Alpha Amylase is a protein enzyme EC 22.214.171.124 that hydrolyses alpha bonds of large, alpha-linked polysaccharides, such asstarch and glycogen, yielding glucose and maltose.
Alpha amylases is important in brewing beer and liquor made from sugars derived from starch.
Amylases are used in breadmaking and to break down complex sugars, such as starch (found in flour), into simple sugars.
When used as a food additive, amylase has E number E1100, and may be derived from swine pancreas or mould mushroom.
- May Help Lower Autoimmune ResponsesOne study on digestive enzymes and autoimmune diseases, found that these enzymes could help slow the aggregations of antigens (molecules that trigger immune responses), as well as the resulting tissue damage from the heightened conglomeration of antibodies (immune system proteins that neutralize foreign cells). Some scientists are looking into the strong possibility that enzymes such as amylase can play a role in boosting immunomodulatory activity halting these strong immune states. [
- Resistant to Swelling and RednessMany European research groups are actively studying enzymes such as amylase. Oral enzymes are even being used in European countries as studies show that oral enzymes can be as effective in reducing swelling. Several placebo-controlled comparison studies found that patients with rheumatic diseases taking enzymes experienced some anti-swelling effects. These studies suggest that enzyme preparations can be just as effective as strong drugs, without many of the harmful side effects.
- Compromised Health SupportWhile not an approved course of action in the United States, enzyme therapy is even being studied in Switzerland for its uses as a supportive therapy of cancer. The amylase enzyme in particular was found to show amazing abilities in inhibiting the growth of tumor cells with metastatic capacities. The Swiss research team concluded these astounding results of the study: “Enzyme therapy can reduce the adverse effects caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There is also evidence that, in some types of tumors, survival may be prolonged. The beneficial effect of systemic enzyme therapy seems to be based on its potential to reduce redness.”
- Lessens Aging EffectsWhile many scientists disagree on the question of whether or not enzyme production decreases as we age, one laboratory study found that pancreatic amylase decreased by 41% in aging rats. Similarly, a human study done in Argentina found that amylase and lipase secretion decreased in women over 45 years of age, but they actually increased in men of the same age
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Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amylase#.CE.B1-Amylase
Global Healing Centre, http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/the-health-benefits-of-amylase/