Supplemental enzymes replace the enzymes once present in raw food. The truth is, even if you are eating all natural healthy foods, most enzymes are lost in cooking and processing. Only raw or uncooked foods contain enzymes.
Nature put these enzymes in food to aid in digesting the food you eat so your body’s enzymes would not have to handle all the work. By taking a supplemental enzyme you free up your body’s enzymes. When enzymes are missing from your food, the full burden of digestion falls on your own digestive system.
Food sits in your stomach for nearly an hour before your body’s digestive enzymes are secreted. It is during this time that food and supplemental enzymes do their best work breaking down complex food molecules. During the first 30 to 60 minutes after eating, enzymes are hard at work, predigesting food long before the stomach acids render some of them inactive. Enzymes not destroyed in the stomach are re-activated in the small intestine and continue working to fully digest the foods you eat.