What exactly are enzymes? Enzymes are the proteins produced by living organisms and are composed of amino acids.
Enzymes are formed by stringing together long chains of amino acids, which have literally millions of different structures.
Enzymes are catalysts that create many essential biochemical reactions. These enzymes are not consumed in the daily processes of the body. However, if you are taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, or an antibiotic; if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy; or if you are cooking your food in a microwave, you are destroying your enzymes, and the enzymes cannot build or develop in your system. Without the enzymes, some metabolic processes would happen very slowly or not at all.
Our body has many different kinds of enzymes, but the three major ones are digestive, food, and metabolic.
Each enzyme has a specific blueprint and a specific function. Every daily biochemical function of the body requires enzymes to facilitate the building of compounds from the body’s raw materials, unlock nutrients, and break down substances such as food, toxins, and chemical wastes in the body. Therefore, when enzymes are disrupted, they lose their ability to function.
Cleaning solvents, antibiotics, household cleaners, microwaves, radiation, and heating over 120 degrees are elements that kill enzymes and enzyme activity and prevent enzyme development in our bodies. Our magnificent bodies create over 3,000 different kinds of enzymes, all with their own job description. Isn’t that interesting.
Within the cells of our lungs, liver, brain, and digestive system, we should have millions of enzymes when we are healthy—literally millions and millions. No one, no scientist, has ever been able to document or determine how many millions of enzymes actually exist in a healthy human body, and part of that is because they are having a hard time finding a healthy subject to study.
If you build up your enzyme storage reserve and maintain it, you will discover that you will enjoy good health. I get asked constantly how I go into a country, go into the jungle, deal with what I do, come back, and just keep going and going and going and not get sick. I eat more enzymes than I eat anything else, and I have ever since I made Essentialzyme in 1984. That and the oils are my mainstays. I rub oils on and drink them.
When you do that, you reduce the chance of being sick, and you are able to do more, perform more, think better, and think more clearly. One of my young colleagues just two days ago was traveling with me, and he asked me how I remember all the things I have to remember. I told him that it’s easy, because enzymes stimulate the brain for memory retention, memory alertness, and articulating.
I had a discussion with one of my professors years ago when I was at the Anadolu University in Turkey studying oil chemistry and GC and mass spectrometry. I had been having a fascinating debate with Dr. Bashir, who later visited me when I had the clinic in Springville.
I told him that I believe essential oils have enzymes in them. He just about went ballistic and said that there is no way essential oils have enzymes.
I told him that it’s true that you can’t see the enzymes in essential oils under a microscope. But think about this example: It takes a sperm and an egg to make a child, and after that child is conceived, you can’t find the sperm or the egg, but they were there.
It’s the same in essential oils. The enzymes are in the plant that produced that oil; therefore, the blueprints of the enzymes, or their energetic signatures, are then in the oil.
Because of that, more and more we’re seeing evidence of essential oils activating enzymes, so when you put an oil on or in your body through water or under your tongue, you are stimulating certain enzyme production in your body.
Last year I met Dr. Bashir in Cape Town, South Africa, at a conference. He grabbed me and hugged me and said, “Gary, you were right.” It was worth going all the way to Cape Town just to hear that.
Are essential oils invaluable to human beings? Absolutely.
One of the things about fasting and why I have always been an avid faster is that when you are fasting, you are not depleting your enzymes savings account; and if you are drinking raw juices while you are fasting, you have one-way traffic going in. Therefore, because you have stopped the outgo, you are building up that storage reserve.
For the first 10 days after a juice fast, your digestive system feels clean, you feel light and alive, you feel vibrant, and your energy comes up. That would not be the outcome the first time you fast or if you come off the fast wrong; but if you do it right, that will be how you feel, because you are building up that storage reserve, and that’s what’s important.
We also deal with petrochemicals—aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen—which are inhibitors of enzyme production.
Why do most people take an aspirin? They have a headache. Why do they have a headache? Because they have an enzyme deficiency. What does taking an aspirin do? It stops enzyme production and blocks enzymes from working in your body. Is there something wrong with this picture?
How many people take Tylenol because they have a migraine? Migraine headaches indicate that you have a hormonal problem, a structural problem, an enzyme problem, or all three; so Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin are not the answer for your problem.
Enzymes are found in every living cell, whether in plants, animals, or humans.
Ancient people believed that plants were magical. They watched them come out of the ground or watched a tree that put on a bud and sometimes a flower; then a leaf; then change color over the spring, summer, and fall. Then the leaves fell off and turned brown. Ancient people believed that plants were magical because they saw this process.
They also learned that when they killed an animal and hung it in the trees, the longer it hung there and the more it aged, the better flavor the meat had and the more tender it was.
Why did this happen?
An enzyme releases into the meat when the blood stops circulating, which starts the aging process. The meat eventually starts to rot and smell because it’s decomposing. Enzymes are there just like they’re in the leaves of the trees to turn them brown, decay, rot, and go back into the soil. It’s part of the cycle of life where everything is nurturing and feeding life.
Without enzymes, plants, trees, and grass could not grow. Seeds would not germinate, flowers would not bloom, tomatoes would not turn red, and bananas would not turn yellow.
Enzymes are involved in every process, like digestion, breathing, and even thinking. To go through a process of just thinking about getting up this morning even required enzymes.