Anybody Try This Stuff?

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   Posted 11/20/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Some friends have been pumping me to try this stuff - they claim it really helps their
autoimmune related issues and is touted to be great for fibromyalgia.
What bothers me is, that in my preliminary research it fails a major test for me -
that being I can't find ANY reference to it's efficacy except at places that sell it....
Whenever I am looking into a supplement, I always try to find as much reference
material from known and diverse sources as I can!
Stuff is called Vitalzym and appears to be some manner of a proteolytic enzyme formula.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never heard of this Vitalzym. But if you do try it, I hope that it works for you.

Best wishes for a lovely day
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/20/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor(MD) at the time who was giving me acupuncture treatments recommended Vitalzym for my fibro so I gave it a try. I took it for about 3-4 months and didn't notice any changes. (I didn't go longer because it is expensive from what I remember.) But then I did find that the malic acid, magnesium supplements that so many on here really like did absolutley nothing for me either. Of course everyone is different so maybe it will be helpful to you. Sorry I don't have anymore info for you. Please keep us posted if you decide to try it. Lisa

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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Vitalzym contains, among others, serrapeptase, papain and bromelain. These are protelytic enzymes
derived from biological sources. Serrapeptase was originally isolated from silkworms but now is commercially produced from genetically modified bacteria. Papain is derived from papaya and bromelain is an extract of pineapple root.

Although long used to aid in the digestion of proteins all of these also act as soft tissue anti-inflammatories. I use bromelain and serrapeptase but primarily for my sinusitis. When taken without food they break down think mucus produced in inflammed sinuses - they work great for me.

As for anti-inflammatory activity in muscles and tendons I find that curcumin, an extract of the curry spice turmeric to be *really* effective. It had substantially reduced pain I've had for years in the tendons in my hands, elbows and feet. Curcumin has no side effects under taken in extremely large quantities in which case
it may loosen the bowels somewhat. It also has many other beneficial long term effects.

There's good info on curcumin here:

I have found clinical studies that verify practically all of the claims for curcumin.

Hope the above helps...

By the way, both serrapeptase and bromelain are approved for use in some European countries, notably Germany for medical use, mainly for prevention of post-surgical inflammation.
Fibro, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol
Citalopram, clonazepam, amitriptyline, crestor
Curcumin, Q10, Vit B12

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