bad reaction to mold content
Posted on May 22, 2013
6 people found the following review helpful
I initially had very good results with Virastop, along with many other Enzymedica enzyme products. I took it for a few months and everything seemed to go very well. I was able to eat a wider range of foods than usual, my knee joint problems cleared up and I was able to fight off infections that laid others low.
However, I started getting migraines when I stopped taking it. These worsened steadily and as they did, my food allergies returned, triggering further migraines. Another two or three months later, the migraines turned into severe sinusitis, with massive postnasal drip and breathing difficulties. This lasted for another three or so months, until I started taking enzymes derived from porcine (pig) and fruit (pineapple and papaya) sources. Enzymedica enzymes (along with many other brands) are cultured from molds - aspergillus oryzae and various other molds. Switching to enzymes NOT made from molds has helped me to overcome my severe sinusitis and breathing difficulties, as well as reducing my allergic oversensitivity to foods and various inhalants such as dust, smoke, pet fur, etc. I started taking Medizym enzymes from iHerb and these were what saved me. Wobenzym enzymes are also mold free, as far as I know.
To be fair to Enzymedica, not all people with a mold allergy like me will have an allergic reaction to enzymes derived from mold. Some people with mold allergies will be able to take these enzymes without any problems. However, given the severity of my health problems and their longevity (9 months and counting), I don't think it is worth the risk. Whether it is for fighting viruses, autism, inflammation or whatever, enzymes from non-mold sources work just as well, but without the risks. The only reason I can think to take mold-based enzymes would be if you can't eat pork for religious reasons, or if you're allergic to pork. Humans evolved to eat food, not mold.