Inflammation and Infertility: Using Systemic Enzymes

When you hear the word inflammation, if you’re like me, you think something is wrong. The truth is inflammation is a sign that your body is working properly.

Inflammation is a natural response to something foreign in your body, whether it be an injury or infection, the body is trying to get rid of the problem. That’s why a fever that is under control is a good thing, it helps burns off the foreign matter causing the infection.

When the body has too much inflammation is where the problem begins. If a fever starts to get too high, it can affect the brain. If the swelling of an injury gets out of hand, it affects circulation.

Chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of many fertility issues whether it is PCOS, endometrisis, PID, habitual miscarriage, prostrate infections in males or even an autoimmune disorder, that the side effects are often are infertility and miscarriage. The body has too much inflammation to function properly or in an autoimmune disorder’s case, the body produces antibodies which attack healthy tissue, causing inflammation.

Once the inflammation is out of control your body cannot function properly.

There are many things you can do to reduce inflammation in the body, one of them being the use of systemic enzymes.

What are systemic enzymes? Systemic or proteolytic enzymes are enzymes that are designed to work for the entire body. Enzymes, in general, help the body function better.

Systemic enzymes break down fibrin, reduce inflammation, reduce scar tissue, reduce inflammation response (autoimmune disorders) and reduce viruses in the body. They are designed differently from digestive enzymes as they are meant to break down in the small intestine, instead of the stomach, so they reach your blood stream to reduce inflammation. (Source)

Systemic Enzymes

How can this help with infertility? Well, any condition that produces inflammation in the body will benefit from systemic enzymes. Whether or not the inflammation in your body is in your reproductive organs or say, your thyroid, reducing the inflammation is going to make your entire body work better.

If inflammation is not treated, it will slowly decrease the function of the body organs and or parts that are effected.

Systemic enzymes can be used for pre conception as well as pregnancy. Taking systemic enzymes while pregnant can help reduce the risk of miscarriage. In a study done of 144 woman with a history of miscarriage, with the use of systemic enzymes, 114 of these woman were able to maintain their pregnancies. (Source)

There are a wide variety of systemic enzymes on the market and they should be taken on an empty stomach so that it works to break down the inflammation in your body, not your food.

While there are a lot of choices available if you want to give enzyme therapy a try. However, after spending a bit of time researching, I think my choice would be wobenzymes*.

I found this chart of conditions and recommended protocols to be very helpful. The site provided a great amount of information, which really impressed me with the wide variety of uses for systemic enzymes in treatment.

As with any supplement, it’s best to study and make a decision if it is right for you and your body.

 Have you used systemic enzymes to treat a specific condition? How were your results?
Jessica loves to learn and share about natural living, from whole foods to herbal remedies. With a desire to take care of her family through natural means, she has spent a lot of time researching and experimenting to find what fits best in her lifestyle. Struggling with her health for a few years after a miscarriage she tested positive for Hashimoto's and is currently working on healing through diet and natural supplements. Jessica started her blog Simply Healthy Home to share her family's journey to being healthy and happy.
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  1. Renee says

    Jess how does this work with nursing mamas? Safe? Affect supply? I have hashimotos and would love to work on decreasing inflammation – i’m due in a week or 2 with baby #3 and have struggle with supply my other 2 times so I wouldn’t want to disturb this – although maybe this would help!?

  2. says

    Renee, I know that Wobenzymes says not to use while pregnant or breastfeeding, as due most supplement ;). But, systemic enzymes have been proven to help keep a pregnancy so I guess you need to take what you know and decide what is best.

    I have read that you can have a bit of digestion adjustments to make when you started use of them so that may not be best for a nursing babe.

    I’ll do a bit more digging and let you know if I find anything else out.

  3. Rachel says

    I am currently seeing an acupuncturist to treat infertility due to endometriosis and taking Wobenzym in addition to a big diet change (no dairy, wheat, sugar, etc.) I’m curious if anyone else has had success using similar methods? Also just curious what results others have experienced using Wobenzym for endo or other conditions. Thanks!

    • says

      I haven’t tried it for any of those conditions but I really looked forward to hearing your results. I read a lot of positive results when I was researching enzymes.

    • Jessica says

      I would like to know this too. I’m about to start on wobenzymes for endometriosis and PCOS and would like to know if this successfully helped reduce inflammation and helped with infertility?

  4. Bonnie says

    This reads like an add more than actual education to me. Turns me off toward your blog and the product.

    • says

      Hi Bonnie. I appreciate your comment as I am new to blogging. I was pretty excited to read about what systemic enzymes can d0 for inflammation and really wanted to get those facts out there! (I also don’t make any money from the product, just something I believe is worthy of sharing with others.)


    • says

      Hey Bonnie – welcome to NFW! Here on the blog we vary from recipes to support and inspiration to education and information, so you’ll find a variety of different types of posts. We do this to make sure that people who are dealing with health issues and/or infertility have the resources they need for research and healing. Many of us here at NFW recommend certain products or resources in order to share with others, just as a friend would share with you were she purchases something.
      Thanks for stopping by!