"In essence, enzymes are what give us life. Enzymes are molecules involved in speeding up chemical reactions necessary for bodily function. Enzymes work to join molecules together or split them apart. They do this by making or breaking the chemical bonds that join molecules together. Most enzymes are composed of a protein, along with an essential mineral, and possibly a vitamin. If an enzyme is lacking the essential mineral or vitamin, it cannot function properly. If the body is provided the necessary mineral or vitamin through diet or nutritional formula, the enzyme is then able to function properly. For example, zinc is necessary for the enzyme that activates vitamin A in your vision. Without zinc in the enzyme, vitamin A cannot be converted to the active form. This deficiency can result in night-blindness. Many enzymes require additional support in order to perform their function. This support is called a coenzyme-a molecule that functions along with the enzyme. Like enzymes, most coenzymes are composed of minerals and/or vitamins. If the coenzyme is lacking the mineral component, the enzyme is again powerless. Most heavy metals cause major problems in the body because they take the place of the nutritional mineral in enzymes, making them inactive. In turn, higher dietary levels of nutritional minerals help prevent heavy metal toxicity." Ref: Article from Great Smokie Diagnostic Labs and Hair Analysis Enzymes break down protien into amino acids (protease), assist digestion, synthesize hormones, neurotransmitters, dissolve scar tissue, dissolve the isoprin protien bond of some viruses, cleanse the blood, dissolve fat (lipase), dissolve fibrin blockages (protease).