Proteolytic Enzymes

The chemistry of digestion is really simple; with all the three major types of food being protein, carbohydrates, and fats. But remember, the important thing is not how much food we eat, but rather how much food we digest. And enzymes are the main component in food digestion. There are also three main categories of digestive enzymes: proteases (for protein digestion), amylases (for carbohydrate digestion), and lipases (for fat digestion). We digest proteins into amino acids, carbohydrates into glucose, and fats in fatty acids.

Each day, the pancreas secrets about 1.7 liters of pancreatic juice in the small intestine. In this juice are enzymes (including lipases, proteases and amylases) required for digestion and absorption of food. Lipases, along with bile, help digest fats. Amylases break down starch molecules into more absorbable sugars and are secreted by the salivary glands as well as the pancreas. The proteases secreted by the pancreas (trypsin, chymotrypsin, and carboxypeptidase) break protein molecules into single amino acids. There are also two plant-based proteases – bromelain (from the stems of pineapples) and papaya (from unripe papayas). Let’s take a close look at the proteases produced by our pancreas, oftentimes referred to as “proteolytic” (protein digesting) enzymes. When a “foreign invader” enters our system, it is our leukocytes that lead the charge of our immune response. However, cancer cells have a protein coating which renders them “unrecognizable” to the leukocytes and keeps them from destroying the cancer cells. In this scenario, would it not make sense to have something strip away the outer protein coating of the cancer cells? Of course it would. That idea has made sense in Europe and Asia for almost half a century where they have been throwing highly proteolytic and fibrinolytic (scar tissue eating) enzymes at cancer with great success. Dr. William Kelly used enzymes effectively on tens of thousands of cancer patients in his enzyme-based cancer center.

Proteolytic enzymes destroy cancer cells by breaking down the protein coating around the cell, and then the leukocytes attack the remaining cancer cell and destroy it. However, when we eat a diet high in over cooked protein, which lack food enzymes, our own proteolytic enzymes are called upon to digest the proteins.  We only have a limited supply of these proteolytic enzymes, and if this supply is being exhausted to digest protein foods, then little or none is left to break down the protein coating on cancer cells. Thus, the cells begin to flourish and multiply because our leukocytes cannot kill them. The truth is that cancer is oftentimes a disease of protein metabolism because the proteolytic enzyme “cancer-fighting mechanism” can be overwhelmed by consuming protein-rich foods at inappropriate times or in excessive amounts. The body needs about 12 hours each day without protein consumption for its enzyme cancer-fighting mechanism to work optimally.

Around the age of 30, your body’s production of enzymes drastically diminishes, so it’s essential to begin supplementing immediately if you are older than 30.

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