For over 60 years, Wobenzym® has been a trusted name for systemic enzyme supplementation. Developed by leading scientists and used by millions of people worldwide, the family of Wobenzym® products has proven to be safe and useful for overall immune support. Wobenzym PS in particular has numerous clinical studies that link its use to maintaining optimal joint health. In the human body, hundreds of chemical reactions occur during the course of normal metabolic processes. Many chemical reactions require significant energy in order to take place, and therefore need a catalyst to allow the reaction to proceed. The catalyst acts to lower the energy needed for the reaction to move forward. In the body, enzymes play the role of the catalyst and allow reactions to take place that otherwise would not occur. The enzyme itself is not consumed in this process and can be utilized again and again. Enzymes are relatively unique to each reaction and different enzymes will catalyze different reactions. Structurally, enzymes are complex molecules that are comprised of amino acid chains and can sometimes include co-factors which assist the enzyme in the chemical reaction. Some enzymes are sensitive to changes in pH and temperature and can be destroyed if exposed to less than ideal conditions. Wobenzym® PS is a systemic enzyme formulation that contains a unique blend of enzymes from both plants and animals that haves been clinically studied for supporting numerous processes in the body.† Systemic enzyme supplements work directly in the body after they are absorbed in the small intestine, and are not intended to aid in digestion. Consequently, these enzymes can be utilized to assist the body’s various regulatory and communications systems.†
After the enzymes are absorbed, protease molecules can bind with molecules found within the blood including α -2- macroglobulin, resulting in the formulation of an α-2-macroglobulin-protease complex. This newly formed complex alters the molecular configuration of the α-2-macroglobulin molecule which results in a change in its affinity to bind certain cytokines. Once a cytokine is bound to the protease, the entire complex is able to be eliminated from the body, allowing normal cytokine balance and immune function to be maintained (Figures 1 and 2). Wobenzym® PS can help to support healthy joints and muscles, and support the immune system as well as normal wound healing processes†. Wobenzym® PS tablets are enteric coated to ensure that the enzymes are protected and are not broken down in the stomach. This allows the enzymes to reach the small intestine where absorption can occur.