Q: What keeps the 'live' enzymes in BarleyLife from being destroyed by the digestive system or in the stomach? How are they entering the blood system to be effective?
A: "Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is the main enzyme that we monitor consistently in BarleyLife and we use the new SORAC testing to do so. There have been a few animal studies that have proven an increased level of SOD in the blood after consuming SOD rich foods.
I've also read about specific complimentary food proteins that can help with the absorption of SOD as a whole. Enzymes are proteins with a job and I think if these proteins are broke down into their amino acid building blocks in the gut that our body should know how to put them back together as SOD in the blood.
To add even more detail to this, vitamin K, E, C, carotenoids, flavonoids, anthocyandins, isoflavones, and glutathione can also act as an antioxidant that fights against superoxide free radicals in our blood. When we perform an BarleyLife enzyme test we can only test for it's activity, rather than its actual physical presence. It is likely that our SORAC test is measuring the activity of SOD and all of the vitamins and phytonutrients I mentioned above.
This to me really emphasizes the importance of getting your nutrients from a whole food, because standardized vitamins won't contain all of these complimentary nutrients that can perform the task of fighting superoxide ions in the body." - biologist at The AIM Companies