I just wanted to share with everyone my find. About 4 months ago I was at a loss for what to do about my skin. I had been to the doctors and nothing was helping my acne. I am 32 and work in the public which made it all the worse. Makeup would only cover up so much. I did some research on digestive enzymes and started taking them about 2 months ago. I was actually taking them for other dietary reasons. I didn't even think to take them for acne, let alone knew they would even help with my acne. My acne had been absolutely horrible over the past 2 years. I honestly was embarrassed to go places and would never consider walking out my front door without makeup. I have been taking enzymes now for two straight months and have taken them faithfully. I wash my face every morning and night with Cetaphil and then take my enzymes 3 times a day with meals. My face has cleared dramatically and the only breakout I have had has been a slight blemish here or there during my monthly cycle. My family can't believe how much clearer my skin is. Everyone is different and some things don't work for others but I just wanted to share my find with you. If anyone else is taking digestive enzymes, would you please comment. I know they have helped me.
Jug- The ones I use are Twinlab Super Enzyme Caps, i just picked them up at the local GNC store, although i have a hard time taking them consistently i do believe they help, I also try to get enough fiber in my diet by taking psyllium husk powder. Ive also seen enzymes on an infocommercial for Dr. Pinkus but I think the twinlabs are just as effective if not more, they have the same ingredients plus twinlab has more of them, they cost about 20 bucks if i remember right...
I'm not surprised at your success (Congratulations btw). My little nephew has autism - he couldn't talk or be around people for the first three years of his life. We read about diet and how autism may be caused by a poor digestive system - where undigested food particles seep into the blood stream. We put in on a diet as well as enzymes and other vitamins six months ago. You cannot believe he's the same person - he has started speaking and every day his vocabularly increases - he loves to go to school and actually refuses to leave our neighbor's house!!! It has been suggested that acne and other skin conditions are caused by the same thing - undigested food leaking into the bloodstream. I was just about to start taking my nephew's enzymes when I read your post - thanks, now I'll try them with more confidence.
For those who were wanting more information, here ya go:
Enzymes are energized protein molecules. Vitamins, minerals and hormones must have enzymes to work right. People with enzyme deficiencies can experience a number of physical problems, diseases etc. Enzymes help digest proteins, assimilate fats, increase energy, reduce bacteria, eliminate toxins, yeast, break up uric acid crystals and dissolve....lots of things. You can do a search for DIGESTIVE ENZYMES and come up with alot of information on the subject. Enzymes are food and we have enzymes in the food we eat, but only when not cooked. Try doing a search for Dr. Howell.
As I said earlier, I was taking enzymes for other reasons. It wasn't until a few weeks later after being on them did I realize that they were helping my acne. Believe me, I have tried just about everything and nothing was working. This is the longest I have gone without having cystic acne, and I know it's because of the enzymes. I changed makeup also. I switched to Almay Kinetin. That has helped alot too. The kinetin has really helped with my scars. I wish there was more information on kinetin too. If anyone has any, please pass along.
I take 3 enzymes first thing in the morning, on empty stomach. This helps clean my bloodstream. The next 3 I take after lunch and then at dinner.
If anyone is taking enzymes please post your comments.
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Thanks for the info! There is also a great thread about digestive enzymes under the subject "i got rid of all my stomach problems" in the digestive disorders message board. I had no idea they could help acne, I am definitely going to try them <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
Last year, I started taking Bromelain for a problem unrelated to acne. (I think Bromelain qualifies as a digestive enzyme) Anyway, to make a long story short, if I take Bromelain with zinc my acne COMPLETELY vanishes within a couple of days. The bad news is it gives me sores in my mouth so I decided it wasn't worth it. I think there might be something to this digestive emzyme thing.
vonrog, can you tell me exactly what you are taking? Brand, etc? Thanks...
Sorry to tell you but supplementing with Digestive Enzymes wont do anything. They are destroyed when they pass through the liver, You need entirically coated digestive enzymes which are very expensive and hard to find. Wobenzyme is one of those. You guys are experiencing a placebo I would think. Some bromelain may be able to make it into the small intestines but I doubt it. <p>[This message has been edited by moderator2 (edited 04-30-2002).]
sub..even if they dont reach the liver, why would that matter? i dont understand that. i would assume that they are used when in the stomach or intestines to break down food and it wouldnt matter if they made it to the liver or not. please clarify
This whole digestive system thing and its connection with acne is interesting. If you take into account the "lemon drink" solution that's been posted here as well, there seems to be a theory of "cleaning" up the inside to "clean" up the outside. On that note, I'm wondering if anyone has used or has heard of Herpanacine or Purefectskin as both of those are treatments I've come across on my countless searches for help and they're based on nutritional supplements to help with skin problems.
As I said in my earlier post, it's absolutely amazing to me, but before I started on the enzymes, my face looked like "RAW HAMBURGER" as my sister so eloquently stated when she seen me at Christmas. I had gone to the derm and he put me on antibiotics. Those did nothing for me. I didn't want to take the antibiotics for a 2 month continuance as my derm wanted me to. I was also using benzaclin, which made my skin 10 times worse if that is even imaginable after the statement my sis made. I literally had tried several methods. I know things work for some and not others but the ENZYMES are working for me and as long as I can continue taking them, I will. I don't BELIEVE they are working for me, I KNOW they are. This is the clearest my skin has ever been in the past 2 years. the Digestive Enzymes I take are from Ultimate Enzymes. You can do a search on healthnuts.net and find more information on them. That's how I came to find this brand. I was taking some called Vibra Gest. I got more for my money with the Ultimate Enzymes. I don't drink soda. I do like tea and water though. I try to watch what I eat most of the time. I have a horrible sweet tooth, but keep that at bay most of the times. I absolutely love veggies and fish and will eat the occasional hamburger ever so often. Just do a search on google or mamma and you will get the info you are looking for. I wish everyone well and have great evening. Vonrog <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Hollywood, you want digestive enzymes to work in the small intestines, but the stomach breaks up a lot of digestive enzymes. Yes some may get through but the fact is that most of them are broken up, so you need an enzyme that is protected. Hence why enterically coated enzymes are being developed. Enteric enzymes are protected from stomach acidity (pH of about 2) but dissolve well in the small intestine (pH of about 6). Other non-coated enzymes probably aren't very effective, but that doesn't mean they are 100% inneffective. But trust me if you took something like wobenzyme which is enteric coated then you would definitely notice the difference.
the body doesn't use ingested enzymes (or ANY protein, for that matter) intact. it has to break them down first into component amino acids and then manufacture its own enzymes and proteins (tailored to the individual) from those component amino acids.....reason: otherwise, you'd have a fatal allergic reaction to the undigested foreign proteins running around in your blood.
if you ``think'' this works for you, all i can say is: ``placebo effect.'' you've been scammed.
here's a good article on the subject by a prominent
<A HREF="http://www.hcrc.org/faqs/enzymes.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.hcrc.org/faqs/enzymes.html</A>
my daughter was diagnosed with Autism a few months ago and shes now on the diet your talking about in addition to taking supplements and vitamins for chelating. Her improvement is remarkable and doctors and therapists are astonished that she ever got an Autism diagnosis. She wakes up in the morning, cuts on the lights, TV, by herself, and says "mommy, Im hung-ee". lol (Shes 3) Whereas before, she would stare off into space and was unaware of people around her. She also had terrible eczema lesions on her arms and legs that would bleed whenever she scratched them.
But I TRUELY and honestly believe that the food we eat effects the skin. I put myself on a similar diet as my little girl that includes fresh fruits and veggies, chicken and fish. NO red meat and my skin has transformed. Its amazing-its glowing and its baby soft. In the begining of the diet, it felt like my body was successfully fighting off the acne,slowing diminishing the bumps under the skin.
I am so happy now I dont even mind the blemishes left over because I know with time, they will naturally fade. At my worst,my skin looked tired and used, but now its youthful and fresh looking.
A police officer asked my yesterday why I wasnt in school (high school). I felt so good telling him Im 26. that made my day.
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