THE EFFECTS OF ORAL ENZYME SUPPLEMENTATION
ON MUSCULO-SKELETAL INFLAMMATION ISSUES:
A Summary of Veterinary Clinical Research
Compiled and Completed April 15, 1989
387 dogs with various musculo-skeletal inflammatory conditions were supplemented over a 30-day period with the enzyme-rich antioxidant formula found in NZYMES®. The veterinarians prescribing the product reported significant improvements in mobility, range of motion, relief of pain and reduction of swelling in 340 cases in 8 days (88%).
Musculo-skeletal inflammation is a major cause of discomfort and debility in millions of older canines. Inflammation caused as a result of excess free radical activity is well established. (Segal, 1984; McCord, 1983). Problems with inflammation in the joints may be due to degradation of synovial fluid in the cavity through free radical reactions (McCord, 1974).
The use of inject-able super-oxide dismutase was thought to be the dawning of a new era in arthritis treatment. Its anti-inflammatory effect is well documented and thought to be due to super-oxide dismutase free radical scavenging ability. (Huber, et al, 1978; McCord, 1974; Cushing, et al, 1973; and Faull, et al, 1976). However, limited by cost and convenience super-oxide dismutase is rarely utilized in clinical settings.
The limitations of inject-able super-oxide dismutase for use in clinical setting have led to the development of a unique, enzyme-rich vegetable (sprout) source for this and other related antioxidant enzymes (i.e. catalase). The enzyme-rich antioxidant formula found in NZYMES® has established the ability to affect blood levels of super-oxide dismutase and catalase (Rothschild, et. al., 1988). In light of the correlation between free radicals and inflammation, this study was conducted with the help of veterinarians in private practice to determine the overall effect of this preparation on the symptoms of inflammation in canines.
387 dogs, ranging in sizes from 10 to 125 pounds, in ages from 6 months to 18 years, were reported from the six contributing veterinarians. In all cases the inflammations were noninfectious and either the result of injury, stress, developmental conditions or aging. The main characteristic was osteoarthritis with clinical signs of loss of mobility and movement, pain, and in some cases edema and swelling. In most cases the patient had received no prior treatment.In all cases, the sprouted soy protein formula found in NZYMES® was used as the primary therapy. In all cases patients were symptomatic at beginning of trial The diagnosis was made by the veterinarian using standard techniques including radio graphic evaluation, pin-prick test and palpitation, as well as owner reports.
Of the 387 cases reported in this study, 340 patients demonstrated increased mobility, function and range of motion, with decreased pain and swelling in affected areas. Although 63 of the 340 patients did not show significant improvement until the fourth week, the average response time of the entire group was 8 days.
All 340 cases which demonstrated improvement also reported increased levels of mobility as treatment time extended past initial response point. In most cases, the equivalent of 400 mg. of the sprouted formula found in NZYMES® was given per day for each 60 pounds of body weight for the first two weeks. After the initial response, maintenance dosages of 1/2 of the the initial amount were sufficient to sustain the desired results.
Along with obvious benefits to inflammatory conditions, the 340 patients demonstrated one or more of the following changes: Increased energy, alertness, stamina, return of normal appetite and accelerated healing in those cases with recent surgery or accidental trauma.
All the veterinarians supplementing with the enzyme-rich antioxidant formula found in NZYMES® reported objective evidence of improvements in the relief of inflammatory conditions in 340 of 387 dogs. Based upon scientific evidence correlating free radical pathology with inflammatory conditions, it is indicated that the special antioxidant qualities of the whole food supplement are the probable mode of action to achieve these results. NZYMES® whole food antioxidant enzyme complex emphasizing Superoxide Dismutase and catalase. Product derived from blends of plant sprouts, dried and tableted.
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