6 Reasons To Binge On Enzymes

From cystitis to wrinkles and varicose veins—take enzymes daily if you are not fond of those

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binge on enzymes

Systemic oral enzymes such as bromelain, papain and serrapeptidase are often thought of as therapeutic for inflammatory conditions—rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries and post-surgical trauma.

But besides blood thinning, their effects also address many other women’s health and beauty concerns. Here are 6 of them where systemic enzymes can be used for daily:

1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

10% of women are affected by infections of the urinary tract at any one time. E. coli, Enterococci, Proteus bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus are the bacteria typically associated with UTIs. Your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics whose efficacy is enhanced with systemic oral enzymes. Aside from relieving pain, systemic oral enzymes stimulate microcirculation and reverse the condition from becoming chronic.

56 patients were treated with enzymes and antibiotics. 28 of the test subjects suffered from either cystitis or UTIs. The enzymes increased the serum concentration of all antibiotics and chemotherapeutic drugs given to the women, thus facilitating their effects. The doctors observed that a complete cure of cystitis and cystophyelitis without recurrence was achieved only by this combination therapy.

2. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) primarily afflicts women of child-bearing age; there are 200,000 new cases annually in the US. PID occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread from the vagina to the womb (uterus), fallopian tubes or ovaries. Common symptoms include pelvic pain and fever. There may be vaginal discharge. Treatment includes antibiotics.

Usually with pelvic inflammatory disease, anti-inflammatory therapy is frequently prescribed, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Once again, enzymes synergize their effects.

This was observed in a randomized, double-blind study on 100 patients with PID. Patients were additionally prescribed an antibiotic. The average time of treatment was 16 or 17 days.

Most patients using enzymes were free of complaints after only 14 days of therapy. Nearly 57% of patients using enzymes were without complaints after therapy whereas the figure was only about 6% among those using NSAIDs without enzymes. 100% of patients given the enzymes reported their condition as “substantially improved” or were “without complaints” compared to only 73.5% using NSAIDs alone.

3. Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Breast diseases are predominant in women’s health care. Often, fibrocystic breast disease occurs in relation to menstruation in younger women and is accompanied by varying pain severity.

In one study, 124 women with fibrocystic breast disease received enzymes while another 123 women received them together with 1,000 mg of vitamin E. The therapeutic success of the regimen was based on sensation of breast pain and tenseness and via use of advanced non-radiation imaging techniques.

After 6 weeks of treatment, 80% of the patients in the first group were free of complaints. The proportion of patients free of complaints increased to 85% under the combined regimen. Subjective freedom from complaints also was noted significantly earlier.

Due to the tendency to recurrence, it is recommended that both preparations be used as maintenance therapy.

4. Gum Disease

A report in the European Journal of Oral Sciences observes that transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) levels are much higher in gingival tissues obtained from sites with deeper periodontal pockets than in the less involved sites. Enzymes inhibit TGF-β and offer “some promise” for inhibition of advanced periodontal disease.

5. Wrinkling and Leathering of the Skin

Because systemic oral enzymes help to normalize the body’s secretions of TGF-β, one of the results is reduced age-related wrinkling and leathering of the skin. That is because TGF-β is a prime cause of sclerosis (scarring and leathering), which occurs both internally and externally.

6. Varicose Veins

By enhancing circulation, reducing inflammation and normalizing the body’s production of TGF-β, systemic oral enzymes may also help in minimizing varicose veins.


The enzyme preparations utilized for systemic effects are coated to pass through the upper intestinal tract and be absorbed into the bloodstream. Make sure your brand promises not to be dissolved in the upper gut because then it is a digestive enzyme formula and not systemic. Systemic formulas emphasize ingredients like nattokinase, serrapetase, papain, bromelain, protease and lipase as well as flavonoid-rich amla and rutin. Larger daily doses may be divided into two or three servings per day.

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