The word “systemic”
means body wide. Systemic enzymes are those that operate not just for
digestion but throughout your body in every system and organ. But let’s
take first things first, what is an enzyme?
An enzyme is a
biocatalyst - something that makes something else work or work faster.
Chemical reactions are generally slow things, enzymes speed them up.
Without enzymes the chemical reactions that make up our life would be
too slow for life as we know it. (As slow as sap running down a tree in
winter). For life to manifest as we know it, enzymes are essential to
speed up the reactions. We have roughly some 3000 enzymes in our bodies
and that results in over 7000 enzymic reactions. Most of these enzymes
are derived or created from what we think of as the protein digesting
enzymes. But while digestion is an important part of what enzymes do,
it's almost the absolute last function. First and foremost these body
wide proteolytic (protein eating) enzymes have the following actions
They are the first line
of defense against inflammation. (1,2,3). Inflammation is a reaction by
the immune system to an irritation. Let’s say you have an injured right
knee. The immune system sensing the irritation the knee is undergoing
creates a protein chain called a Circulating Immune Complex (CIC for
short), tagged specifically for that right knee. (The Nobel Prize in
biology was won in 1999 by a scientist who discovered this tagging
mechanism). This CIC floats down to the right knee and causes pain,
redness and swelling are the classic earmarks for inflammation. This at
first is a beneficial reaction; it warns us that a part of ourselves is
hurt and needs attention. But, inflammation is self-perpetuating, itself
creating an irritation that the body makes CIC’s to in response!
Celebrex, Vioxx and the rest of the Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory
Drugs all work by keeping the body from making all CIC's. This ignores
the fact that some CIC’s are vital to life, like those that maintain the
lining of the intestine and those that keep the kidneys functioning!
Not to mention the fact that the NSAID’s, along with acetaminophen, are
highly toxic to the liver. Every year 20,000 Americans die from these
over the counter drugs and another 100,000 will wind up in the hospital
with liver damage, kidney damage or bleeding intestines from the side
effects of these drugs. (4,5).
Systemic enzymes on the
other hand are perfectly safe and free of dangerous side effects. Best of all systemic enzymes can tell
the difference between the good CIC’s and the bad ones because
hydrolytic enzymes are lock and key mechanisms and their "teeth" will
only fit over the bad CIC’s. So instead of preventing the creation of
all CIC’s, systemic enzymes just “eat” the bad ones and in so doing
lower inflammation everywhere. With that, pain is lowered also.
Enzymes eat scar tissue
and fibrosis. (7). Fibrosis is scar tissue and most doctors learn in
anatomy that it is fibrosis that eventually kills us all. Let me
explain. As we age, which starts at 27, we have a diminishing of the
bodies’ output of enzymes. This is because we make a finite amount of
enzymes in a lifetime and we use up a good deal of them by the time we
are 27. At that point the body knows that if it keeps up that rate of
consumption we’ll run out of enzymes and be dead by the time we reach
our 40’s. (Cystic Fibrosis patients who have virtually no enzyme
production to speak of, even as children usually don’t make it past
their 20’s before they die of the restriction and shrinkage in the lungs
from the formation of fibrosis or scar tissue).
So our body in it's
wisdom begins to dole out our enzymes with an eyedropper instead of with
a tablespoon; as a result the repair mechanism of the body goes out of
balance and has nothing to reduce the over abundance of fibrin it
deposits in nearly every thing from simple cuts, to the inside of our
internal organs and blood vessels. This is when most women begin to
develop things like fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids,
endometriosis, and we all grow arterial sclerotic (meaning scar tissue)
plaque, and have fibrin beginning to spider web its way inside of our
internal organs reducing their size and function over time. This is why
as we age our wounds heal with thicker, less pliable, weaker and very
If we replace the lost
enzymes we can control and reduce the amount of scar tissue and fibrosis
our bodies have. As physicians in the US are now discovering, even old
scar tissue can be “eaten away” from surgical wounds, pulmonary
fibrosis, kidney fibrosis and even keloids years after their formation.
Medical doctors in Europe and Asia have known this and have used orally
administered enzymes for these situations for over 40 years!
The blood is not only
the river of life, it is also the river through which the cells and
organs dispose of their garbage and dead material. Enzymes improve
circulation by eating the excess fibrin that causes blood to sometimes
get as thick as catsup or yogurt, creating the perfect environment for
the formation of clots. All of this material is supposed to be cleared
by the liver on its "first pass", or the first time it goes through but
given the sluggish and near toxic or toxic states of everyone's liver
these days that seldom happens. So the sludge remains in the blood
waiting for the liver to have enough free working space and enough
enzymes to clean the trash out of the blood. This can take days, and in
some cases, weeks! (8).
When systemic enzymes are taken, they stand ready in the blood and take the strain off of the liver by:
- Cleaning excess fibrin from the
blood and reducing the stickiness of blood cells. These two actions
minimize the leading causes of stroke and heart attack causing blood
- Breaking dead material down small enough that it can immediately pass into the bowel. (8).
- Cleanse the FC receptors on the white blood cells improving their function and availability to fight off infection. (9).
And here we come to the only warning we
have to give concerning the use of systemic enzymes - don't use the
product if you are a hemophiliac or are on prescription blood thinners
like Coumadin, Heparin and Plavix, without direct medical supervision.
The enzymes cause the drugs to work better so there is the possibility
of thinning the blood too much.