Role of Enzymes in Hashimoto’s
The role Enzymes in restoring Intestinal permeability to reverse Hashimoto’s is of pivotal importance.
Using Enzymes can help with adequate digestion as well as restoring Stomach acid (HCL) which can promote the absorption of nutrients like Zinc.
There are 4 types of enzymes that can be helpful:
- Protein digesting enzymes
- Systemic Enzymes
- Broad spectrum enzymes
- Gluten/Dairy digestive enzymes
Betaine HCL with Pepsin
Low stomach acid is very common in patients with Hashimoto’s.
Stomach acid is required for Iron and Vitamin B12 absorption. This leads to Anemia, fatigue and hair loss.
When stomach acid is low, H pylori, Yersinia, Parasites (Entamoeba Histolytica, Giardia, and Blastocystis hominis) can survive better and cause infections.
Low stomach acid impairs digestion of Protein. Poorly digested protein increases sensitivity to Gluten, soy, promotes the growth of opportunistic bacteria.
Taking Betaine HCL with pepsin 650mg titrated to get to 3 to 4 pills with meals will help improve Digestion.
These are enzymes derived from Plant and animal sources. They help to breakdown proteins and also act as natural Immunity enhancers.
These enzymes are Papain (Papaya), Bromelain (Pineapple), Rutin (Olives, Buckwheat, and Citrus fruits), Pancreatin, Trypsin and Chymotrypsin of porcine origin.
These enzymes are responsible for destroying the inflammatory cytokines, bacteria, parasites and the Immune complexes that trigger the autoimmune response.
A study in France of 40 patients who used Wobenzym N, 5 capsules three times a day for 3 to 6 months had good symptomatic relief of Hashimoto’s and reduction in anti-TPO and anti TG antibodies. The enzymes have to be taken on an empty stomach at least 45 minutes to an hour before a meal for good results.
Broad Spectrum Digestive Enzymes
In addition to having a low stomach acid, the Digestion of Starch, fat and fiber is impaired in patients with Hashimoto’s. This leads to bloating, abdominal cramping, gas and more fat in stools (Steatorrhea).
Malabsorption of fat reduces absorption of the Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), thereby causing vitamin deficiencies (decreased vision, poor wound healing, osteoporosis, easy bruising, bleeding gums…).
The parasite Blastocystis hominis hides within layers of fat in the small Intestine of patients who have difficulty digesting fat. So Herbs, medications, cannot be effective against them until fat absorption is improved in the Gut.
In patients with Hashimoto’s for Ideal outcomes, it is advised to take a Broad spectrum Digestive enzyme (Digestive Enzymes Ultra from Pure encapsulations).
Gluten/Dairy Digestive Enzymes
Patients with Hashimoto’s are invariably sensitive to Gluten (Wheat protein) and Casein (Milk protein). The protein molecules of Gluten and Casein are very large. When Gluten & Casein are not digested properly, IgG antibodies can be produced that cross react with the Thyroid tissue.
The best recommendation for a patient with Hashimoto’s would be an Elimination diet (Gluten free and Dairy free). When the leaky gut has had a chance to heal and recover, (3 to 6 months) these foods may be reintroduced.
Using Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV) to split Gluten into smaller digestible fragments in combination with Aminogen (Aspergillus Niger and Aspergillus Oryzae) and Lactase can help digest Gluten and Dairy better.
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