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What are enzymes and how do the effect our bodies?

Enzymes are proteins that speeds up or causes chemical reactions in living matter. Enzymes are central to every biochemical process that occurs in the body. Most enzymes are produced in tiny amounts and affect reactions that take place within the cells. Enzymes are incredibly efficient and highly specific biological catalysts that make changes incredibly fast. In fact, the human body would not exist without enzymes because the chemical reactions required to maintain the body simply would not occur fast enough. They speed up chemical reaction by up to a million times.

Each of the different enzymes in your body are designed to do specific tasks.

Four things to understand about enzymes

  1. Enzymes do not make a chemical reaction that would not happen on its own. They just speed up this reaction.

  2. Enzymes molecules may change during a chemical reaction but return to their original state when the process is over.

  3. Enzyme reactions can be both good or bad

  4. They are very specific and make changes in only the one process they are working on.


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