Here in America most people are completely unfamiliar with the health benefits of Serrapeptase. But in Europe and Asia, this proteolytic enzyme is prescribed for a wide range of health issues, especially as an anti-inflammatory that is without side effects. But more on this later.
In fact I had never heard of Serrapeptase until a doctor friend of mine suggested I research it for one of my health articles. He personally uses it as a way to lower his risk for cardiovascular disease, while protecting himself from infections.
As stated Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme. This type of enzyme breaks down proteins into amino acids.
It is produced in the gut of silkworms to help them digest their cocoons. Hence the image at the top of this article.
When isolated and coated for human consumption, this enzyme acts as an anti-inflammatory and pain-blocker. Similar to aspirin and ibuprofen, this enzyme eases inflammation and may prevent pain.
But without side effects like ulcers, stomach bleeding, and blood thinning.
Multiple studies have shown it to be extremely effective in reducing inflammation in the ears, nose, and throat.
While much still needs to be leaned about the health benefits of Serrapeptase, it is thought to work in three ways:
Help to alleviate pain by inhibiting the release of pain-inducing amines called bradykinin.
Enhance cardiovascular health by breaking down fibrin caused from blood coagulation. This could aid in dissolving atherosclerotic plaques since it acts on dead and damaged tissue. But doesn’t effect healthy tissue.
Reduce inflammation by facilitating the drainage of trapped fluids. This also helps to speed the healing process.
If you search PubMed, then you will find close to 40 clinical studies on Serrapeptase. Most of these studies are from Asian and European researchers. And they center on reducing pain and inflammation.
But because this enzyme can dissolve all nonliving tissue, it has been used to treat:
Sprains and Torn Ligaments
Venous Thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)
Ear, Nose, and Throat Infections
Safety and Dosage
There are a few safety concerns for this natural supplement. In older people, long term use of Serrapeptase may cause gastrointestinal irritation. Plus for a very small population sample, this ingredient might increase the risk for lung infections because it thins mucus secretions.
However, for those with a cold or flu, Serrapeptase can be helpful in clearing your sinus because of its ability to thin mucus.
The recommended dose varies from 10 mg to 30 mg per day depending on your goal.
10 mg per day for prevention
20 mg per day for health issues like arthritis, sinusitis, fibrocystic breast issues, bronchitis, and some cardiovascular concerns.
10 to 20 mg per day for pain relief
30 mg per day for the first two days to speed recovery from surgery, trauma, or injury. Then back down to 20 mg per day until normal
This ingredients always works best on an empty stomach. It should be taken at least two hours after eating. And once consumed, no food for at least half an hour.
One other factor that needs to be addressed is what is called active units. This is a measurement of the enzyme’s activity. The following ratio should always be considered when looking at supplements using Serrapeptase. That ratio is 10 mg for every 20,000 units of activity.
Now back to my doctor friend who has enjoyed the health benefits of Serrapeptase for a long time. His preferred supplement for this ingredient is Ethozyme II from Ethos Heaven.
If you decide to use Serrapeptase, then please let me know your experience.
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