Proteolytic enzymes, also referred to as “proteases,” are enzymes that break down proteins into their smallest elements. If this breakdown of proteins happens in your gut, we call the enzymes “digestive,” because they help us digest our food. When taken on an empty stomach, proteolytic enzymes will pass through the stomach or intestine lining and enter the circulatory system. This is why they are called “systemic” – once they enter the circulatory system, they circulate throughout the body.
Why are systemic proteolytic enzymes important?
The most important thing that systemic proteolytic enzymes do is to break down excess fibrin in your circulatory system and in other connective tissue, such as your muscles. These enzymes bring nutrients and oxygen-rich blood that remove the metabolic waste produced by inflammation and excess fibrin. If you are in “recovery” and your blood flow is restricted you will have a longer recovery time. In addition, the exchange of nutrients and oxygen in your body will be limited, as a result increase in pain and inflammation.
This is a picture of red blood cells caught in a web of excess fibrin. The fibrin is causing the cells to be “stuck” which causes a physical restriction of blood flow. Ultimately, those red blood cells cannot get into the capillaries to oxygenate and nourish your muscles and remove the metabolic waste that is causing your pain.
When you are recovering from a muscle irritation, injury, or surgery, the body uses fibrin to help heal itself. This is normal and healthy. Fibrin will start to accumulate as a result of poor blood flow and a lack of enzyme activity. If the area in question is slow to heal, an excess of fibrin will appear as clumps of scar tissue in the muscle or at the surgical site. Once this happens, your acute condition becomes chronic.
How does your body compensate for this restriction?
The answer: it forces the heart to work harder which increases your blood pressure.
How do you know if you have too much fibrin?
As I have noted, the body will do what it needs to do to keep us alive – sometimes at great cost to your overall health. Some possible indicators of excess fibrin in your system include: chronic fatigue, slow healing, inflammation and pain, and elevated blood pressure. There is also a medical test to measure something called “blood monomers.”
The dangers of too much fibrin…
The medical community has long known that excess fibrin presents a cardiac and stroke risk. Finally, they have acknowledged a link between excess fibrin and chronic systemic inflammation, the true root cause of virtually every disease and painful condition know to man.
Which conditions do proteolytic enzymes help and how?
The list below is only a sample of the types of conditions that can be addressed with systemic proteolytic 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, which causes a reduction in blood flow.
- High Blood pressure
- Back Pain
- Post-operative scar tissue
- Chronic Fatigue
- Uterine Fibroids
- Chronic Pain
- Fibrocystic Breast
Which would you rather take – a painkiller or a healing enzyme?
Truth is, very few pain killers help heal the body, and in most cases the side effects are very serious or even deadly. On the other hand, systemic proteolytic enzymes support the body’s ability to heal itself, and they reduce the signs and symptoms of a chronic condition.
Can proteolytic enzymes be used with other pain meds?
I knew you were going to ask. Yes, enzymes can used if you are taking low-dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as long as they are taken 60 minutes apart.
Where do proteolytic enzymes come form?
Some are animal-bases, some are plant-based – such as Bromelain and Papain – and some are fungus-based, such as Serrazimes®.
Which types are best and why?
I recommend plant- and fungus-based enzymes because they tolerate the gastric environment 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 immediately. 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, which means how much fibrin they break down in a set amount of time.
The questions you really want answered are: “How long will it take to get pain relief and reduce my inflammation?” and “How fast will my healing happen?” Truth is, there is no simple answer because the healing process and outcome will be different for everyone.
There are a number of factors that bear on how fast the enzymes willwork for you, including dosage, quality of sleep, diet, and physical activity.Even the very treatments you are undergoing to try to get better could be holding you back.
Are proteolytic enzymes safe for continued use?
Yes, proteolytic enzymes should be considered safe for continued use. There are three suggested usage protocols: one is a rotation of 12 weeks on and 4 weeks off; two is to take them continuously; and three is to take them on as-needed basis.
Who should not take proteolytic enzymes?
1. Individuals taking prescription blood thinners (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix) 2. Anyone who will be having surgery in less than two weeks . 3.Individuals with known ulcers of the stomach 4. Individuals with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. (GERD) 5. Pregnant or lactating women . 6. Individuals currently taking antibiotics 7. Individuals with an allergic reaction to pineapples or papayas
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 risk 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!
Jami Jones is a Natural Health Consultant and Owner of Nature’s Cure. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 229-446-0505.