How do Enzymes Work?

"How do enzymes work?" is pretty easy to grasp when you just start looking at the various activities of food growing. For instance, watching seeds sprout is a good beginning.

The Beginning of Our Food Chain

As in this video, you can get the idea of how enzymes are at the beginning of our food chain...

  • Minerals are found in healthy soil (or in the sea) which microorganisms feed upon.
  • Enzymes become active within microorganisms as minerals are digested at the beginning stages of life.
  • The plant roots take up the mineralized microorganisms from the soil as their food and are then passed along from life form to life form.
Food from plants contain many types of enzymes and they are working all the time, whether it be to grow, ripen or breakdown, as in decay. Keeping the foods refrigerated slows the process down.

You can tell there are enzymes present in fruit if you observe the fruit by leaving it out for a few days in warm weather. Usually, the fruit will continue to ripen, then reach a point where it will begin to break down. What you are seeing are the various types of enzymes doing their work.

Three Enzyme Categories

It's easier to think of enzymes when you place them according to the work they actually do.

  • Metabolic Enzymes - these are the little enzymes that do all the work to make the body run.
  • Digestive Enzymes - these are the ones that are found throughout your digestive system breaking down the food as it comes in.
  • Food Enzymes - these are the various enzymes found in the raw foods. When food is eaten, the enzymes assist in breaking the food down as part of the normal process of life forms.

How do Enzymes Work with Digestion?

One function of the pancreas in the body is to act as an enzyme factory for digestive enzymes. It's raw materials come from metabolic enzyme resources. Food enzymes relieve the pancreas of over work and we end up with more metabolic enzymes.

  • Enzymes are destroyed by heat.
  • When cooked foods are eaten, they do not have their own enzymes to assist their digestion when eaten. The body has to make enzymes to break the cooked foods down.
  • Eating cooked foods with enzyme supplements helps the body to shift it's enzyme making ability back to rebuilding and maintaining body processes.
  • You enhance your beauty and youthful appearance by eating raw foods and by taking digestive enzymes as supplementation.

Note: Eating raw foods or taking digestive enzymes does not guarantee a youthful or beautiful appearance. There are other factors, but it does help.

Why and How do Enzymes Work with Minerals?

  • Enzymes are like the workers you find when you go to a construction site or to a car factory. Workers build things out of the material.
  • Minerals are the basic materials of a plant or animal or human body, similar to the materials that make up a house or a car, or anything physical.
  • Enzymes become active when they have minerals to act upon.
  • Enzymes use minerals to build and repair the parts of the body.
  • When minerals are missing, enzymes don't have anything to build with.

How do Enzymes Work on Artificial Foods?!

Some things are sold as food but are not really food. Glen told me about an observation he made years ago. He used to walk a few blocks to work and he kept noticing a piece of chocolate candy on the sidewalk. He walked by that piece of candy for several weeks and it didn't change. There were apparently no enzymes present and there didn't seem to be any interest in the candy from ants, or any other insects for that matter.

There are many non-perishable foods on the market these days. They don't have enzymes in them and if eaten, your body may or may not be able to digest them. The digestive tract will certainly have a go at it though. And whatever is broken down may move further into the body as a misplaced particle, clogging up the works.


  • Modern Biology by Truman J. Moon, Paul B. Mann, James H. Otto
  • The Survival of Civilization - Selected Papers by John D. Hamaker, Annotations, Supporting Evidence by Donald A Weaver
  • Food Enzymes by Humbart Santillo, MH, ND
  • Enzyme Nutrition by Dr Edward Howell

Please feel free to email me if you have questions or comments. I am always happy to respond.

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