The common and daily use of higher or optimum levels of essential nutrients, other than the Daily Recommended Doses is now accepted as normal and used to prevent and treat many health problems. The view once held by scientists and the medical profession that vitamins were only needed to prevent deficiency diseases such as scurvy is rather similar when it comes to enzymes – that they are not essential and that the body can make all the enzymes it needs.
Most people are aware of the role of digestive enzymes and their use in treating and alleviating problems associated with the gastrointestinal tract but the vital functions of metabolic enzymes however, is not generally well publicised and so their therapeutic role in metabolic diseases is frequently unknown. Much of the research on enzyme therapy has been conducted in Germany and Japan where they have used Systemic Enzyme Therapy to treat conditions including arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, back pain, circulatory problems, herpes, viruses, injuries, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases, injuries and gynaecological problems.
The hundred’s of complex chemical reactions, self-regulated and controlled, in conjunction with about fifty basic nutrients as raw materials, would not be possible without enzymes. These organic catalysts which accelerate reactions inside the body or even one cell are vital to life itself – controlling, accelerating or slowing down reactions, transforming molecules and in the process generating energy and constructing new substances.
Most metabolic enzyme activity goes on within the cells to protect them from damage and to maintain the processes of cell respiration and regeneration. To accomplish this task effectively, enzymes function in association with smaller molecules called coenzymes and cofactors.
Cofactors, such as the minerals zinc and magnesium which are required for over 300 enzyme processes within the body are substances that must be present for an enzyme to function.
Coenzymes are usually the B vitamins which serve as collaborators helping to release energy from the different food categories (proteins, fats and carbohydrates), such as vitamin B1 which serves as a coenzyme in energy metabolism.
According to Dr. Anthony J. Cichoke in his book – The Complete book of Enzyme Therapy – “enzyme therapy is of immense value for so many different disease conditions”. He has been using enzymes with great success as his main therapeutic tool for the past 25 years in conjunction with diet, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, herbs and antioxidants.