This week's subject is ENZYMES What are ENZYMES ? Enzymes are the bonding material, they turn foods into energy and make muscles move and grow. Oxygen is a source of enzyme production. If we do not participate in some form of aerobic exercise we will suffer from a deficiency in enzyme production. The work of enzymes is essential to the life of each cell in our body. There are 700 different types of enzymes, each has its own function acting as a catalyst. Enzymes facilitate essential processes such as digestion, transferring energy into muscle, nerve, bone and glands. Enzymes play the essential functions of ; reduction of swelling and inflammation in bruising, fractures, hemorrhages, sprains and injuries, blood coagulation and clots dissolving, neuro-muscular movement and co-ordination, maintaining a sharp memory, mental well-being and physiological stability, protection from environmental hazards and internal toxins, formation of urea which is passed off into the urine, passing of carbon dioxide from the lungs, disintegration of cancerous tissue, production of hormones in the sex glands, immunity and healing. If any of these functions are interrupted the effect would be disastrous. Many diseases result from a deficiency of enzymes, such as cancers and mental disturbances ( to name a few ). In fact, any deficiency or excess of enzymes show up as ailment or disease. Which is the best way to keep our enzyme levels high ? 1) Diet, the best source being raw vegetables 2) Exercise, to maintain the metabolic processors at optimum levels. The more the metabolism is exercised, the higher the production of enzymes.