Serrepeptase, a natural anti-inflammatory, protein-digesting enzyme, has been used throughout Europe and Asia for over 40 years and is widely prescribed in clinical practices in Japan. First discovered in silkworms, Serrepeptase is the enzyme isolated from the mircoorganisim Serratia, which silkworms use to break down their hard cocoons and the tough mulberry leaves their diet mainly consists of. The uses for Serrepeptase range widely and cover almost every condition affected by inflammation or non-living tissue.
Serrepeptase is most popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. It works by digesting dead tissue that can accumulates after an injury, thereby reducing swelling and pain while enhancing one’s ability to heal. Low level inflammation allows injuries and infections to heal. However, chronic inflammation causes irritation and pain and can slow the recovery process. Serrepeptase is often recommended when someone is icing their injury, because the icing alone restricts blood flow and nutrients, while Serrepeptase improves overall circulation and accelerates the healing process.
Serrepeptase is also gaining popularity due to its fibrinolytic activity, which is the process that prevents blood clots from growing and becoming problematic. This is the same reason people take aspirin or ibuprofen, to prevent pain, heart attack and stroke. Unlike aspirin though, Serrepeptase is naturally occurring and does not cause ulcers and stomach bleedings. Research has shown that Serrepeptase can help remove fibrin, which is the principal component of blood clots and eventually scar tissue. This also suggests that serrepeptase supports cardiovascular health, reduces scarring and lessens instances of spontaneous blood clots.
Used for chronic back pain, Fibromyalgia, fibrocystic breasts, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Rheumatoid Arthritis, migraines, asthma (breaks down mucus) and many other inflammatory conditions, Serrapeptase can also improve sinus activity, varicose veins, normal fluid retention (swelling), free joint mobility and post-surgical recovery as well as accelerate healing.
Study after study, show the long list of benefits Serrepeptase provides. One main manufacturer of Serrepeptase, Arthur Andrew, the brand we carry at Hanna’s Herb Shop, has conducted a number of different German studies researching the benefits of Serrepeptase in injury and surgery recovery time. They concluded that the study participants, who had recently undergone surgery to repair their knee ligament rupture, who were administered Serrepeptase had a 50% reduction of inflammation within three days and experienced less discomfort when compared to the placebo group.
Studies also show that Serrepeptase digests dead tissue that forms after an injury, thus allowing normal fluid retention. This normal fluid retention assists the body’s healing process and creates a normal inflammatory response.
Serrepeptase is measured in SPUs (Serratio Peptidase Units), an activity rating of the enzyme’s potency. On average, most Serrapeptase products contribute anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 SPU’s. Arthur Andrew Medical’s Serrétia Pure Serrapeptase is by far the strongest Serrapeptase product on the market at 250,000 SPU’s per dose. It is also cultured and derived from fermented plants so no silkworms are harmed in manufacturing.
From inflammation, to cardiovascular health, to recovery from an injury, Serrepeptase enzyme is worth a place in our supplement routine.