If you removed all of the water from the body, the remaining mass would consist mostly of protein. Proteins not only form much of the basic structure of the body, they are also involved in regulating its function. For example, neurotransmitters, enzymes and many hormones are composed of protein.
When we eat protein, however, the body has to break it down into its component parts—amino acids. This is done by means of hydrochloric acid and proteolytic enzymes. Proteases are plant-based proteolytic enzymes that help break proteins down into smaller proteins and amino acids. They can be of great benefit to people who have difficulty digesting proteins, but they have even broader therapeutic applications.
Protease enzymes have proven helpful for a wide variety of health problems. For instance, taking protease between meals can help to get rid of parasites because it literally digests them. Cancer cells surround themselves with a protein coat that interferes with the ability of the immune system to destroy them. So, a popular addition to natural protocols for cancer is protease enzymes between meals.
Protease enzymes are often beneficial in autoimmune disorders, including fibromyalgia and lupus. Breaking down foreign proteins in the system seems to improve and regulate immune function. Protease enzymes may even help the immune system fight infection more effectively.
Increasing your protease enzymes may be helpful for a variety of intestinal disorders. Protease enzymes can help break down the protein gluten, found in grains like wheat, which causes an allergic reaction in Celiac disease. It has also helped other types of inflammatory bowel disorders.
Protease enzymes can also be beneficial in preventing heart disease. They help to keep the blood from becoming too thick, thereby helping to prevent the blood clots involved in heart attack and stroke. They do this without decreasing the ability of the blood to clot normally.
Here are some beneficial products for supplementing protease enzymes.
Each capsule of Protease Plus contains 60,000 HUT’s of protease. An HUT is a unit of measurement used to indicate the amount of protein protease enzymes can digest. These protease enzymes are in a base of beet root fiber and plant-source trace minerals. Beet root contains a small amount of betaine HCl (hydrochloric acid) which aids in protein digestion. Trace minerals help to catalyze enzyme activity.
Each capsule of High Potency Protease contains 180,000 HUT’s of protease, making it equivalent in potency to three Protease Plus capsules. The formula also includes plant-derived trace minerals and beet root.
Small intestine detox contains pepsin, a proteolytic enzyme, mixed with marshmallow. The mucilage in the marshmallow helps coat the pepsin and deliver it intact into the small intestine where it breaks down previously undigested protein matter. This helps to “cleanse” the small intestines and improve nutrient absorption.
Take 1 capsule of Protease Plus with meals to aid in the digestion of food. For heavy protein meals use 1 capsule of High Potency Protease. Both formulas are taken between meals to help with parasites, cancer and immune disorders. Consult a skilled nutritionist or health practitioner for details. For Small Intestine Detox take 1-2 capsules two to three times daily. For best results as a detoxifier, take at least 30 minutes before meals on an empty stomach.
Caution: Protease enzymes can irritate ulcers. Do not use if ulcers are present. If stomach burning or pain occurs, reduce dose or discontinue use.
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