Metabolism gets a lot of attention for its connection to body weight. People with higher metabolisms find it easier to stay slim, trim and toned, which is why the market for metabolism boosters is so big. Weight loss is only one benefit of a metabolism booster though.
A high metabolism means more energy. It means less illness as an active metabolism also means an active immune system. It also means you recover faster from workouts and injury, better blood flow and a healthier heart, and fewer aches and pains in the joints.
With so many benefits, it’s a surprise every adult isn’t seeking out metabolism boosters!
This is especially true since the real metabolism boosters aren’t exotic herbs, newly discovered bionutrients, or expensive pills. They’re about as common a substance as you’ll find. They’re enzymes.
There are three types of enzymes: digestive enzymes, food-based enzymes (enzymes like bromelain that come from plants) and metabolic enzymes, also known as systemic enzymes. Digestive enzymes specifically aid digestion. Food-based enzymes break down plant material and aid digestion when consumed. Metabolic enzymes, well, they do everything else.
Benefits of Metabolic Enzymes
The speed of your metabolism depends on the presence of metabolic enzymes.
These enzymes keep the chemical reactions going. These are the chemical reactions that turn the nutrients you get from food into energy. They make it possible for immune cells to break down bacteria and viruses. They support the injury-repair mechanism in your body, the system that triggers inflammation in response to injury and every step from the first inflammatory compound to complete healing.
This means metabolic enzymes are involved with:
- How much energy you have
- Weight loss
- Blood sugar management
- Blood flow
- Wound healing
- DNA repair and replication
- Maintaining healthy cholesterol
- Removing toxins
- Killing germs
- Mood, memory and mental health
Really, they benefit every aspect of your life!
How Metabolic Enzymes Boost Your Metabolism
Your body produces thousands of metabolic enzymes. When young, you have two factors that ensure you have plenty of them:
- Your body produces a lot
- Your body has not been exposed to so many toxins that it simply cannot keep up
This changes when you age. At around age 20, once you’ve stopped growing, your body’s production of enzymes slows. This decrease together with a naturally greater exposure to toxins, not to mention the free radicals produced by every chemical reaction in your body, can start to overwhelm the metabolic enzymes you naturally produce.
There is, however, a way to help your body keep up. It involves increasing your metabolic enzyme levels, or at least, a specific type of metabolic enzymes, the proteolytic enzymes. When you do, you’ll speed the chemical reactions your body needs to improve delivery of blood, oxygen and nutrients to cells everywhere throughout your body, boosting energy production, the effectiveness of the immune response and reducing overall recovery time (meaning less inflammation!).
What Metabolic, or Systemic Enzymes, Do to Promote Great Health
The enzymes you can take to support your metabolism are called metabolic or systemic enzymes. (You might also occasionally see them called as proteolytic enzymes.) The term “proteolytic” comes from the “proteo” referring to protein and “lytic” which means to break down. So, metabolic enzymes break down proteins.
How does this boost your metabolism?
Protein build-up in your blood, joints and in your veins and arteries interferes with nutrient and oxygen delivery to cells throughout your body. This decreases the energy you use. It also increases the presence of inflammatory molecules (as excess protein in the blood is viewed by your body as an injury). This sustains inflammation, is keeping your body in a constant state of “injury.”
These proteins include:
- Fibrin, the substance in the blood that stimulates clotting to deal with injury
- Germs, bacteria or viruses, which are encased and protected by a protein cell wall
- Circulating immune complexes (CICs), large protein molecules of immune cells and germs awaiting enzymatic breakdown
- Arterial plaque which reduces the elasticity of arteries, putting stress on the heart
Remove these proteins and your metabolism gets a jumpstart. You burn energy more efficiently, which helps your body burn fat too. By removing toxins, you get rid of those compounds that continually trigger inflammation. Research has shown metabolic enzymes also:
- Break down arterial plaque[i]
- Improve overall heart function[ii]
- Support the removal of cells which could cause tumor growth[iii]
- Reduce inflammation, and work as well as many over-the-counter (OTC) medications, especially for joint pain [iv],[v]
How to Get the Most of Your Metabolism Booster
You could invest in herbs, vitamins and minerals for the metabolism boosting properties, but if you’ve got too much clutter in the blood, you may find their results disappointing.
To boost your metabolism, you need to clear toxins, protein, and waste from your blood. If you don’t do this, nutrients can’t get where they need to go. If constipation or irritable bowels are a common problem, it may be necessary to do a colon cleanse to help reduce inflammation in the gut and boost nutrient absorption.
As you do, taking metabolic enzymes supports your body’s detox, helping to cleanse the blood and reduce inflammation. During this process, these metabolic enzymes also support your body’s removal of other toxins and waste.
Once you’ve done this, you could add herbs or other vitamins to help boost your metabolism. But you just might find the metabolic enzymes were all you needed.
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[ii] Gonzalez EA1, et al. Cathepsin B inhibition attenuates cardiovascular pathology in mucopolysaccharidosis I mice. Life Sci. 2018 Mar 1;196:102-109. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2018.01.020. Epub 2018 Jan 31.
[iii] Beuth J1. Proteolytic enzyme therapy in evidence-based complementary oncology: fact or fiction? Integr Cancer Ther. 2008 Dec;7(4):311-6. doi: 10.1177/1534735408327251.
[iv] Simpson JL1, et al. Differential proteolytic enzyme activity in eosinophilic and neutrophilic asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005 Sep 1;172(5):559-65. Epub 2005 May 18.
[v] Wolfgang W. Bolten, Michael J. Glade, Sonja Raum, and Barry W. Ritz, “The Safety and Efficacy of an Enzyme Combination in Managing Knee Osteoarthritis Pain in Adults: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial,” Arthritis, vol. 2015, Article ID 251521, 7 pages, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/251521.