The first stage is what we refer to as Enzymatic Detoxification. During this period, your body is first introduced to enzymes. A systemic enzyme formula, like Neprinol, will begin by thinning the blood and removing excessive toxicity that your body has built up. Years of buildup on the inside of artery walls, as well as the mucosa of the colon and gastrointestinal system are stripped away and excreted. During this period you may experience mild headaches, fatigue, pungent urine, vaginal spotting, softened stool or diarrhea.
Enzymes could be called the natural "spark plug" of our body's engine. They are a bio-catalyst that is responsible for many processes, including food digestion, energy conversion and the break-down of fibrin (scar tissue) that builds up in the body.
All living things are equipped to produce them naturally. However, as we get older, our body's enzyme production process begins to slows down...generally in our late 20s to early 30s. In order to replenish this enzyme deficiency later in life, supplemental enzymes are available.
Here are 7 reasons to consider adding enzymes to your daily regimen:
A question that we often get asked by customers (or potential customers) is "are there any side effects to taking enzymes?" It's a perfectly legitimate question, especially when you consider all the commercials on tv for prescription drugs that have a laundry list of side effects. Many of them could leave you feeling even worse, or with more health problems than you originally had!
So, it's easy to understand why the first question so many people ask has to do with any effects they might experience while taking a certain supplement. The answer to this question is a bit of a 'yes' and 'no' answer. Yes, there is a chance you will experience some type of effect from taking an enzyme formula, but no, it is not to be confused with a side effect (in the negative sense) associated with a lot of the prescription medicines available today. With enzymes, it is referred to as detoxification, and is a GOOD thing!
Enzyme supplements, like Vitalzym or Neprinol, may help rid the body of toxins by emulsifying and releasing dead, dying and toxic materials. Some users will experience a detoxification reaction to the enzymes, including short-term fatigue, nausea, fogginess, or headache. Though uncomfortable, this detoxification is beneficial to the body and may take several days to completely cleanse the body of unwanted debris.
If at any point you start to feel ill, you may be detoxifying too quickly. Increasing your water intake, or reducing your enzyme dosage will allow for a more gradual and comfortable detoxification. Enzyme side effects are only temporary, usually a week or two at most...if symptoms persist, you should contact your healthcare professional.
Fibrin is a protein formed in the human body that can significantly impact our health and general well-being. Fibrin is documented to be responsible for scar tissue, thrombus formation and inflammation along with its associated pain.
Systemic enzyme formulas, like Neprinol AFD from Arthur Andrew Medical, contain a blend of enzymes that specifically address fibrin levels in the body. The inherent fibrin removal process is accomplished by naturally occurring enzymes in the body, principally plasmin. Plasmin is an important enzyme, present in the blood, that degrades many blood plasma proteins, most notably fibrin clots.
The degradation of fibrin is termed fibrinolysis. Plasmin is also our own natural blood thinner responsible for maintaining normal blood solvency by removing unnecessary accumulated protein. The normal process of fibrinolysis can be enhanced by introducing fibrinolytic (fibrin lysing) enzymes.
Serrapeptase is an exceptional fibrinolytic enzyme, able to digest and liquefy large amounts of fibrotic scar tissue. This dissolved tissue may accumulate over time, thickening the blood, making it necessary to include the potent enzyme Nattokinase. This enzyme, produced by bacillus Natto, is actually much more potent than plasmin itself and will help modulate blood viscosity by dissolving these lysed tissue cells.
Not all enzyme blends are created equal. There are only a handful of enzyme formulations that actually work. Enzyme potency is measured by activity levels. A systemic enzyme supplement, such as Neprinol, is measured by "FUs" or Fibrinolytic Units. With most enzyme blends, a typical serving size is 1-2 capsules, providing an average of 1,000-2,000 FUs...however, some of the higher-end enzyme blends can provide up to 15,000 FUs per capsule, yielding much higher activity levels.
Simply adding more milligrams of an enzyme does not necessarily increase the product's potency. When choosing an enzyme blend, look carefully for the activity rating rather than the milligrams per serving, which only indicates the individual components of the blend by their weight as opposed to their strength.
No serious or adverse side effects have been reported from taking systemic enzymes. Clinical studies have shown that even extremely large doses of these enzymes are not toxic. Even after prolonged use at high dosages, enzymes are more easily tolerated in the body than other dietary supplements like Vitamin C or E. If you are taking prescription blood-thinning medication, you should consult your physician before taking a systemic enzyme formula.
When talking about health supplements or medications, you may hear the term "enteric coating". This term is in reference to the substance (usually made from fatty acids, shellac, waxes or plastics) that is applied to certain oral medications/supplements, which creates a barrier to prevent irritation of the stomach by the drug, and protects the drug from stomach acid.
The word enteric refers to the small intestine, so when a product is enteric coated, it means that it is meant to be absorbed in the small intestine, and NOT in the acids produced by the stomach during the digestive process. Aspirin, for example, can have an irritating effect on the stomach, so it is coated with a substance that will only dissolve in the small intestine. The coatings work by creating a surface that is stable at the highly acidic pH found in the stomach, but breaks down rapidly at a less acidic (basic) pH. Meaning they will not dissolve in the acidic juices of the stomach (pH ~3), but they will in the higher pH (above pH 5.5) environment present in the small intestine.
As a distributor of Neprinol and other enzyme supplements, we have dealt with many products from different manufacturers over the years that claim to be enteric-coated. Many of them probably do coat some of their raw materials, but is it really necessary when you're talking about enzymes?
We recently spoke with a rep from a company that enterically coats products, and he ran down the process of enterically coating a raw material for me. He explained that a raw material is in itself too small to coat typically, so they have to turn it into a tablet first, then crush it down to the smallest size they can. He said that if the raw material does not appear different than its pre-coated appearance, then the presence of an enteric coating that would actually work is unlikely. The material used is in itself a solid in powder form, and turned into a liquid during the coating process. He said the coating material, as a solid, could be added to an enzyme raw material to bring a positive test result back for the presence of an enteric coating, but would not add any value nor would it provide protection from acidity being mixed as such.
According to Howard F. Loomis D.C., *"There is a great deal of misinformation concerning the destruction of supplemental enzymes by hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach. I speak with practitioners every week who are under the impression that HCl is constantly present in the stomach. This, of course, is not true," he states. "It takes 30 to 60 minutes for the body to concentrate the amount of acid in the stomach, if it can do it at all. Acid production occurs in response to stretching of the stomach wall by the presence of food."
Loomis continues by saying, "When we supplement enzymes because of an inflammatory reaction, we should do so on an empty stomach and there is no need to worry about acid production in the stomach. If we supplement with meals, the enzymes will be used in the digestion of food and are not available to the immune system. This means that using enteric-coated enzyme tablets between meals to protect the enzymes from HCl is a waste of time and money," Loomis says. "Besides, enzymes lose from 40% to 60% of their potency by being compressed into tablet form!"
This does not mean that enteric coating is an unnecessary process all of the time. As a matter of fact, it's quite the contrary. Aspirin, as mentioned above, can be coated to avoid the irritating effect on the stomach. Similarly, many fish oil supplements are now using enteric coating to prevent the fish oil capsules from being digested in the stomach, which can cause a 'fishy' reflux. Other medications and supplements require the coating to avoid the stomach's acidic exposure, so they can pass through to a more basic pH environment (the small intestine), and serve their purpose throughout the body.
*The Chiropractic Journal, "Subluxation-Based Nutrition: Inflammation and Enzymes" by Howard F. Loomis