Proteolytic enzymes, such as bromelain, papain, pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and rutin, are essential regulators and modulators of the inflammatory response. Among their important actions is a seven- to ten-fold increase in the “appetite” of macrophages and in the potency of natural killer (NK) cells.
Proteolytic enzymes (or proteases) refer to the various enzymes that digest (break down into smaller units) protein.
These enzymes include the pancreatic proteases chymotrypsin and trypsin, bromelain (pineapple enzyme), papain (papaya enzyme), fungal proteases, and Serratia peptidase (the “silk worm” enzyme).
Preparations of proteolytic enzymes have been shown to be useful in the following situations:
- Digestion support
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Food allergies
- Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes zoster (shingles)
- Inflammation, sports injuries and trauma
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- M.S. - Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders
- Sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease