The Purpose of Enzymes
The human body produces enzymes responsible to support all biological reactions within the body. Enzymes are found in every cell of every living being. The different systems in our bodies including our cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems, would not be able to function without the support of these proteolytic enzymes. Enzymes carry out chemical reactions necessary for simple everyday functions such as our metabolism, breathing, and even our heart rate. As we age, our bodies gradually become less efficient, producing significantly fewer enzymes. When this occurs, it is imperative for us to supplement with necessary enzymes to prevent havoc.
Everybody Needs a Healthy Body
Elimination of potentially toxic substances from the body is a crucial part in the metabolic processes for optimal health. While eliminating these toxins is the body’s natural response, sometimes it can be a difficult task. A variety of health issues can develop if toxins within the body impair enzyme function availability or without a proper store of enzymes.
For instance, the immune system can be overwhelmed with bacteria, fungi, toxins and even food particles that do not get completely digested in the gastro-intestinal tract. The body is then filled with proteins created by these distresses. The body detects these particles as foreign and initiate an immune response. Recognized as antigens, the immune system produces antibodies to start the process to remove these foreign substances. After coupling with one another, these antigens and antibodies form circulating immune complexes (CICs) and lead to a burden on our immune system. This process is known as inflammation – the underlying cause of most health progressions.
When this occurs, the body does not produce an adequate amount of proteolytic enzymes to attack the large accumulation of CIC’s. While enzymes occur naturally, our bodies may not produce an adequate amount. Supplementing the body with enzymes becomes crucial to prevent further complications. Enzymes serve as catalysts that push essential chemical reactions in the body in the right direction. Without proper supplementation, the body will lose its internal balance.
Excellacor for Total Body Support*
The Excellacor formulation has been commercially available for nearly 20 years. Our original proprietary formula, created by our master enzymologist, has been used with much success. Likewise, companies, health practitioners, and consumers have turned to the original Excellacor formulation for their systemic enzyme therapy needs.
Excellacor contains enteric-coated serrapeptase, a key ingredient in fibrin metabolism. The enteric-coated allows the enzymes to bypass the acidic environment of the stomach and reach the small intestine, where absorption occurs. This is a key factor to determine the efficiency of any systemic enzyme. Our enteric-coated serrapeptase has been formulated with the use of Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (MAAC), a safe food-grade compound used in the pharmaceutical industry with no reported side effects. Without enteric coating, enzymes will denature in the stomach, and simply be a really expensive digestive enzyme.
In addition, various proteases in Excellacor help break down proteins and amino acid chains, promoting total body support. The combination of its key ingredients work synergistically as a potent systemic enzyme blend. This formula supports a healthy response to inflammation, fatigued muscles and joint function, and promotes fibrin metabolism.*
Key Ingredients in Excellacor:
What is systemic enzyme therapy?
Systemic enzyme therapy refers to the therapeutic use of natural enzymes to produce desired healing effects. Systemic enzymes are absorbed in the small intestine where they enter the bloodstream. Then they carry out desired benefits throughout the body. Their crucial role in normal inflammatory response assists and supports the body in accelerated healing.
What are proteolytic enzymes?
Proteolytic enzymes break down proteins into their building-blocks, which are called amino acids. Systemic proteolytic enzymes are responsible for breaking down accumulated protein and waste substances found in the circulatory system and connective tissue. Waste materials produced from inflammation and other biochemical processes can build up, contributing to excessive scarring and perpetuated immune responses. Excessive scarring, particularly of the organs, can exacerbate symptoms of the associated disease. The waste product of specific concern is known as fibrin. Regular systemic proteolytic enzyme use can improve circulation and aid in flushing out these waste products.
What is fibrin?
Fibrin is a protein-based substance that is needed to help blood coagulation, playing a substantial role in immune response and healing. When the body responds to injury or chronic inflammation, fibrin is recruited to the damaged area to form scar tissue. Although the body is equipped with plasmin, a naturally occurring enzyme responsible for breaking down excess fibrin, plasmin levels progressively decrease as we age. This actually increases the risk for excessive, undesirable scar tissue formation in the body.
Are systemic enzymes anti-inflammatory drugs?
Although systemic enzymes produce anti-inflammatory effects, they are not considered a drug. Since enzymes are naturally occurring within the body, systemic enzyme therapy is considered supplementation. One difference between systemic enzymes and NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) involves the duration of action. While NSAIDs produce short-term pain relief, systemic enzymes can produce long-term alleviation with appropriate use. The largest difference between NSAIDS and systemic enzymes is the mechanism of action and possible side effects. NSAIDs block the production of prostaglandins, which are responsible for inflammation and swelling. However, prostaglandins protect the lining of the stomach, and prolonged use of NSAIDs can reduce this protection and increase the risk of developing ulcers. Conversely, regular use of systemic enzymes has no negative side effects and can actually provide protective effects against excess inflammation.
Why is it important to take Excellacor on an empty stomach?
Since most absorption occurs in the small intestine, the systemic enzymes must bypass the stomach to gain access there. If the enzymes are taken with food, they will likely begin working to break down your food within the stomach, rather than passing through to the small intestine. Taking systemic enzymes like Excellacor with food will compromise their absorption, as well as their effectiveness.
Does Excellacor have an enteric coating?
Yes, the serrapeptase in Excellacor is enterically coated. While similar systemic enzymes may have the same active ingredients, most do not utilize enteric coating. The purpose of enteric coating is to protect the enzyme from the acidic environment of the stomach. High activity level is preserved until the enzymes reach the small intestine, where absorption into the bloodstream takes place. While the enteric coating can withstand the acidic environment of the stomach, the alkaline environment of the small intestine will disintegrate the enteric coating, allowing the enzyme to be active within the bloodstream.
Do you use phthalates in your enteric coating?
No, our enteric coating does not use or contain phthalates. At AST Enzymes, we use Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (MAAC) for our enteric coating. Compared to other commonly used enteric coating agents such as Cellulose Acetate Phthalate (CAP) and Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose Phthalate (HPMCP), MAAC is the most gastro-resistant and does not carry the same risks. Additionally, MAAC is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA and is approved for use by the European Food Safety Authority.
How long should I take Excellacor before feeling results?
Since people experience varying ailments and severity of disease, the length of time to include systemic enzymes in your regimen may vary as well. As an overall guideline, it is typically recommended that new systemic enzyme users start off slow. A starter dose is generally one capsule, three times daily. After three to four days of proven tolerance, the dose can be increased to a therapeutic dose of 3 capsules, 3 times per day. At this point, results may be monitored, and dosage should be adjusted accordingly. Some consumers find their therapeutic dose between 9-15 capsules per day, while others only need 3-6. There are several factors that may affect results and required dosage, including:
What if I miss a dose?
Regular, consistent use of systemic enzymes will provide the best results. However, missed doses of systemic enzymes do not have serious repercussions. Although symptoms alleviated by systemic enzyme therapy may resurface, getting back on track by remembering to take your next dose will suffice. There is no need to “double up,” on one dose – and remember, systemic enzymes are best absorbed on an empty stomach.
Are there any side effects involved with Excellacor?
The use of Excellacor has not been shown to exhibit detrimental effects, neither long term nor short term. Just as dosage requirements vary, side effects may vary. Although gastrointestinal disturbances have been stated by a small percentage of new users, tolerance is maintained once the dosage is adjusted. Minor allergic reactions, like reddening of the skin, are also rare occurrences, and can be seen with extremely high doses. There are no known interactions with prescription or over the counter drugs while using systemic enzyme therapy. However, it is recommended that you consult with your physician about starting systemic enzymes, especially if you are on blood-thinning medications or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Can I take Excelacor with other systemic enzymes?
Systemic enzymes may be taken together, yielding desirable results, as long as they are taken on an empty stomach. In fact, it is often recommended that systemic enzymes be combined. Products like Excellacor and Serrapeptase often have synergistic effects when taken together. This means that the separate products work together to produce advantageous results. By combining and enhancing the activity of the enzymes, their effects on the healing process are more attainable.
Can I take Excellacor with digestive enzymes?
Although digestive and systemic enzymes are not contraindicated in terms of ingredients, they cannot be taken at the same time. The purpose of digestive enzymes is to aid in digestion of specific foods, so taking them with food is an obvious recommendation. Because systemic enzymes require an empty stomach for maximum absorption, they must be taken separately from digestive enzymes. There are no adverse interactions between systemic and digestive enzymes, but they serve different purposes and thus should be taken as directed for best results.
Size: 450 capsules
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