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5 Reasons to take Enzymes

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Ever wondered how the judges make it through Masterchef? Enzymes apparently.

Gregg Wallace from Materchef Britain revealed to me that he ‘swallowed a couple of digestive enzymes’ before judging the pudding section – the day I interviewed him he had to get through 15 sticky cakes.

Most of us have heard that enzymes can help our digestion. But did you know they are also powerfully anti-cancer, can help lower pain as well as boost sports performance?

Here are five reasons to start taking them now:

1) Unless your diet is 75% raw – you are probably deficient: So many foods today are devoid of enzymes thanks to pasteurization, heating, microwaving and other chemical processes. Heating your food above 46 degrees C renders most enzymes inactive. But making just a few simple changes can significantly increase your daily count. Here are some ideas:

*Snack on celery with nut butter instead of crisps

* Choose a juicer with a slow RPM – lower than 80 – to preserve the fragile enzymes in your beetroot and celery juice. I’ve been using an Angel Juicer for the last few years, although if I had my time again I’d buy a Hurom slow juicer. Click here to see a brand comparison chart. For on-the-go greens, choose cold-pressed, or freshly made. I like Raw Press, since they come in glass bottles and are organic.

*Try activated nuts

When you soak nuts, then dehydrate them at low temperatures, it activates enzymes that make them easier to digest and metabolize. More nutritious and much more crunchy.

* Choose sprouted rice, grains and cereals

You could try making Natasha Corrett’s Honestly Healthy immune boosting porridge with pomegranate and bee pollen using sprouted oats.

Honestly Healthy Immune Boosting Porridge

2)  To lower Inflammation: The second most popular pain reliever in Germany is Wobenzym – an enzyme formula derived from an extract of the calf thymus gland, papaya plant enzymes, and the pancreas of cows and pigs. Only Aspirin outsells this natural alternative.

Serrepeptase – an enzyme which comes from the intestinal bacteria of the silk moth – is also gaining popularity amongst holistic health experts. It’s dubbed the ‘miracle enzyme’ thanks to its massive anti-inflammatory abilities – science says it can help with everything from pain and swelling to heart disease and staphylococcal infections.

So how does Serrapeptase reduce pain and inflammation? It is able to digest non-living scar tissue. In fact the silk worm uses it to dissolve the hard shell of its cocoon. Transformative stuff.

3) Help prevent and treat cancer: Enzymes help break down the fibrin that coats cancer cells, allowing the immune cells to get in and do their work. There a countless studies attesting to the anti-cancer properties of enzymes – including papain from papaya and bromelain from pineapple.

Researchers believe this enzyme could block the growth of a broad range of tumor cells, including breast, lung, colon, ovarian and melanoma.

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Enzymes have been a huge part of Mum’s anti-cancer protocol and anyone who is interested in researching this topic further should look up Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez in New York, who has pioneered enzyme therapy for cancer patients. The testimonials he shares in ‘Mums Not Having Chemo’ are eye-opening.

4) Improve Sports Performance: Enzymes not only help the body digest protein – they also provide muscle-building protein. In fact, they’re increasingly being recognized as a way to help tone the body as well as prevent and heal athletic injuries.

5) Aid Weight Loss: Adequate enzymes help break down excess fat, escort toxins from the body and provide energy to get you off the sofa – when you feel you’re running on empty.

Essentially the body stays healthy when it has adequate levels of these super nutrients. I am quite evangelical about enzymes and personally take Serrapeptase and a broad-spectrum enzyme daily between meals; one hour before eating.

The upshot has been an an increase in energy and also less bloating and stomach gurgling at night.

I am now booking new health coaching clients for March and am available to those in America and Australia via phone consultations. Click here for more details.

For those in London, I will be sharing more of my tips on how to transform your health in 2015 at Planet Organic, Notting Hill on Tuesday 24th February 7pm-8pm.

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Laura Bond is a journalist, author and health coach. She specialises in helping clients beat stress, reduce their toxic load and prepare their bodies for babies. To find out more, click here.

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