Sprout Grower's Dome Created by Tony Hornick
Enzymes are what make seeds sprout. Sprouts are, in fact, one of the richest sources of enzymes. Other excellent sources are papaya, pineapple and the aspergillus plant. Science cannot duplicate enzymes, because they are the stuff of life itself. Only raw food has functional "live" enzymes. Therefore the liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines must come to the rescue and furnish the requisite digestive enzymes to the individual who is being nourished solely on a cooked food diet.
All raw foods contain exactly the right enzymes required to split every last molecule into the basic building blocks of metabolism: Amino acids (from protein), glucose (from complex carbohydrates) and essential fatty acids (from unsaturated vegetable fats). They activate and carry out all the biological processes in the body such as digestion, nerve impulses, detoxification processes, functioning of RNA/DNA, repair and healing of the body, and even the functioning of the mind.
Sprouts are the richest source of enzymes and they digest themselves, thus giving the body a rest. Raw foods are rich in enzymes. Enzymes are needed for the digestive system to work. They are necessary to break down food particles so they can be utilized for energy. The human body makes approximately 22 different digestive enzymes which are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats. While all raw foods contain enzymes, the most powerful enzyme-rich food is sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes.
Sprouting increases the enzyme content in seeds, grains and legumes enormously. Lack of digestive enzymes can be a factor in food allergies and other allergic reactions. Other symptoms of digestive enzymes depletion are bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies. (And you thought that this was normal ???!!) These are the signs that the body gives you when it needs some help. Enzyme reserve seems to be connected to life force, health, and longevity. Ann Wigmore, the "mother" of the raw foods movement, feels that "enzyme preservation is the secret to health”. The preservation of our
enzymes by eating live foods seems to play an important role in slowing
the aging process. Unfortunately with age there seems to be a significant
drop in enzyme reserve. All of us lose our ability to produce concentrated
digestive enzymes as we grow older. In cases where age is a factor, or
where lack of digestive enzymes causes allergies, supplementation
may be helpful.