Serratiopeptidase (serrapeptase) is a proteolytic enzyme, originally discovered in the digestive tract of the Japanese silk worm but is now derived almost exclusively from bacteria of the genus Serratia strain. Read on to find out more about the amazing benefits of this enzyme.
Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme. That is, one that breaks down proteins.
It has been widely studied for its ability to promote healthy inflammatory responses, improve circulation and support cardiovascular function.
As well as this, there is a lot of information about this enzyme and its benefit to those ailed by sinus congestion.
Proteolytic enzymes such as serrapeptase can break down inappropriate protein complexes in the mucus. This helps to support the healthy balance between adequate mucous viscosity/elasticity and airway comfort levels associated with the mucous membranes of the respiratory system.
Serrapeptase and Sinus Function
Research with serrapeptase for maintenance of healthy sinus function began decades ago in Japan. The enzymes action most likely involves the breakdown of mucus protein structures, consequently allowing the cilia (microscopic hair like projections in the mucosal epithelium of the upper respiratory tract) to helpfully transport mucus in the airways.
Studies indicate that serrapeptase is a safe and useful supplement to promote favourable viscosity of nasal and bronchial mucus.
Two of the earliest human trials found that serrapeptase had favourable effects on upper airway viscosity. In these assessments mucus was collected from participants after a 4 week supplementation period and evaluated using a rheometer to determine its viscoelastic properties.
In a controlled and randomises open label study of 29 subjects, researches again observed the effects of serrapeptase supplementation of sputum. After 4 weeks, subjects taking serrapeptase had significantly less morning sputum with favourable viscoelasticity. Furthermore, the serraeaptase group had fewer neutrophils in their sputum, signifying a more balanced immune response to maintain airway health.
Another study showed that serrapeptase works by reducing the swelling commonly associated with sinus problems by expediting the drainage from the upper and lower respiratory track. Some studies have suggested that serrapeptase may improve the effectiveness of certain antibiotics.
Information taken from Enzymedica and Doctors Best
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