Proteolytic enzymes are specifically functional proteins found in our bodies and throughout nature that aid in digesting or breaking down proteins. In our body’s protease’s are most famously involved with our digestive tract.
We are aware that due to proteolytics ability to break down proteins, there is an anti-inflammatory effect. By digesting the protein plugs in the vessels around an injury, accumulated inflammatory fluid (swelling) is allowed to drain aiding in pain relief and speedy healing. The anti-inflammatory and healing attributes of protease’s are well known while some other very timely and useful characteristics remain largely unknown to most people.
At this time of the year many of us are beginning our seasonal battle with allergies. The congestion and runny noses leading to sneezing and general unhappiness. Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to ease the mucus production, break up the congestion and even clear pollen, bacteria and viruses from the body like. Clinically we know this works and works well. Exactly how it works is harder to say with certainty. Protease’s do rise to a measurable blood level when taken on an empty stomach and will therefore be circulated throughout the body scavenging various allergens and probably finding their way to the mucus membranes. Once around the mucus membranes, the thickened mucus is broken down, thinned out and thus the sinus’ throat and nasal passages are cleared.
Clinically, proteolytic enzymes can be used as an effective means to reduce the stress and difficulty of seasonal allergies. Even general cold symptoms are helped by proteolytic enzymes, meaning that for most of the common causes of sinus pain and congestion, proteolytic plus can be a safe, very effective measure of relief.
It is important to note that when used for the aid of cold and allergy relief, as well as pain relief, proteolytic enzymes must be taken on an empty stomach. If food is present in the stomach, the protease’s are used up in the digesting of food. A blood level must be achieved for effective relief from sinus congestion and other allergy symptoms.
So, for an alternative to taking decongestants with their many side effects and warning labels, why not try proteolytic enzymes this season? They are effective and the only side effect is relief of any arthritic or injury pain and inflammation.