You may have heard the word serrapeptase before or perhaps have even seen at your local health store. Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme that aids in the process of breaking down protein into usable amino acids and peptides.
Discovered in the 1970’s, this enzyme is extracted from the intestines of the silkworm. Serrapeptase is what the silkworm uses to help break free from its cocoon. Currently, serrapeptase is widely used in Europe and Asia.
This enzyme is in the midst of going through clinical trials, researching its role in treating many conditions and ailments. Serrapeptase is most commonly used as an anti-inflammatory and joint support.
How Serrapeptase Works
Serrapeptase works by breaking down protein into usable parts. These useable parts are peptides and amino acids. This ensures that the enzyme gets used in places where it is needed most.
Currently, this enzyme is going through several medical trials in Asia and Europe to determine its health benefits and efficacy in treating several medical conditions. Listed here are some of serrapeptase’s proposed benefits.
Serrapeptase is believed to increase heart health and to protect from atherosclerosis. This is due to its potential ability to remove plaque from the arteries while not damaging any healthy cells on the arterial wall. Serrapeptase is also believed to dissolve blood clots.
Serrapeptase may help to increase the healthy flow and circulation of blood through the veins and arteries. As just mentioned, serrapeptase may dissolve blood clots. Taking this supplement may also prevent the development of and reduce varicose veins.
One of the main purported benefits of taking serrapeptase is its ability to reduce inflammation. Some studies indicate that taking this enzyme may reduce pain and swelling associated with such inflammatory conditions as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
Taking serrapeptase while suffering from sinusitis may significantly reduce pain, nasal blockages, and mucus output.
Ear, Throat, and Nose Health
Research in Europe shows that this enzyme’s anti-inflammatory abilities may help prevent infections from developing in the ear, throat, and nose. Taking serrapeptase may also reduce painful symptoms associated with disease associated with these areas.
Serrapeptase is also believed to reduce the thickness of mucus, ensuring easier drainage. This suggests that serrapeptase may reduce coughing and secretions in people suffering from bronchitis.
Early research shows that taking serrapeptase may greatly reduce pain, hoarseness, and excess phlegm associated with sore throats.
Some European studies show that taking serrapeptase after surgery may reduce pain and swelling, even by as much as 50%. Some studies indicate that taking serrapeptase may decrease scarring after injury and surgery. Although there is no firm evidence supporting this, clinical trials are currently under way.
Cystic Breast Disease
Taking serrapeptase may help reduce pain and swelling associated with cystic breast disease. This is believed to be the result of serrapeptase containing anti-edemic, fibrinolytic, and proteolytic properties.
Currently Under Study
As emphasized in this article, serrapeptase is currently undergoing clinical trials to determine its efficacy in treating a wide array of illnesses and conditions.
Currently, these trials are determining serrapeptase’s ability to treat: headaches, migraine headaches, tension headaches, asthma, ear infections, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, leg ulcers, chronic pain, nerve pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, neck pain, osteoporosis, laryngitis, swollen glands, lung congestion, chronic ear infections, hay fever, diabetes, and anti-aging.
The suggested dosing for serrapeptase is between 10-60mg. This supplement should be taken on an empty stomach, meaning, that it should be taken 30 minutes before eating or two hours after a meal.
Studies testing the efficacy of serrapeptase typically take 10mg every eight hours.