Vitalzym provides the enzymes needed for each of the millions of biochemical reactions that make life possible. Without enzymes, life could not exist. Why Systemic Enzymes As you may know, enzymes are the essential building blocks of life. They are key to the body’s ability to properly digest and benefit from the food we eat, and they provide the energy we use to rebuild muscles, cells, nerves, tissue, bone, and glands. As such, these enzymes spark the chemical reactions responsible for breathing, digestion, growth, reproduction, and most other body functions. Dr. Max Wolf, M.D., who researched enzymes and hormones at Columbia University from the 1930's through the 1960's, determined that enzyme production diminishes in humans after age 27. While humans have historically supplemented their enzyme levels by consuming fresh, raw foods, modern preservation and preparation techniques often destroy the enzymes these foods contain. Combined, these conditions create an enzyme deficiency that causes our bodies and normal body functions to break down. What does this mean? It means we must supplement our diets with systemic enzymes – those that offer system-wide benefits – just as we supplement the vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are essential for good health. Definition of enzymes Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts, speeding the rate at which biochemical reactions proceed but not altering the direction or nature of the reactions. Enzymes are found in every cell of every living plant and animal, including humans. As biocatalysts, they either begin a reaction or cause a reaction to speed up. Without enzymes, life would not exist. The enzymatic process Enzymes work by virtue of their shape. An enzyme molecule can be compared, in shape at least, to many short strings of pearls (amino acids) strung together. This long string folds in on itself as certain sequences of amino acids are more attracted to each other than to other sequences, thus giving the enzymes a specific shape. At one point on the surface of this string of pearls there exists something resembling a keyhole. This is called the 'active site' on the enzyme. When matched with its specific coenzyme (a vitamin, mineral, or trace element), this 'lock' has the exact inverse contour of the 'key' contained in the molecule of the enzyme's 'substrate' (the molecule that the enzyme wants to transform into a different molecule). When the substrate appears, it inserts the 'key' into the 'lock.' The molecular structure of the substrate is transformed into a different molecular structure and both enzyme and the newly transformed molecule are free to part. Systemic enzyme therapy Systemic enzyme therapy utilizes enzyme supplementation to increase the enzymes throughout the body to assist in restoring the body to health. Benefits of systemic enzyme supplementation Speeds recovery from exercise and injury May prevent the build up of excess fibrin and scar tissue Accelerates tissue repair and significantly reduces swelling, bruising, and stiffness in patients following surgery May reduce inflammation, speed healing of bruises and other tissue injuries Digests dead tissue May prevent swelling and fluid retention May reduce pain How do enzymes help with inflammation? Orally administered proteases, ingested between meals, have been shown to be be helpful to individuals with inflammation. There is strong evidence that orally supplemented proteolytic enzymes act to influence the levels of circulating cytokines known to be responsible for inflammatory and immune processes. It is believed that these supplemental enzymes act in at least two ways to control the activity of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Supplemental proteases appear to act both by directly hydrolyzing certain pro-inflammatory cytokines and perhaps indirectly by activating cytokine modulators. Vitalzym Highlights Vitalzym is natural. It contains no animal derivatives, artificial flavors, yeast, or gluten. Vitalzym is lactose free and contains no harmful talc. Vitalzym is produced with enterically coated enzymes. Vitalzym’s formulation permits it to operate in an extremely wide pH range, allowing for better absorption in the stomach. Vitalzym uses pure high-potency enzymes rather than extracts. Serrapeptase Also known as Serratia peptidase; a proteolytic enzyme isolated from the non-pathogenic enterobacteria Serratia E15. Studies show that serrapeptase induces fibrinolytic, anti-inflammatory and anti-edemic (preventing swelling and fluid retention) activity in a number of tissues. Its anti-inflammatory effects are widely believed superior to other proteolytic enzymes. Another primary benefit of serrapeptase is the reduction of pain; particularly in the enzyme’s ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues. Protease Any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis. Bromelain An enzyme found in pineapples that breaks down other proteins, such as collagen and has anti-inflammatory properties. Papain A proteolytic enzyme obtained from unripe papaya. Amylase Lipase digests fat. It is an enzyme secreted in the digestive tract that catalyzes the breakdown of fats into individual fatty acids that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Lipase Any of a group of proteins found in saliva and pancreatic juice and parts of plants, Amylase digests carbohydrates and helps convert starch to sugar. Amla Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C. It also contains tannic acid, glucose, protein, cellulose and calcium. Amla is considered to have restorative and preventive properties. Rutin One of the many existing flavonoids. Flavonoids support health by strengthening capillaries and other connective tissue, and some function as anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic, and antiviral agents. Searchables: vitalzym, vitalzyme, vitalzym, vital zyme You can verify the amount of your purchase in your national currency with the Currency Converter under the image.