Enzymes in Human Nutrition

Even the concentration of iron, in our blood, is brought about by enzymes: and, amazingly, one of our enzymes actually takes phosphorous from out of the food we eat, and converts it into bone.

Broadly speaking, Enzymes are separated into two distinct groups; the digestive enzymes and the metabolic enzymes (look http://trulyrawgourmet.com/align-probiotics-reviews.html). The three main digestive enzymes are called Protease, Amylase and Lipase, and they are found in our digestive tracts. Although these 'Sparks of Life', as they were once called by Dr Edward Howell, an early pioneer in the study of enzymes, assist in the hundreds of thousands of biochemical reactions that occur in our bodies: they, themselves, remain chemically unchanged and ready to get on with their next job!

Each enzyme has its own, very specific, job to do. Protease, as its name suggests, breaks down the proteins in the foods that we eat. Amylase is contained in our saliva, and starts off our digestive processes, it starts the initial breakdown of the carbohydrates in our diets. The third digestive enzyme is Lipase, which is found in our stomach and pancreatic juices. Lipase assists in the efficient digestion of fats; or, as they are also known, Lipids.

In our next article, I'll talk about what each of the different vitamins and minerals actually do for us. Meanwhile, I would welcome any comments or points of view and suggestions, in the box below, on how we might disseminate more information to you: or, how we might improve this site. You can get in touch with me by leaving a message ibn the comments box provided below.

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6 thoughts on "Vitamin and Mineral Functions"

kerrie on October 23, 2014 at 9:40 am said:
This is an excellent article in my view. It gets to the point on many very important Vitamin and Minerals but also teaches us something. I love learning about new health topics and being reminded of knowledge lost in the memory bank as well. I like your clean and well presented site very much.

Ian on October 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:
Hi Kerrie, Many thanks for dropping by my site; and for your kind comments. Most people are unaware of the fact that our supply of vitamins and minerals are vitally important to our health and well being. Live long and prosper!

Rohan on October 23, 2014 at 11:38 am said:
I think it is time I stop staring at the multivitamins in my bathroom every morning and drink them instead:lol: Thanks for the great post and inspiration :)

Ian on October 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm said:
Hi Rohan, For someone who (allegedly) doesn't drink or swallow their vitamins, you're looking pretty well on it :-). Thanks for dropping by my site; and, for your comment. Live long and propsper

Debora on October 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm said:
Loved how you stressed the importance of the vitamin and minerals functions needed for our bodies to stay healthy. Many people do not realize the harm they do to themselves when they neglect these needs. Keep up the Good Work!

Ian on October 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:
Hi Debora, I'm glad you liked the site; also, thank you for your kind words. Most people don't realize that there is a close association, and direct inter dependency, between the nutrients our bodies need. My next article will be looking at which foods supply us with the different nutrients we need, and what different vitamins and minerals actually do for us. Live long and prosper.