Oral Proteases

19_virastopProteases, or proteolytic enzymes are specific for protein digestion. Simply put, protease enzymes break down proteins, be they undigested proteins in the digestive system, cellular debris or toxins in the blood.  Some proteolytic enzymes work specifically in the bloodstream to support metabolic reactions like healthy cellular repair and immunity, sparking the chemical reactions required to sustain life. The body employs protease enzymes to break down foreign invaders such as bacteria, yeasts, and viruses.

Oral Proteases

Research has shown that oral proteases, taken as a dietary supplement on an empty stomach may aid our immune system in ways other supplements can’t. These supplemental enzymes are absorbed and carried into the blood stream where they are bound to plasma proteins. The oral proteases bind to these plasma proteins and then are able to break down protein-based pathogens in the blood. An interesting attribute of protease enzymes is that while they are able to dissolve almost all proteins, this only applies to proteins that are not components of living cells. For protease to digest a protein it must be damaged, attached to a dead organism, or be a protein that does not belong in the body. This instinctively intelligent process explains why proteases will digest proteins found in steak, however leave the protein lining of our stomach unharmed.

Not all proteases, however, can break down all proteins. For instance, one protease in particular has been shown to have a profound effect on mucus. Mucolase is a special enzyme that is classified as proteolytic and mucolytic. Mucolytic enzymes break down excess mucus in the body, including the lungs and sinuses. Other proteolytic enzymes useful for the immune system are nattokinase, catalase and serratiopeptidase (serrapeptase).

When enzymes are used to achieve a therapeutic effect, they are taken on an empty stomach (a half hour before or two hours after a meal). They are not intended to help digest food. Instead they are absorbed into the blood and benefit different systems of the body, such as the immune system, by providing it with essential enzymes to manufacture healthy white blood cells.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration


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Enzymes: The Energy of Life

What Are Enzymes?

Enzymedica's thera-blendEnzymes are energized protein molecules found in all living cells. They catalyze and regulate all biochemical reactions that occur within the human body. They are also instrumental in digestion. They break down proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber making it possible to benefit from the nutrients found in those foods while removing the toxins. Enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. Their presence and strength can be determined by improved blood and immune system functions.

Types of Enzymes

There are three types of enzymes. Our bodies naturally produce two types, digestive and metabolic enzymes as they are needed, while food enzymes can only be consumed orally.

Metabolic Enzymes speed up the chemical reaction within the cells for detoxification and energy production. They enable us to see, hear, feel, move and think. Every organ, every tissue, and all 100 trillion cells in our body depend upon the reaction of metabolic enzymes and their energy factor. Metabolic enzymes are produced by every living cell. However, the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and other organs play a vital role in their production.

Digestive Enzymes are secreted along the digestive tract to break food down into nutrients and waste. This allows nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream and the waste to be discarded. Human digestive enzymes include ptyalin, pepsin, trypsin, lipase, protease, and amylase. The body does not make cellulase, an enzyme necessary for proper digestion of fiber, so it must be introduced through the raw foods we eat.

Food Enzymes are introduced to the body through the raw foods we eat and through consumption of supplemental enzyme fortifiers. Raw foods naturally contain enzymes, providing a source of digestive enzymes when ingested. However, raw food manifests only enough enzymes to digest that particular food, not enough to have any support systemically. The cooking and processing of food destroys all of its enzymes. Since most of the foods we eat are cooked or processed in some way and since the raw foods we do eat contain only enough enzymes to process that particular food, our bodies must produce the majority of the digestive enzymes we require. For these reasons it is recommended that we supplement our diet with enzymes.

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Rascal Loves Enzymedica Pet Digest!

Enzymedica's Pet Digest for Optimal Pet Nutrition They say every dog has his day and today is Rascal’s day.  Rascal is one dog that cares about his nutrition!  You see, Rascal won’t eat his food without Enzymedica Pet Digest™  micro-encapsulated sprinkles added to his meal.  Don’t take our word for it, watch the video and get a little laugh too.

What is Pet Digest?

Pet Digest™ is a  digestive enzyme supplement for all mammals. Pet digestion can be improved by enzymes such as protease to digest protein, lipase to digest fats, and amylase for carbohydrate digestion which are imperative for proper health.

Why does your pet need enzymes?  Some veterinarians recommend a dietary supplement to help keep your pet healthy and to assist in strengthening the immune system.  For this reason we formulated  Pet Digest™ micro-encapsulated sprinkles to be an optimal nutrition boost for your pets diet. Studies have shown that animals, just like people, suffer from digestive issues when they eat a diet that is processed, cooked and devoid of essential nutrients and enzymes. Among other health issues, poor digestion can cause pets to suffer from constipation, diarrhea, itchy skin, and excess shedding.

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enzymedica-pet-digestAdding the Pet Digest digestive enzyme formula, to your pet’s food not only promotes healthy absorption and digestion but may also strengthen their immune system. Enzymedica’s Pet Digest is an extensive enzyme formula which will help pets digest their foods more efficiently; absorbing all of the nutrients, while helping to reduce digestive distress. The Pet Digest formula is easy to use and comes in a convenient powder which is simply sprinkled on your pet’s food. Using the newest technology in microencapsulation, the powder maintains its stability even on wet food and does not interfere with the food’s taste.

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The Miracle Enzyme

Proteolytic enzymes have been used for the management of many differing issues, being found effective for fighting protein pathogens (bacteria, virus’, fungi, toxins), treating injuries, speeding circulation and so on. Recently, one protease in particular named serratiopeptidase has gained quite a bit of attention. Although its application has been around for quite some time in European countries, like Germany, interest has only recently increased in the United States.

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Serratiopeptidase’ profound achievements are now being recognized and can be found in some medications. It has even been called “the miracle enzyme”. This is such a multifunctional enzyme and it works on many different levels, addressing varying conditions. Serratiopeptidase was originally discovered in the intestinal tracts of Japanese silkworms, who used the enzyme to dissolve their cocoon.

Inflammation and Pain

One of the main areas serratiopeptidase assists with is pain and inflammation. Its use has proven time and time again to be effective in the treatment of conditions ranging from carpal tunnel, arthritis, post-operative swelling and so on.

How does it bring down this inflammation and pain? Well, it helps in this regard by speeding the recovery time of the inflamed tissues by thinning the fluids and increasing drainage, which is formed by inflammation and injury. It also helps to block pain by inhibiting the release of certain amines from the inflamed tissues.

Cardiovascular Health

Yet another remarkable quality this enzyme has is its ability to support cardiovascular health. It does so by dissolving fibrin, a protein that can excessively form in the blood, resulting in blood clotting, blood stickiness, plaque, high blood pressure and the like. Serratiopeptidase has the ability to directly dissolve fibrin, eliminating these situations from occurring. We can see that this enzyme covers a multitude of areas.

SerraGold

Enzymedica SerraGold Enzymedica SerraGold is a proteolytic enzyme blend that contains Serratiopeptidase, or Serrapeptase, as it is sometimes called. It represents one of the most potent enzyme formulas available in the category. SerraGold has been formulated using the potent Serratiopeptidase enzyme and Enzymedica’s unique Protease Thera-blend and is intended for those seeking the highest potency Serratiopeptidase available.

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Top 5 ways to Avoid the Hidden Danger of Gluten Cross Contamination

Gluten intolerance results when there is difficulty breaking down specific amino acid links (called peptides) in the gluten molecules found in our food. Implicated in various disorders including intestinal inflammation and leaky-gut syndrome, common treatment for gluten intolerance is fairly simple: remove the offending foods from your diet.

According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (passed on August 2, 2004) requires the top eight allergens – milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, soy and wheat – to be listed on food products.* But while this has made it easier for individuals to decipher packaged food labels, cross-contamination can easily occur when a gluten-free food comes into contact with food that contains gluten.

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Cross contamination often has its roots in the fields where grain crops are raised. Oats, for example, contain no gluten protein, but can be contaminated during harvest, in the processing plant, or during transport and packaging. Gluten proteins can be pervasive, sneaking into everything from breakfast cereal to bubble bath. If you are sensitive, you’ll need to do more than just read labels.

Today we offer you a few simple tips to help prevent accidental gluten contamination:

    • Don’t Double Dip – Use separate serving spoons and forks for gluten containing and gluten-free condiments.
    • Divide and Conquer – Ideally, keep gluten containing foods off of the work surfaces and utensils reserved for gluten sensitive individuals.
    • Wash & Go – Wash hands and work surfaces properly when handling food. Be advised however, that gluten can be found in soaps and other body care products. Read labels carefully!
    • Be Brave! Don’t be afraid to tell the waiter or chef when dining out that gluten cross contamination is an issue. Ask the chef to give an extra swipe of a cloth on the counter or grill, and your fellow diners to use fresh utensils for all sauces and condiments.
    • Fear the Fryer – Be leery of fried foods. Your innocuous sounding French fries may be prepared in a deep fryer also used for flour battered items.
    • Tempted by Toast? The family toaster is a prime culprit for gluten cross contamination. Use a separate toaster for gluten containing and gluten-free breads.
    • Bag it or bin it – Keep gluten-free flours in their own bags or storage bins and be on the lookout for airborne flour particles. Wheat flour can stay airborne for hours and contaminate your cooking surfaces, utensils, and exposed gluten-free food.

    A Supplemental Solution: Enzymes Aide Gluten Digestion

    Enzymedica offers GlutenEase™ a dietary supplement containing a specially modified protein digesting enzyme blend (protease), with an enzyme activity called DPP-IV. Proteases high in DPP-IV activity assist in normalizing inflammatory response to the gluten peptide, thus better digesting and utilizing gluten containing foods. This proactively supports the intestinal tract, allowing proteins to be properly broken down and absorbed in their digested state.

    DPP-IV containing enzymes can help address the potential for gluten cross contamination, providing needed digestive support to individuals suffering from gluten intolerance. Note: GlutenEase is not formulated to prevent celiac symptoms.

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    To learn more about gluten, gluten intolerance and Enzymedica’s GlutenEase, visit www.enzymedica.com or read the Enzymedica Newsletter.

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