Enzyme therapy gets national attention

What name pops into your head when you hear the term "TV DOCTOR"? The name most people in the U.S. will give as an answer belongs to a certain celebrity physician who graces the airwaves every afternoon, Monday-Friday. Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, professor at Columbia University, author and has most recently become an incredibly popular television personality. He has become famous (or infamous in the eyes of certain government agencies) by openly practicing integrative medicine and promoting the use of natural dietary supplements instead of potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals.

On January 25, 2013 Dr. Oz went on his national television program with special guest Robynne Chutkan, MD, touting the benefits of enzymes and how they can dramatically improve your health. In the segment titled "What's In Your Gut", the two doctors discuss how enzymes can help bolster your immune system while minimizing the gastric discomfort we get from a diet heavy in processed and artificial foods. Dr. Oz also commented on how our lifestyle can affect the enzyme levels in our bodies and demonstrated a specific way to check to see if your levels are too low.

But what are Enzymes? In short, specific enzymes help the body break down certain nutrients. The most well-known enzymes are protease (breaks down proteins), amylase (breaks down carbohydrates), lipase (breaks down fats) and cellulase (breaks down fibers). When taken with food these enzymes can optimize and support digestion. When taken on an empty stomach, protease has been shown to support a healthy immune system and detoxify the body and reduce symptoms typically associated with acute or chronic inflammation. By supplementing the body with enzymes you are effectively reducing the strain on the body to breakdown food and allowing the body to use it's resources to fight inflammation, regulate hormones and boost immune functions.

Would you like to learn more? Follow the links below:

What's In Your Gut? - The Dr. Oz Show
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