Studying enzyme nutrition has been a passion for me. It has led me to writing a book on the subject and studying the dramatic benefits of proper enzyme supplementation. If enzyme research establishes one thing for sure, it’s that enzyme therapy can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is an immune system response, that leads to a long list of chronic diseases in both humans and animals. It can even lead to heart disease. When inflammation rages unchecked in the joints or arteries, it can permanently destroy tissue and cause terrible pain. It can even lead to death. Enzyme therapy can bring significant relief and in many cases can be more effective than anti-inflammatory medications and without the dangerous side effects.
There is a difference between good and bad inflammation. In general, inflammation is how the body kills the invaders. The problem is that inflammation is supposed to solve the problem and then go away. When it is associated with diseases like allergies and arthritis, the inflammation is chronic and usually harmful. The immune system attacks and destroys the animals own tissues. The immune system forms antibodies to destroy antigens which are viruses, a fungus, or a bacteria. If the antigen is in fact something harmless such as pollen, dust, wheat or milk, they are termed allergens. There is no reason for the immune system to attack allergens but it does anyway. Like wise the animals body can misidentify its own tissues as antigens and form auto-antibodies. The result is autoimmune disease. This response seems to figure in some unexpected disorders such as heart disease and even cancer.
Enzymes may not be a cure for autoimmune diseases all by themselves, but they can bring tremendous relief and can help the animal live with the condition. Managing and controlling inflammation goes a long way toward limiting the harm that autoimmune conditions can cause.
posted by Rob Mueller