Enzymes are biological molecules responsible for thousands of chemical processes in nature that sustain and support life. Most enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts for thousands of metabolic reactions in the mammalian body. They play a major role in the digestion and absorption of food. Complex starches and proteins are broken down into smaller molecules that can be digested in the intestines. Several enzymes can form metabolic pathways, each enzyme working in a specific order to complete vital cellular processes. Enzymes help maintain the homeostasis of the body and if there is a mutation, change or termination in production, disease can occur. It is important to provide your pet with live enzymes every day for a body that functions at its best.
All raw foods contain a unique set of enzymes. Heating food denatures live enzymes, destroying vital “keys” that “unlock” nutrients and make them available within cells. It is important to understand how enzymes are utilized within the body to see how important they are in maintaining health. Every organ, every tissue, and all the trillions of cells in the body depend upon the reactions of enzymes and their energy factors. Nutrition cannot be explained without describing the part that enzymes play. Unfortunately, live enzymes are not considered essential when it comes to the manufacturing of processed foods. As more research becomes available, it becomes clear that enzymes cannot be excluded from a healthy diet. A species-specific approach to feeding will naturally provide animals with the correct enzymes for the healthy function of all cells in the body.
When mammals are born, their cells are programmed to produce a certain amount of enzymes within the body. The rest must be obtained from food. When the body becomes burdened by the job of producing all the enzymes, it becomes deficient and can become vulnerable to disease and dysfunction. Glands and major organs suffer greatly from enzyme deficiency. All mammalian diets must contain live enzymes appropriate to the species in question. A raw diet naturally provides enzymes that dogs and cats have had available to their cells during millions of years of evolutionary growth.
3P Naturals diets naturally contain species-appropriate enzymes for healthy growth, development and maintenance including lipase, pepsin, bromelain, papain, amylase, protease and many others. These enzymes are well studied but there are hundreds of others whose functions are not yet fully understood. We cannot safely omit any of these dietary enzymes without understanding their function. Contact us for information about customizing a diet for your pet.