Consider this: no animal or human can live without the consumption of foods that comes from plants. Only plant life can put together the enzymes, vitamins, and trace minerals needed for proper survival. This is a key function of a plant cell. We then eat the plant products, take them apart, break them down, and then reassemble them into our cells. If you eat beef, you are eating grass and grain that went into the production of that beef and therefor getting some plant food from the beef. The animal kingdom lives by consuming the plant kingdom.
Along these lines, enzymes are an essential part of life. They are composed of vitamins and trace minerals – so a deficiency of a vitamin or mineral can set one up for enzyme deficiency, and this becomes a vicious circle of nutrient deficiencies.
Enzymes are complexes – they are a blend of nutrients that work together as a team to allow the body to function. When we break these complexes up and serve only part of the complex, we don’t get the expected response because there are parts missing. For example, if we give the body only ascorbic acid, not the whole vitamin C with all the enzymes and unknown parts, we don’t get the full desired effect within the body. Vitamin C is not just ascorbic acid! Vitamin C is part ascorbic acid, but there are enzymes and other nutrients that make up the whole vitamin C that truly give us a more desirable effect and boost to the immune system and improved integrity of blood vessels.
I want to encourage you to eat foods in their whole form, as close to how they were given to us so that you get all the benefits of the whole food including enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals to optimize your health! For some great recipes refer to my book: 1 Degree of Change
Yours for better health,
Georgia Nab, DC MS CNS