is responsible for digesting proteins in your
food, which is probably one of the most difficult substances to
metabolize. Because of this, protease is considered to be one of the most
important enzymes that we have. If the digestive process is incomplete,
undigested protein can wind up in your circulatory system, as well as in
other parts of your body.
When you take protease in higher quantities, it can help to clean up your
body by removing the unwanted protein from your circulatory system. This
will help to clean up your blood stream, and restore your energy and
One of the tricks of an invading organism is to wrap itself in a large
protein shell that the body would view as being "normal". Large amounts of
protease can help to remove this protein shell, and allow the body's
defense mechanisms can go into action. With the protective barrier down,
your immune system can step in and destroy the invading organism.
Additional amounts of protease are also helpful in fighting such things as
colds, flu's, and cancerous tumor growths. Protease helps in the healing
and recovery from cancer by dissolving the fibrin coating on cancer cells,
and thereby giving your immune system a chance to do its job. It can
effectively shrink these tumors by helping to remove the dead and abnormal
tissues, and by stimulating healthy tissue growth.
Protease refers to a
group of enzymes whose catalytic function is to hydrolyze (breakdown)
peptide bonds of proteins. They are also called proteolytic enzymes or
proteinases. Proteases differ in their ability to hydrolyze various
peptide bonds. Each type of protease has a specific kind of peptide bonds
it breaks. Examples of proteases include: fungal protease, pepsin,
trypsin, chymotrypsin, papain, bromelain, and subtilisin.
Proteolytic enzymes are very important in digestion as they breakdown the
protein foods to liberate the amino acids needed by the body.
Additionally, proteolytic enzymes have been used for a long time in
various forms of therapy. Their use in medicine is gaining more and more
attention as several clinical studies are indicating their benefits in
oncology, inflammatory conditions, blood rheology control, and immune
Contrary to old beliefs, several studies have
shown that orally ingested enzymes can bypass the conditions of the GI
tract and be absorbed into the blood stream while still maintaining their
enzymatic activity. Commercially, proteases are produced in highly
controlled aseptic conditions for food supplementation and systemic enzyme
therapy. The organisms most often used are Aspergillus niger and oryzae.