Is Serrapeptase Really a Super Enzyme?

It may sound disgusting, but the intestines of the silkworm have been used for many hundreds of years in Japan to ease many health conditions. So in this section of the site we are taking a close look at the benefits of serrapeptase and how you could use it in your every day life to help ease a cold, a sore throat or an ear infection. It can also be a huge addition to the fight against cancer cells in patients who suffer this horrible disease.

Serrapeptase Benefits

Finding an organic alternative to a harmful drug you can buy in a pharmacy, is a real plus for many people. And if you are anything like me, then discovering the powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects that the super-enzyme serrapeptase has, is a huge positive in your life.

Serrapeptase enzymes even have wonderful benefits for cancer patients! They can also help improve and guard your cardiovascular health, and when combined with nattokinase, the combination presents a huge problem for heart disease – protecting the blood system, breaking down deadly substances and fighting inflammation.

Serrapeptase has fibrinolytic actions, which means it breaks down fibrin in the blood. Fibrin is a protein that when acting normally, aids regular blood flow and clotting. When it is not normal, the actions result in hypercoagulation (dangerous thickening of the blood) and the forming non cancerous tumors.

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What is Serrapeptase?

silkworm Serrapeptase (also known as serratiopeptidase and serralysin) is a powerful nutritional and the principal anti-inflammatory protease (enzyme) in its class, ranking higher (for its healing properties) than other proteolytic enzymes like nattokinase and lumbrokinase, to name just two.

Serratiopeptidase promotes a healthier inflammatory and immune system, supporting joint health, protecting connective tissues of the ligaments and tendons. It also helps your lungs and respiratory system to function more effectively, helping to promote your overall well-being.

Serrapeptase is obtained from the isolated bacteria, serratia E15. In its organic form this is found in the intestines of the silkworm, but it is also harvested through fermentation for commercial reasons. In its natural state, it is so powerful that the silkworm produces and uses this enzyme to escape its tough cocoon after it has turned into a moth. It melts away the hard coating of the chrysalis so moth can fly off and begin its new life.

What Are the Health Benefits of Serrapeptase and What is it Mainly Used to Treat?

  • Heart health
  • Throat infection
  • Ear infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome (extreme stress and fatigue, including insomnia)
  • Varicose veins
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

That list is just some of the health problems that serrapeptase helps to treat. It is mainly used because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties, so it is used to relieve a wide range of pains and infections, from a sore throat to the pain suffered from the effects of arteriosclerosis (ASVD) – chronic inflammation of the artery walls, causing them to harden and thicken. The symptoms of arteriosclerosis are decreased blood flow, chest pain, possible arm pain and shortness of breath. In worst cases, heart attacks and even sudden cardiac failure/death has been reported.

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Although arteriosclerosis can appear during childhood, most serious cases have been associated with in their mid to late forties. The problem is that when LDL’s (low density lipoproteins) are hindered, they cannot transport bad fats like cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids away efficiently enough, causing inflammatory thickening and damage to artery walls.

Prevention is always better than a cure, and we can see in the case of heart diseases like arteriosclerosis, it starts as early as childhood. Although at this point symptoms are not life threatening, its worth remembering that if someone’s lifestyle is poor, the risk of contracting heart disease is naturally quite high.

Protecting your heart health is vital, which is why serrapeptase is highly recommended in these cases.

There are also real life accounts of serrapeptase helping to clear catarrh and the mucus caused by the common cold and influenza. And ‘they’ said that they can’t cure the common cold! Women suffering breast engorgement and women with non cancerous cysts or growths in their breasts have also cured their symptoms.

Other health conditions that need further clinical studies and research on the benefits of serrapeptase:

  • Migraine
  • Other headaches
  • Asthma
  • Breast engorgement
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis
  • Arthritis – rheumatoid and osteoarthritis

This list of health conditions is expanding all the time, as ordinary people like you and me report how this organic, immunologically proactive enzyme has helped them. And the more people that do come forward and express their honest opinions of serrapeptase, means that many more people in the future will benefit from it. The same is said for the benefits which nattokinase has to offer; the more people that know it works, shout about it, the more new people will know of its existence in the future.

How Does Serrapeptase Work to Treat Health Conditions?

Just like it breaks down the hard shell of the silkworm cocoon, serratio peptidase attacks dead cells, tissue and protein derivatives in blood clots, cysts and other inflammations, like hardening of the arteries (arterial plaque from atheroma – calcified swelling and inflammation). It gets to these crucially damaged areas of the body by attaching itself to a plasma protein found in blood, called ‘Alpha 2 macroglobulin’. Serrapeptase will only break down and absorb dead tissue – it is without side effects or the danger of affecting living tissue.

Serrapeptase also helps to dilute injury made fluids (pus), helping them to drain away from the injured area, which then accelerates the repairing and rebuilding of tissue. This incredible little enzyme does all this without damaging ‘good’ cells and living tissue, which means it is a powerful natural treatment for heart and blood related conditions. It can break down the bad stuff in your blood system, and just carry it away very safely.

Serrapeptase and Cancer

Firstly, lets clear up something very important relating to cancer and the effects of the serralysin enzyme. It is not a cure for cancer. But, studies have reported reduced swelling (in breast cancer), reduced pain relating to cancer and serrapeptase has been shown to prolong remission, helping cancer patients to live longer.

It does this by breaking down the fibrin coating of the cancer cells, exposing them to anti-bodies of the immune system which then do their best at neutralizing bacteria and bad cells.

Are There Any Side Effect to Serrapeptase?

We’ve discussed the benefits of taking this supplement, now lets talk about the dangers this enzyme might have on your body (if there are any).

What do we know so far about this isolated bacterium, serratia E15? Well, we know that it attacks dead cells and we know that it dissolves blood clotting. It is an anti-inflammatory that dissolves cysts in women’s breasts, it is a natural treatment for infections such as bronchitis, cystitis (UTI) and it is good for your heart health (reducing blood pressure and hypertension) and scales away the fibrin that coats cancer cells.

But, even though studies have been conducted and serrapeptase has been deemed safe to use for most people, as with any medication or supplement, a small minority of people may experience some kind of consequence that might put you off taking it. So although only a hand full of cases have been reported, they are definitely worth investigating and understanding, so you can make an informed decision about serrapeptase before taking it.

One person expressed that not long after ingesting their enzyme supplement, they experienced an upset stomach and vomiting. Not wanting to rule the supplement out of their diet after one trial, they did try taking a further tablet days later but experienced the same side effects.

Important: I have read the safety information on several brands of serrapeptase and authoritative medical sites, and all of them warn not to take it if you are prone to gastrointestinal problems and stomach upsets. Particularly if you are elderly.

So you must wonder if this person was either one of those people who does suffer tummy upsets and was perhaps elderly, or even neglected to read the label and therefore should not have been taking the supplement in the first place.

Another person (aged 70+) reported how they developed a cough after taking serrapeptase, which aggravated their lungs. Again, an authority medical website which I find very informative declares that this enzyme could cause mucus secretions. But as with gastrointestinal problems, this was very rare. Again, notice their age.

Conclusion About Taking Serrapeptase

  1. On the scale of things, serrapeptase hasn’t been around for long in the United States (only just over ten years), but the Japanese have been using it for many hundreds of years. Plus, Doctor Hans Alred Nieper, a German physician, used this protease enzyme until the end of his career (before passing in 1998), to treat patients suffering from an arterial blockage. Just to give you an idea of how long serrapeptase has been used by a medical professional.
  2. Is it safe? Absolutely, in most cases. To put things into perspective, the amount of people who should refrain from taking serrapeptase is minimal compared to the amount of people who are currently taking aspirin (for a heart condition), and who will eventually experience side effects later.
  3. If you are elderly, the risks and dangers of taking serrapeptase are higher than someone on their thirties or forties.
  4. Serrapeptase is safer than using NSAIDS (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) long term. (These are pharmaceuticals like ibuprofen)

Can You Use Serrapeptase and Nattokinase Together?

blood pressure monitorYes. And the beauty of it is, that serrapeptase compliments the healing effects of nattokinase, because it halts the production of yet another enzyme, angiotensinogen, which causes high blood pressure and hypertension. The benefits of using both together are untold, because of their complimentary behavior.

If you have constant headaches or migraines, or asthma, IBS, Crohn’s disease or arthritis, then serrapeptase can help you. Seriously, we all know how much work our body does every day, in particular our heart, which beats something like a hundred thousand times per day, pumping over fifteen hundreds gallons of blood around your body.

So you should help the organs in your body to be a healthy as possible for the rest of your long life. I use nattokinase for the purpose of improving my circulation and keeping my blood pressure normal (because I’ve had a DVT, and I also have a family history of heart disease), so I compliment and strengthen it’s healing power with serrapeptase, knowing that inflammation is kept to a minimum and always gets ‘washed away’.

So, if you want an organic enzyme supplement with potent anti-inflammatory healing properties, we really do recommend serrapeptase.

** Updated 1st August, 2017 **

Here are two photos of my left leg, taken four weeks apart.

They’re not pretty, but I think you will see the massive difference in the quality of my skin.

No more lumps! I’m so happy.

And this was after just 8 weeks of taking serrapeptase supplements.

Where Can You Buy Serrapeptase?

I prefer and recommend Good Health Naturally, because of their high dose enteric coated supplements. Their tablets also contain MSM and trace minerals which aid absorption and how much your body actually uses.