Protease enzymes break down proteins, be they proteins in the digestive system, cellular debris or toxins in the blood. Not all proteases, however, can break down all proteins. Therapeutic protease enzymes go beyond digestion, travel through our bloodstream and serve as catalysts to metabolism, detoxification and immune activity. The proteolytic enzymes in ViraStop 2X support the enzymatic activity of the human body, making the formula a potent immune balancer.
While proteolytic enzymes are able to dissolve almost all proteins, this only applies to proteins that are not components of living cells. For protease to digest a protein it must be damaged, attached to a dead organism, or be a protein that does not belong in the body. The body employs enzymes to break down foreign invaders such as bacteria, yeasts and viruses. This happens because viruses are cell parasites consisting of nucleic acids covered by a protein film. Once digested, the body eliminates the virus through its inherent systems of purification and elimination.
Research has shown that oral proteases, taken as a dietary supplement on an empty stomach are absorbed and carried into the blood stream where they are bound to plasma proteins known as Alpha-II-macroglobulin. Recent research also indicates that the oral proteases bound to these plasma proteins are able to break down protein based pathogens in the blood. This includes viruses, fungi such as candida, bacteria and parasites.