Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts for millions of chemical reactions within the body. Nearly all processes in the body, from breaking down food to healing from an injury, require enzymes. Enzymes are used for the building, maintenance and repair of every cell of the body. There are three primary types of enzymes:
Though our body produces enzymes naturally, many health care experts now believe that our natural enzyme production begins to decline after age 25. As we age, our body produces fewer enzymes, and eventually we become enzyme deficient. This is when many people begin to notice the effects of aging, including joint pain and circulatory problems, slower injury and wound healing, and increased internal inflammation and disease.
Supplementing with systemic enzymes will help to build and maintain health. Because our bodies natural production on enzymes begins to wane in early adulthood, most people would likely benefit from supplementing with systemic enzymes. Whether taking Vitalzym to help address a specific condition, or to simply promote prevention and better overall health, supplementing with enzymes will provide your body with the additional support it needs to thrive.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), commonly found in asprin, advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs, can be helpful to reduce inflammation temporarily, but often cause more harm than good. NSAIDs have been shown to suppress the production of ALL circulating immune complexes, some of which are needed to maintain balance in the body.
Systemic enzymes on the other hand, are able to keep the balance of circulating immune complexes in check by aiding in the production of beneficial killer cells and CIC's and then by helping the liver properly dispose of the toxins. When the immune system is overburdened with the production and removal of circulating immune complexes, these CIC's can build up and become trapped in the tissues of the body and set off a reaction that leads to inflammation, pain and tissue damage.
According to the American Gastroenterological Association, NSAIDs hospitalize over 100,000 people and kill thousands in the U.S. each year. Systemic enzymes, on the other hand, are a safe and effective alternative, and have NO LD-50, or, toxic dose, and do not create side effects like those associated with NSAIDs.
Serrapeptase has proven to be one of the strongest and most effective proteolytic enzymes able to break down fibrin and reduce inflammation. Clinical studies show that Serrapeptase, a key ingredient in Vitalzym, induces fibrinolytic, anti-inflammatory and anti-edemic (prevents swelling and fluid retention) activity in a number of tissues, and that its anti-inflammatory effects are superior to other proteolytic enzymes.(1)
Besides reducing inflammation, one of Serrapeptases most profound benefits is reduction of pain, due to its ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues.(2) Physicians throughout Europe and Asia have recognized the anti-inflammatory and pain-blocking benefits of this naturally occurring substance and are using it in treatment as an alternative to salicylates, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs.(3)
We are all familiar with the pain and inflammation that occurs when we are injured, have an infection, or have had surgery. Not many people, however, are actually familiar with the body's internal inflammatory process that occurs within each of our bodies. This internal inflammation can have a significant effect on the state of our health, leading to a variety of serious conditions and diseases, It often goes unnoticed until it is too late. Internal inflammation most often comes from undiagnosed food allergies, excess weight, yeast and bacterial overgrowths, unaddressed infections and chronic high cortisol levels, usually caused by chronic high stress.
According to an article in the New York Times titled Body's Defender Goes on the Attack, "Scientists are coming to realize that inflammation may underlie many other common chronic diseases that come with aging, including atherosclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. Inflammation is also implicated in asthma, cirrhosis of the liver, some bowel disorders, psoriasis, meningitis, cystic fibrosis, and even cancer." (10)
The New York Times article continues to say “two large studies -- one in men and one in women -- have demonstrated that the higher a person's C-reactive protein (CRP) level, the greater the risk of a heart attack or stroke."
C-reactive protein is produced by the liver and is a clinical marker of general and/or cardiac-related inflammation. When internal inflammation is present, CRP levels can rise.
In Mercola.com's article: How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health, Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, is quoted as saying "There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis.Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and many other conditions." The article goes on to explain that the #1 warning sign of chronic inflammation is excessive visceral fat, ie excess fat around the waist.
Systemic enzymes such as Vitalzym and Vitalzym Cardio can be helpful for reducing inflammation because they are able to break down the proteins (CICs) responsible for causing the inflammation. What is more impressive is that enzymes are able to identify useful proteins from foreign or exogenous proteins, which are the proteins that can contribute to health problems.
Systemic enzymes can be helpful for fibrosis conditions in the body as fibrosis conditions are caused by a hard, sticky protein called fibrin. Enzymes are able to break down fibrin and reduce the development of excess fibrin in the body. Fibrosis of the organs in particular can cause particular health challenges. As fibrin collects in our organs, it can cause a hardening and shrinking of the organ tissue, eventually leading to poor organ function and possibly failure. As we age, fibrin tends to build up in our body and can contribute to a variety of conditions including:
Enzymes like those in Vitalzym Cardio support wellness by cleaning up the blood. The blood is the highway through which nutrients, as well as toxins and cellular waste, travel to reach their final destinations. When the waste and toxins are not adequately cleared out, often due to lack of enzymes and sluggish liver function, they get recycled in the blood, creating a sort of "traffic jam of the vital detoxification pathways," which can contribute to inflammation and poor health. Enzymes are able to keep the highway clear and traffic free by reducing excess or harmful circulating immune complexes, cellular debris, and toxins in the blood that may be contributing to viruses, allergies, and fatigue.
When systemic enzymes are taken, they stand ready in the blood and take the strain off of the liver by:
And here we come to the only warning we have to give concerning the use of Vitalzym or any other systemic enzyme - don't use the product if you are a hemophiliac or are on prescription blood thinners like coumadin, heparin and plavix without talking to your doctor. The enzymes cause the drugs to work better, so there is the possibility of thinning the blood too much.
|Enzymes are extremely effective in supporting immune function.Further, enzymes are adaptogenic, seeking to restore a steady state to the body (5). When the immune system is running low, we become susceptible to infectious disease. Vitalzym increases immune response, producing more Natural Killer cells, and improving the efficiency of the white blood cells, all leading to improved immunity.||
When it's cranked up too high, then the system creates antibodies that attack it's own tissues, as are seen in the autoimmune diseases of Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. In this case, Vitalzym will tone down immune function and eat away at the antibodies the immune system is making to attack its bodies own tissue.
According to Tom Bohager, author of Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes:
|"The immune system's ability to fight off invaders depends on the enzyme protease, which breaks down proteins. Most types of illnesses are in some way related to protein. For example, cancer cells are surrounded by the protein fibrin. The blood clots that cause stroke and a high percentage of heart attacks are made up of this same protein. Pathogenic bacteria and parasites are comprised of proteins. Viruses are enveloped by protein, and fungal forms such as Candida contain a protein nucleus surrounded by a chitin shell. Therefore, we need a plentiful supply of protease to overcome protein invaders in the body that will make us ill if left unchecked."|
|Yeast organisms like Candida Albicans are single-celled organisms that naturally reside in the intestinal tract. Normally, they do no harm, because they are kept in check by beneficial bacteria (probiotics) like acidophilus and bifidus. When yeast overgrows, however, it can create a wide variety of symptoms including:|
Vitalzym can help manage yeast and keep it under control because it is actually able to break down the cell wall of the yeast. Further, yeast can cause problems by releasing toxins into the blood stream that can not only cause discomfort, but also put stress on the liver. Vitalzym supports optimal liver function and detoxification, and will help to ensure your body is able to metabolize and excrete the toxins that yeast creates as it dies off.
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