Wobenzyme N/Proteolytic Enzymes and MS

Research has shown the effectiveness of using proteolytic enzyme preparations to treat the inflammatory process responsible for the myelin sheath damage that characterizes MS. Wobenzyme and other proteolytic enzymes are substances that cleave proteins.

In MS, the myelin protective sheath that covers the nerve cells is broken down by immune complexes that are embedded in it. The Wobenzyme N and other proteolytic enzymes break down the destructive immune complexes and can dramatically reduce MS symptoms. While regeneration of damaged tissue is not possible, regular supplementation with enzymes has been documented to halt the progress of degeneration associated with most stages of MS.

In several large-scale clinical trial studies, Wobenzyme N, a German enzyme formula, was found to be more effective than corticosteroids at reducing inflammation with no associated side effects or long-term risk factors.

In addition to the localized effect on the immune complexes embedded in the myelin, there are several other benefits of proteolytic enzyme supplementation:

  • Their anti-inflammatory action works on all circulating immune complexes, not just the ones in the myelin. This action reduces inflammation in all soft and connective tissues of the body such as internal organs, eyes, skin, muscles, tendons, fascia, joint capsules, blood vessels, etc. All of these various tissues benefit from the reduction of inflammation.
  • They are anti-fibrotic, meaning that they break down hard, fibrotic tissue, and in so doing, help prevent atherosclerotic plaqueing, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, thrombosis, blood clots, uterine fibroids and other fibromas, fibrocystic breasts and other fibrous degeneration.
  • They are blood-thinning. Like aspirin, proteolytic enzymes lower blood viscosity. Unlike aspirin, enzymes present no risk of hemorrhage (the blood becoming too thin) and cause no complications from gastrointestinal bleeding. The mechanisms by which the thinning occurs involves the breaking down and cleaning up of waste products, cellular debris, circulating immune complexes, and white blood cells. By cleaning up the blood, more white blood cells are made available to protect the body from new intruders.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015