Serrapeptase is a natural chemical taken from the silkworm. Serrapeptase decreases inflammation and mucus in the body by breaking down specific proteins in the body.
Serrapeptase is used for painful conditions including back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and tension headaches.
It is also used for conditions that involve pain, inflammation and swelling including sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, ear infections, swelling after surgery, swelling of a vein with the formation of a blood clot (thrombophlebitis), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Research from the Institute of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Naples, in Italy, found that Serrapeptase acted as an effective anti-inflammatory to improve ear, nose and throat disorders, and the supplement reduced pain.
Women use it for non-cancerous lumpy breasts (fibrocystic breast disease), and nursing mothers use it for breast pain caused by too much milk (breast engorgement). A study published in the Singapore Medical Journal, 70 women with breast engorgement were randomly divided into a treatment and placebo group. There was more reduction of breast pain and swelling in the women receiving Serrapeptase than there was for the women who did not receive the supplement. Again, no adverse reactions were reported.
Preliminary research has also shown that Serrapeptase may help inhibit plaque build-up in arteries, thereby preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and a resulting heart attack or stroke. Therefore, much like aspirin, this naturally derived enzyme may work to prevent inflammation, pain, heart attack and stroke. Unlike aspirin and other over-the-counter NSAIDs, Serrapeptase has not been shown to cause ulcers and stomach bleeding.
Other uses include treatment of diabetes, leg ulcers, asthma, and pus accumulation (empyema).
Serrapeptase is technically called Serratio Peptidase. Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme, which means that it chops up or digests protein. It is produced by bacteria in the gut of silkworms and is used to digest their cocoons. However, when this enzyme is isolated and coated in the form of a tablet, it can block pain and act as an anti-inflammatory, like aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).Serrapeptase is thought to work in three ways:
Take 1-3 capsules up to 3 times per day on an empty stomach with water or juice, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Be sure to take Serrapeptase on an empty stomach, at least two hours after eating. No food should be consumed for a half hour after taking Serrapeptase as well.
For consistent prevention, try starting with 1 capsule, 3 times per day.
For arthritis, sinusitis, fibrocystic breast, bronchitis and cardiovascular problems, take 2 capsules, 3 times per day.
For pain, try 1-2 capsules, 3 times per day.
For injury, trauma or post surgery recovery, take 3 capsules, 3 times per day for two days, then go down to 2 capsules, 3 times per day, until swelling and pain subside.
Keep out of reach of children.