Of What Value are Enzymes?

What are Enzymes?

Enzymes exist in every corner of the Earth, and are essential to life, but most people have no idea what they are. We’d like to change that.

Enzymes are proteins that, when introduced to organic materials, jump-start reactions without being part of the reaction or lost in the reaction – they are merely the catalyst of decay. Enzymes attach themselves to specific substances, like a key in a lock, and unlock the bond between the substance components.

Enzyme action

Types & Keys:

As seen above, enzymes are designed with key-sites that are specific to the organic soil type. Different substrates require different key configurations. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the types of enzymes found in cleaning compounds:

  • Protease – designed to break down protein soils into peptides and soluble amino acids.
  • Amylase – designed to accelerate the breakdown of starches and carbohydrates
  • Lipase – designed to accelerate the breakdown of triglycerides into consumable fatty acids
  • Cellulase – designed to breakdown cellulose and similar fibrous materials.

What Happens Next?

Enzymes are not produced from thin air, nor are they commonly built into detergents alone.

These protein catalysts generally go hand-in-hand with benevolent bacteria which produce and project the enzymes, which breakdown the matter so that it can then be consumed by the bacteria to support it self-supporting metabolism. This cycle will continue until the organic soil load is diminished. In summary, enzymatic products are perfect for areas with high amounts of organic soil: seeking out, breaking down and consuming organic soils until they are gone.

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