Let me share a story from my book The Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet explaining why digestive enzymes are so important for your entire body:
Bill was a bus driver who experimented over a period of years with various supplements from the health food store. Taking one vitamin at a time, he’d see how they affected his health.
One evening, he reported what he thought were unrelated events. Bill had taken some pancreatic enzymes and his nasal allergies cleared up.
“Could digestive enzymes be affecting my nasal passages?” he asked.
Yes, they can.
Enzymes in your bloodstream can digest foreign protein anywhere in the body outside of the digestive tract – even in the nasal passages or any other tissues from head to toe.
Pollen Is Protein
Pollen is approximately 50 percent protein. When pollen enters the body, it can cause “allergies” if not detoxified or digested. Foreign or undigested protein is considered toxic to the body anywhere it makes contact.
For this very reason, digestion is not confined to the digestive tract. There is abundant biological proof that proteins can be digested (broken down into their constituent amino acids) anywhere the proteolytic, or protein digesting enzymes, are present under the right conditions of temperature, moisture, etc.
In other words, digestive enzymes can effectively digest foreign protein anywhere in the body if these enzymes are present and in contact with these foreign proteins. Therefore, these proteolytic enzymes are an integral and necessary part of the immune system and disease recovery.
What You Never Knew
Protein digesting enzymes are produced in the pancreas, and from there, they enter the small intestines just below the stomach through the common bile duct. Here, they digest the foreign protein going through the intestinal tract.
What is not well-known is that a healthy person produces an excess of these enzymes over and above the amount needed for digestion of food protein, and this excess is picked up by the blood and carried to every cell in the body.
These enzymes are found in the blood of all healthy individuals.
People with cancer typically need more digestive enzymes. People with allergies typically need more digestive enzymes. Both are caused by toxicity in the body and inadequate elimination of toxins.
Interestingly, there is never cancer at the juncture of the common bile duct and the small intestine. There is cancer above this point in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. There is cancer below this point in both the small and large intestines, but there is a curious relationship here.
In direct proportion, further down the intestinal tract from the common bile duct, the greater the incidence of cancer. Why?
The presence of protein digestive enzymes.
Digest Your Allergies
Pancreatic enzymes are able to control nasal allergies because digestion of pollen and other foreign protein can, and does, take place in the nasal passages and other tissues of the body. Taking systemic enzymes, such as Wobenzyme-N, or pancreatic enzymes four times a day is suggested for severe allergy problems.
Enzymes are essentially non-toxic.
Statistics show that 50 percent of Americans over 40 do not produce enough acid in the stomach. These same figures apply to enzyme production, as well.
Pump up your digestion because it’s not just in your stomach.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.