Understanding digestive enzymes    

Digestive enzymes facilitate our digestion. Incomplete digestion may be a contributing factor in the development of many ailments including flatulence, bloating, belching, food allergies, nausea, bad breath, bowel problems and stomach disorders.

Hydrochloric acid HCL

The role of hydrochloric acid (HCL) is to prohibit unfriendly bacteria from colonising and multiplying. Hydrochloric acid stimulates pancreatic secretion, activates pepsin and sterilizes the stomach from bacteria and parasites.

Here are a few early warning signs of protein deficiency:

  • hair, skin, nail deficiency
  • low blood pressure
  • poor immune function (goes with iron deficiency)
  • poor digestion
  • poor muscle tone
  • fluid retention

 

ENZYMEROLE OF SELECTED ENZYMES AND HCL IN THE BODY
AMYLASE (pancreas)Breaks down carbohydrates Sucrose, Maltose. Found in saliva
PROTEASE (pancreas)Breaks down protein into amino acids
Responsible parasite control in the small intestine
Intestinal worms
Yeast overgrowth
Bacteria
LIPASE (pancreas)Breaks down fats into fatty acids and glycerol
PANCREATIN (pancreas)Contains protease, amylase and lipase
Functions in the intestine and in the blood
BROMELAIN (pineapple)Extracted from pineapple plant
Helps break down proteins
PAPAIN (papaya)Extracted from papaya fruit
Aids in protein digestion
LACTASE (milk)Breaks down lactose found in milk products
PEPSIN (stomach lining)An endopeptidase that breaks down proteins into smaller peptides.
Function depends on availability of HCL
HCL (stomach)Hydrochloric acid stimulates pancreatic secretion
Activates pepsin and sterilizes the stomach from bacteria and parasites

Deficient secretion of HCL signs may include:

Bloating  Food allergies  
Belching  Chronic intestinal parasites  
Flatulence  Abnormal flora  
Nausea  Peeling and cracked fingernails  
Indigestion  A sense of fullness immediately after meals  
Constipation  Undigested food in stool  
Diarrhoea  Anaemia Folic acid, vitamin B12 and iron will not be absorbed if there is low HCL  

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