Enzyme therapy is a safe and natural way to boost the effectiveness of cancer treatments while reducing their negative side effects. The approach is particularly helpful for patients experiencing pancreatic insufficiency as a result of cancer, as well as cystic fibrosis and other conditions affecting the normal production of digestive enzymes.
What Are Enzymes?
Enzymes are naturally occurring chemicals that help the body digest food and turn it into energy. Under normal circumstances, humans generate all the enzymes they need in their pancreas. But patients suffering from conditions like pancreatic cancer can have their natural enzyme activity and production interrupted, which can lead to poor digestion, malnutrition, unhealthy weight loss, and other symptoms. This is what’s called pancreatic insufficiency.
Thankfully, many types of enzymes appear in nature. Scientists have discovered that a group called proteolytic enzymes can offer immense benefits for patients suffering from different forms of cancer. Proteolytic enzymes can be derived from common foods, like pineapples and grapes, as well as from animals, plants, and even mushrooms.
What to Know About Proteolytic Enzymes
Bromelain, for example, is a proteolytic enzyme derived from the stem and fruit of pineapples. It’s been shown to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and has some cancer-fighting properties. The papaya fruit also contains several beneficial proteolytic enzymes, such as papain, which has known wound-healing properties.
As we mentioned, patients suffering from pancreatic insufficiency can often have a very difficult time digesting food, leading to weight loss, gastric pain, bloating, and dangerous malnutrition. But these individuals can reduce and even eliminate these effects by using natural enzymes in a therapeutic setting.
Not only that, but advanced enzyme targeted therapy has shown promise in killing cancerous cells outright. Here’s what you should know about enzyme therapy for cancer.
What Is Enzyme Therapy for Cancer?
So, what is enzyme therapy? Enzyme treatment and therapies primarily involve a course of dietary supplements designed to boost a patient’s natural immune response to fight cancer. Depending on the type of cancer, beneficial enzymes can also be injected directly into the tumor cells in an effort to directly kill cancerous cells.
A common factor among many cancers is that cancer operates to suppress a person’s immune system. And one of the goals of enzyme therapy is to counteract these immunosuppressive effects through several different methodologies.
This technique is meant to cleanse the body of excess fibrin, a protein the body normally uses to help blood clots. Excess fibrin can impede the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs by clogging white blood cells with debris.
Bromelain and papain have both shown clinical promise in killing any cancer cell outright. In test-tube studies, both enzyme groups inhibited the growth of bile duct cancer cells, ultimately leading to cell death.
Enzyme therapy administered via dietary supplements doesn’t require patients to modify their diets. Individuals undergoing the enzyme treatment should eat three meals a day with two or three snacks throughout the day.
Additionally, the enzyme supplements should be taken during meals (not before or after). Doctors recommend avoiding a fiber-rich diet during enzyme therapy, too, because fibrous foods can counteract the goal of reducing excess fibrin.
Is Enzyme Therapy for Cancer Safe?
Enzyme therapy for cancer is considered a very safe treatment. In fact, cancer patients may enjoy a number of ancillary systemic enzyme benefits, including reduced inflammation and relief from pain, swelling, and joint stiffness.
Proteolytic enzymes have also been shown to significantly improve the quality of life for patients with irritable bowel syndrome and other gastric conditions. And even in healthy folk who have trouble digesting food once in a while, clinical studies have shown that taking proteolytic enzymes with a meal can reduce gas, bloating, and feelings of fullness.
Enzyme Therapy Side Effects
The most common side effect of enzyme therapy is temporary nausea, and very high doses can sometimes cause patients to experience diarrhea or vomiting. Additionally, since some of the most effective proteolytic enzymes are derived from fruits like pineapples and papayas, people who are allergic to these fruits might have a mild reaction during treatment.
The best way to avoid negative effects is to consult with a specialist to select the right enzymes and dosages to address your specific needs. Contact us at Immunity Therapy Center to learn more about the process.
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