There is no debating it: High potency proteolytic enzymes have an immense ability to improve vital health processes. A plethora of studies on proteolytic enzymes reveal the potency of their effects in the human body.
This includes their ability to enhance processes of detoxification, normalize and reduce inflammatory processes and to enhance the production of white blood cells and the body’s defenses. Proteolytic enzymes can stimulate immune cells to destroy fungus, mold, bacteria and viruses. Certain proteolytic enzymes function as antioxidants, inhibiting the formation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and thromboxanes. Proteolytic enzymes such as Bromelain have been shown in studies to reduce the aggregation of blood platelets and the excessive production of thrombocytes. The Proteolytic enzyme serrapeptase has shown to reduce blood viscosity, to improve blood flow, reduce sinusitis and reduce respiratory inflammation.
Proteolytic Enzymes, Autoimmune Conditions, TNF-a, Prostaglandins & Thromboxanes
The biochemical effects that proteolytic enzymes exert in the body can prevent, and even reverse immune-destructive signalling. Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-a) is a cytokine signalling protein. TNF-a is released mostly by macrophage cells. It is the TNF-a which induces cell apoptosis, or cell death. The activation of TNF-a is one of several immune factors, which induces the inflammatory response. Numerous studies cite the increase in TNF-a when autoimmune conditions are present, as well as decreases in symptoms when TNF-a is decreased either through drugs or through antioxidant therapy. TNF-a induces inflammation.
The proteolytic enzyme Bromelain, synthesized from pineapple has been demonstrated in studies to significantly reduce TNF-a, as well as other pro-inflammatory immune cell-released mediators such as Prostaglandin E2 and Thromboxanes. Therefore, systemic, proteolytic enzymes have a lot of implications for a wide variety of health conditions.
Enzymes: A Wide Range of Applicability
Enzymes when taken orally on an empty stomach can cross into the bloodstream and effect the biochemical processes that are necessary. There has been ongoing question as to whether enzymes can survive the stomach acid intact. Limited studies support that enzymes survive the acid in the stomach, while studies on the effects of enzymes after ingestion clearly support this view.
Proteolytic enzymes can be used for a wide range of health issues and symptoms with little, if any side effects. Some of the common health issues they are used for include:
- Joint swelling and arthritis
- Inflamed tissues
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Excessive blood clotting
- Cystic breast disease
- Respiratory conditions
- Excess mucous and sputum