Last month, we talked all about inflammation. What causes it, how it goes through its cycle and how reaching for a NSAID (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drug) might not help heal inflammation. Now you have an inflamed horse and you are wondering, what CAN I do to help? Surprisingly, enzymes might be the answer! This blog will explain exactly what enzymes are. It will also explain how they affect inflammation and how they can be used as a safe and effective alternative to NSAIDS.
By definition, an enzymes are biological molecules (typically proteins) that significantly speed up the rate of virtually all of the chemical reactions that take place within cells.
In recent years, people have realized the benefits of taking digestive enzymes. These enzymes help break down certain foods and make them easier to be digested. Here we will focus on Proteolytic Enzymes and their role in inflammation. Proteolytic enzymes (or proteases) refer to the various enzymes that digest (break down into smaller units) protein. Proteolytic enzymes have been proven to improve inflammatory conditions and to support the immune system.
Lane Lenard, Ph.D.; Ward Dean, M.D.; and Jim English, contributors to The Nutrition Review, tell us that by reducing the viscosity (thickness) of the blood, enzymes improve circulation. This consequently increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to and the transport of harmful waste products away from traumatized tissue. Proteolytic enzymes also help break down plasma proteins and cellular debris at the site of an injury into smaller fragments. This greatly facilitates their passage through the lymphatic system, resulting in more rapid resolution of swelling, with the consequent relief of pain and discomfort in the bones and joints affected. These enzymes can help athletes recover faster from hard workouts and races. (Proteolytic Enzymes, Dr. Axe).
In basic terms, protease enzymes help make blood thinner to improve circulation. This improvement in circulation helps clear away free radicals which helps reduce inflammation. Increased circulation also helps inflammation by speeding up the cycle of inflammation. (Read the inflammation blog to learn more). Unlike NSAIDS which can mask inflammation and slow the healing process down, enzymes can actually improve the healing time! To learn more about the specific enzymes Precision Joint Solution uses in our formula, click here!
Proteolytic Enzymes Reduce Inflammation and Boost Immunity – Dr. Axe. (2015). Retrieved September 19, 2016, from https://draxe.com/proteolytic-enzymes/