SOURCE: Naturally Vitamins

July 29, 2005 12:19 ET

New Wobenzym®N Seven Natural First Aid -- Less Pain More Gain

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 29, 2005 -- For people who work hard and play hard, a few aches and pains and the occasional injury come with the territory. Whether you overdo it around the house, on the job, or during weekend sporting events, conventional wisdom says the first line of action is to "prevent further damage." That's good advice, but the conventional second line of action -- to reach for an aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) -- may counteract the first by actually causing more damage to your health.

Aspirin is known to cause stomach ulcers and, in some cases, severe bleeding. Most other painkillers -- including over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen may also lead to heart disease, according to the largest study ever conducted on painkillers presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Vienna, Austria (June, 2005). While the association between prescription NSAIDs like Vioxx and Celebrex (called Cox-2 inhibitors) and heart attacks has been widely publicized, few people realize how many older, traditional NSAIDs are also linked with heart disease, reports lead researcher Gurkirpal Singh, MD, professor of medicine, immunology, and rheumatology at Stanford University Medical School in Palo Alto, Calif.

NSAIDs work by blocking certain chemicals that contribute to inflammation. Too much inflammation can slow healing and, in fact, scientists now believe it underlies most chronic diseases. But inflammation isn't a total bad guy; it's a key component of the body's immune response to injury that helps the body heal. It becomes problematic when it lingers. NSAIDs aren't the only way, and many argue not the ideal way, to control inflammation. A recently completed clinical trial by leading rheumatologists in the United States found a safe and effective way to support the body's healthy inflammatory response with systemic enzymes composed of proteases, including bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya.

"Systemic enzymes, which occur naturally in the body, work with the immune system to help the body heal without the damaging side effects of NSAIDs," says Joe Lehmann, president of Naturally Vitamins, the Phoenix-based nutraceuticals firm that pioneered enzyme research in the United States. "Unlike the quick band-aid benefits of common painkillers, systemic enzyme supplements take a while to work," Lehmann says, "but the health benefits to the circulatory and cardiovascular systems are well worth the wait."

After an injury, the way to use systemic enzyme supplements is to allow them to slowly take effect internally while temporarily easing pain externally with a menthol-based enzyme ointment, Lehman explains. Wobenzym®N Seven, Naturally Vitamins' seven-day recovery system, provides convenient mega-dose packets of the world's #1 systemic enzyme tablet Wobenzym®N along with single packets of Wobenzym®N Crème, a topical enzyme product made with the proven analgesic properties of organic menthol from fresh field mint. Tossed into a briefcase, purse, or gym bag, the dual-action system is an ideal way for weekend athletes, active moms, construction workers, desk jockeys, long-distance travelers, campers, and hikers to recuperate from life's occasional mishaps.

About Naturally Vitamins

Naturally Vitamins, a division of Marlyn Nutraceuticals, manufactures and distributes scientifically formulated supplements that harness wellness from nature to promote and defend consumer health. Naturally Vitamins specializes in oral systemic enzymes, notably Wobenzym®N, an inflammation and immune support formula developed over 50 years ago and supported by hundreds of clinical trials. The newest product, Wobenzym®N Seven, will be available for $24.90 (retail price) in select health food stores nationwide. Marlyn Nutraceuticals was recently recognized as the 2005 Arizona Manufacturer of the Year. Marlyn's environmentally friendly manufacturing practices exceed the standard stipulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more information on systemic enzymes, please visit or

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