Enzymes – Imaginary Friends or Real Life Heroes?

Anyone who all ready knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of plant based, supplemental enzymes, when it comes to health.  I learned about digestive enzymes about eleven years ago, and once I began to see results in others and not just myself, that’s when I knew there was something legitimate about them.


First, let me give you some background about enzymes. There are three types of enzymes – food, digestive and metabolic.  Every living thing has enough enzymes in it to break itself down.  The best example is look at an apple or banana that gets bumped.  What happens to it?  It gets bruised and begins to get all mushy.  It’s enzymes were activated and it begins to digest itself.  Metabolic enzymes are similar – you get hit, you get a bruise or a cut – your body activates the necessary enzymes to seal and heal the injured part of your body.  Enzymes are the construction workers in our bodies.  They make sure everything runs smoothly by building up, accessing, or breaking down the necessary materials in our bodies.  Digestive enzymes are the specific enzymes needed to break down/access the nutrients our food provides for our bodies. There is protease for protein, lactase for dairy, amylase for carbs, cellulase for insoluble fibers, and lipase for fats.  There are others, but for this discussion I will still to basics.  did you ever feel so full after eating that maybe 20 minutes after your meal you want to take a nap?  That is because your body is using up to 80% of your energy to digest the meal you ate.  Instead of feeling satisfied, nourished and energized by your meal, you are exhausted as if you just had just attended a boot camp workout. 

There are two things to look at here:  1.) Assess what you are eating, and 2.) You might be deficient in one or more digestive enzymes.  That comes at no surprise considering after age 20, our bodies begin to produce less amylase first.  Probably because it needs to focus on more metabolic function once our bodies are no longer growing and just sustaining itself.  The question then arises – But won’t that mean that my body will become dependent on digestive enzymes and no longer produce them?  Your body is all ready deficient, by supplying your body with the necessary enzymes, your body will work more optimally on a metabolic level. 

What are you talking about here Adrienne?  Once your body has the necessary enzymes to break down fats and carbs for example – your sugars may stabilize, your triglycerides may not be sky high anymore, you blood pressure may go down since your body is no longer stressed from hard to digest foods, and your cholesterol might reverse itself.  You may heal faster since your body is working on metabolic function instead of digesting breakfast.  You might lose those last 8 pounds since your body is breaking down the fat or carbs.  Your hair, nails and teeth might be stronger since your proteins are being digested and assimilated into your body.

There are 2 types of supplemental enzymes on the market, glandular and plant based.  I recommend plant based enzymes.   They come from the earth and the body knows what to do what is grown from the ground.  Our body doesn’t necessarily know what ot do with a bovine or porcine gland, plus what if you’re vegan?  As far as over the counter enzymes, my recommendation is from a company called Enzymedica.  they are based here in the US, vegan kosher, allergen free, you name it, they have that base covered.  Check out their website,  Vitacost.com has the best prices on Enzymedica products.  I carry their professional line which is of course a few notches up in quality I believe in them that much.  I have tried pretty much every brand both over the counter and professional lines of enzymes and these are the best.

Enzymes – Real Life Heroes.


Adrienne Falcone Godsell, is a nutrition coach who loves to assist people on their health journey.  find her and her monthly specials available via Skype, phone and email, as well as in person at


She has started a weekly vlog as well that may be found on her site and on YouTube at Your Favorite Foodie Adrienne Falcone Godsell

Published by Adrienne Falcone Godsell

As a Holistic Chef and foodie, I am in continual search of practical, tasty, healthy options to help people with when they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Seeing changes in my life from the food I eat (I was hypoglycemic in high school and found that by I could control my sugar by what I ate) I approach health from a food aspect first. As Hippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". Food has the power of life and healing inside of it. I am here to provide you with the keys to unlock that power inside of you.

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