Enzyme Aids Spinal Cord Injury Healing in Rats
A bacterial enzyme that prunes scar tissue formed after spinal injury could help re-grow severed nerves, research in rats suggests.
Researchers speculate that the enzyme could eventually be used with other experimental therapies to treat serious spinal cord injuries in humans.
In experiments with rats with crush-type spinal injuries, UK scientists found that the enzyme broke through cellular obstacles at the injury site and allowed some re-growth of severed nerve fibres. What’s more, the treated animals recovered at least some normal walking abilities.
Elizabeth J. Bradbury, of King’s College London, and her colleagues report the findings in the April 11th issue of Nature.
One of the obstacles to natural nerve regrowth after a severe spinal injury is the build-up of molecules at the injury site that inhibit nerve regeneration. Among these are chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan (CSPG) molecules. Certain bacteria harbor enzymes, including chondroitinase ABC, that can effectively “prune” CSPG molecules. So Bradbury’s team looked at whether infusions of the enzyme could trim back these molecular obstacles and clear a path for nerve re-growth in spine-injured rats. They found that the treatment did promote some nerve regeneration and improve injured animals’ movement.
Chondroitinase ABC and other potential treatments that target CSPG molecules join other experimental therapies, such as nerve growth factors, that could eventually treat human spinal cord injuries, the researchers conclude. The “molecular machete” chondroitinase ABC could indeed be used to help “clear the road” for nerve regeneration, according to an accompanying editorial.
Lars Olsen of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, notes that no single experimental therapy has been shown to completely heal severe spinal injuries. Fortunately, he adds, many could potentially be combined. “In the short term,” Olsen writes, “the prognosis for people with complete spinal-cord injury remains grim. Yet, looking further into the future, we can perhaps allow ourselves to be a bit more optimistic.”
How many do I take?
Start with 2 Serrapeptase 80,000IU Tablets/Capsules with MSM and Trace Minerals x 3 times per day on an empty stomach and increase it to 4 x 3 if no relief within 7 days. Then gradually reduce to 1 x 1.
Can you take too many tablets or can it interfere with any drugs you are taking?
No. It has been used for over 25 years with no side effects reported.
What things can I do to help with Damaged Nerves?
1. Serrapeptase Enzymes
Take Serrapeptase 80,000IU with MSM and Trace Minerals as recommended. Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily.
Treatment with HealthPoint, an electro-acupressure device, has proved to be as highly effective in treating nerve problems. (see www.DoveHealth.com)
Take Curcumin as recommended (Stimulates Glutathione) to protect the myelin sheath during regeneration. Take 2 capsules, 3 times daily.
4. Homocysteine Control Sublingual Spray – Recommended Formula: B4 Health Spray – Take 4 sprays x 4 times daily. Supports a healthy immune system.
5. Digestive Enzymes – Recommend Formula: Essential Digestive Plus. Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily before a meal.
6. Vitamin E – Recommended Formula: Naturally Better Vitamin E – Take 1-3 capsules daily with meals.
7. Hemp Oil – Needed to regenerate myelin sheath. Take 1-2 tablespoons daily.
8. Active Life Liquid Formula – Take 15ml x 2 times daily with food. This delivers a full spectrum of multivitamins and minerals.
9. Basic Health Plan
Using the Basic Health Plan will ensure appropriate nutrients and actions are taken to help the healing process
10. Oxygen: Get more oxygen in your cells by taking Oxygen Promoting Enzymes or Ozone Therapy or Hyperbaric and eventually by exercising for 60 minutes at least 5 times a week.
Will it work? It is one of the healthier straws to clutch at.