As enzymes are broken down, some will stay in the cells, and some will pass into the bloodstream as amino acids. They become building blocks in the body. Now this is something that’s really interesting about enzymes. You never lose all of them because some of them will change structure during utilization. As they go through their activities—whether they are digesting food or toxic waste or breaking down mucus in the body—they will go through the process for which they are designed, and then they will have finished their job.
At that point, they break down and turn into amino acids; some are then excreted and others go back into the bloodstream, and guess what happens? They go back to the workshop and are restructured to later become enzymes again. Isn’t that neat? So the body takes some of the enzymes, rebuilds them, and puts them back into use.
However, here’s the thing that’s really a Catch 22. You need to be continually supporting and supplying the nutrient level and demand. When you already have a deficiency, there aren’t enough enzymes to put the amino acids from broken-down enzymes back together to go back into your bank account. It’s just like a domino effect: you just keep having the negative impact of an enzyme nutritional deficiency, so learn how to feed your enzyme bank account.
It is remarkable to think of all the chemical processes that enzymes spark. For example, proteases break down long protein chains into peptides, which are then broken down into amino acids; amylases break down polysaccharides; lipases break down fats; and cellulases digest the carbohydrate bonds found in fiber. Some of these enzymes make their way back to the liver and pancreas and are used again—providing you are continuing to build your enzyme reserves.