What are Enzymes
Benefits of Systemic Enzymes
Types of Systemic Enzymes
Fertility Issues Aided
How to Use Systemic Enzymes
Safety & Side Effects
Use During Pregnancy
What are Enzymes?
Occurring in every living thing on earth, enzymes are biological molecules that catalyze (increase the rate of) chemical reactions. Almost all chemical reactions in the cell need enzymes in order to occur at rates sufficient for life. They build new proteins, cells, tissues and organs, and also tear down these same tissues.
The ability to ward off disease, repair injuries and sustain the body’s homeostasis are all connected to the concentration and strength of enzymes we have in our bodies. There are over 3,000 different types of enzymes in the human body constantly at work initiating millions of chemical reactions every second in the human body. If we did not have enzymes there would be no digestion, no blood coagulation, no reproduction, no breathing and no use of the senses. This gives you an idea of how important enzymes are for the body.
In the body there are many different types of enzymes. We have all heard about digestive enzymes, which help us to digest our food, but there are enzymes that help with all the other functions of the body as well, these are called systemic enzymes. Systemic enzymes work on the entire system.
Benefits of Systemic EnzymesSome of the beneficial actions systemic enzymes have within the body are to counteract chronic inflammation, reduce the substances in the blood that trigger an hyper-autoimmune response, break down fibrin (the substance that scars are made from) and improve blood flexibility and flow. All of these actions can help to support healthy reproductive function.
Systemic enzymes help to break down the substances in the blood that create inflammation and infection. This may benefit those experiencing inflammation from endometriosis by reducing the inflammation caused from the scar tissue irritating the surrounding organs and may help with the pain that sometimes comes from having endometriosis.
Regulatory Effect on the Immune System
Systemic enzymes help support the body to reduce a hyper-immune response in the body. One study has shown that they may help to prevent the rejection of the fetus (recurrent miscarriage) and help with other issues related to reproductive immunological imbalances.
Systemic enzymes have also shown to benefit autoimmune hypothyroidism – Hashimoto’s. One study noted that taking Wobenzym resulted in a reduction of autoimmune antibodies that attack the thyroid. Hypothyroidism can be a cause of infertility or recurrent miscarriages.
Breaks Down Scar Tissue
Some systemic enzymes have the ability to break down fibrin, the substance that makes up scar tissue. Scar tissue and adhesion causing fertility issues can form for a variety of reasons including uterine fibroids, pelvic surgery such as Cesarean Section, PID, damage to fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, IUD, or abortion.
How systemic enzyme blends eliminate scar tissue:
- The systemic enzyme blend works as a biological response modifier; working with the bodies own immune defense system to moderate inflammatory response.
- They support cleansing of the tissues, promote better circulation.
- They break down and remove “fibrin”, the make-up of prolonged inflammation and scar tissue/adhesion formation.
- They break down the proteins in the blood that cause inflammation, this facilitates their removal via the lymphatic and circulatory system.
- Reduction in inflammation , increase in proper blood formation, increase in proper circulation hinders scar tissue and adhesion formation, while reducing pain.
Improves Blood Flow
The blood cleansing actions of systemic enzymes help to bring proper circulation to the reproductive system and get the “stagnant blood” cleared out helping to remove toxins and also bringing fresh oxygenated blood to your uterus, ovaries and eggs. Imbalances which are considered stagnant are endometriosis, PCOS, heavy dark menses, ovarian cysts and uterine cysts. The fresh oxygenated, free flowing blood is also able to transport more nutrients to the eggs, supporting egg health.
Types of Systemic Enzymes and Their Actions:
The benefits mentioned above have been validated through studies done over the last 40 years on an enzyme blend containing these specific enzymes:
- Bromealin: Breaks down protein and is a beneficial as an anti-inflammatory.
- Chymotrypsin: Breaks down proteins, primary anti-fibroid enzyme and has a beneficial effect on the blood. It also works as a catalyst joining the actions of all the enzymes in the blend.
- Pancreatin: A combination of pancreatic enzymes secreted by the pancreas. Made up of amylase, lipase and protease. These enzymes help to break down carbohydrates, regulates histamine, breaks down fats, helps reduce cholesterol, supports hormone production, bonds with alpha 2-macro-globulin to support immune function, reduces inflammation and increases circulation.
- Papain: Extracted from papaya, papain breaks down protein and is most beneficial as an anti-inflammatory.
- Rutin: Breaks down protein and is as beneficial as an anti-inflammatory.
- Trypsin: breaks down proteins and can have beneficial effects on the blood, such as reducing the risk of blood clots.
Systemic Enzyme Therapy for Fertility
Systemic Enzyme Therapy is a natural method utilizing these unique enzymes to help support reproductive health and fertility. There are many fertility issues that may be supported with the use of systemic enzymes. Plan on using them for at least 3 months or more before you begin trying to get pregnant, depending on how long the issues has been around. Here are some of the issues systemic enzymes may help with:
Systemic Enzyme Therapy is one of the best and most effective natural therapies for endometriosis. Systemic enzymes may help to reduce the scar tissue and breakdown the excess tissues left from endometriosis.
Systemic Enzyme Therapy may also aid women who have endometriosis by reducing the inflammation caused from the scar tissue irritating the surrounding organs and may help with the pain that sometimes comes from having endometriosis.
The blood cleansing actions of this therapy help to bring proper circulation to the reproductive system and get the “stagnant blood” cleared out, bringing fresh oxygenated blood to your uterus and ovaries.
For this purpose it is best to start the Systemic Enzyme Therapy with The Fertility Cleanse. For endometriosis it is suggested to stay on the Systemic Enzyme Therapy for at least three months prior to trying to get pregnant so all of the stagnant tissues and scar tissues can be cleared.
For recurrent pregnancy losses caused from either immunological response or blood clotting, Systemic Enzyme Therapy is an affective option. In a five year study women who had experienced a recurrent miscarriage due to immunological response (more than 30% of miscarriages) were put on a systemic enzyme supplement before and during there pregnancies(1). 79% of the women carried out their pregnancies to term and gave birth to healthy babies. This is an amazing discovery. The only options available before this study were anti-immunological agents similar to the type used in transplant patients, but most doctors will not use them due to there toxicity during pregnancy.
The best product we have found and the product that was actually used in the study mentioned above is Wobenzym N. It is the only systemic enzyme product that has been studied and used during pregnancy. You can also use this study if you would like to talk to your doctor about using this product during pregnancy.
Uterine Fibroids and Cysts
The systemic enzymes have been shown in research to reduce the engorgement (swelling and pain) of fibrocystic conditions. They also eat away at the cysts reducing their size or eliminating them over time. With uterine fibroids it is important to also make sure you are reducing your estrogen exposure and actively getting rid of excess estrogens, this can be done with the estrogen metabolizer DIM.
Using Systemic Enzyme Therapy is one of the two most important natural therapies for uterine fibroids. I have not found a more powerful way of reducing or supporting the body in eliminating uterine fibroids.
Old Scar Tissue and Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Systemic Enzyme Therapy can help to reduce the scar tissues left from surgeries like cesareans, PID, tubal reversal, abdominal surgery, etc. which may be affecting your reproductive system. Specific systemic eat away and reduces the fibrin (the material that makes up scar tissue) over time. This therapy is extremely effective at reducing scar tissues.
Scar tissue and adhesion causing fertility issues can form for a variety of reasons: uterine fibroids, pelvic surgery such as Cesarean Section, PID, damage to fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, IUD, or abortion.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
A systemic enzyme blend was studied and found to be as effective as medication at helping the body to overcome Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is a general term used to describe inflammation of the uterus, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes. PID can be cuased by parasitic, viral, fungal, but most often through bacterial infection. If left untreated PID can lead to scar tissue and adhesion formation. If PID advances to this stage it may lead to blocked fallopian tubes and sterility in women. PID often comes from Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD’s). 2/3 of women who have undergone laparascopic surgery to determine infertility cause who were found to have PID were unaware they even had PID.
A randomized double-blind study was performed on 100 women with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. One group was given 5 tablets of Wobenzym N, three times a day. The control group was given an NSAID drug in the usual dosage. Both groups were also given antibiotics (PID requires antibiotics). The patients were given the treatment for 16 or 17 days. Wobenzym N performed with amazing results in fighting damage to tissues, pain, inflammation and overall pelvic congestion. 57% of women using Wobenzyme N were without any complaints, whereas only 6% of women who took NSAIDs were without complaints. Overall, 100% of the the patients who use Wobenzyme N reported their condition as substantially improved, compared to only 73.5 % using the NSAIDs. In addition studies have shown Wobenzym N enhances the body’s response to use of antibiotic medications.
Supporting Egg Health
One of the major factors for increasing egg health is to increase the circulation to the ovaries. Systemic Enzyme Therapy can help to cleanse the blood, increase circulation and make the blood less “sticky”. For best results use the Systemic Enzyme Therapy in conjunction with the OvaWise Health Program.
How to Use Systemic Enzymes
For the best results you must take a high quality systemic enzyme that contains the specific enzymes listed in the ‘Types of Enzymes’ list. The one we feel is the best is the enzyme blend that was used in the studies mentioned through out this guide and has been studied and used for over 40 years – Wobenzym N.
“Wobenzym N is the most thoroughly researched enzyme mixture available worldwide. Wobenzym N contains five potent enzymes including pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, bromelain, and papain, as well as the bioflavanoind rutin. Wobenzym is clearly the most scientifically and clinically validated enzyme formula in the world.” -Michael Loes, M.D., M.D. (H.)
Wobenzym N combines all the beneficial delicate enzymes and is protected by a vegetable-based enteric coating which ensures optimal absorption and utilization in the blood stream.
Suggested Usage: Adults take three (3) tablets, twice daily, on an empty stomach, with water at least 45 minutes before meals and 2 hours after eating to take your enzymes.
Advanced usage: Adults may gradually increase to 12 per day by taking 3 tablets 4 times per day on an empty stomach.
Take on an empty stomach: This is very important. The enzymes need to make it past the stomach to be absorbed in the intestine. Do not take with food. Wait at least 45 minutes before eating and 2 hours after eating to take your enzymes.
Safety & Side Effects
There has been no toxicity shown from using systemic enzymes. There is no dangerous or lethal dose of systemic enzymes. These enzymes are the same enzymes the body naturally contains. Wobenzym can be used in preconception and has been shown to be helpful throughout pregnancy (see above information) with the agreement/approval of your doctor.
Stop taking systemic enzymes two weeks prior to any type of surgery. Use systemic enzymes in preparation for conception, not while you are pregnant or may be pregnant. If you are using Wobenzym for possible miscarriage prevention, please talk with your doctor and get their approval for use during pregnancy.
Use During Pregnancy
Wobenzym can be used in preconception and has been shown to be helpful throughout pregnancy to help prevent recurrent miscarriage due to immunological imbalances (see study under Recurrent Miscarriage section) with the agreement/approval of your doctor. Please consult with your doctor or midwife before using any supplements during pregnancy.