Enzymes are macro-molecular biological catalysts. Doesn’t that sound like something crazy and complicated? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Enzymes are used by many biological processes inside our bodies. They speed up the breakdown of complex compounds in the digestion, like proteins and starches. Most enzymes that are found in food are named according to the specific compounds that they breakdown, for instance, lactase breaks down lactose, a milk sugar.
Enzymes can be purchased in supplement form, and they can also be found in some fruits and vegetables. Pineapple and papaya both contain enzymes that are capable of breaking down proteins, making meat more chewable, etc.
Eating foods that contain enzymes, or supplementing enzymes in your diet helps to ensure that food is completely digested in your gut. This helps your digestion to stay clean. Enzymes also make nutrients in food easier to absorb and less likely to cause allergic reactions while passing through the intestines. Consuming enzymes also reduces the energy required for digestion, freeing up energy that can be used for other things, like rebuilding damaged tissues.
Over-consumption of enzymes isn’t a good thing either. Enzymes are extremely powerful and can be helpful for various things. I personally use enzymes for two weeks at a time to help break down scar tissue in my spine, while exercising and eating extra plant proteins like Moringa Oleifera.