||Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Enzyme?
First of all, an enzyme is a protein. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary defines
an enzyme as follows: "Enzymes are complex proteins capable of inducing chemical changes
in other substances without being changed themselves."
Enzymes are the workhorses of the body. Enzymes break down carbohydrates (sugar and starch)
to provide energy; they are intimately involved with muscle contraction, nerve conduction,
digestion and practically everything else that happens in the body. Without enzymes we could not live.
Some enzymes break things apart, some change the shape of molecules and others join molecules together.
Hydrolytic Enzymes cause a chemical decomposition in which a substance is split into simpler
compounds in the presence of water. Below are some examples:
Amylolytic Enzymes - the hydrolysis of starch into dextrins and/or sugar
Amylase enzymes + Starch + H2O --> Maltose (a disaccharide sugar)
Lipolytic Enzymes - the hydrolysis of fats into glycerol and fatty acids.
Lipase enzymes + Fat + H2O --> Glycerol and Fatty Acids
Proteolytic Enzymes - the hydrolysis of proteins into peptides and/or amino acids
Protease enzymes + Protein + H2O --> Peptides and/or Amino Acids
Are Enzymes safe? Do they contain any Steroids?
Yes, enzymes are absolutely safe. Decades of research was conducted in Japan and Germany during
the post World War II period. Prisoners were clinically tested with enzymes to study their
toxicity. To their surprise, researchers found that even when given doses equivalent to
3000 tablets of enzymes through the renal route (which has a very high absorption rate),
the maximum adverse effect that was observed was Diarrhea.
Due to such low & negligible toxicity, enzymes are preferred by all the alternative medicine
practitioners and naturopaths worldwide. In fact, in countries such as United States, Germany & Japan,
it is uncommon to find people consuming 15 - 30 capsules/tablets daily for their
Conventional drug therapy, although giving some desired beneficial effects, also ends up
giving undesirable and mostly unavoidable side-effects.
Enzymes, offer a serious alternative therapy to consumers and practitioners, who are tired
of side-effect-prone drugs and who are looking forward to a much more fulfilling lifestyle.
What is the difference between Systemic Enzymes and Digestive Enzymes?
Systemic enzymes are those enzymes which have the ability to have a system wide effect
throughtout the entire body. They are formulated in such a manner so that they are able to withstand
the acidic conditions of the stomach and reach the intestine. They get absorbed, in the intestine
and ultimately reach the blood where they achieve systemic circulation. Systemic enzymes are
usually proteolytic enzymes.
Digestive enzymes, on the other hand, have a broad range of enzymes for protein digestion (proteases),
as well as for the digestion of fiber (cellulase), starches (amylase) and fats
(lipase). The actions of the digestive enzymes are limited to the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract. After
being used for digestion, digestive enzymes generally do not reach the intestine, either
due to insufficient quantities or due to lack of protection.
People using digestive enzymes thinking to use them as systemic ones have failed because
of the lack of protection of these enzymes against the stomach acid and lack of balance
between the components themselves. Systemic enzymes need to be tweaked and formulated to
ensure synergy of action. They also need to be put into "suspended animation" so as to keep them
from eating each other & thus neutralizing their own action.
What is the most appropriate and effective way of taking Systemic Enzymes?
Systemic enzymes should be taken on an empty stomach. It usually takes about two hours for
food to move further from the stomach to the intestinal tract. To have the stomach empty
before ingesting systemic enzymes, therefore, means waiting for at least two hours after a meal.
Systemic enzymes most often comprise of hydrolytic enzymes. Hydrolytic enzymes are those
enzymes which work most effectively in the presence of water. Hence, it is recommended to
take systemic enzymes with plentiful of water. A suggested rule of thumb is to take 200ml
(about three-fourths of a glass) of water with every capsule/tablet/caplet that is ingested.
One of the best times to ingest systemic enzymes is early morning. As soon as you wake up,
systemic enzymes can be taken with plenty of water. Say you wake up at 6 am. A suggested routine,
is to take systemic enzymes, daily, at 6 am and 6 pm.
What is the right dose for me?
The right dose for oneself depends on several factors (such as age, lifestyle, severity
of condition, etc) and needs to be found out through experimentation.
When a systemic enzyme starts "kicks in", there will be no doubt in one-s mind
as to whether it is working or not. The dose at which one is able to feel a benefit from
the product is called the activation dose.
One may begin taking systemic enzymes, 1 caplet, two times a day. Every three days, one can
evaluate and see if one finds a change in the body response. Since there is no toxicity
with systemic enzymes, one can keep increasing the dose until one finds the dose at which
there is a consistent response from the body. Most users of EnMax
find relief between 2 to 3 caplets a day. Rarely does one need more than 4 caplets a day.
How and when do I reduce the dose of Systemic Enzymes? When do I stop?
One can continue taking the dose (the one arrived at during the activation phase),
until there is improvement in the condition. Once there is a noticeable improvement, one can experiment
with reduction in the dose, one caplet at a time.
Every three days, one should see if reduction in dose is resulting in a reduction in body response.
If it does, then one should revert to the previous dose. This experiment in dose change (both upwards and
downwards) can be done every time one feels there is a significant change in the condition.
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