While the world is gripped with the fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it could seem that influenza and respiratory type viruses are the problems most frequently encountered by humans. But while the coronavirus is certainly our most dangerous medical foe at the moment, it is not the most common ailment complained of by humans now or at any other time. Could it be the common cold, or perhaps arthritis?
No, the most frequent – not necessarily the most dangerous, of course – health problems encountered by humans are injuries.
What Is an Injury?
The word “injury” includes a wide range of ailments, from a bruise to a twisted ankle, a banged nerve, a cut on your skin, or even a bump on your head. We will soon look at a clinical study undertaken at the Sports Medicine Investigation Centre in Germany, where the resident sports physicians were keen to discover ways of treating common injuries, particularly bruising, suffered by athletes in any type of sports endeavor.
It is worth noting that the effects of injuries are the same, even when they have been inflicted in entirely different ways. For example, a black eye suffered by a boxer or wrestler during an intense match is the same type of injury – a bruise – as that inflicted on the hip of an elderly person after they collide with the sharp corner of the table, or even that romantically inflicted in the form of a hickey.
Research completed and clinical trials undertaken in sports research centers around the world are enormously effective not just in treating professional sportspeople, but in treating everyday injuries caused by everyday people.
Proteolytic Enzymes and the Inflammation Process: the Body’s Natural Response to Injuries
As we discussed in a previous article, every type of bodily injury prompts your body’s healing and repair mechanisms to spring to life. These mechanisms include your body’s natural tendency to introduce inflammation to any injured area of the body. Much like most other bodily processes, the inflammation process is a complex one and requires sufficient levels of a number of essential proteolytic enzymes to be present within the body for the process to be effective in healing and repairing the injury.
In a healthy human body, the required essential proteolytic enzymes will be able to be created and directed to the injured area at sufficient levels for the repairing inflammation process to run its course and heal the wound. Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s ability to produce sufficient levels of the necessary proteolytic enzymes required to jumpstart the inflammation process becomes lessened. In other people, the body may be unable to produce the necessary proteolytic enzymes for other reasons, such as pre-existing medical conditions. As you’ll soon see, replenishing the body’s supply of proteolytic enzymes can be as simple as taking an enzyme supplement hybrid formula containing the perfect mix of naturally occurring ingredients including proteolytic enzymes and antioxidants.
The first clinical trial to consider took place at the Sports Medicine Investigation Centre near Munich in Germany. 100 participants of both sexes took part in the study, with each being subjected to a rather severe bruise, formed by removing two cubic centimeters of each participant’s blood from one of their veins and then injecting the blood back into the participant inside the forearm on their right arm. This created a large, painful bruise – known medically as a hematoma.
The clinical trial aimed to measure the effects of enzyme supplement hybrid formulas to treat the pain levels and longevity of the bruise in each participant. The participants were unknowingly split into two groups, with half of the participants receiving the enzyme supplement hybrid formula 3 times a day, with the other half of the participants taking placebo tablets with no active ingredients.
Every day, the participants reported their pain levels when the bruise was untouched, their pain levels when pressure was applied to the bruised area, as well as the visual rate of healing of the bruise.
Using a specific set of requirements, the researchers classified participants as achieving “good therapeutic success” if their pain levels were below a certain amount with or without pressure being applied to the bruise, and when the bruise visually healed within a certain number of days. Using these requirements as a benchmark for success, it is notable that 76 percent of those participants who were taking the enzyme supplement hybrid formula 3 times a day achieved good therapeutic success, while only 14 percent of those taking the placebo tablets achieved similar levels of success.
Another notable clinical trial occurred in the context of karate students. This double-blind study (referred to as such because neither the treating physician nor the karate participants themselves knew whether they were taking the active enzyme supplement hybrid formula or the identical-looking placebo tablets) involved 20 karate students intending on participating in a kind of karate tournament, in which they were always guaranteed to sustain injuries as a result of the intensity of their sport.
Unlike the first clinical trial, we looked at where the proteolytic enzyme supplements were administered as a way of treating bruising which had already occurred, in this clinical trial the enzyme supplement hybrid formula was given prophylactically, in an attempt to ward off or lessen the severity or duration of injuries before they were sustained.
Ten of the karate students – half of those participating in the clinical trial – were given proteolytic enzyme supplements three times a day before their intense karate tournament. The other ten participants were given placebo tablets with no active ingredients.
Although it is impossible to ensure that all 10 karate students received identical blows to ensure that they would have sustained the exact type and severity of injuries, the researchers were satisfied that the types and severity of injuries sustained by the karate students were comparable across all 20 participants.
Following the study, it became clear that the 10 karate students who had been treated with the active proteolytic enzyme supplements took, on average, seven days to completely heal from the bruising and injuries sustained following the karate tournament. The other 10 karate students – those who were given the placebo tablets – took on average 16 days to recover from the bruising and injuries.
Levels of swelling were also monitored, and it was noted that the swelling inflicted on the participants who took the proteolytic enzyme supplements was completely resolved within an average of four days, while it took an average of 10 days for the karate students who had been given the placebo tablets to completely heal from the swelling caused by their injuries.
Another metric looked at by the researchers was restricted levels of movement caused by the injuries and associated pain. In the proteolytic enzyme group, restrictions of movement completely resolved after an average of five days, while those participants given the placebo tablets had to wait an average of 12 days before their movements were back to normal.
Similarly, where the karate injuries caused inflammation, the inflammation resolved after an average of four days in the proteolytic enzyme treatment group, while the placebo group had to deal with an average of 11 days of noticeable inflammation before the problem resolved.
Treatment and Prevention
The results of this particular clinical trial are important, as it must be remembered that the proteolytic enzymes were taken prophylactically. In other words, where a person believes there is a good chance they will sustain an injury in the near future, the clinical trial suggests that taking an enzyme supplement hybrid formula with the perfect combination of proteolytic enzymes, antioxidants, and other naturally occurring ingredients, in advance, can assist your body to begin the healing process and speed up your recovery times before the injury has even incurred.
However, while it has been shown that taking a proteolytic enzyme supplement prior to an injury being sustained can speed up your recovery time, it is not necessary to look into the future and prepare your body in advance of an injury. As the first clinical trial showed, taking an enzyme supplement hybrid formula after an injury has been sustained is just as effective in treating the injury and reducing the severity and longevity of the symptoms in the meantime.
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