Enzymes, which are mostly very large protein molecules, can be of both animal and vegetable origin. In their own right each are extremely effective and experience shows that the best results are generally achieved with a combination of both types.

Animal derived enzymes must be prepared in enteric coated (acid resistant) tablets to ensure that they pass intact through the stomach and are delivered into the small intestine, where the coating dissolves and the tablet contents are released in the alkaline conditions of the gut. They are then re-absorbed through the intestinal wall and pass into the bloodstream. Vegetable enzymes can remain active in an acidic (low pH) environment and at relatively high temperatures. By contrast, those of animal sources are generally most effective at normal body temperatures and at pH values closer to the neutral or alkaline end of the scale.

Enzymes are completely natural, and work literally by supplementing the body’s natural enzyme resources which, for a variety of reasons – e.g. age, general ill health, poor nutrition, stress etc. – may not always be sufficient to meet emergency or chronic needs. The term “systemic enzyme therapy” is used when enzymes are used to relieve a number of conditions involving both acute and chronic inflammation, oedema (swelling), haematoma and pain. They are taken away from food (consequently they are not used to aid the digestive process) so that the enzymes can be distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream in order to reach the sites where their properties can be of value.

SYSTEMIC ENZYMES AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Without enzymes, your body would be left without a major part of its defence against incessant attacks by viruses, bacteria, fungal spores, toxic pollution and the uninterrupted flow of the waste products of metabolism.

Enzymes are a vital part of the immune system, which guarantee non-specific defence by stimulating the cells called macrophages. Macrophages are large “scavenging” cells, which recognise and devour any harmful and unwanted “foreign bodies”, which are then safely removed and excreted, all with the help of enzymes.

Tests show that after taking oral enzymes, previously dormant cells are activated and become more voracious.

Some enzymes attack pathogens directly, others synthesize specific antibodies to attack bacteria, viruses, malignant cells and other harmful chemical substances which can then be neutralized by our defence system.

Sometimes the immune system attacks the very body it is supposed to protect. During an infectious illness, when the body has been invaded by “foreign agents” (viruses, bacteria etc.), antibodies are formed against these so-called antigens, forming an immune complex. When this complex attaches itself to a cell, an inflammatory reaction begins. The inflammation causes even more immune complexes to be formed and a vicious cycle is set in motion, which if left uncontrolled can lead to destruction of the cells, and in the case of joint tissue, to acute arthritis.

When enzymes are in sufficient quantities in the body, the vicious cycle is broken and the immune complexes are broken up and eliminated from the body.

SYSTEMIC ENZYMES AND STIFF JOINTS

Older people often suffer from stiff joints due to the cartilage surrounding the joints becoming worn by a lifetime of movement. This happens even more if the person is overweight or active in sport. The symptoms come about from pieces of cartilage, which become detached, irritating the internal membrane of the joint. This can often be seriously painful as swelling makes it difficult or impossible to move the joint.

For those suffering from arthritic problems, Systemic Enzyme Therapy can be a very important complementary therapy. Enzymes work within different parts of the body’s immune system to lessen the excessive swelling in both acute and chronic states by removing circulating immune complexes, which helps speed healing, and improving mobility. Systemic Enzyme Therapy however, appears to be much more effective against arthritic symptoms if it is administered very soon after the start of this degenerative illness.

Enzymes can help other types of muscle inflammation such as Tennis Elbow and Repetitive Strain Injury where painful tears or strain in the muscles, tendons, connective tissue and fatty tissue are present. Enzymes can be effective in all these cases as increased localised enzyme activity helps to lessen swelling, improve blood circulation and relieve pain, enabling muscle and joint function to return to normal as quickly as possible.

SYSTEMIC ENZYMES AND SPORTS

Eighty percent of all sports injuries are bruises, sprains and strains. When the body is injured it immediately transports its “first aid kit” of blood cells and natural enzymes to the site of the trauma. The enzymes facilitate the break down and elimination of destroyed cells and speed up the elimination of fluids. The healing process occurs slowly or quickly according to the number of enzymes present. To make sure there are sufficient quantities of enzymes, Systemic Enzyme Therapy should be started as soon as possible after injury. If it is possible enzymes should be used as a preventative measure, making it even more effective.

SYSTEMIC ENZYMES AND CIRCULATION

Many people suffer from circulatory problems such as Varicose Veins and would like to be able to walk easily without pain. The symptoms they suffer can, after a time, worsen to varicose ulcers where there are open wounds. Along with conventional treatment such as compression bandages, enzymes can provide significant help and reverse some of the symptoms.

Enzymes are vital to the prevention of circulatory diseases. They work by breaking down the proteins, which keep water locked in the tissues as well as fibrin filaments, which circulate in the blood helping to reduce swelling in the affected limbs. Transport of oxygen to the tissues is also increased and waste products are more readily eliminated improving the circulation and healing rate of varicose veins.

The action of Rutin, a bioflavanoid found naturally in the body and in certain fruits, helps to reinforce the effects of the enzymes. The total systemic effects of the enzymes, in combination with Rutin, help prevent the formation of thromboses, which are responsible for obstructing the veins and impairing blood circulation.

Anything causing changes to arterial blood flow can pose a major threat to a person’s life. Major diseases such as Myocardial Infarctions or Brain Haemorrhages may occur when the internal wall of an artery is harmed and cholesterol is deposited, causing the artery to become narrower, thickened and less supple. Enzymes slow the absorption of cholesterol, helping blood to flow through the arteries helping to keep the circulation working well.