If we ate a totally raw food diet, we would be supplying our body with the enzymes we need, but in today's world, the closest some get to raw food is the tired lettuce and slice of tomato on a fast food burger!
Our bodies not only take enzymes from our food, we also manufacture digestive and metabolic enzymes. As with many functions of the body, enzyme production slows as we age, once we are in our thirties, levels start to drop. Ill health, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles also get added into the equation.
Raw foods naturally contain enzymes that could be used by the body, but cooking and processing food will destroy them. As the modern western diet consists of mainly processed and cooked foods, we end up relying on the enzymes manufactured by our bodies to break down food, this uses up valuable resources.
Enzymes are essential to life and each one will have specific functions, if someone has a deficiency of certain types of enzymes and in some cases this results in effects such as food intolerances. For example, someone with a a deficiency in the enzyme lactase used to digest milk, will result in a lactose intolerance.
Considering how important enzymes are to good health, it is easy to see why people may turn to a supplement to support their system. As with so many things, not all supplements are created equal! So what should we look for when choosing a supplement?
Arnie Liepa from TMC Ventures has always had an interest in quality supplements and feels that he has found a brand to bring to the UK, that is of superior quality and efficacy to many brands of supplements on the market. Enzymedica is a US based brand that specialises in manufacturing enzyme supplements, rather than being a supplement company that has added a couple of enzyme products to a range.
Founded in 1998 in Florida, they set out to the best products possible. Every product is 100% vegetarian, and they seek out vegan and Kosher ingredients whenever possible. By creating special blends and enzymes that are tolerant of the variables within the body, to ensure that the enzymes are viable and can be utilised by the body, Enzymedica have become leaders and award winners in the field of enzyme supplements.
Being environmentally responsible is also an important value for the company, the factory is built using 100% recycled steel and has been carbon neutral since 2009.
They have also been closely involved in various charities, especially those linked to Autism. Enzymedica sponsored the Autism Grass Roots Tour, an initiative of the Autism Hope Alliance (AHA), to raise funds for autism awareness and treatment. The Autism Grass Roots Tour traveled to 26 states, reaching more than 4,400 individuals. Enzymedica also provided $110,000 in scholarships for families to attend the Autism Treatment Center of America®. They have currently contributed more than $300,000 to the Autism Hope Alliance.
Enzymedica is an annual sponsor of several noted non-profits within the autism community, including Generation Rescue, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), and AutismOne. Along with these charities, they also donate to Vitamin Angels, a charity that provides nutritional support to individuals and families in need.
There is so much more that can be said about enzymes and their functions and also about Enzymedica, no doubt topics for future posts. In the meantime a great place to start is with the company video.
Then have a listen to an indepth interview with Arnie Liepa talking to Janey Lee Grace about enzymes and the role they play in our health.
Theresa Cutts, Nutritional Consultant. First published June 2017