Arthritis: Fibrin Deposits & Enzyme Deficiency

Arthritis: Fibrin Deposits & Enzyme Deficiency

Rheumatoid arthritis affects 2.1 million people in the U.S. alone and many more than that worldwide.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which causes chronic inflammation, tissue degeneration and loss of cartilage and bone; which leads to loss of joint mobility and decreased joint function.  It is painful and debilitating affecting daily life.

Could arthritis be linked to fibrin deposits?

The cause for rheumatoid arthritis is unknown.  But research is looking at Fibrin an insoluble protein that your body produces in response to bleeding and is a component of blood clots.  When there is tissue damage that results in bleeding fibrin molecules combine to form blood clots.  Fibrin deposits are prominent in arthritic joints.

This excessive fibrin could be a cause or contributing factor of arthritis and joint inflammation.

Osteoarthritis affects nearly 30 million Americans and is the most common type of arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that develops when cartilage in the joints breaks down over time.  It can affect any joint but is commonly found in the knees, hands, hips or spine.

Most people over 60 have arthritis to some degree.

Could arthritis also be linked to enzyme deficiency?

Young people heal fast.  This is partially attributed to the amount of enzymes a young person has.  Once you hit 25 your enzymes start to diminish.  Many enzymes fight inflammation.  It is important to eat a wide variety of inflammation fighting foods in order to increase your enzymes.  You want to improve your chances for fighting inflammation and dissolving scar tissue (both are often present in arthritic joints) which becomes more difficult as we age.

Proteolytic enzymes diminish around 27 years old.  Pineapple contains a number of proteolytic enzymes.  Bromelain was first reported to be of value in 1964 as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory for use in both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritic patients.

 

Risk Factors:

  • Age – More likely the older you get
  • Women over Men for osteoarthritis
  • Obesity
  • Old Injury
  • Overworked Joints
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Genetics – Family history

 

Symptoms:

  • Joint swelling
  • Fluid accumulating in joints
  • Achy joints
  • Soreness with movement
  • Bony joints
  • Pain after overuse
  • Pain after inactivity

 

Treatment:

Lifestyle Changes:

  • Avoid sugar, processed food and refined carbohydrates.  (This includes white bread, w