Difference Between Protease Inhibitors and Protease Enzyme Therapy
Question for Dr. Leia: I am a bit confused about protease and its’ role in cancer regiments. Your site makes it look like it would be a good thing to take and actually would aid tremendously in the fight against cancer, but on another site, it looks like it may be a big bad no-no in the system, actually aiding cancer and needing to be inhibited. Can you help me understand the relationship between cancer and protease?
Dr. Leia’s Answer: Thank you for this important question. I can see where there can be some confusion about protease inhibitors and protease supplements.
Recent research has shown that cancer cells contain large amounts of protease which is an enzyme located inside the cancer cells and is capable of breaking through to other healthy cell walls and membranes thereby spreading and growing into other organs and areas of the body, thus causing metastasis. Currently certain protease inhibitors have been found which will actually inhibit or stop the cancer cells from producing this protease and thus stop the cancer cells from spreading.
Here is a link to a further explanation about protease inhibitors: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/316/7134/790
The protease enzyme supplements which are being marketed on this site are entirely different from the protease manufactured inside of cancer cells. The supplements of protease, when taken on an empty stomach are used to digest proteinaceous debis, viruses, bacteria, and fungi which may be causing added stress on the body’s immune system and thus preventing the immune system from functioning optimally in order to clear the body of mutant cells.
It is highly unlikely that this external form of protease can be utilized by the cancer cells because this supplement protease is broken down in the gut and as an enzyme, its function is to dissolve all protein materials and debris and rid them from the body. The protease produced by the cancer cells is an internal process and is regulated by other more complicated internal cellular reactions. The protease inhibitors being researched target this production and manufacturing process of the cancer cells.
I hope that this answers your question about the difference between the protease present inside cancer cells and the protease enzyme supplements which are being marketed for health. I realize the uneasiness about taking a product which has the same name as a perpetrator which has been implicated in the cause of the disease.
In Good Health,
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