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The incidence of childhood atopic disease in developed countries has increased dramatically over the past several decades. In Australia at present one in four children is affected. The exact reason(s) for this is still not completely understood. It may be linked to our environment, the food we are eating, changes in our lifestyle, genetics or a combination of these factors.
Enzymes are specialised protein molecules found in all living cells. They accelerate and regulate all biochemical reactions that occur in the human body. An enzyme itself does not change during a reaction but acts as a catalyst by changing one compound (known as the “substrate”) into another (known as the “product”). Enzymes also play a key role in digestion. They break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats enabling us to benefit from the nutrients found in these foods, while removing the toxins. Enzymes turn the food we eat in energy.