What are bursitis enzymes?
Enzymes are vital to health and to life itself.
Enzymes are special types of protein that play important role in every bio-chemical reaction and every function in the body (e.g. digestion, breathing,...). Vitamins, minerals and hormones could not work properly without enzymes.
So low enzyme levels can contribute to your tendonitis / bursitis condition, but also help you cure it. In fact, plant enzyme therapy goes back to the biblical times.
It is estimated that about 50,000 enzymes exist in the world and about 3,000 of them have been discovered and researched to date.
Our body can produce enzymes but can lose this capability for a variety of reasons - poor diet, infection, toxic environment, aging.
Thankfully, enzymes are found in raw foods also. The problem is that, food processing (including cooking) may destroy enzymes (mainly due to heat).
That's when enzyme supplements come into play.
Acute inflammation is a healthy process that enables us to recover from injuries and infections. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is unwanted and damaging for the body. It is basically just body’s inability to shut down the inflammatory process when it is not needed any longer.
Where there is pain, there is inflammation. And research has shown that enzymes are effective in blocking chronic musculoskeletal inflammation and swelling.
1. Break down damaged proteins that cause inflammation and expedite their removal through the blood and lymph systems.
These damaged proteins are called Circulating Immune Complexes (CICs) and are made up of cellular antibodies, antigens, and diseased tissue accumulated in the aching body parts - such as joints - that turn into systemic irritants, triggering the inflammation cycle over and over again.
2. Stimulate immune system (phagocytosis) to clear cellular debris, fibrin (blood clotting material) and toxins that all prolong inflammation. This restores circulation to the affected area.
3. Clear up edema (excess water) in the area of inflammation.
4. Improved circulation and removal of inflammatory products results in the much wanted analgesic pain relieving effect.
Proteolytic enzymes (proteases / protein digesting enzymes) have long been used as anti-inflammatories because, among other qualities, they have the ability to block the release of pain producing amines from inflamed tissues.
Proteolytic enzymes include:
As the name suggests, these enzymes help to prepare proteins we eat for absorption into our body.
A combination of protease with other bursitis enzymes called lipase and amylase creates a synergistic effect accelerating body's natural healing abilities during inflammation.
Amylase helps us to digest carbohydrates.
Taken on an empty stomach, enzyme amylase increases joint mobility and relieves muscle pain and inflammation, particularly when combined with lipase.
Lipase helps us to digests fats.
Taken on an empty stomach, lipase does wonders in reducing lymphatic swelling and muscle spasms.
Although the best source of enzymes is a healthy balanced diet, supplements are available, derived from both vegetable and animal sources.
Many athletes take enzyme supplements to protect themselves from effects of sports injuries.
Supplemental enzymes can be used as a therapy in two ways, depending on your health condition and individual needs:
1. Taken with a meal
To optimize digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food which in turn keeps a healthy PH balance in the body and cures nutritional deficiencies.
2. Taken on empty stomach / between meals
To trigger various chemical reactions within body instead - for example anti-inflammation and detoxification.
Used in this way, the enzymes are called systemic enzymes.
Studies typically found that enzymes work at least as well as the conventional chemical inhibitors of inflammation, such steroids (usually cortisone derivatives) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs - usually salicylic acid derivatives).
The main differences are:
Conversely, NSAIDs suppress the body's production of chemicals prostaglandins. Some prostaglandins cause inflammation, while others protect the lining of internal organs. NSAIDs target all types of prostaglandins and so side effects include gastrointestinal irritation or heart disease.
In comparison, prolonged use of NSAID can lead to side effects such as fatigue, insomnia, depression, fungal infection, calcium deficiencies,....
Conventional antibiotics kill toxins instead and as a result these waste products can overload and block the immunity system.
So which one is it going to be - chemical NSAIDs or natural bursitis enzymes?