by the Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine
There are enzymes, and then there are enzymes—
but one thing we know is that Braggzyme, winner
of the Healthy Living Editor’s Choice Award
for best enzyme formula, is one of the really essential
supplements people need for long-term healthy
Indeed, health crusader Dr. Paul Bragg, who
inspired the creation of Braggzyme, is the real reason
we are all here eating good foods and taking
supplements. He was a shining example of how
you can go from illness and debilitation to full, vibrant
health. Dr. Bragg was the first to introduce
organic foods to America, not to mention juicing
and the first health food stores. But what made
his philosophy so different and special from all the
His secret was live, raw foods. And the secret to
live and raw foods is enzymes.
This all leads us to Braggzyme. In a nutshell,
Braggzyme is a systemic enzyme that helps maintain
healthy low levels of cardiac and vascular inflammation
and C-reactive protein (a marker for
inflammation); protect against dangerous blood
clotting; and cleanse the blood of cellular debris,
thereby opening up circulation, naturally, without
THE NEED TO SUPPLEMENT WITH ENZYMES
Most of us can’t just walk into our gardens and pick
fresh fruit and vegetables. As soon as you pick a
veggie or fruit, the enzymes within begin to die off.
The moment you pluck an orange from a tree, 100
percent of its enzymes are present, but 30 minutes
later, 50 percent have been lost. Imagine the enzyme
depletion that occurs in foods eaten out of season
or that have been in storage for a month or more and
treated with ethylene gas. Foods that are cooked or
heavily processed also lose their enzymes.
With our modern lifestyles, we have gotten to
the point where we have to supplement with enzymes.
Enzymes are biocatalysts. They are usually
made from proteins and make other processes in
the body function rapidly. Without enzymes, it would
take about a minute to bat your eyelids and about
half an hour to bend your elbow. The four to six proteolytic
enzymes that we eat, supplement with or
make in our pancreas create somewhere between
3,000 and 7,000 separate enzymes in our bodies.
And those 3,000 to 7,000 separate enzymes cause
25,000 to 30,000 different enzymatic reactions in
the human body.
What do systemic enzymes do? Systemic enzymes
act as anti-inflammatories but not via the same
mechanisms of action as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids. They are
a nondrug approach to maintaining healthy low inflammation
We are always fighting inflammation. Inflammation
is one of the major killers of human beings. Inflammation
is the root cause of cancer, Alzheimer’s,
diabetes and other major maladies. Think of all of
the major diseases that end in “–itis.” They are all
NSAIDs work by keeping us from making circulating
immune complexes, also known as cytokines
or prostaglandins. However, there are good
prostaglandins and bad prostaglandins. The good
ones assist with kidney and liver function and help
maintain your intestinal lining. The bad ones promote
inflammation. The downside of medications
like aspirin, ibuprofen, Vioxx or Celebrex is that they
cannot choose between the good cytokines and
the bad ones—they shut down production of all of
them. While you may feel better temporarily, your
kidneys begin to lag in function, and your liver begins
to lag in its detoxification, and the lining in your
intestines begins to thin.
Systemic enzymes, on the other hand, control
inflammation attacking only cytokines that are proinflammatory.
They are far more selective—and this
is their key advantage.
The next major action of a systemic enzyme is that
it fights fibrosis, or scar tissue. All of the diseases
that end in the suffix “-osis” have fibrosis as part of
the condition. We’re talking about arterial plaque;
postoperative scar tissue; keloids that develop after
surgery or after trauma; and pulmonary fibrosis.
We’re talking about fibrosis that happens in the internal
organs and in our brains as we age.
In anatomy, doctors learn that fibrosis is actually
what kills us, because as we age, especially
past age 35, fibrosis due to the inflammation in
our internal organs begins to grow through the organ, shrinking its size and diminishing its function.
But enzymes actually have been shown to slow or
stop the body’s tendency toward fibrosis, largely
by focusing on a molecule called transforming
growth factor beta and disarming its ability to
damage tissue, as well as by addressing inflammation
The next action of systemic enzymes is that they
clean the blood. The blood is not only the river of
life but a river of garbage. The blood brings nutrients,
oxygen and other good stuff to our tissues,
but it also carries away all the metabolic waste and
necrotic debris that we make to deposit it into the
liver, which is supposed to dump it into the bowel. If
we don’t have the enzymes that cause that chronic
debris to be dumped into the bowel, our blood can
get as thick as yogurt or ketchup.
Now the problem with all this gunk is that it
can create clots. Fibrin is part of the body’s repair
mechanism, but there is only supposed to be a
certain amount of it—all the excess is tagged as
an exogenous protein. The problem is, you’re not
making enough enzymes to get rid of the excessive
exogenously tagged fibrin in your bloodstream, so
that fibrin just floats around, like little bits of fiberglass,
and then it meets up with something called
an adhesion molecule.
Adhesion molecules are what help to bind
things together when you cut yourself or when
you’re making a blood clot. But if you haven’t cut
yourself, the adhesion molecule has nothing to
do, so it globs itself onto the fibrin. And then come
the little guys called platelets, which just get glued
onto this fibrin and adhesion molecule as they pass
by. And bingo! You’ve got a clot, and that clot can
cause a heart attack or stroke. The proteolytic enzymes
that we consume or supplement with can
eat the necrotic debris in your blood, reduce the
excessive fibrin and fibrinogen, and break down the
extra adhesion molecules you don’t need, rendering
your blood nice and slick so it can reach every
tissue in your body with oxygen and nutrients—and
not cause strokes and heart attacks.
THE BEAUTY OF THE BRAGGZYME FORMULA
Proteolytic enzymes are arguably more important for
you to take than vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and
minerals are coenzymes—they both need to latch
onto proteolytic enzymes in order to be activated
and actually be able do something within the body.
The lesson here is simple: take your enzymes!
Braggzyme features an all-vegetarian combination
of proteolytic enzymes for a broad range
of physiological effects. It includes bromelain from
pineapple, which is an anti-inflammatory, and papain
from papaya, another anti-inflammatory that
also fights fibrosis. Braggzyme combines these
powerful enzymes with serrapeptase and nattokinase,
which, like the fruit enzymes, have an anti-inflammatory effect but are also among the strongest
fibrosis-eating enzymes on the planet. Lipase, also
in the formula, eats away fat.
When you combine serrapeptase with nattokinase
and other enzymes, as in Braggzyme, it actually
works faster. So here you have a combination
that helps maintain healthy inflammation levels
throughout the day, keep your arteries open, support
the body’s ability to clear away plaque, and
keep your circulation robust. Cardiovascular health
is further supported by Braggzyme with the addition
of coenzyme Q10. It's also important to note that
Braggzyme provides a powerful 4,500 Fibrinolytic
Units (FU) in each capsule. For all of these reasons,
Braggzyme received the Best of Healthy Living 2012
Editor’s Choice award for Best Enzyme Formula.
Systemic enzymes are the most miraculous
things that have happened in natural medicine
in 50 years. It has taken a while for systemic enzymes
to get to the United States, but now that
they’re here, we have the best brand of systemic
enzymes brought to you by the company that
brought you live, enzyme-rich food, an enzyme-rich
philosophy, and an enzyme-filled life to create
Braggzyme is the crown jewel of Dr. Bragg’s
work. Braggzyme is as high quality a food as the
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Bragg Organic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bragg Liquid Aminos
and Bragg’s natural olive-oil-based salad dressings
and condiments. The Bragg quality and the Bragg
name is your assurance of purity.
For super health, Braggzyme is here for you.
Braggzyme is available at health
food stores and natural pharmacies.
Visit www.bragg.com and
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