amylase turns carbs into simple sugars that your body can absorb.
- Lipase breaks down fat so it can pass through your small intestine and into your blood.
- Cellulase digests fiber and helps prevent bloating.
- Chymotrypsin and trypsin, both examples of proteases, break down protein into amino acids used to build new proteins necessary for various bodily functions.
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