Serrapeptase – a healing enzyme for inflammation
Serrapeptase is a type of proteolytic enzyme, not a brand name. Proteolytic enzymes digest proteins from whole protein foods. But serrapeptase does much more than digest proteins from food.
It scavenges unwanted proteins throughout the body, chews up internal organ scar tissue, breaks up plaque deposits and may even destroy cancer cells before they form tumours.
Serrapeptase (or serratiopeptidase) was originally discovered in silkworms that create and use the enzyme to digest the tough mulberry leaves they live on then rapidly bore through their cocoons and fly away as silkmoths when they’re ready.
Yes, these insects are used to produce real silk.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that serrapeptase (serratiopeptidase) was isolated and applied medically, at first in India then China, Japan, and Germany.
Today it is available as an over-the-counter capsule or tablet supplement to all of us.
Enzymes are considered more vital for our health than minerals and vitamins. Nutrients cannot be broken down from food or supplements and function as catalysts for cellular nutrition without enzymes.
Enzymes are biological catalysts, which means they create biochemical chemical processes without becoming part of the end result. That’s why they’re so necessary to both digest food and absorb nutrients.
The different types of enzymes according to their functions on processing food types are:
- Protease for protein.
- Lipase for fats.
- Amylase for starch.
- Cellulase for fibers.
- Lactase for dairy.
- Sucrase for sugar.
- Maltase for grains.
Serrapeptase is a Wondrous Healing Enzyme
Serrapeptase is not an ordinary protease. It can function as a safe natural healing agent for many diseases and ailments. It is commonly used in Europe to treat sprains and ruptured ligaments and speed up post-operation recovery with less need for pain-killers.
Chronic inflammation from autoimmune diseases can be treated with serrapeptase’s ability to treat inflammation in tissues throughout the body, including joints and intestines. Removing the dead tissues and excess fibrin supports an overacting immune system by removing the irritant.
Numerous studies and trials have proven the efficacy and safety that serrapeptase provides for successfully treating inflammation.
For example, a 1990 clinical Italian study did a double-blind placebo test on 193 patients with nose, ear, and throat issues concluded that:
Serratia peptidase [Serrapeptase] has anti-inflammatory, anti-oedemic and fibrinolytic activity and acts rapidly on localized inflammation http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/030006059001800506
Serrapeptase is pricier than many commonly used supplements but cheap compared to pharmaceuticals (which may be less effective and prone to adverse effects).
It is measured in IUs (international units), or SUs (serrapeptase units), or SPUs (serratiopeptidase units). These measurements are more a gauge of the supplement’s activity level instead of weight or amount. The higher the IU number the greater its enzymatic activity.
It’s important to purchase serrapeptase with enteric-coated capsules or tablets. Enteric coatings protect drugs or supplements from stomach gastric acid damage and allow passage into the small intestines for absorption into the bloodstream.
If an enteric coating is not available or desired, take serrapeptase supplements first thing in the morning, before eating, while your stomach’s gastric acid is lower than usual.