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Medical Systemic Enzyme Supplements?

  1. Apr 18, 2008 #1

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    I've seen ads for enzyme supplements that are meant to be taken on an empty stomach, with claims that they act "systemically" to enhance all sorts of body functions. In particular they claim that such supplements help heal sports injuries and remove scar tissue (excess fibrin). Of course, they also claim their pills to be "proven effective by numerous clinical studies". The specific enzymes in one popular supplement include: pancreatin, papain, bromelain, trypsin, chymotrypsin, and rutosid.

    On the other hand, I've read that all enzymes taken orally are broken down (like any other protein) before entering the bloodstream, rendering such supplements worthless.

    So, are these enzyme supplements bogus? Or is there a grain of truth amidst the hype?
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    I vote bogus. Those are enzymes normally secreted into the stomach to aid in digestion. If one had a problem with their pancreas or gallbladder, there would be reason to take such supplements to aid in normal digestion, but they aren't going anywhere to cure sports injuries or scars.
  4. Apr 18, 2008 #3

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    Thanks, Moonbear! :wink:
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