Enzyme: Serapeptidase in Cornary Artery Disease. Sources from Encyclopedia of Natural Health. Uses vary, but may include Increasing Blood Flow, and Increasing Energy and are non-FDA reviewed or approved, natural alternatives, to use for Heart Disease. Serrapeptase or Serratiopeptidase, an enzyme isolated from a microorganism in silkworm, is widely used in clinical practice in Japan.
Serrapeptase (commonly misspelled as serapeptase) is an enzyme that is produced in the intestines of silk worms to break down cocoon walls. This enzyme is proving to be a superior alternative to NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) traditionally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Serrapeptase has been used to treat chronic sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and torn ligaments, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, ear, nose and throat infections, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, migraines (vascular), Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) including Crohn’s, colitis and cystitis, enlarged prostate, pain, and postoperative inflammation. Some researchers believe Serrapeptase can play an important role in arterial plaque (hardening of the arteries) prevention and removal.
NSAIDs are traditionally used to treat pain, inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Non selective (COX1 and COX2) NSAIDs include Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and salicylates (Aspirin). Selective NSAIDS include COX2 enzyme inhibiting products, including a popular drug recently taken off the market. With the recent reports linking COX2 enzyme inhibiting drugs to heart attacks, stroke, intestinal bleeding, kidney or liver impairment, and respiratory infections, many are looking for safe, natural alternatives. Recent surveys have found that drugs are 250,000 times more dangerous than natural products.
Unlike over-the-counter NSAIDs, Serrapeptase has not been shown to cause ulcers and stomach bleeding. In fact, Serrapeptase, like many natural health products, produces numerous “side benefits.” In over 25 years of use and in published studies, no side effects have been found.
Inflammation: Our bodies have a love-hate relationship with inflammation. On the one hand, inflammation is a natural response necessary to protect the body from invading organisms. On the other hand, excessive inflammation can limit joint function, and destroy bone, cartilage and other articular (joint) structures.
Pain Reduction: While Serrapeptase reduces inflammation, one of its most profound benefits is reduction of pain, due to its ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues. Physicians throughout Europe and Asia have recognized the anti-inflammatory and pain-blocking benefits of this naturally occurring substance and are using it in treatment as an alternative to NSAIDs.
Post Operative Swelling and Pain: In Germany and other European countries, Serrapeptase is a common treatment for inflammatory and traumatic swellings. One double-blind study was conducted by German researchers to determine the effect of Serrapeptase on post-operative swelling and pain. This study involved sixty-six patients who were treated surgically for fresh rupture of the lateral collateral ligament of the knee. On the third post-operative day, the group receiving Serrapeptase exhibited a 50 percent reduction of swelling, compared to the controls. The patients receiving Serrapeptase also became pain-free more rapidly than the controls, and by the tenth day, the pain had disappeared completely.
The good health food stores sell this product from a variety of different companies.