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Why you need Enzymes

August 12, 2009

An article in today’s (Aug 12) Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper, confirms that Swedes are really bad at eating fresh greens, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. Not even 1/10 follow the recommended daily 500g or 5 servings, which place Sweden 17th out of 27 countries in Europe.

Did you ever wonder why you need to eat fresh fruit, greens and vegetables? Did you ever think about why we should eat 5 servings or more daily of fresh greens, fresh vegetables or fresh fruit?

You would probably guess it’s because we need the vitamins, minerals, fibres and antioxidants. But there is another reason, not less important: the Enzymes, which “are required for every single chemical action that takes place in your body.” Jon Barron’s Lessons from the Miracle Doctors is indeed interesting reading. He starts the chapter about enzymes like this:

“Anyone who has any understanding of health has got to be taking enzyme supplement with every single meal they eat.”

Most people eat processed and cooked food, or “dead food” devoid of living enzymes. Jon Barron also points out that “Man is the only animal that cooks his food.” So if you don’t happen to eat 5 or more servings of fresh organic greens, fruits and vegetables daily there might be some very good reasons to take some kind of enzyme supplement – to help your body with every single metabolic function: “Your stamina, your energy level, your ability to utilize vitamins and minerals, your immune system – all governed by enzymes.”

“Studies done with laboratory rats have shown that rats eating raw foods live about 30% longer than rats eating diets devoid of enzymes.”

Jon Barron’s book is full of enlighting information and a “must read” for everyone who is interested in achieving better health in a natural way. He explains how it works: if you don’t add enzymes via food your body will have to use its reserves to produce massive amounts of proper enzymes which will put the pancreas and the endocrine system under a tremendous stress.

“100% of all Americans have an enlarged pancreas by the time they are 40? Is it any wonder that the incidence of diabetes is exploding in the developed world?”

By the way the headline of the chapter is “Enzyme=Life”. It definitely makes you think. And maybe I’m somewhat more inclined to accept the importance of enzymes after reading Ann Wigmore, Victoria Boutenko, David Wolfe and Jon Barron. For an upcoming story about superfood I also read about the traditional diet of the Okinawans, which as you might know, have had the longest life expectancy in the world. Besides low (3%) meat consumption and 20% less calories than the standard japanese diet the “Okinawa diet” also includes 7 servings of fresh greens and vegetables daily and 2-4 servings of fresh fruit.
Again: it makes you think. And when you’re finished with thinking it’s time for your next step…

(Here you can download for free the 2002 edition of Jon Barrons book Lessons From The Miracle Doctors – A Step-by-Step Guide To Optimum Health And Relief From Catastrophic Illness, or get the new updated and expanded 2008 hardcover edition.)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. obi permalink
    August 13, 2009 6:14

    Great reading!
    “enzyme supplement”..what to buy in Sweden? Is there a magic pill? =)


    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      August 13, 2009 7:48

      Knowing the necessity of enzymes I urge friends to eat MUCH more raw greens (especially dark leafy greens), raw vegetables and fresh fruit – all organic for higher nutrition, and use green powder drinks like barley grass juice at least once every day (or spirulina, chlorella). I have convinced many friends to start with barley grass juice like Green Magma as a daily habit. Here is a link to a website about barley grass juice.And search for digestive enzyme supplements on the Internet. There are a few available.

  2. obi permalink
    August 13, 2009 19:46

    Great! Thanks a lot! I´ll spread the word about this blog!


  3. obi permalink
    August 13, 2009 19:56

    I´m a novice when it comes to nutrition but I guess you need more enzymes if you train a lot. You put your (endocrine)system under even more stress. It´s not like the common saying “I train a lot so I can eat what I want/anything”, not from a nutritional perspecitve at least.
    What do you think?


    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      August 14, 2009 9:26

      Take the example with nordic skier Daniel Tynell, who got proper nutritional advice from nutrition expert Dr Magnus Nylander, which enabled him to get rid of disease and strengthen his immune defense, and win his 3rd Vasalopp. Of course atletes need high quality nutrition – and lots of it, plus diifferent kinds of antioxidant supplement to help the body deal with oxidation from intensive training. Enzymes help the body to absorb nutrition. Soon I will test Warrior Food, a new formula for athletes from HealthForce.

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