Ageing – or premature aging as we know it, is caused by four active problems:
- 1. Chronic Inflammation.
- 2. A build-up of Fibrous Tissue.
- 3. Thickening of blood.
- 4. Weakening of the Immune System.
The causes of these problems have been identified as a deficiency of enzymes (a 70 year old has only 25% of the enzymes present in a 20 year old and a deficiency of nutrients both in the diet and being absorbed through a failing digestive system. Again, the nutrients absorbed are around 25% of the 20 year old (excluding the current standard junk diet being eaten by today’s 20 year old).
As enzymes are critical for a healthy regenerating system, any deficiency in the body and absorption, coupled with lack of nutrients in the food, will result in a prematurely degenerating body or Premature Ageing.
A brief explanation of these active problems is:
Studies now show that chronic inflammation is a prime factor in both disease and ageing. This inflammation is the result of diet/lifestyle such as breads, pastry, biscuits, breakfast cereals, potatoes, rice, pasta, overcooked foods, micro-waved foods, irradiated foods, insufficient vegetables and fruits, stress, toxins and drugs. The degree of inflammation can be tested by biochemical markers such as C-Reactive Proteins; the higher the level the more chance of disease. Hardly a week goes by without another study showing that a major factor in disease and ageing is inflammation. These are partly being driven because some of the Major Drugs act as anti-inflammatory and the drug manufactures are rubbing their hands with their potential. Drugs such as aspirin, statins, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are all publishing studies as disease preventatives for such diverse conditions as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. The fact that you should never forget is that drugs always have side effects.
How can enzymes help?
When combined with lifestyle changes as in the basic plan, taking an anti-inflammatory enzyme and supplementing with digestive enzymes to top up the enzyme deficiency, will visibly improve health and ageing.
2. Fibrotic build-up
Modern lifestyle can result in the enzymes that control the laying down of fibrous tissue diminishing. Too much fibrous tissue can become the matrix for Atherosclerosis plaque that clogs arteries. In blood vessels, it causes thrombosis or blood clots; in breast tissue, fibrocystic breast disease and fibromas in the uterus. Proteolytic enzymes have been shown in studies to dissolve away these, relieving the inflammation and lowering the associated pain. Reducing underlying triglyceride levels and inflammation will also reduce the likelihood of plaque buildup.
3. Blood thinning
There are broadly two reasons for ‘thick’ blood. 1. Chronic inflammation can cause blood cells to ‘clump’ together and 2. An excess of dead (necrotic) and other matter in the blood will cause thickening of the blood. Unlike blood thinners, enzymes clear the inflammation, eat away dead and other matter in the blood and as a result, lower blood viscosity. Aspirin also lowers blood viscosity but not by this mechanism and not without side effects, such as producing haemorrhage. Proteolytic enzymes will not do that in any dosage. If the enzymes have something to work on they will, if they don’t, nothing happens and they will be excreted from the body. Another problem with Aspirin is that it can cause intestinal bleeding. Thousands of people die annually from NSAID’s i.e. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Naprosyn etc.
4. Immune system supportive.
The white blood cells are in charge of destroying pathogenic germs in our system. They have little extensions called Fc receptors. These extensions pick up the debris from the dead bug and carry it around awaiting disposition by enzymes. Enzymes also keep the system clear of non-vital proteins to stop their use by germs to ‘hide’ from the white blood cells. The more free enzymes we have in our body, the stronger our immune system becomes.
White blood cells are re-energised when passing through the blood vessels in the intestines. It is vital to the immune system to have intestinal flora in full working order.