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Vitalzym™ Frequently Asked Questions

VitalzymSystemic enzymes promote healthier bodies and wellness. As we age, the body's natural production of enzymes may slow or even stop. Supplementation of Vitalzym enzymes along with proper diet and exercise, can help to maintain normal enzyme levels, balance the body's own repair mechanisms, and improve overall health and wellness.

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Vitalzym Enzymes FAQs

Enzymes Facts

Q. What are enzymes?

A. Enzymes are found in every cell of every living plant and animal, including humans. Enzymes are biocatalysts, meaning they either begin a reaction or cause a reaction to speed up. Without enzymes, life would not exist.

Q. How do enzymes work?

A. Enzymes work by virtue of their shape. An enzyme molecule can be compared, in shape at least, to many short strings of pearls (amino acids) strung together. This long string folds in on itself as certain sequences of amino acids (pearls) are more attracted to each other than to other sequences, thus giving the enzymes a specific shape.

At one point on the surface of this string of pearls, there exists something which looks like a keyhole. This is called the "active site" on the enzyme. When matched with its specific coenzyme (a vitamin, mineral, or trace element) this "lock" has the exact inverse contour of the "key" which is contained in the molecule of the enzyme's "substrate" (the molecule that the enzyme wants to transform into a different molecule). When the substrate appears, it inserts the "key" into the "lock." The molecular structure of the substrate is transformed into a different molecular structure and both enzyme and the newly transformed molecule go on their merry ways.

Q. What else are enzymes used for?

A. Enzymes are widely used in the food industry. Enzymes are also essential in the manufacturing of beer.

Q. Is there a history regarding the safe use of enzymes?

A. Yes, information on the safety of using digestive enzymes dates back to the early 1900s. Systemic enzyme research has been conducted in Europe and Asia for almost 50 years, and more recently in Japan and the United States.

Q. What prevents the enzymes from digesting our inner organs and tissues?

A. The body has a protective mechanism that prevents it from digesting itself. This mechanism works by the body's ability to tag and distinguish the difference between “self proteins” and “foreign proteins” that are not part of a healthy biological make-up.

Q. How long do oral enzymes last within the body?

A. Oral enzymes, such as those in Vitalzym, are rapidly eliminated from the body and are undetectable in the blood after 24 to 48 hours.

Systemic Enzymes

Q. What is a systemic enzyme?

A. Systemic enzymes work at the organ and cellular levels to support a healthy inflammation response and improve overall health. Some of these enzymes are responsible for different bodily functions, such as respiration, vision, growth, reproduction, and the storage and release of energy. This is why many experience increased energy when taking enzymes. To date, scientists have identified at least 3,000 different types of enzymes in the human body.

Q. What is systemic enzyme therapy?

A. Systemic enzyme therapy is utilizing enzyme supplementation to increase the enzymes throughout the body while assisting to restore health.

Q. Is there research regarding the use of systemic enzyme therapy?

A. Systemic enzymes have a 5 decade history of use in orthodox medicine in Germany, Central Europe, and Japan where over 200 peered reviewed studies have been done showing not only absorption but also therapeutic action in humans and livestock.

Q. Why is it important to drink water when taking Vitalzym for systemic therapy?

A. Plenty of water will ensure the enzymes get into the intestinal tract where they will be transported by the blood to needed areas of the body. The other reason is that some enzymes need water to activate. Additionally, as one begins the detoxification and cleansing process, drinking plenty of water helps the body rid itself of these toxins via the bowels and kidneys, and reduces effects from detoxifying.†

Q. Are enzymes considered "anti-inflammatory drugs"?

A. Proteolytic Enzymes are considered agents in support of a healthy inflammation response.

Q. Is Vitalzym a digestive enzyme?

A. No, it is a Systemic Enzyme. A digestive enzyme breaks down the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in food during the digestive process, allowing the body to better utilize the food you eat. Digestion begins in the mouth, continues on in the stomach, and is completed in the small intestine.




Types of Enzymes

Q. What enzymes are in the Vitalyzm formula?

A. Vitalzym is a proprietary blend of systemic enzymes including, protease, bromelain, serrapeptase, amylase, lipase, and papain.

Read more about Vitalzym INGREDIENTS.

Q. What is a proteolytic enzyme?

A. The proteolytic enzyme digests protein. Some examples of proteolytic enzymes are protease, serrapeptase, bromelain, and papain.

Q. What is a lipase enzyme?

A. Lipase digests fat. It is an enzyme secreted in the digestive tract that catalyzes the breakdown of fats into individual fatty acids that can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Q. What is an amylase enzyme?

A. A group of proteins found in saliva and pancreatic juice and parts of plants, Amylase digests carbohydrates and helps convert starch to sugar.

Q. What is bromelain?

A. An enzyme found in pineapples that helps digest proteins.

Q. What is papain?

A. A proteolytic enzyme obtained from unripe papaya.

Q. What is serrapeptase and where does it come from?

A. Also known as Serratia peptidase, it is a proteolytic enzyme isolated from the non-pathogenic enterobacteria Serratia E15. Serrapeptase has been shown to be one of the most fibrinolytic enzymes available today. Serrapeptase is a powerful proteolytic enzyme. In Japan, Takada sells serrapeptase as a registered anti-inflammatory medicine under the product name Dazen. Serrapeptase is laboratory grown. This enzyme is an important factor in Vitalzym.

Q. Do other countries recognize the benefits of Serrapeptase?

A. Yes, European and Asian physicians are using this naturally occurring enzyme as a natural way to support a healthy inflammation response in addition to managing pain as an alternative to salicylates (aspirin), ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). They have also studied systemic enzyme therapy for almost 5 decades.


Usage of Vitalzym

Q. Is Vitalzym something I can take indefinitely for general well being?

A. Yes, enzymes help keep the bodily processes in check.† You can take 1 cap, 3 times daily on an empty stomach for general maintenance. If you are attempting to keep a particular condition in check, you can take 6 to 9 capsules daily in divided doses.

Q. Who should not take Vitalzym?

A. Those with a uterine fibroid condition who are pregnant or trying to conceive, hemophiliacs, those with an ulcer, and those taking prescription blood thinners—as enzymes can increase the effectiveness of prescription coagulants like Coumadin, Heparin, or Plavix.

Q. Why is it important to take Vitalzym on an empty stomach?

A. When taken between meals on an empty stomach, the enzymes enter the intestinal tract where they are more readily absorbed into the bloodstream to assist various bodily systems including a healthy inflammation response and immunity support. If taken with food, the enzymes will act as digestive mechanisms to break down food in the stomach.

Q. I find it hard to have an empty stomach. Is there another way I can take Vitalzym?

A. If taking Vitalzym a half hour before meals is not convenient or it bothers your stomach, you may take it one hour after eating instead. Many customers find this to be helpful.

Q. What happens if I take Vitalzym with food?

A. If enzymes are taken with a meal, they will aid in the digestion of food, and only a reduced portion will be absorbed into the bloodstream to assist bodily functions.

Q. It is okay to take Vitalzym with hot beverages such as tea?

A. No, enzymes are heat sensitive. Ideally, beverages should be at least room temperature.

Q. What is the suggested quantity use of Vitalzym?

A. For general purposes, the suggested use according to the label for Vitalzym is 3 capsules daily. Take capsules at least 30 minutes before a meal, at least 60 minutes after a meal, or any time in between meals. Or, take an activation dosage as recommended by a healthcare professional. A higher or lower dosage may be appropriate depending on individual needs and desired results.

Read more on VITALZYM USAGE.

Q. Do I need to take all the Vitalzym at once or is it better to divide the dosage?

A. Either way is fine.

Q. How many Vitalzym can I take at one time even if I am dividing the doses?

A. You can take up to 5 capsules of Vitalzym at once. It is not unsafe to take more than that, but they will most likely not be utilized by the body.

Q. Why do different dosage levels work for different people?

A. Factors such as weight, age, sex, body metabolism, health status, lifestyle, and diet can all influence what dosage is considered an “activation dose” for each individual.

Q. Is it safe to take high doses of Vitalzym?

A.There is no need to worry about overdosing with Vitalzym. Enzymes do not have toxicity levels like many medications, vitamins, or minerals. Nor do they get stored in the body where they can become toxic.

Q. Why is it suggested to take Vitalzym in high dosages?

A. Enzyme molecules are very large so it is difficult to pack a sufficient amount in one capsule.

Medical Concerns

Q. Is Vitalzym a prescription medication?

A. No, Vitalzym is considered a natural dietary supplement.

Q. Is Vitalzym FDA approved?

A. The FDA does not “approve” nutritional supplements. Instead, they have assigned DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act) to “regulate” them for proper label information and to make sure they are produced in proper manufacturing facilities. They will, however, investigate any supplements that may pose health and safety concerns or other problems.

Q. Are there any compatibility issues with any prescribed drugs?

A. Yes. Customers using anticoagulants or blood thinners, such as Coumadin, Heparin and Plavix, should not use Vitalzym without the consent of their physician, as the enzymes can enhance the effects of blood thinning medications. It is always best to consult a doctor if taking any prescription medications along with nutritional supplements.

Q. Are there compatibility issues with protein-based dietary supplements?

A. Any supplement that has a protein base should be taken at a different time than when you take Vitalzym so allow the enzymes to quickly make it through the gastric juices and be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Q. Can I take herbs with Vitalzym?

A. Yes, however Vitalzym may increase the effectiveness of certain herbal supplements. If you are taking herbs in therapeutic doses, you may want to consult your healthcare professional.

Q. Can I still take my other supplements?

A. In general, you can still take other natural dietary supplements. However, some supplements such as fish and borage oil, gingko biloba, garlic, feverfew, and Vitamin E can help thin the blood. Please take this into consideration when using natural blood thinners in combination with Vitalzym.

Q. Are there any compatibility issues between Vitalzym and vitamin and/or mineral supplements?

A. Vitamins and minerals are cofactors to enzymes, therefore they are needed in the body for the enzymes to have their full effect. Thus, systemic enzyme use enhances the effect of other supplementation programs. However, it is best to take vitamins and minerals with food and then take Vitalzym separately on an empty stomach.

Q. Does taking magnesium and zinc complement the use of Vitalzym?

A. Yes, magnesium activates over 2600 enzymes and zinc activates over 600 enzymes. Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes all work together to help support the body's metabolic functions. People who are estrogen dominant are often low in these minerals.

Q. Should I tell my doctor that I am taking Vitalzym?

A. Yes, especially if you are taking prescription medications. It may be best to print out the ingredients page to show him/her so they can see what it contains.

Q. Why didn't my doctor suggest Vitalzym?

A. Many doctors have very limited education regarding nutrition and the use of dietary supplements. Therefore, they often do not feel comfortable making recommendations. However, more and more doctors and pharmacists are inquiring about the benefits of enzyme therapy and incorporating them into their protocols.

Q. Can I take Vitalzym if I am breastfeeding?

A. Check with your doctor before taking any dietary supplement if pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Q. Can I take Vitalzym if I am allergic to citrus?

A. If you are allergic to citrus and are not sure if you can take Vitalzym, it would be best to start with a small bottle to determine if you will have a reaction. Vitalzym contains bromelain from pineapple, papain from papayas, rutin (a bioflavonoid) from citrus, and amla from a fruit high in Vitamin C.

Benefits and Effects of Vitalzym

Q. What claims do you make about the effectiveness of Vitalzym?

A. The FDA does not allow the nutraceutical industry to make claims about their products without scientific studies being performed that substantiate the claims. Our customers can share their experience with the product but World Nutrition and Energetic Nutrition do not make specific claims.


Q. What are some benefits I can expect from taking Vitalzym?

A. Vitalzym will help to cleanse the blood, liver, and the colon of debris. It can also help remove excess fibrin from the kidneys, other organs, muscles, and tissues. Vitalzym is a natural support mechanism for a healthy inflammation response, may help modulate the immune system, kill candida yeast, and support immune health.†

Q. How long before Vitalzym takes effect?

A. How quickly one responds depends upon an individual's state of health, lifestyle, and diet. It may also depend on the individual's physiological make-up, as everyone is different. Testimonials from some of our customers reported positive effects ranging from 3 days to 2 weeks. Taking the right activation dosage is critical to the successful use of the product.

Q. How can Vitalzym help with improving immune health?

A. Vitalzym can help tone down an overactive immune system by reducing the antibodies that attack it. If the immune system is under-active, Vitalzym can help increase killer cell activity and restore balance.† Read our blog on Systemic Enzymes for Immune Health for more information.

Q. Can Vitalzym help with blood sugar health?

A. Vitalzym can help with pancreatic function which may support blood sugar health.†

Q. Can Vitalzym help with herniated disks?

A. Vitalzym may help with a healthy inflammation response related to disk or joint health, but one may need manual therapy for the discs.†

Q. Can Vitalzym help with varicose veins?

A. Vitalzym may be helpful because it can help clear the microcirculatory system.†

Q. Can Vitalzym help with scar tissue?

A. Yes, since scar tissue is made up of fibrin, Vitalzym may reduce the appearance of scars.†

Q. What is fibrin?

A. Fibrin is an insoluble protein the body produces in response to bleeding or inflammation. Excess fibrin in the body leads to fibrosis conditions, such as uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and cystic fibrosis.†

According to Scripps Research Institute, “It is generally assumed that the persistence of fibrin in the extra cellular matrix (connective tissue) promotes fibrosis, and that the extent of fibrosis is limited by proteases (enzymes) that remove the fibrin. Fibrotic disease occurs when normal control of this process is compromised and excess fibrous material accumulates in the tissues.”

Q. Is Vitalzym helpful as a pain reducer?

A. Yes, other than reducing inflammation, serrapeptase’s most profound benefit is reducing pain, due to its ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues.

Systemic Enzymes and Inflammation

Q. Will Vitalzym work for menstrual cramps?

A. The enzymes in Vitalzym are known for their support of a healthy inflammation response. Therefore, it may help with the pain and inflammation associated with smooth muscle cramping. You can also take magnesium citrate which helps ease smooth muscle contractions.†

Q. Are there any SIDE EFFECTS associated with Vitalzym products?

A. We currently have no documented evidence of any adverse side effects based on the use of Vitalzym. However, you should not take this product without the consent of your physician if you are currently taking anticoagulants, or have a history of thinning blood in your family.

Q. Will I notice any changes in my urine?

A. Fibrin appears in urine as foamy white fibers. If there is a buildup of fibrin in the kidneys, you may notice this temporary difference.


Vitalzym Cardio

Q. How does Vitalzym help to regulate the blood?

A. Vitalzym can help reduce platelet aggregation, excess fibrin, and debris in the blood that can cause it to become thickened.† Talk to your doctor before taking Vitalzym if you are on prescription blood thinners.

Q. Can Vitalzym overly thin the blood?

A. In general, it will not thin the blood beyond what is considered a normal or healthy level. However, it may be more blood thinning for some, than others.

Q. When should I stop using Vitalzym prior to having surgery?

A. It is suggested to stop taking Vitalzym 2 weeks before surgery.

Q. How long should I wait to take Vitalzym after surgery?

A. Generally, when all internal and external bleeding has stopped and your doctor tells you it is alright to begin taking aspirin again. However, consult your physician to determine the best time based on your individual circumstances.

Q. How does Vitalzym compare with other enzyme formulas that contain Nattokinase?

A. Nattokinase is an enzyme that is used in some cardiovascular formulas such as Vitalzym Cardio. It is not recommended to take more than 1 capsule, 3 times daily without strict supervision from a medical provider. Regular Vitalzym or Vitalzym Extra Strength can be taken safely in doses higher than 3 capsules per day. However, we suggest talking with your healthcare professional if you have personal concerns about taking higher doses.

Q. How do I know if I need Vitalzym Cardio or just Vitalzym?

A. Vitalzym Cardio is a cardiovascular formula. Due to the nattokinase ingredient, the suggested dose is one capsule three times daily. If you have a condition in which you would like to take a higher dosage than 1 cap, three times daily (for example, fibroids or scar tissue) regular Vitalzym would be the better choice because you can take it in higher doses.

Q. Can I take Vitalzym with Vitalzym Cardio?

A. Yes. However, adjust your intake. For example, if you are taking 3 Vitalzym Cardio, do not take more than 4 Vitalzym per day.

Vitalzym Manufacturing Information

Q. Where is Vitalzym made?

A. Vitalzym is manufactured in Japan and is 100% vegetarian. World Nutrition also uses ingredients from the purest sources.

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Q. How does World Nutrition grow their enzymes? Is the process ecologically safe? Does the process use any chemicals?

A. The enzymes in Vitalzym come from two sources -
1.) The fruit enzymes, including Amla and Rutin, come from fruit grown in organic plantations.
2.) The protease and serrapeptase are lab grown in a protein (fungus) medium. The enzymes are then extracted from the medium, purity assured without a trace of fungus.

Q. Does Vitalzym have an enteric coating?

A. Yes, the capsule itself is enteric coated.

Q. What does enteric coated mean?

A. An enteric coating is a barrier applied to some oral dietary supplements that prevent the acidic environment of the stomach from destroying nutrients such as enzymes and probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus) before they reach the small intestine. Read more about ENTERIC COATING.

Environment and Shipping Conditions

Q. Are the enzymes in Vitalzym sensitive to extreme heat conditions?

A. Yes. However, the enzymes are heat stable to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Long term exposure of temperatures above this may damage the enzymes.

Q. Does weather affect the quality of Vitalzym?

A. Exposure to heat over 140 degrees for an extended period of time can destroy the enzymes. Store your Vitalzym in a cool, dry place, with the lid tightly closed. Enzymes are freeze dried so there is no problem if they freeze or are exposed to cold temperatures.

Q. Does Vitalzym need to be kept in the refrigerator?

A. No, a cool, dry place is fine. An opened bottle stored in the refrigerator may collect moisture and affect enzyme activity levels.

Q. Can the enzymes be damaged during shipment?

A. The temperature in carrier vehicles should rarely, if ever exceed 140 degrees. In fact, World Nutrition, performs rigorous quality control tests to insure the stability of Vitalzym. For example, they ship the product via ground to various parts of the country in all weather conditions to unverified addresses. This allows the package to travel a long journey prior to its return. Once returned, product quality tests are performed. As of yet, there have not been any problems with damage from heat exposure during these transport trials.

Q. What about delayed pickup of packages delivered to areas with extreme weather conditions?

A. If you live in an area with extreme (hot or cold) temperatures, be conscious of your mail receptacle and its temperature during extreme weather. Collect your package as soon as possible after it arrives. When placing your order, consider your schedule during the days that your package will be delivered so you can collect it in a timely manner. Make special arrangements as needed or request for us to ship your order on a specific date. However, given the many variables, we cannot be responsible for damaged products that are not collected within a reasonable time after delivery.

Q. I received my order of Vitalzym and when I opened the package there was a strong odor. Is this normal?

A. Yes, this is normal. Enzymes do not smell good by nature, so this has nothing to do with the quality of the product.

Why Buy Vitalzym from Energetic Nutrition?

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