By Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) Every aspect of our existence depends on enzymes. Our digestive system, immune function, the health of our organs, our bloodstream– enzymes are required for every chemical action that takes place in our bodies. We can use enzymes for many things but most importantly if you or someone you know lives with pain, you can use enzyme therapy to reduce pain and inflammation and get back to living a normal life.
What Are Enzymes? What Do They Do?
Proteolytic enzymes are more commonly known for their role in digestion but they also play other impressive roles as well such as cell division, blood clotting, reducing pain and inflammation, immune function and protein recycling. (1) In the human body these enzymes are produced naturally by the pancreas and the stomach. However, over time, our bodies lose its ability to produce enzymes and we may notice we aren’t able to tolerate certain foods anymore or we may notice a reduction in stamina which most likely is a sign we are running low on enzymes.
Am I deficient in enzymes?
Some symptoms that could indicate that you are deficient in enzymes are:
- abdominal pain
- bacterial overgrowth in the small intesting
- issues digesting fatty foods
- brain fog
- mood swings
- joint and myofascial pain (fibromyalgia)
How Do I Consume More Enzymes?
The best way to consume more enzymes is to eat foods that are ALIVE or contain living microorganisms. When we consume foods that have been cooked or processed we lose the effectiveness of the enzymes present in them which is why most people have to supplement with enzymes between meals. Enzymes are extremely sensitive to their environment. Heat and chemicals can denature an enzyme or destroy its ability to unlock nutrients.
The three most common proteolytic enzymes are:
- Pepsin – naturally present in the gut and essential for digestion and breaking down proteins
- Bromelain – a protease enzyme found in the juice and stem of pineapple. It is also a natural digestive aid like pepsin and is effectively used to treat bloating, gas as well as reversing digestive disorders such as Chron’s and IBS. (2)
- Papain – also a protease enzyme, derived from the latex of the papaya and is similar in nature to pepsin. The enzyme is most concentrated in the fruit when it is unripe and is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements. It helps to stimulate the proper digestion of fats and proteins and helps improve nutrient absorption. It is also known according to Ayurvedic medicine to reduce bloating and to greatly reduce inflammation and pain.
Enzyme Therapy to Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Proteolytic enzymes help to reduce inflammation in a variety of ways including reducing the swelling of mucous membranes, decreasing capillary permeability and dissolving blood-clot forming fibrin deposits and microthrombi. (3) It has been discovered that by reducing the thickness of the blood, enzymes greatly help to improve circulation which increases the supply of life giving oxygen and nutrients to tissue and also help to transport harmful waste and toxins away from healthy tissue. At the site of an injury, these enzymes also help break down plasma proteins and cellular debris into smaller fragments which helps facilitate their passage through the lymphatic system, resulting in more rapid reduction in swelling and of course relief of pain and discomfort in the bones and joints affected.
Proteolytic enzymes also give synergistic protection for colon cells from free radical damage to their DNA since they help to absorb nutrients within the body. The anti-inflammatory properties of these enzymes can decrease swelling and inflammation in the colon. In particular this makes bromelain and papain very beneficial for people with Chron’s or coeliac disease and ulcers. (4)
Food sources of proteolytic enzymes:
- miso soup
When buying fruit be sure you’re always purchasing organic, responsibly grown fruit! Yes, it is a little more expensive but it is WORTH IT. Health is wealth!
Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.
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