Enzymes

Carbohydrases- The Most Complicated Category of Enzymes

Carbohydrases break down carbohydrates and it’s the most complicated category of enzymes, because it includes enzymes to break down sugars, complex carbohydrates, fiber and cellulose.

The basic carbohydrases are called amylases. They help break down complex carbohydrates that are found in fruits, vegetables and legumes into simple sugars.

Cellulase

Carbohydrates raise blood sugar

If you have low blood sugar or crave sugar or food in general the carbohydrase called amylase can be of particular help.

Carbohydrases, which are from fungal sources, include amylase, maltase, glucoamylase, alpha-galatosidase, hemicellulasae, xylanse, pectinase and phytase. The carbohydrases that digest sugars are sucrase (breaks down sucrose), lactase (breaks down lactose) and maltase (breaks down maltose). These carbohydrases also come from fungal sources. If people don’t breakdown sugar properly they can have many symptoms, which include severe mood swings such as mania or bad-temperedness, depression, or panic attacks. Other symptoms include abdominal cramps or diarrhea and sensitivities to the environment.

The carbohydrases that digest fiber or cellulose are called cellulase and are the only enzymes not manufactured by our body. The good bacteria in our intestinal tract are capable of making cellulase.

Cellulase hydrolyses cellulose into smaller units called monosacchride (glucose) and disaccharide (cellbiose). It’s present in the digestive juices of wood-boring insects and microorganisms but not in mammals.

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