Bromelain — Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory is One Best-Kept Secret

As we learned from the article “Proteolytic Enzymes as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Pain Relievers“, our body produces proteolytic enzymes to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. But as we grow older, the levels of such enzymes drop so much that we can face increased difficulty in dealing with inflammation and pain. To help restore the body’s proteolytic enzymes to healthy levels, we can consider starting on systemic enzyme therapy. One good and practical method is to take supplements rich in proteolytic enzymes. For example, a suitable remedy is Living Well Nutraceuticals‘ Heal-n-Soothe, which is a natural anti-inflammatory supplement. Also known by the medical terms proteases or peptidases, proteolytic enzymes can be found in nature’s own produce: fruits. Two such sources are the pineapple and papaya. Let’s look at the humble pineapple in this article. Bromelain — Best-Kept Anti Inflammation Secret? Bromelain is the special natural compound extracted from pineapples. It is a mixture of several proteases which have been shown to be able to short-circuit multiple pain pathways in the body. Though Bromelain is present in all parts of the pineapple, the pineapple stem is probably the most readily available commercial source. According to wikipedia.org, the Venezuelan chemist, Vicente Marcano, first isolated bromelain from pineapple in 1891. However, it was only introduced in 1957 as a therapeutic supplement. Research into Bromelain is now widespread — it began in Hawaii but has now reached Europe, Asia and Latin America. Properties of Bromelain Studies into Bromelain have revealed many medical uses and benefits. Known properties of Bromelain include: Reducing inflammation (by effecting prostaglandin synthesis) Reducing and prevent swelling Removing waste and toxins...

How to Reduce Inflammation and Eliminate Pain — Naturally or Drugs?

Many of us experience pain and swelling, whether it’s from back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, joint pain, etc. And our normal solution to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation is to reach for the drugs prescribed by doctors — the likes of Aspirin, Tylenol, Naproxen, etc. We are so accustomed to this way; or should that be changed to “conditioned”? Also, it seems like as we age, pain either appears more often, or each painful episode lasts longer. Is there a reason for this? In fact, there is — and it’s a medical one. Before we get to that, let’s understand pain and inflammation a little better so that we know how to actually deal with them. How Are Pain and Inflammation Related? Most pain in your body is caused by inflammation: the body’s way of promoting healing by calling upon its own natural healing mechanisms. Inflammation brings about pain and the swelling that you feel, while behind the scenes your body works hard at healing (naturally, if it could). Read the article “Prostaglandins and Inflammation” to learn about inflammation in the body. Your body’s main defense mechanism against inflammation is through the production of proteolytic enzymes, which are actually pain fighters. These enzymes directly control inflammation, such that when the inflammation subsides, your pain also goes away. However, drugs like NSAIDs simply mask the pain and interfere with your body’s natural pain defenses. Reduction in Proteolytic Enzymes Due to Aging Now, the reason why you seem to feel more pain as you grow older is due to reduced levels of natural proteolytic enzymes that your body produces. A...

Proteolytic Enzymes as Anti-Inflammatory Agents and Pain Relievers

If you suffer from any prolonged inflammation or body ache and pain, you may want to consider the use of systemic enzymes, such as taking supplements that contain proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes are known to effectively eliminate pain and swelling; more importantly, they are safe for the human body. What Are Systemic Enzymes? Regarded as one of nature’s most powerful natural remedies, systemic enzymes are good at reducing inflammation and eliminating pain; dissolving scar tissue or fibrosis; and fighting and killing viruses. The enzymes also help us maintain a healthy immune system and cleanse our blood. Thus, besides dealing with your inflammation from pain conditions like arthritis, back pain, sciatica, joint pain, colitis, etc, you actually get to improve your health too with systemic enzymes. Notes: 1. Before beginning with systemic enzyme therapy, it is always wise to consult your family doctor for advice. 2. While digestive enzymes work in the stomach to digest food, systemic enzymes must avoid contact with stomach acids so that they can get into the intestines to be absorbed by our body. As such, oral medication containing systemic enzymes have an enteric coating to survive passage through the stomach. What About Proteolytic Enzymes? As defined in The Free Dictionary, the term “proteolytic” relates to proteolysis, which is “the breaking down of proteins into simpler compounds, as in digestion.” Thus, protelytic enzymes digest protein, aiding the digestion of food and thereby the absorption of essential nutrients in what we eat. In our body, such enzymes are produced in the pancreas. Proteolytic enzymes were discovered by Dr. Max Wolf, a medical doctor at Columbia University, when...

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