Proteolytic Enzymes are Good for Enzyme Therapy Where Inflammation is Involved
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Proteolytic Enzymes for
Fighting Inflammation

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Proteolytic enzymes, also referred to as "proteases," are enzymes that break down proteins into their smallest elements which are amino acids. This can happen in the digestive system where they are referred to as digestive enzymes or elsewhere in the body in which case they are referred to as systemic proteolytic enzymes.

When taken on an empty stomach, enzymes will pass through to the intestine and through the intestinal lining to the circulatory system. Although not used to digest food, they can do an important work there.

Why are systemic proteolytic enzymes important?

The most important thing that these enzymes do is to break down excess fibrin (a fibrous protein involved in blood clotting) in your circulatory system and in other tissues, such as your muscles. If you have an injury or are recovering from a painful condition of any kind, there will often be fibrin that is restricting blood flow to the injury site resulting in a longer recovery process. The exchange of nutrients and oxygen to the site will be decreased and there will usually be an increase in pain and inflammation.

The fibrin that forms around an injury site can cause a physical restriction of blood flow. The red blood cells are actually stuck and cannot get into the capillaries to oxygenate and nourish your muscles and remove the metabolic waste that is contributing to pain. The action of the enzymes is to enhance the flow of nutrient and oxygen-rich blood effecting the removal of metabolic waste produced by inflammation and excess fibrin.

Whenever you're recovering from a muscle irritation, injury, or surgery, the body uses fibrin in the healing process. This is normal and healthy. But without sufficient enzymatic activity, blood flow will be restricted as too much fibrin accumulates. Slow healing can result in an excess of fibrin forming scar tissue in the muscle or surgical site. This can make an acute condition chronic.

One possible effect of excess fibrin restricting circulation, if it is widespread, is an increase in blood pressure. Excess fibrin in your system can also contribute to such conditions as: chronic fatigue, slow healing, inflammation and pain, and elevated blood pressure. There is a medical test for "blood monomers" that can evaluate fibrin levels.

The medical community has long known that excess fibrin presents a cardiac and stroke risk. They also acknowledge a link between excess fibrin and chronic systemic inflammation, a significant causative agent in a great many diseases and painful conditions.

Which conditions do proteolytic enzymes help and how?

The list below is only a sample of the types of conditions that can be improved with protease enzymes. If you are still wondering how one little substance can support all of these conditions, remember that they all have one thing in common - excess fibrin and a resulting reduction in blood flow.

  1. Arthritis
  2. Atherosclerosis
  3. Back Pain
  4. Chronic Fatigue
  5. Chronic Pain
  6. Fibrocystic Breast
  7. Fibromyalgia
  8. High Blood Pressure
  9. Herniated Disc
  10. Hyper-coagulation
  11. Sciatica
  12. Spinal Stenosis
  13. Strains and Sprains
  14. Post-operative Scar Tissue
  15. Traumatic Inflammation
  16. Uterine Fibroids

Which would you rather take - a pain killer or a healing enzyme?

The truth is, very few pain killers help heal the body, and in most cases the side effects are rather unpleasant. On the other hand, enzymes support the body's ability to heal itself, and they reduce the signs and symptoms - and associated pain - of many chronic conditions.

Some Other Questions About Proteolytic Enzymes

Can these enzymes be used with other pain meds?

Yes, enzymes can be used if you are taking low-dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as long as they are taken at least 60 minutes apart.

Where do proteolytic enzymes come from and which types are best?

Some are animal-based, some are plant-based - such as Bromelain and Papain - and some are fungus-based, such as SerrazimesĀ®. The plant- and fungus-based enzymes tolerate the high acidity of the stomach better, so more of the enzymes make their way into the circulatory system.

How long does it take to start to work?

Enzymes go to work as soon as they enter the circulation. The big difference between enzymes and vitamins is the way they are measured. Enzymes are not measured by weight; they are measured in Units of Fibrolytic Activity, a measure the rate of fibrin break down.

There are a number of factors that affect how fast the enzymes will work, including dosage, quality of sleep, diet, and physical activity.

Are proteolytic enzymes safe for continued use?

Yes, they should be considered safe for continued use. However, do not take them if you are:

  1. taking prescription blood thinners (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix)
  2. having surgery in less than two weeks
  3. have stomach ulcers
  4. have gastroesophageal reflux disease.(GERD)
  5. are pregnant or lactating
  6. are taking antibiotics
  7. have an allergy to pineapple or papaya

Are there any side effects?

Proteolytic enzymes have an excellent safety record, with no significant side effects reported. With any supplement, however, there is always the possibility of developing an allergy to one or more ingredients. If this happens, you should discontinue use.

Choosing to try systemic proteolytic enzymes.

Remember, the enzymes are supporting the healing process, so recovery from any condition is going to take time. You don't just take the enzymes and expect to get better immediately. By using these enzymes as part of a well-planned recovery process, you're making a commitment to doing what it takes to make improvements in your life.

If working toward optimal health is your goal and you think that your life and your body would benefit from having less fibrin and better blood flow, then you should seriously consider proteolytic enzymes.

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