Our bodies have amazing healing capabilities, and some of the most interesting self-healing discoveries involve enzymes. These enzymes speed up chemical reactions in the body and help lower the overall amount of energy needed for these reactions to occur. There are estimated to be between 50,000 and 70,000 different enzymes in your body that regulate your every metabolic function. Without enzymes, all of these metabolic functions would progress through the same steps, but would go too slowly to sustain life. In essence, enzymes make life happen where otherwise there would be none.
In addition to enzymes that are produced by your body, there are other enzymes that you can consume in your food or take in the form of supplements that further assist your body in doing its job.
One of these key enzymes is a proteolytic (systemic) enzyme called Seaprose-s (also known as protease-s). This enzyme has some very specific health benefits, including both anti-inflammatory and anti-cold properties. In one report published in the journal Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research, Seaprose-s has demonstrated a potent ability to reduce painful inflammation and break up mucus. Specifically, this report pointed out that Seaprose-s has shown anti-inflammatory activity against many different conditions, including arthritis, edema, pleurisy (inflammation of the lung lining), and peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdomen). It also pointed out that in animal studies on arthritis, Seaprose-s significantly reduced the primary and secondary lesions - demonstrating an ability to increase proteoglycan synthesis in cartilage.
If you have read our other articles about enzymes, you will remember that the reason Seaprose can have such a significant health impact on inflammation throughout the body is because you don’t actually take it with food like you do digestive enzymes to help in breaking down your meals. Instead, you take a proteolytic enzyme between meals so they pass unused into the digestive tract and enter your bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, they help optimize your blood, plus they make their way to all of the tissues throughout your body, where they assist with intelligent, adaptive healing.
Seaprose's ability to break up mucus means it can offer relief for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, pulmonary emphysema, COPD, bronchiolitis, and bronchial asthma. In fact, Seaprose-s is so effective in this regard that it's actually used as an ingredient in Japanese over-the-counter cold remedies. And in two other studies, researchers found that patients who used Seaprose-s showed significant improvements in bronchial inflammation and in the viscosity of their mucus. In other words, it made the mucus thinner so that it cleared the lungs more easily.
And finally, studies have shown that Seaprose-s is highly effective in relieving both the pain and inflammation of veins associated with thrombophlebitis, resulting from blood clot formations in the veins -- a painful condition in and of itself but also closely related to deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Other studies have shown that Seaprose-s may also have antibiotic properties and may be capable of neutralizing bacteria such as streptococcus. Another study of women who had just given birth showed that supplementation with Seaprose-s helped reduce swelling and congestion of episiotomy and C-section wounds within the first day of treatment.
With these health benefits, it’s common to find Seaprose-s in enzyme supplements, including Jon Barron’s own proteolytic enzyme formula, pHi-Zymes. Especially as it:
- Causes virtually no intestinal distress.
- Is unaffected by stomach acid, so it does not require enteric coating.
- Is manufactured in Japan and is of consistent high quality.
Do not take any type of proteolytic enzyme: if nursing or pregnant, if you have history of an ulcer, or if taking blood thinners. Do not take days before having elective surgery.
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