I’ve always had a difficult time understanding how the enzymes that are found in the food we eat actually work. This is why I love reading about enzymes, because I love to know what they do and why they do it. I especially love to read about enzymes working with carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen. It’s the same reason why I enjoy watching cooking shows.

So in this video, I try to explain what an enzyme is and why it works to make food more digestible. I’ll use as many scientific terms as I can, because these concepts are much more complicated than what you might think.

In the late 1960s, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists whose research had created enzymes that could be used to break down food molecules into simpler substances that could be absorbed into the body.

The process by which enzymes break down food is called an “intrinsic pathway.” A great way to understand what an intrinsic pathway is is through a diagram called an “oxidation ring diagram” or “oxidative ring diagram.

The first description of the concept of an intrinsic pathway was in a book called The Secret of Sourcing. If you understand what we’re saying we have to show you how to do that in a nutshell. The diagram is simple to understand, so go get your book.

The diagram is not something we want to keep track of. If you read the title, it’ll give you a brief history of the process but not a link to the story.

The first time I read about this process I was like, “That’s so awesome, but what does it mean to be an enzyme?” I was actually having a problem with this idea because I don’t think the word “enzymatic” is appropriate. I think it is a bad word to use because it implies an organic process, an organism. Well, we at BioEssays are biocentric.

I know! We’re all a little afraid of the word “biological” because it can mean everything, from a bunch of cells to a bacteria to a virus. This is why we do bioinformatics so we can avoid sounding like we’re talking about a bunch of cells, bacteria, or viruses. I am very pleased with this new word because it is more than a process. It is an active process, and our word is “enzymatic.

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