Enzymes, in simple terms, are chemicals that occur naturally and facilitate chemical reactions in the body. Enzymes are key to the maintenance of normal healthy bodily functions, such as tissue growth and repair, regulation of hormone secretion and even the balanced transmission of nervous impulses in the brain. There are two main types of enzymes to be defined, each with its own set of characteristics and functions. Digestive enzymes are secreted by the gastrointestinal tract and are responsible for the digestion of food. Digestive Enzymes, which include protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, lactase, and pepsin, exert their effects in the digestive tract.
Systemic or “metabolic enzymes” support body chemistry and these enzymes are the most common types of enzymes that drive body functions and support body structures. There are several thousand metabolic enzymes that work in harmony to run chemical reactions throughout the body. Metabolic or systemic enzyme support has been reported in medical literature as useful in many diseases such as, inflammatory disease, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and even cancer management (although disease treatment claims must be avoided for supplements). The health benefits of enzyme administration have been challenged in some circles of opinion.
The value of enzymes in the support of body structures and function has led to the development of a combination enzyme supplement called Clinical Enzymes™. This synergistic supplement contains a combination of enzymes including bromelain, chymotrypsin, panceatin, papain, trypsin, amylase, lipase and elastase, together with bioflavonoids, including rutin from biologically active sources. In comparison with other enzyme supplements that are quite popular (e.g. standard Wobenzym®) the formula of Clinical Enzymes™ is much more complete with its added contents of small and safe dosages of nattokinase and serratiopeptidase. Wobenzym® is a registered trademark of Mucos Emulsions GmbH, Germany. Clinical Enzymes™ is a trademark of Natural Clinician LLC (www.naturalclinician.com). Clinical Enzymes™ contain: Pancreatin 300mg, Papain 200mg*, Bromelain 150mg*, Trypsin 100mg*, Chymotrypsin 3.5mg*, Rutin 160mg*, Nattokinase 30mg, Serratiopeptidase 9mg, Plus: Amylase, Lipase, Lactose, Cellulose, Protease, Mixed Bioflavanoids, plus a proprietary blend of 150mg of additional digestive enzymes
(compare with other less potent formulations).
Emerging science has focused on findings that individuals with autism and, perhaps, ADHD, cannot assimilate dietary protein in a normal manner. There are current FDA registered studies on the use of digestive enzymes, most notably protease enzymes in the nutritional management of autism. A large body of literature suggests that individuals afflicted by autism have common food allergies or food intolerance. Digestive enzymes are being used increasingly in the nutritional support of individuals with these disorders, but no treatment claims can be made, despite favorable reports.
The science of metabolic enzyme supplementation is emerging and one cannot readily separate the putative effects of digestive enzymes from metabolic or systemic enzymes. These concepts are used in the revolutionary dietary supplement Clinical Enzymes™.