Aids in the breakdown of undigested sugars that will ferment in the intestinal tract. •
One of the four main types of plant enzymes. Breaks down carbohydrates for use by the body as energy.
in food are an important and immediate source of energy for the body.
Starch refers to carbohydrates found in plants (grains). Vegetables
and fruits are a source of starch and are broken down to sugar or glucose.
Carbohydrates are present in at least small quantities in most food,
but the chief sources are the sugars and the starches.
include granulated sugar, maple sugar, honey and molasses.
sugars are fructose and fruit sugar.
sugars are sugar cane, sugar beet, maltose or malt sugar, lactose
or milk sugar. All ripe fruits and vegetables contain some natural sugars.
are present in such foods as rice, wheat and potatoes.
may be stored in the body as glycogen for future use. If they are eaten
in excessive amounts, however, the body changes them into fats and stores
them in that form. If carbohydrates are not properly broken down before
they are absorbed, then adverse health consequences may occur.
Importance of Amylase
refers to a group of enzymes whose catalytic function is to hydrolyze
(breakdown) sugar and starch.
digests carbohydrates (polysaccharides) into smaller disaccharide units,
eventually converting them into monosaccharides such as glucose. People
who are fat intolerant (can't digest fats) often eat sugar and carbohydrates
to make up for the lack of fat in their diet. If their diet is excessive
in carbohydrates, they may develop an amylase deficiency.
digests not only carbohydrates but also dead white blood cells (pus).
For example, when you are low in amylase you are a candidate for abscesses
(inflamed areas with pus but not bacteria). If you have a toothache and
are being treated with antibiotics, but it doesn't go away, chances are
you have an abscess.
is involved in anti-inflammatory reactions such as those caused by the
release of histamine and similar substances. The inflammatory response
usually occurs in organs which are in contact with the outside world,
i.e., the lungs and skin. These include skin problems such as psoriasis,
eczema, hives, insect bites, allergic bee and bug stings, atopic dermatitis,
and all types of herpes. Some lung problems including asthma and emphysema
may require amylase plus other enzyme formulas depending on the particular condition.
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