New Year’s Resolution: Quit Smoking

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Did you know that in the last year smoking caused over 480,000 deaths in the United States?

That’s nearly 1 in 5 deaths! Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. Not only does it harm nearly all the organs in the human body but it effects the two most vital organ systems: respiratory and cardiovascular. Some of these include COPD, coronary heart disease, and cancer. There’s no way around it, smoking is detrimental to your health.

The Basics
Smoking refers to the inhalation and exhalation of burning tobacco. Nicotine, the active ingredient in tobacco, causes the majority of damage to the human body. It is an addictive stimulant and the reason why people have difficulty quitting. Following inhalation, most of nicotine remains in the lungs while the rest is absorbed into the bloodstream. This process occurs as quickly as in 20 seconds. In those 20 seconds, blood vessels constrict, blood pressure rises, and heart rate increases. In addition to nicotine, other toxic chemicals including carbon monoxide is also absorbed. Carbon monoxide limits the amount of oxygen circulating in the body. It may also damage arteries and lead to plaque build-up. Overtime, these effects will cause serious health risks.

Symptoms
Smokers experience a wide variety of symptoms that portray the damage caused by smoking. Some of these include continuous dry cough, wheezing, horsed voice, shortness of breath, and more frequent episodes of respiratory illness such as bronchitis. Smokers also experience cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and poor circulation. Premature wrinkles are a common side effect of a long-term smoker. Because the body doesn’t receive enough oxygen, smokers may also suffer from vitamin deficiency. All of these symptoms contribute to an extensive list of risks overtime.

 

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Nonsmoker’s lung vs. Smoker’s lung

What Happens When You Quit
When a smoker quits, the body will return to a healthier state. Symptoms of smoking only exists for the duration that these toxins remain in the body. It has been researched that after the first day of not smoking, oxygen and carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream return to normal. After two days, senses of taste and smell also return. Within a few months, circulation and breathing will improve. Your health will continue to improve and risks of cancer and other chronic diseases will decrease the longer you stay away from smoking.

Smoking and Systemic Enzymes
Risks that come with smoking certainly is undeniable. The use of systemic enzymes however, assists in many of respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms that arise from smoking. Research studies have shown that the use of Nattokinase, significantly improves respiratory and cardiovascular health. Nattokinase, derived from the Japanese soybean natto, has proven to break down excess build-up of plaque in the arteries. It acts as an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which helps lower blood pressure. All of its abilities reduce the risk of clot formation.

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Scleroderma & Enzyme Therapy

Scleroderma is group of autoimmune diseases, characterized by the hardening and tightening of connective tissues and skin. Scleroderma can affect the skin only, but oftentimes, it affects other structures like blood vessels, internal organs and the digestive tract. Women are more commonly affected than men, and nearly everyone with scleroderma experiences patches of the skin that become hardened. Usually shaped like ovals or in lines, the number, location and size of the patches can greatly vary depending on the type of scleroderma the patient has.

Because scleroderma is an autoimmune condition, its causes are not specifically known. However, researchers can conclude that autoimmune dysfunction causes the overproduction and accumulation of collagen within body tissues. The aspect of scleroderma that physicians and researchers are unsure about is what prompts the collagen abnormality. It is very likely associated with a genetic mutation, which is typically involved in autoimmune dysfunction. Along with the overproduction of collagen, scleroderma causes inflammation of the affected tissue and associated organs.

Complications arising from scleroderma can be serious if not properly addressed in a timely manner. Pitting and skin ulcers can develop from decreased blood flow, especially in the fingers. This symptom can be serious enough to require amputation if gangrene or infection occurs as a result of the decreased blood flow. Perhaps one of the more serious complications involved with scleroderma is the risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis. Collagen can accumulate on the lungs, causing severely labored breathing, while even interfering with mundane, everyday activities. Similarly, scarring of the heart may occur with unaddressed scleroderma, causing abnormal heartbeats and even congestive heart failure. The delicate, membranous sac around the heart may become inflamed, raising the blood pressure and forcing the heart to work extra hard in order to perform its functions.

Although the risk of dental complications may not be the initial concern for scleroderma patients, those who experience tightening in the face may experience a narrowing of the mouth – making it difficult to access the teeth and gum for proper oral hygiene. Furthermore, those with scleroderma often do not produce adequate amounts of saliva, which place the patient at further risk for developing oral complications. Scleroderma can also wreak havoc on the digestive system, causing patches of scarring throughout the esophagus. This may cause the patient to have difficulty swallowing, and can also lead to digestive abnormalities and secondary conditions like gastric reflux disease. Scarring occurring lower in the digestive tract can affect the large intestine and cause symptoms like constipation with alternating bouts of diarrhea.

The difficulty in diagnosing scleroderma lies in its ability to take many different forms and affect, potentially, every part of the body. Blood tests can reveal elevated blood levels of antibodies that are associated with immune dysfunction, and scleroderma affecting the outer parts of the skin can be biopsied. If the physician suspects that scleroderma may be affecting internal organs, there are specific protocols depending on the organ potentially affected.

Unfortunately, standard protocols do not include drugs available to stop or slow the accumulation of collagen in scleroderma. Typically, a physician will prescribe a variety or combination of drugs to suppress the immune system. Physical and occupational therapy is often utilized to aid in the management of pain, improve strength and mobility, and maintain independence in routine daily activities.

Because there are no available drugs that directly address scleroderma, and because its underlying factors are unknown, alternative therapy is commonly used for symptom management. Meditation and relaxation techniques can help relieve pain, while aromatherapy can help to relieve stress and trigger the release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Perhaps the most effective alternative therapy for scleroderma patients is enzyme therapy.

Enzyme therapy is based on the principle of supplementing the body with enzymes it already naturally produces. Although the scleroderma patient is suffering from immune dysfunction, this immune dysfunction is coupled with the overwhelming task by enzymes within the blood trying to break the collagen down. The body is unable to produce enough proteolytic enzymes to effectively address the production and accumulation of protein (collagen) throughout the body. When systemic enzyme therapy is utilized, the enzymes are taken on an empty stomach, allowing them to be absorbed by the small intestine and enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, these enzymes work by breaking down collagen pre-cursors, preventing both the production and accumulation of collagen. Proteolytic enzymes can also travel via the bloodstream to places where collagen has accumulated, and help the body to break down cellular waste. One of the most valuable benefits of systemic enzyme therapy is that they are considered an all-natural treatment, and do not come with adverse side-effects like prescription medications do. While they have been extensively studied in clinical trials in Europe, systemic enzyme therapy is just beginning to enter the world of American holistic medicine.

Serracor-NK Dosage Chart

Serracor-NK is a potent systemic enzyme that contains an array of enzymatic activity. Containing both nattokinase and serrapeptase, Serracor-NK has both circulatory health benefits and fibrinolytic properties. When taken on an empty stomach, Serracor-NK is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it enhances the body’s natural ability to cleave a molecule called fibrinogen.

Fibrinogen is a precursor to fibrin, which is a component of scar tissue. After an injury, the body naturally progresses through a clotting cascade, forming a scar over the injured tissue with dead cells and fibrin. What happens when this process takes place within the body?

When there is internal insult to tissue, for example, the inside of a blood vessel – the same clotting cascade takes place. However, the injured tissue is prone to a more exaggerated response when the injury is internal.

The circulatory system is the primary transportation for all types of molecules, including nutrients like fats. Fats are somewhat large molecules and can become trapped in this web of dead tissue that has built within the blood vessel. After a prolonged period of time, the contents that have accumulated form a hardened plaque. The plaque build-up makes it harder for the heart to pump blood past it, causing the heart to work harder – and increasing blood pressure.

Serracor-NK works against several factors contributing to heart risk. By cleaving fibrinogen directly, it not only prevents fibrin from building up, but it also directly digests fibrin that has already accumulated. By also affecting the inflammatory pathways, injured tissue is more likely to heal without an exaggerated agglomeration of dead cells.

Several different pathways that involve genetic and environment predisposition may activate the formation of fibroids. However, many fibroids are formed as a result of tissue injury. Inflammation plays a role in the formation of fibroids, and is correlated with tissue injury during menstrual cycles. Uterine fibroids are non-malignant, but may cause excessive bleeding, pressure, and painful menstruation. Depending on the location, they may also affect fertility. Uterine fibroids are made up of abnormal muscle cells that are bundled by fibrous tissue. Since nattokinase is able to directly digest fibrin and fibrinogen, its use in conditions like uterine fibroids has been useful.

Beginner Dose

Maintenance Dose

Therapeutic Dose

General Health Maintenance

1 capsule

1x/day

(1 capsule)

1 capsule

2x/day

(2 capsules)

No therapeutic dose for general health maintenance

Circulatory Health

1 capsule

1x/day

(2 capsules)

1 capsule

2x/day

(2 capsules)

2 capsules

2x/day

(4 capsules)

Anti-Fibroid

2 capsules

1x/day

(2 capsules)

2 capsules

2x/day

(4 capsules)

3 capsules

2x/day

(6 capsules)

Scarring of organs

1 capsules

3x/day

(3 capsules)

2 capsule

3x/day

(6 capsules)

3 capsules

3x/day

(9 capsules)

*These are general guidelines and may be increased or decreased depending on the severity of your symptoms and condition.

Dosage recommendations are based upon several years of customer feedback and research. The best approach to any systemic enzyme regimen is gradual dosage increase after introduction.

The purpose of a starter dose is to introduce the supplement, allowing the body to acclimate. After one week, the maintenance dose may be introduced. This is the dosage where the consumer must decide if they need to increase or stay at the maintenance dose. Depending on the presence of severity of the ailment, as well as the person’s capacity for systemic enzyme benefit (nutritional status, age, weight, gender, etc.) dosage will vary. It’s also important to note that conditions commonly treated with Serracor-NK often require prolonged, regular use prior the manifestation of accurate results.

Enzymatic detoxification may involve slight side effects, depending on the severity of your condition. Usually confined to digestive disturbances, slightly increased heart rate may occur as the body works to move the toxins and debris through filtration, and finally, excretion. It’s important to remember that nattokinase exerts its effects throughout the bloodstream, so decreasing the dosage if the side effects are uncomfortable is recommended as you gradually increase the dosage to achieve desired affects.

The therapeutic dose is considered a high dose, and may vary depending on the variables mentioned. Taking more than 9 capsules of Serracor-NK per day is not recommended – and taking Serracor-NK simultaneously with prescription blood-thinners is contraindicated.

Systemic Enzymes & Varicose Veins

Although varicose veins are not usually a serious health issue, their formation and progression can be upsetting and difficult to hide. Also commonly called spider veins, the condition is characterized by enlarged, twisted veins visible and near the surface of the skin, they are often caused by prolonged standing – and have a hereditary component. While any vein may become varicose, veins of the leg are most susceptible, and the condition is more commonly seen in women than in men.

There are several risk factors in the development of varicose veins. Aging, being overweight, and even being pregnant may all contribute to both pressure in the veins and the weakening of veins. When veins become weak, the valves that control the flow of blood from the legs to the heart become compromised. Blood then collects in the weakened veins, causing alterations in vein shape and size.

Most do not experience symptoms from varicose veins, but they present cosmetic problems and may sometimes become painful, lead to swelling and even skin disorders like eczema. Treatment of varicose veins is limited, and may include elastic stockings, elevation of the legs and exercise. More invasive procedures like surgery and laser treatments are also available.

A complication involved in varicose veins is something called superficial thrombophlebitis, which is the clotting of blood within affected veins. This complication can become very serious if the clotting extends into deep veins, posing risk for deep vein thrombosis.

While varicose veins stem from a problem with the valves within the veins, compromised blood flow is the chief cause of the condition’s advancement. There are minimal preventative measures, and no simple cure for varicose veins. Women who are in occupations that involve prolonged standing and have women in their family with varicose veins should be proactive in evading varicose vein formation by exercising regularly, wearing comfortable and supportive shoes, and elevating the feet after long bouts of standing. Luckily, there are supplements that may assist in the prevention of varicose veins.

Serracor-NK is an all-natural supplement containing nattokinase, which supports circulation, as well as serrapeptase which may reduce the associated swelling in varicose veins. When circulation is increased, blood can return back to the heart instead of pooling within the vein. Poor circulation is the primary reason for associated complications like eczema and even leg ulcers in those with varicose veins.

When Systemic Enzymes are taken on an empty stomach, nattokinase enters the bloodstream, where it enhances the body’s natural process of preventing blood clotting. The red blood cells become less sticky, which allows the blood to flow more efficiently, and even bypass faulty valves within the veins of the leg.

The serrapeptase enters the bloodstream along with the nattokinase and travels to locations that are giving inflammatory signals. The serrapeptase blocks some of the inflammatory signaling, allowing for the veins to become less swollen and less painful.

Systemic enzymes are a safe and effective method to address varicose veins, but it’s important to discuss adding anything to your treatment regimen with your doctor. Since Serracor-NK possesses a blood-thinning property, its use along with prescription blood thinners is contraindicated and not recommended.

Systemic Enzymes and Heart Health

Heart Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. The Western lifestyle places much of the population at high risk for heart disease. Diabetes, being overweight and obese, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use are all risk factors that are often interrelated. These risk factors contribute to the accumulation of debris and plaque within arteries, inevitably leading to heart attack or stroke. As the number 1 killer in the U.S., both preventative and alternative methods are gaining awareness.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is associated with decreased heart health and increased risk for heart disease. The accumulation of plaque within the arteries may contribute to high blood pressure, as well as: increased alcohol use, the condition of the kidneys (decreased function in some diabetics), and being overweight or obese. Natural, fibrinolytic (fibrin-digesting) treatments have been clinically proven to exert beneficial effects on those with hypertension, and secondarily contribute to decreased risk for heart disease.

Nattokinase: How does it work against heart disease?

Nattokinase, taken in enteric-coated oral capsules, enters the bloodstream, exerting anti-thrombolytic effects. When there are increased levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream, it can contribute to damaging the lining of blood vessels. The body responds to this damage by first creating an inflammatory response, then depositing fibrin and other materials (much like a scab) on the damaged area. Nattokinase has the ability to directly digest components of this build-up, decrease inflammation, prevent further build-up, and increase natural defenses against this process. Recent reports indicate beneficial effects of nattokinase on hypertension. Both human and animal studies confirm that systolic and diastolic blood pressure is reduced following the oral administration of nattokinase. The average decrease of systolic blood pressure was documented at 10.9%, while the enzyme was able to decrease diastolic blood pressure by an average of 9.7%.

Since high fibrinogen levels, enhanced red blood cell aggregation, and elevated blood plasma and viscosity are associated with the development and progression of cardiovascular disease, favorable modification of these factors is likely to reduce the incidence and serious adverse clinical events of the disease. Nattokinase has been proven to reduce all of these factors in clinical experiments.

Adding Nattokinase to a Heart-Healthy Regimen:

Nattokinase is not recommended for patients using prescription blood-thinning medications such as: Warfarin Coumadin, Jantoven, Marevan, Lawarin, Waran, or Warfant. Nattokinase is, however, a great addition to an all-natural heart health regimen that also includes:

  • Regular exercise
  • A diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat
  • Avoid stress, anger and anxiety (or learn how to cope with it!)
  • Choose whole wheat foods over refined carbohydrates
  • Check your blood pressure regularly
  • Reduce salt intake (no more than 2,000mg/day) or even less if instructed by your doctor

Systemic Enzymes & Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect the absorption of glucose from the blood stream, causing high blood sugar. Chronic or long-lasting diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, which differ in how insulin is produced and used.

In type-2 diabetes, chronic low-grade inflammation causes cells to be insulin resistant, and the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Instead of moving into your cells, sugar accumulates in the bloodstream. The uncontrolled presence of inflammation in type 2 diabetes can also lead to a decrease in the number and function of insulin-producing beta cells, further complicating the disease.

Numerous serious complications have led to an increasing use of systemic enzyme therapy as a safe alternative to alleviate symptoms of type 2 diabetes and improve quality of life. The ingredients in Serracor-NK have been researched for their ability to help with different aspects of this disease.

Systemic Enzymes and Inflammation
Research indicates that patients with type 2 diabetes have excessive amounts of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), which reduces the natural fibrin degradation process. Nattokinase appears to reduce the formation of dangerous clots and inhibit arterial thickening, not only by direct fibrinolysis of clots but also by inhibition of the plasma protein plasminogen activator inhibitor.

Systemic Enzymes and Blood Pressure

Diabetes mellitus and hypertension are interrelated diseases that strongly predispose an individual to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Multiple studies have not only demonstrated the powerful fibrinolytic activity of nattokinase, but also its ability to significantly reduce the aggregation of red blood cells and lower whole blood viscosity.

Systemic Enzymes and Hyperlipidemia
Managing the amounts of lipids, specifically triglycerides and cholesterol, in the blood is a major goal of those with diabetes. It is suggested that natto might help to prevent arteriosclerosis, as it appears to reduce lipid peroxidation and improve lipid metabolism.

Systemic Enzymes and Wound Healing
Diabetic patients are at increased risk for the development of infection and impaired wound healing. Multiple studies have shown the effectiveness of serrapeptase in helping with proper wound healing.

If you are living with type 2 diabetes, see the benefits of Serracor-NK for yourself. Try some today!

Systemic Enzymes Dosage and Pulmonary Fibrosis

If you have been curious about how Systemic Enzyme Therapy using Serracor-NK can help with your pulmonary fibrosis, read here for more detailed information about dosage and proper use of this product.

Pulmonary Fibrosis and Systemic Enzymes Dosage