The importance of enzymes
The correct pH value is essential to all enzymes activities
The importance of the acid-base balance is also seen in the operation of enzymes in our body. The entire physical activities in the living organism is dependent on the operation of enzymes, the function of which is again dependent on the concentration of hydrogen ions (OH-). The concentration of hydrogen ions determines the acidity of an environment. For more information about the pH value of our body and its importance click here.
What are Enzymes?
Enzyme, a substance that acts as a catalyst in living organisms, regulating the rate at which chemical reactions proceed without itself being altered in the process.
Enzymes are responsible for all activities in the body. Even “thinking” requires enzyme acitivity. The biological processes that occur within all living organisms are chemical reactions, and most are regulated by enzymes. Without enzymes, many of these reactions would not take place. Enzymes catalyse all aspects of cell metabolism. This includes the digestion of food, the conservation and transformation of chemical energy and the construction of cellular macromolecules from smaller precursors.
Types of Enzymes
There are roughly 2 types of enzymes:
- Digestive enzymes: the main digestive enzymes are proteases, amylases, lactases and lipases. They help in the gastrointestinal tract in the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Digestive enzymes are dependent on a good pH level in the gastrointestinal tract for proper functioning.
- Metabolic enzymes: Metabolic enzymes are responsible for the structure, repair and remodelling of each cell, organ and all tissues.
Enzymes only show an optimal performance at a certain degree of acidity and they respond very sensitively to changes thereof.
When the enzyme activity is disturbed by acidification of the body, any acid waste can emerge from the intestine.
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