Enzymes are important because good nutrition is essential to good health and without the activity of enzymes both nutrition and good health are impossible.
Most doctors agree that enzyme activity is a much better indicator of a person’s overall health. But like other bodily functions that wear out with overuse or age, enzymes are subject to deterioration in a similar fashion.
Enzymes are in fact the catalysts that ensure the body’s organs retrieve enough energy from food to enable us to work, sleep, think, walk, talk, read, laugh and all the other countless acts that make us enjoy life.
Without enzymes, the body would be a lifeless doll. People who suffer from restricted enzyme activity typically have weakened immune systems, can contract serious illnesses and can ultimately be life-threatening.
So the short answer to the question “why are enzymes important” is that without them we would die. Without enzymes the body would be incapable of taking the necessary nutrients from food in order to function and survive.
All food contains enzymes but they are reduced or destroyed in the cooking process. Raw foods do contain enzymes but only enough to digest that food. So if a person has steak, chips and salad for dinner, the enzymes in the salad will help the digestion of the salad. The body will have to work overtime to digest the steak and chips.
There are three main categories of enzymes: Digestive enzymes, Food enzymes and Metabolic enzymes. Digestive and Food enzymes are the two important categories when it comes to the digestion of foods.
When food enzymes are destroyed in food by cooking, it is the body’s digestive enzymes that must do the extra work to ensure the nutrients are extracted from food.