Systemic enzyme therapy can significantly improve digestion, slow the aging process, and provide numerous health benefits for a wide range of health problems.
Unlike digestive enzymes, systemic enzymes are taken in between meals. To understand the difference between digestive and systemic enzymes, see Benefits of Systemic Enzymes for Healthy Aging.
Clinically research indicates that systemic enzymes can provide significant benefits in the treatment of the following conditions.
Let’s say you have an injured left shoulder. Inflammation is a reaction by your immune system to an irritation in your body.
The immune system creates a protein chain called a Circulating Immune Complex (CIC) specifically for that left shoulder, which then causes pain, redness, and swelling at the injury site.
This is a beneficial reaction at first because it tells you that your shoulder is hurt and needs attention. However, inflammation is self-perpetuating, creating even more CICs, which is not good.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen, are often prescribed for inflammation and the reason they work is because they inhibit the body from making most all CICs. However, the downside is that some CICs are critical for life, like those that maintain the intestinal lining and support kidney function!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has estimated that as many as 200,000 cases of gastrointestinal bleeding, including 10,000 to 20,000 deaths, occur each year in the U.S. as a result of NSAIDs prescribed for arthritis.
Systemic enzyme therapy is highly effective at reducing inflammation—and is free of dangerous side effects. Best of all, systemic enzymes can tell the difference between good CICs and bad ones.
So instead of preventing the production of all CICs, systemic enzymes just “eat” the bad ones, thus lowering inflammation and reducing pain.
If you are suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome, you know the pain of fibrosis in your joints and/or muscles.
When enzyme production drops significantly between ages 27 and 35, aches and pains often begin to set in.
With fewer enzymes available, the body then gets out of balance and has little or no enzyme reserves available to reduce the overabundance of fibrin and scar tissue that develops in nearly everything from simple cuts on our skin to oxidative damage in our muscles, joints, and internal organs.
Immune function begins to lag, which is further complicated by poor eating habits and a high-stress lifestyle.
The good news is that if we replace the lost enzymes, we can reduce the amount of scar tissue and fibrosis in our bodies.
According to Dr. Wong (N.D., Ph.D.), physicians in the United States are now discovering that even old scar tissue can be “eaten away” from surgical wounds, pulmonary fibrosis, kidney fibrosis, and even keloids years after their formation.
Dr Wong writes, “Medical doctors in Europe and Asia have known this and have used orally administered enzymes for these conditions for over 40 years!”
Enzymes improve circulation by eating the excess fibrin that causes our blood to get as thick as molasses.
All of the cellular debris and waste that collects in the blood is supposed to be cleared by the liver the first time it goes through. But for most people that seldom happens. The sludge remains in the blood until the liver is able to handle it—often days or weeks later.
When we supplement with systemic enzymes, the enzymes take the strain off the liver by removing excess fibrin from the blood and reducing the stickiness of blood cells—thus minimizing the risk for blood clots and heart attacks.
Anything we can do to support the detoxification of our liver is a huge health benefit.
Since enzymes are also adaptogenic, they restore balance in the body. When our immune system is running low, enzymes can boost our immunity so that we are less susceptible to infectious disease.
When it’s running high, the system creates antibodies that attack its own tissues (such as in autoimmune disorders).
In this situation, the enzymes will down-regulate immune function and eat away at the antibodies that the confused immune system is making to attack its own bodily tissue.
And last but not least, systemic enzymes are helpful at fighting viruses. They can tell the difference between the proteins that are supposed to be in your body and those that are not. Thus, they can inhibit the ability of viruses to replicate.
The list of conditions benefited by systemic enzyme therapy and supplementation seems to be growing all the time. In order to get the most out of systemic enzymes, it is essential to take a high-quality product at an adequate dosage.
Systemic enzyme products which include pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin and serrapeptase are most effective. But any combination of systemic enzymes taken in between meals will be helpful.
Just a few of the reputable brands I recommend are Pure Encapsulations, Enzymatic Therapy, and Garden of Life.
As with all nutritional supplements, it is wise to seek the advice of a health-care practitioner who will assist you in finding the correct therapeutic dosage for your specific health needs.