Are Systemic Enzymes and What Do They Do?
By: William Wong N.D., Ph.D. Member World
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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?
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
3000 enzymes in our bodies and 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
protein-eating enzymes have the following
the Fight Against Pulmonary Fibrosis & Kidney
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 body's 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 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).
our body begins to dole out our enzymes with an
eyedropper instead of with a tablespoon. Result: the
repair mechanism of the body goes off balance and has
nothing to reduce the over abundance of fibrin it
deposits in nearly everything from simple cuts, to the
inside of our internal organs and blood vessels. It is
then when most women begin to develop things like
fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, and
endometriosis. We all grow arterial sclerotic (meaning
scar tissue) plaque, and have fibrin begin 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 visible scars.
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, and kidney
fibrosis even colloid years after their formation.
Medical doctors in Europe and Asia have known this and
used orally administered enzymes for such for over 40
Recent pulmonary fibrosis
patient feedback: "Happy Day! Larry's
latest test showed his heart function is up from 35%
to 50%. Thank you." Palm Harbor, FL.
Enzymes 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 in the knee, creates a protein
chain called a Circulating Immune Complex (CIC
for short), tagged specifically for that right
knee. (A scientist who found the tagging
mechanism won the Nobel Prize in biology in
1999). This CIC floats down to the right knee
and causes pain, redness and swelling - 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, it creates an irritation
that in response, the body makes CIC's for!
Ibuprofen, Celebrex, Viox and the rest of the Non Steroidal
Anti Inflammatory Drugs all work by keeping
the body from making all the 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 they, 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).
enzymes, on the other hand, are perfectly safe and
free of dangerous side effects. They have no LD-50, or
toxic dose. (6). Best of all, systemic enzymes can
tell the difference between the good CIC's and the bad
ones. This is due to the fact that 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 also lowered.
The blood is not only the river of life; it is also
the river through which the cells and organs dispose
of their waste. 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 cleaned off by the liver on
"first pass" or the first time it goes
through. Given the sluggish and near toxic or toxic
states of everyone's liver these days, that seldom
happens. So the waste remains in the blood, waiting
for the liver to have enough free working space and
enough enzymes to clean it. This can take days or in
some people, weeks! (8).
systemic enzymes are taken, they stand ready in the
blood and take the strain off of the liver by:
excess fibrin from the blood and reducing the
stickiness of blood cells. These two actions
minimize the leading causes of stroke and heart
attack: blood clots (8).
dead material down small enough that it can
immediately pass into the bowel. (8).
the FC receptors on the white blood cells,
improving their function and availability to fight
off infection. (9).
here we come to the only warning we have to give
concerning the use of Vitalzym or any other systemic
enzyme - don't use the product if you are a hemophiliac
or are on prescription blood thinners like Coumadin,
heparin and plavix. The enzymes cause the drugs to
work better, so there is the possibility of thinning
the blood too much.
Enzymes are adaptogenic, seeking to restore a steady
state to the body. (9). When the immune system is
running low, we become susceptible to infectious
disease. When it's cranked up too high, then the
system creates antibodies that attack it's own
tissues, as are seen in the autoimmune diseases of MS,
Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. Here the Vitalzym
will tone down immune function and eat away at the
antibodies the immune system is making to attack its
bodies own tissue.
the immune system is run down too low, the enzymes
increase immune response, producing more Natural
Killer cells, and improving the efficiency of the
white blood cells, all leading to improved immunity.
harm us by replicating in our bodies. To do this, a
virus must bond itself to the DNA in our cells through
the medium of its exterior protein cell call. Anything
that disrupts that cell wall inhibits the ability of
viral replication by rendering individual viruses
inert. (10, 11). Systemic enzymes can tell the
difference between the proteins that are supposed to
be in your body and those that are foreign or not
supposed to be there (again the enzyme lock and key
mechanism). Vitalzym has the strongest protein eating
effect of any enzyme do to its Serrapeptase content
and can be of help in combating viruses.