(NaturalNews) Enzymes are more important than vitamins and minerals for general health. Without enzymes, vitamins and minerals are useless. Enzymes are catalysts for metabolic processes and digestion. A catalyst initiates a chemical process without being part of the resultant product.
Many NaturalNews readers are familiar with digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from foods when they enter the small intestine. The enzymes provided by both wholesome raw foods and the pancreas go to work. Most standard American diets (SAD), consisting of processed or over-cooked food like substances, lack enzymes.
So the pancreas has to work harder producing the enzymes necessary for normal digestion. Eating more raw veggies and fruits as well as juicing allows enzymes inherent in real food to assist the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Of course, digestive enzymes are also available as supplements.
But there is a function beyond digestion for enzymes that is mostly unknown in the Americas, Australia, and the UK. They can also be utilized for many therapeutic purposes ranging from treating physical injuries to battling cancer and chronic diseases. (1)
Proteolytic enzymes or protease
Proteolytic enzymes or protease can be used, in part, to digest complete proteins that are in meat. Yet, outside of meals, they have been harnessed for a multitude of healing processes, sometimes exclusively and sometimes in conjunction with other therapies. When not used for digestion in the small intestines, these enzymes are free to roam through the blood stream seeking to break down hard protein, fibrin surfaces, scar tissue, granuloma, and even cancer cells' tough coatings. (1)
In Europe and Japan, proteolytic enzymes or protease are used to speed up healing from bodily injury or surgery. They've been doing this for years, incorporating enzyme therapies with mainstream medicine.
But in the USA, UK, and other Anglo nations, most doctors are ignorant of this approach, or reluctant to use anything not FDA approved. Of course, enzymes are not patentable. Fortunately, enzymes for both digestion and healing (when ingested apart from meals) are readily available in health food stores and online.
Some naturopaths are knowledgeable, and there is a plethora of information available to self educate. The sources for this article will help you learn more.
Treating cancer with enzymes
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and Dr. Linda Isaacs, both MDs, have picked up the torch of once defamed and now deceased William Donald Kelley, DDS, who created a metabolic enzymatic cancer therapy to cure his pancreatic cancer, then cured thousands of various cancers over a period of two decades (http://www.naturalnews.com/030050_dentist_cancer.html).
That basic therapy with some tweaking is what Gonzalez and Isaacs are using for clinical trials. (2) They use individually oriented diets, high dosing of specially contrived enzymes, and detoxification with coffee enemas. They are working wonders on cancer patients in NYC. (2)
Proteolytic enzymes have many functions
Dr. James Howenstine is a firm believer in proteolytic enzymes for many purposes -- far too many to list here -- but he does just that in his article sourced below. (1) He mentions that any inflammatory issue causing pain, scar tissue (fibrosis), or granuloma can be handled well with one or more of these commonly available enzymes: Lumbrokinase, Serrapeptase, Nattokinase, Wobenzyme, Bromelain or Vitazym+.
Because enzymes are safe, Dr. Howenstine encourages dosing high for starters. It's easier to reduce dosage as conditions improve rather than trying to find the therapeutic dosage along the way.
Another good enzyme info source (3 source below) provides details on how to choose a proteolytic enzyme. Some, such as Serrapeptase need to be enteric coated to protect them from being damaged by stomach acids apart from meals. Here is a comprehensive serrapeptase site (http://www.serrapeptase.info/).