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The Importance of Proteolytic Enzymes

The body produces protease in the pancreas activated in the stomach and known as proteases or proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes work as digestive enzymes in our gut but when taken between meals (as a supplement) they have an amazing impact on our overall health.

1. Breaking down foreign proteins in your blood that cause inflammation (root cause of numerous health issues!)

2. Getting rid of inflammatory proteins via your blood stream and lymphatic system (the lymph collects blood proteins, waste products and microbes from the spaces surrounding each cell. These are then detoxified, the usable compounds are reclaimed, and a purified lymph fluid is returned to your bloodstream).

3. Proteolytic enzymes have also been found helpful for: Fibrosis conditions caused by the hard, sticky protein called fibrin.

  • Reduction of scar tissue, also made up of fibrin.
  • Cleaning the blood of cellular waste and toxins, also supporting normal liver function.
  • Promoting immune system response by helping white blood cell efficiency.
  • Managing the overgrowth of yeast, putting less stress on your liver.
Excess fibrin (secreted in excess by an unhealthy liver) are involved in high blood pressure raising your risk of heart attack and/or stroke.

Inflammation and immune function
Most of chronic disease we have to deal with, including major issues — can benefit from having these type of enzymes in our blood.

Lack of protease enzymes can be a causal factor, in a wide variety of symptoms


Shingles (herpes zoster)

Digestive problems

Inflammation and/or pain caused by sports injuries or trauma

Fibrocystic breast disease

Pancreatic insufficiency

Food allergies

Multiple sclerosis

Atherosclerosis (arterial hardening)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Hepatitis C

Sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Back pain

Chronic fatigue


High blood pressure

Herniated disc


Spinal stenosis

Sprains and strains

Postoperative scar tissue

Uterine fibroids

Bacterial, viral, mold and fungal infections

Heart attack and stroke


As one can see, taking proteolytic enzyme supplement make a lot of sense. To achieve the intended effects it has to be taken the right way.

  • For improve digestion of proteins: with a meal, the enzymes will work as digestive aids, speeding up the breakdown of dietary proteins.
  • To improved health (table above): between meals (empty stomach), they enter your blood circulation bypassing the digestive system. So, for systemic effects, they must be taken between meals or else they won't have a metabolic, systemic effect.

    Digestive Enzymes & Proteolytic Enzymes
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    Food Enzymes

    Supplements the body’s production of important enzymes.
    Provides a blend of enzymes to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
    Helps prevent or relieve occasional indigestion.
    Because cooking destroys the enzymes of fresh food, consider using enzyme supplements with all cooked foods. People over 30 often have less digestive HCI and fewer pancreatic digestive enzymes.
      Digestive enzymes present in this formula include amylase (helps digest carbohydrates), glucoamylase (converts starches into glucose for energy), lipase (breaks down fats), cellulase and hemicellulase (break down cellulose and convert it to glucose), invertase (digests sucrose), malt diastase (augments the breakdown of starches), alpha galactosidase (hydrolyzes sugars found in some vegetables and whole grains) and peptidase (digests protein peptides).
    It also contains blend of protease enzymes (3.0, 4.5, 6.0) formulated to digest proteins at various pH levels ranging from 3.0 to 6.0.

    Protease Plus

        Each capsule of NSP Protease Plus contains: 60,000 HUT protease in a base of beetroot fiber and full spectrum plant-sourced trace mineral concentrate.
    To maximize its ability to break down protein invaders in the bloodstream: should be taken on an empty stomach. Take one to three daily between meals.
    See note below
      Each capsule of NSP Protease Plus contains: 180,000 HUT protease in a base of beetroot fiber and full spectrum plant-sourced trace mineral concentrate.
    To maximize its ability to break down protein invaders in the bloodstream: should be taken on an empty stomach. Take one to two daily between meals.
    See note below

    Note from Four Winds Nutrition

    When using "between meals" Protease Plus or High Potency Protease (symptoms above), it is recommended to also use Milk Thistle Combination to support the liver.

    70% of our ability to resist disease resides in our gut!

    The Roots of Health
    When we talk about getting to the bottom of something we often use the metaphor of "getting to the root of the matter." This is because roots are foundational. Your GI tract is foundational to your health. It is the starting place for building health and no other organ or system can fully heal until the gastrointestinal tract is supported. Along with being responsible for assimilating the nutrition your body needs, your GI tract is responsible for 70% of your ability to resist disease. So, without healthy guts you can’t properly defend your health against infections. It’s no wonder guts are used as a metaphor for courage.

    The Second Brain
    Your intestines also serve as one of the major pathways of elimination. They quite literally help the body get rid of crap it does not need. And, if that is not enough to convince you how important the GI tract is to your health, consider this-your intestines produce numerous neurotransmitters that influence your mood, which is why some researchers have referred to them as the gut brain or second brain. So, it’s hard to be in a good mood at all if your GI tract is out of whack.

    It Starts with What You Put in Your Mouth
    Of course, it all starts where the GI tract begins. We’re talking about what you put into your mouth. If you want to grow a healthy plant, put it in good soil. Your body’s soil is the food you ingest and your GI tract will tell you whether the soil you’re creating is good or bad through symptoms. To help you understand this, let me use an analogy. If you were to put some cream or lotion on your skin that had a chemical in it that your body found irritating, the effects would be apparent rather quickly. Your skin would respond with an inflammatory process characterized by redness, swelling and/or pain. When you see this, you’d most likely quit using that product because you’d recognize it wasn’t good for your skin.
    Unfortunately, most people are often less aware when it comes to diet. What is sweet to the tongue can be bitter to the belly. Processed foods often taste good, but when you consume them regularly your guts complain. You get indigestion, acid reflux, belching, boating, diarrhea, constipation and other GI tract problems.

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      .This is a great daily probiotic for adults and children of all ages, particularly females because it protects against unwanted invaders that cause health concerns, especially in the urinogenital tract.
      Recommended for lactose intolerance, stomach-related health concerns.
    It is also recommended after colon cleansing and other treatments that may affect populations of friendly flora.

    Contains the same blend of beneficial bacteria and prebiotics found in Probiotic Eleven. Eleven Elevated is approximately 67% more potent per serving and 150% more potent per capsule than Probiotic Eleven.
      Bacillus coagulans is a strain of friendly probiotic that is naturally heat-stable. It can also more readily withstand the stomach's acidic environment, thereby better providing targeted support to the intestine and maintaining balance in the microbiome.