We’ve known for a long time that enzymes are essential to our health, with our bodies requiring them for survival. There are three types of enzymes our bodies use: Digestive enzymes, metabolic enzymes, and food enzymes. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat and allow the nutrients in that food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Digestive enzymes carry out their work to facilitate the assimilation of nutrients the body needs. Metabolic enzymes provide the spark our cells need to do the body’s work like binding iron to our blood cells, turning phosphorus into bone, enabling us to think, healing wounds, and providing the energy for a heartbeat. The body runs thanks to metabolic enzymes. Food enzymes are provided to the body by the food we eat, which is why your fettle is so dependent on the foods you eat! The battle today is to try and get the proper enzymes from what you digest, and that challenge is getting more and more difficult to meet due to the declining state of our food supply. The bottom line on food enzymes is simply this: the more food enzymes you get and the better the quality, the longer and healthier you’ll live.
Serrapeptase is not an enzyme that is found in food. In fact, it’s an enzyme that until fairly recently was virtually unheard of in many areas of the world including North America. Discovered in the early 1970’s, this proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme was isolated from the Serratia species of bacteria located in the intestines of silkworms! Today Serrapeptase is used all over Europe and Asia, and has been studied in clinical settings there for over thirty years. The silkworm uses the enzyme to escape from its cocoon after metamorphosis into a moth from its larval stage. It works by breaking down the proteins in the moth’s cocoon shell so it can escape without doing damage to the moth itself. Serrapeptase works much the same way in the body by breaking down fibrin, which is an important protein in the blood that’s involved in blood coagulation or clotting. It also breaks down non-living tissue. If you think about it it’s nothing short of a miracle, because serrapeptase only attacks and breaks down dead matter, not the viable living matter in the body. This has great implications for health. Scar tissue, bad cells, waste elements, and other troublesome agents in the body have the potential of being eaten away by Serrapeptase and carted off before they can cause issues. In addition, arterial plaques and blockages are broken down and removed with regular use of the Serrapeptase enzyme.
Serrapeptase has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a reaction by the immune system to an irritation. If you injure yourself, the body reacts to the injury by creating what’s known as CIC or Circulating Immune Complex, a protein that targets and inflames the damaged area. Inflammation causes swelling and pain, and is the first indicator there’s an issue. Drugs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Celebrex, Vioxx and the rest of the Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) that are most often used as painkillers and anti-inflammatory agents all work by keeping the body from making all CIC’s. They don’t target an injury; they just shut things down for all systems, some of which (like your kidneys) depend on CICs to function properly.(1) Drugs like those essentially slow down or stop a metabolic process, which inhibits the body from healing itself. But Serrapeptase does not inhibit CICs. Serrapeptase is an enzyme that actually uses CICs to target a specific area of injury and doesn’t shut down all-important CIC activity in the body, yet it still works to lessen inflammation.(2)
Other issues Serrapeptase might help resolve or lessen are:
- Sinus issues
- Carpal tunnel
- Cardio vascular disease
- Chronic bronchitis
- IBS and Crohn’s Disease
- Ear, nose, and throat issues
- Nerve damage
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic ear infections
- Prostate problems
- Back and neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Post-operative scars
- Sports injuries
- Varicose veins
- Blood clotting
- Much more…
Essentially any disease or condition that involves inflammation (which is anything that ends in “itis”) can all be treated with Serrapeptase. Because Serrapeptase is an enzyme, it’s not possible to overdose, but I suggest that you take a dosage that creates a notable change in your condition. Moderation balanced with results should be your goal.
It’s often the case that the medical community at large will thumb its collective nose at alternative treatments like Serrapeptase, even though Serrapeptase has been studied extensively in Asia and Europe, has a good track record for helping people, and is a natural and healthy way to approach pain management and other health conditions. This is what you will likely encounter if you do much research on serrapeptase or Nattokinase and other enzyme treatments. They will tell you there’s just not much clinical evidence regarding such treatments. Of course the “gotcha” is that in North America, due to the major money making potential of drugs, somehow studies are rarely if ever done on natural treatments, so you have the endless loop of no money, no study, no study, no endorsement by the medical community.
1: A warning I would give about using this amazing enzyme is to not use it if you’re a hemophiliac or are on prescription blood thinners like Coumaden, heparin and Plavix unless you clear it with your physician. Do to the ability of Serrapeptase (and it’s enzymatic cousin Nattokinase) to clean the blood, it can cause the drugs to work even better, introducing the possibility of thinning the blood to a greater degree and upsetting their prescribed dosage. I recommend speaking to your doctor if you currently take blood-thinning medications before taking Serrapeptase.
2: Serrapeptase must be taken on an empty stomach to be effective. That means taking Serrapeptase at least one hour before a meal and no sooner than three hours after a meal to allow your stomach to empty. Taking Serrapeptase with food in your stomach means you risk digesting it before it can reach your intestinal tract causing it to lose its effectiveness.
3: Choose a brand of Serrapeptase that uses what’s known as an “enteric coating” on the capsule. It’s necessary for Serrapeptase to enter the intestinal tract, and this means it must pass successfully through the stomach without the enzyme being destroyed. To accomplish this, manufactures will coat the capsule in a protection that ensures successful delivery of the enzyme. I suggest you find a manufacturer that uses a plant or vegetable type of coating rather than a plastic or chemical type of protection that’s often used for the purpose. Also, many brands of Serrapeptase on the market today will include additional, unwanted ingredients, and some have the potential to make you sick especially if taken in high doses. Choose a brand that includes the Serrapeptase enzyme alone to avoid complications.
Further reading on Serrapeptase and other enzymes