Natural Medicines & Family Practice 1315 Ruddell Rd SE Lacey
David Overton, PA-C
I’ve noticed when I say “enzymes” people immediately think of digestive enzymes or liver enzymes. All cells and organs run on enzymes and there are many specialized enzymes we use for various health conditions. There are bone enzymes, brain enzymes, cardiac enzymes, clot busting enzymes, intestinal enzymes, lung enzymes, liver enzymes, kidney enzymes, pancreatic enzymes and many, many other systemic enzymes that your organs need to function properly.
Oftentimes we have to use specialized enzymes in combinations or sequences (first one, then others) to correct or control various problems. Here are a few examples:
Condition Brief description Enzyme Product
Allergies Environmental or food Digestive Enzyme formula
sensitivities and allergies Proteolytic Enzyme #1
Proteolytic Enzyme #2
Proteolytic Enzyme #3
Biofilm Mucus and secretions that Immune Support #2
infections may “hide” in all the above & others
Clot risks, clotting, Proteolytic enzymes Proteolytic Enzyme #1
abnormal fibrin, Proteolytic Enzyme #2
fibrinogen or Proteolytic Enzyme #3
clotting tests Bolouke
Digestion problems Inability to digest carbohydrates, Digestive Enzyme formula
starches, protein, fats, food others
sensitivities, a wide variety of
Immune support Circulation disorders, infections and All of the above
a wide variety of immune problems others
Inflammation, pain, Proteolytic enzymes See above
Metabolic problems Metabolic disorders: pre-diabetes, Various above enzymes
kidney, liver disorders, thyroid others
problems, many others
Pancreatic problems Digestive problems, pre-diabetes, Digestive Enzymes formula
diabetes Proteolytic Enzymes
While Digestive Enzymes are essential for digestion of foods, systemic enzymes serve much larger metabolic roles by controlling inflammation throughout the body. Our silent internal inflammatory response mechanisms are critical to immune health. Inflammation is a normal response after injuries, infections, trauma, surgery or exposure to allergies. Suppressing inflammation with drugs only masks the symptoms, may damage tissues, may damage your kidneys, liver or stomach and often allows degenerative conditions to progress.
By activating tissue repair and breaking down cellular debris generated by inflammation, infections or metabolic problems, systemic enzymes improve blood flow, capillary function and modulate tissue repair, helping to relieve symptoms and can reverse problems or help manage degenerative conditions more effectively.
Digestive Enzyme formula and some enzymes are taken with meals to help digest foods, alleviate food sensitivities or support immune functions.
All the other systemic enzymes are taken on an empty stomach, either one hour before or two hours after meals. This can be challenging and here are suggestions:
1. I take my doses the first thing upon awakening because I have breakfast one hour later.
2. Between meals (after breakfast or after lunch)
3. I take my doses at bedtime because it’s generally two hours after dinner.
4. If you have trouble remembering daytime doses, take your full daily dose at bedtime.
If you have ulcers, acid problems, acid reflux or GERD, you should not take some systemic enzymes. Some systemic enzymes may aggravate acid problems. This means we need to heal the acid problems, then use systemic enzymes or use different treatments. Some systemic enzymes do not aggravate acid problems.
You could have acid problems you don’t recognize. If you develop acid problems using systemic enzymes, you should stop them and see me for evaluation and treatment of acid problems.