Glucose oxidase is a type of enzyme commonly found in many fungus and bacteria and is one of the many useful enzymes that nature has given us. Commonly found in bee pollen and honey, glucose oxidase plays a key role not only in digestive processes but also, and perhaps more importantly in overall human health, physical rejuvenation and anti-aging.
What Does Glucose Oxidase Do?
Glucose oxidase catalyzes a reaction in which glucose (sugar) produces hydrogen peroxide and gluconolactone. This reaction effectively consumes the glucose while also exhibiting significant activity against harmful organisms due to the production of hydrogen peroxide. This is a crucial part of its digestive support, as well as its multiple health benefits.
The Health Benefits of Glucose Oxidase
1. Acts as a Natural Preservative and Probiotic Support
In a study published in the Journal of Dairy Science, it was shown that glucose oxidase can offer a potential alternative to chemical additives for increased survival of probiotic flora in yogurt due to its oxidation properties. Similarly, it is also a powerful anti-microbial agent commonly used in food preservation, as it fights harmful organism infestations and spoilage due to oxidation.
2. Help for Diabetics
This once obscure enzyme is now being used in home blood glucose monitoring devices for diabetes management. This enzyme can help the device keep track of blood sugar levels via bio-sensor technology.
3. May Have Natural Activity Against Harmful Organisms
Research shows that raw bee honey has is toxic against some harmful organisms, and it has been commonly used for centuries as a remedy for many health conditions. Scientists believe that this may be related to the fact that honey contains glucose oxidase.
The hydrogen peroxide formed when the enzyme hydrolyzes glucose sugar deters many organisms. Notatin resists bacteria in the presence of glucose and oxygen. Other studies have found that glucose oxidase repels fungi, such as Candida. These properties contribute to the use of glucose oxidase in food preservation, as it fights harmful organism infestations and spoilage due to oxidation.
4. Resistant to Bacteria
Studies show that Glucose oxidase has demonstrated in vitro activity against bacteria. Raw honey has been used for centuries as a remedy for many health conditions. Enzymes found in honey, such as glucose oxidase are shown to help promote seasonal wellness, especially for the respiratory system. Honey’s activity worked even better when mixed with lemon, and it was more effective at fighting harmful organisms than the antibiotics amoxicillin and azithromycin.
5. Natural Cleansing Properties
Again, in honey, glucose oxidase has the ability to turn glucose into natural hydrogen peroxide.
5. Natural Immune Booster
Enzymes found in honey, such as glucose oxidase have been shown to help reduce colds, flu and other respiratory infections. One European study on 18,000 patients found that honey drastically helped assist upper respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, asthma, and allergies.
6. Other Health Benefits
Early medicinal studies also show a connection between the glucose oxidase enzyme and chemotherapeutic properties.. Cancer feeds on glucose as its main source of food so in theory glucose oxidase could convert this glucose to hydrogen peroxide thereby starving cancer cells of their food and attacking them with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide therapy is a well known alternative cancer remedy widely used in clinics worldwide.
How to Read the Units of Measurement for Glucose Oxidase
Glucose Oxidase is measured in GO (Glucose Oxidase Units), where by one Glucose Oxidase Unit is defined as the amount of enzyme that will oxidize 1 µmol of glucose per minute under the assay conditions. The FCC notation stands for Foods Chemical Codex and is a division of USP (United States Pharmacopeia). It sets standards for ingredients. In the case of enzymes, FCC is a standard assay used to accurately determine the activity of enzymes. The current compendium is FCC VI.
Where Can I Find The Best Source of Glucose Oxidase?
The product VeganZyme® contains a 100% vegan form of Glucose Oxidase produced by the natural fermentation process of Aspergillus niger. It comes from all vegetarian, non-GMO sources, is kosher certified, gluten free, contains no animal product and is completely suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
VeganZyme is the most advanced full-spectrum systemic and digestive enzyme formula in the world and is free from fillers and toxic compounds. This formula contains digestive enzymes which help digest fats (lipids), sugars, proteins, carbohydrates, gluten, fruits and vegetables, cereals, legumes, bran, nuts and seeds, soy, dairy, and all other food sources.
VeganZyme may also be used as a systemic enzyme blend to break down excess mucus, fibrin, various toxins, allergens, as well as excess clotting factors throughout your body.
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